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International Opera Academy
Bijlokekaai 6 (Building 4)
9000 Gent, Belgium
Tel.: 0032 (0) 9 233 24 30
Fax.: 0032 (0) 9 233 37 65
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IOA is easy to reach by bike. In front you can park it in our bike racks. From the front entrance of the station cross over to the far right-hand corner of the Maria-Hendrikaplein and then turn into Koningin Elisabethlaan. The top of this road joins Kortrijksesteenweg. Turn left into this road and follow it as far as the traffic lights. At the lights keep on in the same direction, crossing over to the other side of the junction, and then turn left (Ijzerlaan). The second street on the right is the Bijlokekaai (after crossing the bridge). You find the IOA on the Bijlokesite, building 4 (main entrance coming out on the garden).
By train, Ghent is half an hour away from Brussels & ca. fifty minutes from Antwerp. For more details: nmbs.be. The IOA is on a 15 minute walk from the station of Ghent-Sint-Pieters. Or you take tram 1 (heading for ‘Wondelgem’ or ‘Evergem’) at the tram and bus station outside the railway station and get off at the ‘Charles de Kerckhovelaan’ stop (major crossroads with Kortrijksesteenweg). Cross the junction in the same direction as the tram and turn left (Ijzerlaan). The second street on the right is the Bijlokekaai (after crossing the bridge). You find IOA on the Bijlokesite.
From the motorway, take the turn-off to ‘Gent-Centrum’. When the signs offer the choice of ‘Gent-Centrum’ or ‘Alle Richtingen’, take ‘Alle Richtingen’. At the bottom of the slope move over to the left-hand lane. After about 100m turn left at the lights under the viaduct, onto ‘R40/Sint-Lievenslaan’. You are now on the ring-road. Follow the signs to ‘N90/Eeklo’. Continue along Sint-Lievenslaan, then Citadellaan, then Charles de Kerckhovelaan. Once you have crossed the lights where you see tramlines, go over a bridge and the road becomes Godshuizenlaan. At this point you can see the Bijlokesite on your right. Continue until the next set of lights and turn right into Bijlokehof. Follow this street and then turn right into Jozef Kluyskensstraat. Drive until you can no longer go straight on, then turn right into Bijlokekaai. As you can see on the map the IOA itself is situated on the Bijlokesite, building number 4. Only suppliers are allowed on the Bijlokesite. We need to ask IOA guests to find parking outside the site (https://stad.gent/mobiliteit-openbare-werken/mobiliteit/parkeren/parkeren-op-straat/parkeertarieven-webkaart).
After your arrival in ‘Brussels National Airport’ (Zaventem), follow the direction ‘Belgian railways’. The station is in the airport, on the -1 floor. Buy a ticket for a direct train to ‘Gent Sint-Pieters’. Ghent is the first stop after ‘Brussels Zuid/Midi’. The trip takes about 1h15.