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== Venue Location ==
 
== Venue Location ==
  
BruCON is held at the Surf House in Evere. It's ideally located between Brussels National Airport (Zaventem) and Brussels North Railway Station.
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Aula Academica of the Ghent University
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Voldersstraat 9
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9000 Gent
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Belgium
  
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Explore con location and its surrounding in the brand new Brucon Google Map: https://mapsengine.google.com/map/viewer?mid=zqsQM115q4KY.knsnvRGUUMuM
  
The Surf House features a big auditorium, a lounge and several modular workshop rooms.
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== Transportation ==
In the auditorium, there are five huge screens to provide a panoramic view of the message you wish to convey. This area is perfect for holding presentations as the high-tech apparatus is a boon for efficient and professional communicating. In the lounge you can relax yourself in between the presentations and workshops and join us at the party on Saturday evening.
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===By car===
  
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Ghent is located near highways E40 (Brussels - Ostend) and E17 (Antwerp - Kortrijk). Once the Ghent area, get (or remain) on the E17 and take '''exit 9 - Gent Centrum'''. Or just follow your GPS or your favorite route planner ;-)
  
The location is easy to reach by train, bus, car or taxi. See below for more information.
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Parking your car in Ghent can be tricky and is not free. You'll be better off making use of one of the following organised parkings:
  
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* Parking Korte Meer (Korte Meer, 9000 Gent)
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** Open from 8:00 until 21:00
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** 3 minutes walk from venue
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* Parking Kouter (Kouter, 9000 Gent)
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** Open from 7:00 until 2:00
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** 4 minutes walk from venue
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* Parking Sint-Michiels (Sint-Michielsplein 8, 9000 Gent)
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** Open 24/24
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** 6 minutes walk from venue
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* Parking Reep (Seminarieplein 9, 9000 Gent)
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** Open 24/24
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** 6 minutes walk from venue
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* Parking Kouterpoort (Savaanstraat 13, 9000 Gent)
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** Open from 7:00 until 20:00
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** 9 minutes walk from venue
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* Parking Gent Zuid (Woodrow Wilsonplein 1, 9000 Gent)
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** Open from 7:00 until 1:00
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** 11 minutes walk from venue
  
The Surf House
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Alternatively you can drop your car at one of the Park+Ride parking lots, which are located outside Ghent. From those parking lots, you can hop on public transportation:
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* P+R Parking Gentbrugge
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** approximate address: Land van Rodelaan 9, 9050 Gentbrugge (E17 - exit 10)
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** Nearest stop: '''Stelplaats''' (Tram 1, 4, 21, 22, 24 and Bus 4)
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* P+R Parking Oostakker
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** approximate address: Antwerpsesteenweg 938, 9040 Ghent (R4 - exit 3)
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** Nearest stop: '''Sint-Amandsberg P+R Oostakker''' (Bus 17, 18)
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* P+R Parking Flanders Expo
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** located on Flanders Expo Ghent (E40 - exit 14)
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** Only open when no events are scheduled on site
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** Nearest stop: '''Sint-Denijs-Westrem Flanders Expo''' (Tram 1)
  
Rue Stroobants 51
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More info on the P+R Parking lots (Dutch): http://www.gent.be/eCache/THE/1/600.html
  
B - 1140 Evere
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===By taxi===
  
Tel : +32 (0)2 243 03 85
 
  
http://www.surfhouse.be/
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Getting a cab from the airport to Ghent is definitely not a good idea, unless you are willing to spend more than 100 Euro on it.  
  
[http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=surfhouse,+evere,belgium&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=40.137381,93.164063&ie=UTF8&ll=50.880781,4.394617&spn=0.031301,0.090981&z=14&iwloc=A Surfhouse on Google Maps]
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The prices for taxies in Ghent are:
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* 8,50eur pickup fee (incl. first 3 km)
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* 2,20eur per extra km
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* 35,00eur per hour waiting time (as from 5min)
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* 2,50eur night surplus (between 22:00 and 6:00)
  
== Transportation ==
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General taxi numbers are: 09 222 22 22 or 09 333 33 33.
  
