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Ostend Guide

Welcome to our Ostend Guide


Explore Ostend’s miles of sandy beaches

Visit Fort Napoleon dating back to 1810

See the best of Belgian modern art at Mu.ZEE

Spend an evening in the stunning Kursaal Casino

Sample some of the 400 speciality beers at t'Koelschip Beer Shop

Enjoy fresh Seafood From the North Sea


Travelling to Ostend

Ostend Overview


Ostend is a short journey from Brussels via car, train or bus. Plus with its own airport, train station, Ferry Port and excellent road links into the city Ostend is well connected throughout Belgium and the rest of Europe

By Rail

By Rail

Ostend Railway station is centrally located and offers fantastic links to Brussels, Paris, Amsterdam and more. Travelling from London Eurostar offer a connection into Ostend that changes at Brussels, getting you into the city in less than 5 hours.

By Road

By Road

Ostend has quick links to several European motorways including the E40 motorway which stretches for 5,000 miles across a number of countries. It’s less than half an hour drive to Bruges and within easy reach of Brussels, Ghent and Lille via the E403.

By Air

By Air

Ostend-Bruges International Airport is set just outside Ostend city centre and offers flight to Birmingham, the Mediterranean, Canary Islands and more. It can be easily reached by train, bus and car.

Getting Around in Ostend

Ostend Overview


With a compact city centre and excellent public transport Ostend is easy to get around in. Staying in the city centre you are just a short walk from many of Ostend’s attractions, travelling further afield there are bus, train and tram services all on hand.

By Bus

By Bus

The De Lijn bus lines run through Ostend and offer excellent links throughout the city. Travelling by bus is an efficient and economical of getting across the city with the option to buy a ticket for a singe journey, 1 or 2 hours of travel or daily and weekly tickets.

By Taxi

By Taxi

Ostend is serviced by several taxi companies within the city centre, if you wish to travel to by taxi then there are taxi ranks at the train station and Marie-Joséplein.square.

By Tram

By Tube

The Coastal tram makes over 70 stops on its journey from De Panne to Knokk, including several within Ostend city centre. It is a great way to get out and explore the Belgian Coastline with services running every 10 minutes throughout summer.


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Ostend Hotel

The Ostend Hotel is ideally located for your Ostend break. Within walking distance of the train station, beach, port and city centre it is a fantastic base from which to explore the city. With a bar area, fitness centre and play area for children it’s great for the whole family.

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There are loads of great events & reasons to visit Ostend and here are just a few!

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    Oostende Kite Festival – May

    Here you'll see kites of all shapes and sizes, brightly colouring the sky over the beach

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    Ostend at Anchor – June

    Celebrating all things nautical with sailing ships, sea crafts and maritime markets

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    Ostend Beach – July

    A 2-day beach music festival stretching along the 'Klein strand' every summer

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    Filmfestival Oostende – September

    An annual film and entertainment festival held each September in Ostend since 2007

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    Halloween in Ostend – October

    See the whole of Ostend fully-decked out in the spooky atmospherics of Halloween

Out and About in Ostend

Ostend Shopping

Shopping in Ostend

With markets every Thursday, an array of boutique stores, gift shops and high street favourites Ostend is a fantastic shopping city.

Eating Out in Ostend

Eating Out in Ostend

Renowned for its gastronomy and fresh seafood Ostend offers a great selection of restaurants and bistros to suit all budgets and tastes.

Ostend Nightlife

Ostend Nightlife

From the chic design of the Casino to cocktail bars, pubs and clubs there is plenty of nightlife to discover on your Ostend break.

Ostend Bars

Ostend Bars

Whether you are after a Belgian Beer in a cosy brown pub or a refreshing glass of wine in a lounge bar there is something to suit everyone.

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