Gent has an access regulation in five areas of the city center covering 51 ha.
There are five car-free areas in Gent and three streets that are banned for traffic: Ottogracht, Bargiebrug and the Hippoliet Lippensplein. The combination of the car-free areas and streets ensure that there is no through traffic. The traffic is forced to use the inner ring road to circulate in the city.
light orange shaded areas: old car-free areas
dark orange shaded areas: new car-free areas
Only the following can get a permit to enter the car-free areas:
- residents of the car-free area with a parking space or a garage
- residents can apply for a visitor's permit
- hotels can apply for guest's permit
- vehicles doing loading
- vehicles for handicapped people
- health care providers
To enter the closed streets Ottogracht, Bargiebrug and Hippoliet Lippensplein, you need a permit.
Go here for more information on how to get a permit.
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If you enter the car-free area without a proper permit you pay a fine of 55 €.
The following need no permit to enter the car-free area:
- bicycles and mopeds
- garbage collection
- public transport
The closed streets Ottogracht, Bargiebrug and Hippoliet Lippensplein can only be entered by emergency services, public transport, taxis and garbage collection vehicles. The others need a permit.
Loading and unloading is only allowed with a proper permit in area 1 - 4 from 18:00 - 11:00 and in area 5 (Overpoortstraat) from 05:00 - 19:00.