===By car===
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===By Public Transport===
  
There's limited (guarded) parking space at the venue, but you should be able to park your car near the venue.
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Once you've arrived in Ghent-Sint-Pieters by train, you can either take a good walk (the venue is a little over 2 km away from the station), or you take tram 1 direction Evergem. I think it is the 6th (Gent Korte Meer) or the 7th (Gent Korenmarkt) stop, but don't hesitate to ask fellow tram passengers to tell you where to get off.
If you got a GPS, this is the address you have to put in:
 
  
Rue Stroobants 51 , Evere (1140), Belgium.
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The following bus and tram lines have stops in (more or less) close vicinity of the venue:
  
[http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=surfhouse,+brussels&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=40.137381,93.164063&ie=UTF8&ll=50.884842,4.394531&spn=0.125192,0.363922&t=h&z=12&iwloc=A Here's] the link on google maps.
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* '''Tram: 1, 4, 24, 21, 22'''
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* '''Bus: 3, 4, 17, 18, 38, 39, N1, N3'''
  
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The nearest stops are:
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* '''Korenmarkt'''
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* '''Korte Meer'''
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* '''Vogelmarkt'''
  
===By bus===
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From there, you're a mere 5 minutes walk away from the con.
  
If you want to use public transportation in and around Brussels, check [http://www.stib.be/appl/EN/39100E.asp the stib/mivb site].
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More information and schedules can be found on http://www.delijn.be
<br>Here is the [http://stib.be/irj/go/km/docs/STIB-MIVB/INTERNET/attachments/Plan_reseau/20090406-plan.pdf public transportation map (pdf 1.7Mb)]
 
<br>To reach the venue by bus:
 
* line '''59''' (from Flagey/Maalbeek/St-Josse (behind Madou)) direction '''Bordet station''', stop at '''Carli'''
 
* line '''69''' (from Schaerbeek railstation) direction '''Jules Bordet''', stop at '''Carli''' but if you're at the Station it's a five minutes walk anyway.
 
Schaerbeek Station can itself be reached by much more bus lines and trains of course. Check the pdf map mentioned above or try the  [http://www.stib.be/appl/EN/39100E.asp auto-planner of the stib/mivb]
 
  
 
=== By train ===
 
=== By train ===
  
You can check train schedules to Brussels [http://www.b-rail.be/main/E/index.php here].
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Getting to Ghent by train is piece of cake. Once you have arrived at the airport in Brussels, take the train from the airport to any major Brussels train station (North, Central or South). From any of these stations about three trains an hour ride to Ghent (usually direction Ostend, or Knokke, or De Panne). It takes you about 40 minutes to get to Ghent-Sint-Pieters, which is Ghent's main train station.
Once in Brussels you can take a secondary train to the Schaarbeek Station (schedule on same link but domestic).
 
From the Schaarbeek station, it's [http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=schaarbeek+station,+belgium+to+surfhouse,+brussels&sll=35.476243,-98.434106&sspn=40.914568,93.164063&ie=UTF8&z=16 a five minute walk] to the surfhouse
 
  
=== By plane ===
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Trains between Antwerp and Ghent also run frequently (at least 2 per hour).
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Online ticketing and more information on train schedules (and delays) is available on:
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* http://www.nmbs.be
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* http://www/railtime.be (incl. delays)
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From the Gent Sint-Pieters station, you can continue your journey by taxi, or take the following means of public transportation:
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* Tram 1 or 4
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* Bus 4
  
Our Nation Airport is located near Brussels at Zaventem and very close to the Surf House, check http://www.brusselsairport.be/en/
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Or you can walk for 30mins, if you feel up to it...
  
Note that when you book your airplane tickets you head for Brussels National Airport (Zaventem) and not for Brussels North, which is in Antwerp, or for Brussels South ,which is in Chaleroi.
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=== By plane ===
  
<b> Airplane tickets are at an all time low. Check www.checkfelix.com or www.joker.be to find the cheapest flight. </b>
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Our National Airport is located near Brussels at Zaventem. For more info, check http://www.brusselsairport.be/en/
  
From the airport you can take a taxi, bus or train to the center of Brussels or straight to the venue in Evere.  
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When you book your airplane tickets '''make sure you head for Brussels National Airport (Zaventem)''' and ''not'' for the deceptively-named Brussels North or Brussels South, neither of which are even all that close to Brussels (but in Antwerp and Charleroi, respectively.)
  
Taxi: They are lined up just outside of the arrival hall of the airport but be careful they're quite costly (~20€ to go to center, up to 40€ if night) and not the best option if you arrive during peak hours.
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<b>Check http://www.checkfelix.com or http://www.expedia.com to find the cheapest flight. </b>
  
Bus: The bus station is located on level 0 (1 level lower than the arrival hall), take bus number 471 on platform A. It goes straight to the center of Brussels.  
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The easiest way to reach Ghent from the airport would be by train (basement level -1 at the airport). If you are lucky, you can catch a direct train to '''Gent Sint-Pieters'''. On weekdays, there would be two trains per hour (destinations either '''Gent Sint-Pieters''' or '''De Panne'''), during the weekend you'd only have one direct train per hour to '''Gent Sint-Pieters''').
  
