Discover the battlefields
Centenary of Passchendaele - the Third Battle of Ypres
We are delighted that you will have the opportunity of attending the commemorations on 30 and 31 July 2017.
VISITFLANDERS has compiled this information to help you plan your travel to, and stay in Flanders Fields. This website also provides all the useful information needed to discover the Flanders Fields region including: places to stay in Flanders, places of interest, exhibitions and centenary events related to the Great War and Passchendaele, that are taking place in Flanders.
Travelling to Flanders
- By air: The nearest airport is Brussels Airport. Either hire a car at the airport, or take a train to Ypres, changing at Bruxelles-Midi.
Take a look at the train timetables.
- By train: High speed rail services operate directly to Belgium from the UK. Connecting services to Ypres and Poperinge run from Brussels, and stations across Flanders; it is also possible to reach the Flanders Fields area from Lille-Flandres station in France.
Find out more information via Rail Europe and Eurostar.
- By road: Europe has an excellent high-speed road network from surrounding countries and across Flanders.
- By sea from the UK: Fast and frequent services by ferry or through the Channel Tunnel from the UK to Calais and Dunkirk in France or Zeebrugge in Belgium are operated by the following companies:
P&O Ferries, DFDS Seaways, Eurotunnel Le Shuttle
- By coach: A number of operators offer Battlefield Tours and may provide a tailored itinerary to allow you to join a tour and participate in the commemorations and/or arrange a private visit to a relative’s grave.
Travelling in & around Flanders Fields
- By train: It is possible to travel by train to Ypres or Poperinge from every city in Flanders (generally a change of train in Kortrijk is required).
- By coach: Half or full day organised coach tours are offered to and in Flanders Fields, incorporating the main sites and the Last Post Ceremony.
- By car: A comprehensive road network exists around and within Flanders Fields.
Visiting Flanders Fields
Some of the cemeteries, visitor centres and other sites across Flanders Fields are difficult to reach by public transport. For this reason, if visitors do not have their own transport, we recommend booking an organised tour or renting a car or bicycle.
- Visiting Flanders Fields by car: There are many car routes that allow visitors to discover the war landscape and its different landmarks.
Cars can be rented from the major international car rental companies which have branches in Brussels, Bruges, Ghent, Ostend and elsewhere in the region, as well as from local companies.
- Cycling in Flanders Fields: There are a number of themed cycling routes that will take you past WWI heritage sites. Go to an overview of these routes and a list of cycle hire companies that operate in Flanders Fields.
- Parking for Ticket Holders – you should have details of the Park & Ride services for ticket holders only in your confirmation from DCMS.
Staying in Flanders Fields & Flanders
- There is a great choice of accommodation in Flanders Fields and across Flanders, on the coast or the nearby cities of Roeselare and Kortrijk and the art cities such as Bruges and Ghent. Many of these places are within easy driving distance or may offer battlefield tours.