Welcome to our Ostend Guide
Our Ostend Guide is a great introduction to Belgium’s ‘City by the Sea’. Once a medieval fishing village, Ostend is a fantastic base for exploring the Belgium Coastline, which has over 40 miles of beautiful sandy beaches. The Belgium Coast is a popular holiday destination with local and tourists alike, stretching from De Panne in the south to Zebrugge in the north and taking in 11 coastal towns including Ostend.
From fascinating attractions to superb restaurants and must see sights, our Ostend Guide provides an insight into this incredible city. Spend a day following in the footsteps of Royalty at the Royal Galleries and Venetian Galleries, commissioned by King Leopold II, stroll through Leopold Park or simply take in the stunning architecture of the ThermaePalace. Why not spend a day on one of Ostend’s many beaches or go for a swim in the North Sea. For art lovers the Art Museum by the Sea is a great place to visit.
As well as having a rich heritage and varied attractions Ostend is renowned for its gastronomy and is home to an array of restaurants and bistro serving excellent cuisine. With its prime coastal location there are plenty of opportunities to sample fresh seafood.
Whether planning a break away with the family, a romantic getaway or a quick break with friends our Ostend guide can help point you in the right direction.
Must do's by day
Explore Ostend’s miles of sandy beaches
Visit Fort Napoleon dating back to 1810
See the best of Belgian modern art at Mu.ZEE
Must do's by night
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 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.