Train: The train station is located on level -1 (2 levels lower than the arrival hall). Probably the best option if you want to go to the center.
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Another option is to take a train headed towards Brussels ('''Quévy, Quiévrain, Brussel Zuid,...''') and get a connecting train in '''Bruxelles Nord/Brussel Noord'''). You might want to have a look on the section '''By train''' above or consult http://www.nmbs.be or http://www.railtime.be.
  
 
=== By Space Craft ===
 
=== By Space Craft ===
  
Check the schedules at ISS. Ask for Frank.
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On July 21st 2011, as spacecraft Atlantis rolled to a stop at it's home base, our partnership for space travel stopped. No Space Craft services to BruCON have been planned for the near future.
  
 
== Accommodation ==
 
== Accommodation ==
  
BruCON arranged a discount price with some hotels for our visitors. They are all located around Brussels North Station and should provide easy access to the venue. You book it through http://www.resotel.be/brucon
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Sleep is good. Sleep is healthy. If you need sleep, have a look at our suggestions below.
If you are looking for other accommodation, please have a look below.
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=== List of hotels, hostels and other accommodation opportunities ===
  
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There are several hotels in the neighborhood of the conference:
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* Novotel Gent Centrum http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-0840-novotel-gent-centrum/index.shtml
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* IBIS Gent Opera http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-1455-ibis-gent-centrum-opera/index.shtml
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* Monasterium hotel http://www.monasterium.be
  
=== List of hotels, hostels and other accommodation opportunities ===
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For those amongst you who prefer the "Budget" option on WikiTravel, here are several alternatives:
  
* [http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-3152-ibis-brussels-centre-gare-midi/index.shtml Hotel Ibis Brussels Centre Gare Midi] - From 74.00 EUR
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* Hostel De Draecke http://www.vjh.be/gent.htm
* [http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-1046-ibis-brussels-off-grand-place/index.shtml Hotel Ibis Brussels off Grand Place] - From 79.00 EUR
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* Hostel 47 http://www.hostel47.com/
* [http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-1030-novotel-brussels-off-grand-place/index.shtml Hotel Novotel Brussels off Grand'Place] - From 105.00 EUR
 
* [http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/reservation/multirates.jshtml Mercure Brussels Airport] - From 85.00 EUR for a single
 
* [http://maps.google.com/maps?q=youth+hostel+brussels Multiple cheap youth hostels], prices and quality differs: -  From 20 EUR
 
  
===Hotel Search engine===
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== Ghent ==
Alternatively, you can use this search engine to find great hotels in Brussels: http://www.hotelclub.net
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Ghent is a historic city, yet at the same time a contemporary one. The modern daily life of the city’s active inhabitants plays itself out against a gorgeous historical backdrop. In Ghent, they live, work and enjoy life over and over again each day.
  
Please add your suggestions
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More details on Visiting Ghent are available on the [http://www.visitgent.be/en/home Ghent Toerist site].

Latest revision as of 20:33, 22 July 2015

Venue Location

Aula Academica of the Ghent University
Voldersstraat 9
9000 Gent
Belgium

Explore con location and its surrounding in the brand new Brucon Google Map: https://mapsengine.google.com/map/viewer?mid=zqsQM115q4KY.knsnvRGUUMuM

Transportation

By car

Ghent is located near highways E40 (Brussels - Ostend) and E17 (Antwerp - Kortrijk). Once the Ghent area, get (or remain) on the E17 and take exit 9 - Gent Centrum. Or just follow your GPS or your favorite route planner ;-)

Parking your car in Ghent can be tricky and is not free. You'll be better off making use of one of the following organised parkings:

  • Parking Korte Meer (Korte Meer, 9000 Gent)
    • Open from 8:00 until 21:00
    • 3 minutes walk from venue
  • Parking Kouter (Kouter, 9000 Gent)
    • Open from 7:00 until 2:00
    • 4 minutes walk from venue
  • Parking Sint-Michiels (Sint-Michielsplein 8, 9000 Gent)
    • Open 24/24
    • 6 minutes walk from venue
  • Parking Reep (Seminarieplein 9, 9000 Gent)
    • Open 24/24
    • 6 minutes walk from venue
  • Parking Kouterpoort (Savaanstraat 13, 9000 Gent)
    • Open from 7:00 until 20:00
    • 9 minutes walk from venue
  • Parking Gent Zuid (Woodrow Wilsonplein 1, 9000 Gent)
    • Open from 7:00 until 1:00
    • 11 minutes walk from venue

