Join us at the Witte Hoef! Tucked away from the simple and beautiful Belgium countryside, the Witte Hoef is a most welcoming stay…
3290 Diest, Belgium
If you have questions about logistics, the venue or Belgium in general (except questions to explain the political system ;)), contact our Arc team member, Tine Willemyns.
How to get there
- Arrival by plane in Brussels National Airport, Brussels South Charleroi airport. Other options: Paris, Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Lille, frankfurt are only a few hours away by train/bus
- You have to take a train and a bus.
- Train tickets can be bought online, in ticket machines, at every train station
- Bus tickets can be bought in advance or in the bus (3 € for 1 ride), if you travel together: a ticket for 10 rides is 14€ (buy in advance)
- Usefull website to travel to Belgium:
- Usefull websites to travel in Belgium:
- www.delijn.be: Travel time and time schedules for busses and trains in Belgium.
- www.maps.google.be: Travel times, alternative travelling ways
- www.nmbs.be: to buy train tickets online, you can also buy them in every train station – train is the best way to travel to and from Brussels National Airport
- https://www.brussels-city-shuttle.com/: Shuttle Bus from Brussels South Charleroi airport to Brussels. Buy tickets online
- www.flibco.com : Cheap shuttle bus from Brussels South Charleroi airport to Gent (Ghent), Brugge (Bruges), Rijsel (Lille). Buy tickets online
From Brussels national airport (Brussel Nationale luchthaven):
total travel time ± 1h05min
Train to Diest station (Direction: Hasselt) (Every hour): ( XXh21min). 46 min.
When you are travelling from and to Brussels national airport by train, you always need a standard ticket and a diabolo ticket (5,14€ per person)
- 13,40€ (one way) (>26years old): includes standard ticket and diabolo
- 11,40€ (one way) (<26 years old): includes Go pass 1 and diabolo
- 10,24€ (one way) (>26 years old): If you are travelling more in Belgium, or you travel with a group (> 25 years old), you can buy the ‘Go Pass 10’, which is a ticket for 10 rides. 51€ + Diabolo ticket (5,14€ per person)
Bus from Diest station to the Venue (bus number 7 Diest-Beringen; every hour; 20 min waiting time between arrival train and bus – time to buy your ticket), busstop: Schaffen Wezelbaan. Approx 7 min. Ask the bus driver to tell you when you are there. From the busstop to the venue is a 5 min walk (see picture)
From Brussels south airport (Brussels-Charleroi):
- Option 1: cheapest for <26. Total travel time: ± 3h, total cost: max 23€ (<26) – max 27,20 (>26)
- Brussels City Shuttle Bus From the airport to Brussels Midi/Brussel Zuid: Tickets and timetables: https://www.brussels-city-shuttle.com/ (cost: max 14€, 55 min, 2 times per hour). Price depends on purchase time and travel time
- Train from Brussels to Diest (Direct connection, Every hour XX:45, Duration: 50 min, costs: 6€ (<26, Go pass 1) or 10,20 (>26, standard ticket)
- Option 2: Total travel time: ± 3h, total cost: 23,30 €
- With the bus to Charleroi South train station and train to Diest train station (20,30€), for both bus and train ticket. Tickets can be bought at the airport
- After Arrival in Diest train station: Bus from Diest station to the Venue (bus number 7 Diest-Beringen; every hour; 20 min waiting time between arrival train and bus – time to buy your ticket), busstop: Schaffen Wezelbaan. Approx 7 min jouney (walking 50min). Ask the bus driver to tell you when you are there. From the busstop to the venue is a 5 min walk (see picture)
Information about Belgium
If you have some free time before or after the event, it is definitely worth it to take some time to visit our unique country. Belgium is small, but has a rich history, authentic and historical city centers, good food and complex political structures. Please eat chocolate pralines, French fries and taste a few of our thousand kinds of beer. PS: good to know: “French” fries has nothing to do with France, but “frenching” is a way of cutting the potatoes.
Flandres is in the North of Belgium. People speak Dutch here (Which we call Flemish). Flandres has a dense population and very beautiful cities. Cities worth visiting: Ghent (my personal favorite), Brussels, Bruges (Touristic highlight – the city center is Unesco protected), Antwerp. If you prefer small provincial cities: try Leuven, Mechelen or Kortrijk. There are a few natural domains, but all of them are rather small.
Wallonia is in the South of Belgium. People speak French here (and some German in the East). Population is less dense, Belgians go here for hiking or mountainbiking. If you like hiking, you can try the GR57, which passes several train stations so you can choose how many days you want to go (1 or more). It passes a divers range of beautiful landscapes and follows a river. You can send me an email for more information if you are interested.