Planning a Football Trip to Ostend? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets & to the stadium.
Football Trip to Ostend – How to get to Ostend & How to get around
Football Trip to Ostend – Fly to Ostend
Ostend-Bruges International Airport, is a very small airport with very few flights. At present (late 2016) there are no direct flights from the UK.
The nearest major airport that you will be able to fly to is Brussels. Read about flying to Brussels in our guide to Planning a Football Trip to Brussels
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Directions from the Airport
An airport bus (number 6) makes the short journey to Ostend railway station. Buses for the airport leave from platform 15. There are around 3 trains an hour from Ostend to Bruges. The journey takes 15 minutes and costs approximately €4. Buses usually take much longer. Ostend train station is close to the ferry terminal and the bus station.
Taxis from the Airport
A taxi to Ostend from the airport costs € 10 to € 15
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Football Trip to Ostend – Travel By Train
In 4 to 5 hours the Eurostar high-speed train and Thalys or Intercity Brussels will take you from London St. Pancras to Ostend Central Station with a change of trains in Brussels-Midi. Tickets start at around £50 via Voyages SNCF.
Football Trip to Ostend – Travel By Coach
Eurolines provide coaches to Bruges from London. They offer a service leaving at 7:00 and arriving in Bruges at 14:25 and another leaving at 10:00 which arrives at 21:45 Tickets start at around £52 each way. From Bruges, Ostend is only 17 miles away and the train takes 15 minutes.
Football Trip to Ostend – Travel By Ferry
Transeuropa Ferries offer four sailings every day, with each taking four hours to reach their destination from the port of Ramsgate.
Football Trip to Ostend – Travel Around Ostend
Most points of interest in town are close together. You can easily reach them by foot or by renting a bicycle from the rail station for €9 per day. De Lijn bus lines 5, 6, and 39 go along the seafront to the west; if you want to get to points farther along the coast, in either direction, take the Coast Train from a stop next to the rail station. You can pick up a taxi at the rail station, or call Taxibond (+32 (0) 220.127.116.11)
Football Trip to Ostend – How to Get to the Match
Football Trip to Ostend – The Stadium
Albertpark is a multi-use stadium in Ostend, Belgium. The stadium holds 8,000.
Football Trip to Ostend – Getting to the Stadium
Alberpark Stadium is located approximately 3.3 km from the city centre within the district of Mariakerke-Bad.
Alberparkstadion is primarily served by Oostende Northlaan and Mariakerke Bad tram stops as these two are the closest to the ground.
Football Trip to Ostend – Getting Tickets
You can buy tickets online via the club website
Football Trip to Ostend – Fixtures
When planning your football trip please note that the dates shown represent the weekend that the game is scheduled to take place and games are likely to change through the season and be moved for TV scheduling.
Plan your Football Trip to Ostend with our full list of fixtures.
The schedule for kick-off times in Belgium can be found our Planning a Football Trip to Belgium page (COMING SOON)
Football Trip to Ostend – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink
Football Trip to Ostend – Where to stay
Most people only pass through Ostend; Bruges, Antwerp or Brussels are close by and are much bigger cities with greater attractions. If you do stay in Ostend or need to because of kick-off times, the centre is the best bet.
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Football Trip to Ostend – What else to see & do
When planning a football trip to Ostend it is always good to know what else there is to see and do in the city. Here are a selection of the best things which I found using our sponsor Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet also has maps of the city, details of all the best pubs, bars and restaurants and travel information from the city.
Football Trip to Ostend – What else to see
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.
The best Ostend Bars
The Langestraat (and its sidestreets) is your best on finding an open bar in Ostend. There are lot’s of pubs, bars and clubs with a very unique style squeezed into this one street. The better bars are listed below.
‘t Botteltje, Louisastraat 19. Something of a landmark in Ostend, it serves litteraly hundreds of beers (Belgian and foreign). Take a seat in one of the booths and let the waiters recommend you something.
Lafayette, Langestraat 12. If Marvin Gaye were still alive, Lafayette would probably be his favourite bar in Ostend (ask any local about Marvin Gaye’s connection to Ostend, if you have enough time on your hands). Plays non stop soul and funk music. Quiet during the afternoon, sweaty and loud at night.
Manuscript, Langestraat 23. A small bar that’s relatively quiet till around midnight. When other bars start closing, locals usually head over here for the afterparty until 7am. There’s also a nice, sunny terrace during summer.