Alternatively you can drop your car at one of the Park+Ride parking lots, which are located outside Ghent. From those parking lots, you can hop on public transportation:

  • P+R Parking Gentbrugge
    • approximate address: Land van Rodelaan 9, 9050 Gentbrugge (E17 - exit 10)
    • Nearest stop: Stelplaats (Tram 1, 4, 21, 22, 24 and Bus 4)
  • P+R Parking Oostakker
    • approximate address: Antwerpsesteenweg 938, 9040 Ghent (R4 - exit 3)
    • Nearest stop: Sint-Amandsberg P+R Oostakker (Bus 17, 18)
  • P+R Parking Flanders Expo
    • located on Flanders Expo Ghent (E40 - exit 14)
    • Only open when no events are scheduled on site
    • Nearest stop: Sint-Denijs-Westrem Flanders Expo (Tram 1)

More info on the P+R Parking lots (Dutch): http://www.gent.be/eCache/THE/1/600.html

By taxi

Getting a cab from the airport to Ghent is definitely not a good idea, unless you are willing to spend more than 100 Euro on it.

The prices for taxies in Ghent are:

  • 8,50eur pickup fee (incl. first 3 km)
  • 2,20eur per extra km
  • 35,00eur per hour waiting time (as from 5min)
  • 2,50eur night surplus (between 22:00 and 6:00)

General taxi numbers are: 09 222 22 22 or 09 333 33 33.

By Public Transport

Once you've arrived in Ghent-Sint-Pieters by train, you can either take a good walk (the venue is a little over 2 km away from the station), or you take tram 1 direction Evergem. I think it is the 6th (Gent Korte Meer) or the 7th (Gent Korenmarkt) stop, but don't hesitate to ask fellow tram passengers to tell you where to get off.

The following bus and tram lines have stops in (more or less) close vicinity of the venue:

  • Tram: 1, 4, 24, 21, 22
  • Bus: 3, 4, 17, 18, 38, 39, N1, N3

The nearest stops are:

  • Korenmarkt
  • Korte Meer
  • Vogelmarkt

From there, you're a mere 5 minutes walk away from the con.

More information and schedules can be found on http://www.delijn.be

By train

Getting to Ghent by train is piece of cake. Once you have arrived at the airport in Brussels, take the train from the airport to any major Brussels train station (North, Central or South). From any of these stations about three trains an hour ride to Ghent (usually direction Ostend, or Knokke, or De Panne). It takes you about 40 minutes to get to Ghent-Sint-Pieters, which is Ghent's main train station.

Trains between Antwerp and Ghent also run frequently (at least 2 per hour).

Online ticketing and more information on train schedules (and delays) is available on:

From the Gent Sint-Pieters station, you can continue your journey by taxi, or take the following means of public transportation:

  • Tram 1 or 4
  • Bus 4

Or you can walk for 30mins, if you feel up to it...

By plane

Our National Airport is located near Brussels at Zaventem. For more info, check http://www.brusselsairport.be/en/

When you book your airplane tickets make sure you head for Brussels National Airport (Zaventem) and not for the deceptively-named Brussels North or Brussels South, neither of which are even all that close to Brussels (but in Antwerp and Charleroi, respectively.)

Check http://www.checkfelix.com or http://www.expedia.com to find the cheapest flight.

The easiest way to reach Ghent from the airport would be by train (basement level -1 at the airport). If you are lucky, you can catch a direct train to Gent Sint-Pieters. On weekdays, there would be two trains per hour (destinations either Gent Sint-Pieters or De Panne), during the weekend you'd only have one direct train per hour to Gent Sint-Pieters).

Another option is to take a train headed towards Brussels (Quévy, Quiévrain, Brussel Zuid,...) and get a connecting train in Bruxelles Nord/Brussel Noord). You might want to have a look on the section By train above or consult http://www.nmbs.be or http://www.railtime.be.

By Space Craft

On July 21st 2011, as spacecraft Atlantis rolled to a stop at it's home base, our partnership for space travel stopped. No Space Craft services to BruCON have been planned for the near future.

Accommodation

Sleep is good. Sleep is healthy. If you need sleep, have a look at our suggestions below.

List of hotels, hostels and other accommodation opportunities

There are several hotels in the neighborhood of the conference:

For those amongst you who prefer the "Budget" option on WikiTravel, here are several alternatives:

Ghent

Ghent is a historic city, yet at the same time a contemporary one. The modern daily life of the city’s active inhabitants plays itself out against a gorgeous historical backdrop. In Ghent, they live, work and enjoy life over and over again each day.

More details on Visiting Ghent are available on the Ghent Toerist site.