||Once arrived in station ‘Gent-Sint-Pieters’, the easiest way to get to Swamplandia2016 is to take a taxi in front of the station. The Swamplandia conference will take place in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of Ghent University. The address of the faculty is Blandijnberg 2. This information should be enough for the taxi driver to bring you there.Another possibility is to take tram 1 towards the city centre. In this case, after leaving the main entrance of the station (on the right if you look in the direction the train was going), go to the left. There, you can take tram 1 (destination ‘Wondelgem/Evergem’) towards the centre of the city (every 6 minutes). Get off at the fourth stop (the stop is called ‘Verlorenkost’). Normally, each stop is displayed electronically in the tram.
The whole trip takes about 10 minutes. When leaving the tram, turn right at the first corner (at which there is a sandwhich bar) and simply follow the street ‘Sint Kwintensberg’ on your right (between the coffee-bar ‘Illy’ and the sandwich bar on the corner). This street goes up a hill called the ‘Blandijnberg’. The building of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities is located on the top of the hill, on your left (the nearest entrance to the building of the faculty is next to the university flag poles).
Because of public works in the city center of Gent, the tram route could change. We advise you to consult this information regularly.
5) Coming by Car
||The most important highways that bring you to the city of Ghent are the E17 and the E40, which intersect near the city.
- When coming from The Netherlands or Germany: go via ‘Antwerpen’, then follow the direction ‘Gent’, and later on ‘Gent Centrum (B401)’.
- When coming from France: go via ‘Kortrijk’, then follow the direction ‘Gent’, and later on ‘Gent Centrum (B401)’.
- When coming from The Netherlands or France: go via ‘Oostende’, follow the direction ‘Gent-Antwerpen’ (E17), then follow the direction ‘Gent’, and, finally, follow the direction ‘Gent Centrum (B401)’.
- When coming from France or Germany: go via ‘Brussel’, next, follow the direction ‘Gent-Antwerpen’ (E17), then follow the direction ‘Gent’, and, finally, follow the direction ‘Gent Centrum (B401)’.
In both cases, the elevated highway (B401) will take you directly to the centre of Ghent. When you are about to drive over the river Schelde, follow the direction `Alle richtingen’. When the highway reaches ground level, turn left at the first traffic lights (under the bridge). Next, go right at the second traffic lights and then straight on. After passing a roundabout, a large square becomes visible on your right. It is called the ‘Sint-Pietersplein’ and under it you can find a large parking lot where you can park your car. When leaving the parking lot, you will see a large tower (called the ‘Boekentoren’) a bit further down the road. Walk towards it following the road, and enter the street in front of you called the ‘Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat’. Next, take the first left. The large building now on your right is the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of Ghent University (in Dutch: ‘Faculteit Letteren en Wijsbegeerte’), where Swamplandia takes place.