The train station is located on the eastern edge of town right by the marina and the Vissers Kaai. Oostende's main center isn't big, so if you make a mistake like I did, and end up here by accident, you can take a quick tour in a couple hours. There are coin-operated lockers, which made it easy for me to drop off my bulky backpack and head out to explore.
The station itself is an attractive, early 20th century building which definitely has some Baroque influence, but I can't figure out the rest. Oostende is also the main hub for trams and other transportation to visit the rest of the Belgium coast. Taxis and buses line up right in front of the station.
There is also a nearby catamaran terminal for those who are headed across the channel toward Dover.
Trains constantly run from Oostende, very clean and inexpensive. Brugge is only 14 minutes away and Brussels about 1 hour, when staying in Oostende I actually went to Brugge twice in the same day and was back in Oostende for 6pm in the evening !
A great number of Belgian cities, including Oostende, can be visited by train.
Trains from Brussels operate almost every half an hour and it takes 1 hour to get to Oostende.
If you intend to just visit Oostende and then move to another town, you should buy a Go Pass (under 26) for EUR 43 or a Rail Pass (over 26) for EUR 65.
Plane, train, boat, .... There's no transport that doesn't bring you to Oostende.
The best way to get around in Oostende and along the coast is the tram. Low in price and great in service.
The train brings you to all the other big cities in Belgium (Brugge, Gent, Antwerpen, Brussel,...) check the site of the railway company www.nmbs.be .
Oostende isn't that big, it's easy to explore the city on foot.
Getting to Oostende is a snap. From England, you can take a boat, but chances are more likely that you'll be hopping a train. Oostende is the western terminus to the major line that runs from Brussels through Gent and Brugge. As a result, trains run all the time, allowing Belgians from all over the country the ability to spend a summer afternoon in Oostende and still make it home for bedtime.
Around the corner from the massive train station is a tram station -- a light rail line runs from Oostende up and down the coast between the Dutch and French borders. This makes Oostende a perfect stop on the way to smaller resorts, such as De Haan.
OSTEND RAILWAY STATION (constructed in 1910-1913).
If you arrive at Brussels National Airport, you can take any train to Brussels. At Brussels Central Station, change to the direct train to Oostende (frequency: every hour, last train around 23 hr).
from brussels you have direct trains to oostende, where's the endstation. the journey from brussels takes you about an hour. price around 12 euro.
in and around oostende a good transportation vehicle is the bike. the area is very flat so it's no problem to bike and you can come very far and have a stop wherever you want.
there are also trams in oostende, but i never used these so i can't tell you much about them.
from oostende harbour you can also take the hover speed ferry to and from dover/england
Trains run hourly to and from Oostende station, right at the head of the Visserskaai, to Brussels, Antwerp and Kortrijk. There are occasional trains to Lille. The Brussels trains extend alternatively to and from Cologne and Eupen.
Trains from Brugge take only 15 minutes, and run 3 times an hour. It takes 2 hours to get to Brugge from Brussels or Antwerp.
Oostende is a rather small city, and you can easily walk from the train station, down the harbour, to the ocean in 5-10 minutes.
Along the coast, there is a tram line from De Panne till Blankenberge.
So you can walk for hours on the beach, from one town to another (each with a lot of terraces & pubs so you can take a break while walking).
And if you want to go back, but you are too tired, just cross the beach and walk to the street to the next tram-stop and take the tram back to your point of departure.
on the photo: The old tram-shelter of De Haan.
The kusttram takes you everywhere,with the kusttram you can see the whole 66km coastline.The easiest way to travel.