Accommodation, location and travel information

Hotel options

Several hotels in Ostend have agreed to provide reduced room rates for conference delegates. All options are located close to the conference venue and within easy walking distance of major attractions. To guarantee a reduced rate room, click this link and type in the code OCEANSPASTVIII to see the different hotels and their special rates for your chosen dates.

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**Participants please note that you will need to use the code OCEANSPASTVIII to see conference rates!**

Travel to conference venue

The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) is located in the coastal city of Oostende, Belgium, and can be reached by public transport (rail, bus, air and/or car). Housed in the former warehouses of the Ostend fish market, VLIZ is situated on the east bank of the harbour and overlooks the harbour channel.

A free ferry service operates for pedestrians and cyclists from the centre of Ostend (Visserskaai) to the VLIZ offices (see map).

Address and coordinates

Flanders Marine Institute
InnovOcean site
Wandelaarkaai 7 (entrance: warehouse 48)
8400 Ostend

Tel.: +32-(0)59-34 21 30
Fax: +32-(0)59-34 21 31

Coordinates: 51°13'59.8"N 2°55'46.6"E Google maps

Getting there

By air
From Brussels airport catch the train to Brussels-Midi/Zuid (frequency: every 20 min.). Then take the hourly direct train to Ostend (1 hour 42 minutes) or transfer in Bruges.

By rail
Ostend railway station is located in the city centre, within walking distance of the promenade. There is a direct connection to and from Ghent, Brussels and Antwerp. For international trips a direct connection exists with Lille or Paris, and operated by Thalys (via Brussels).

By car
At the end of the E40/A10 motorway you enter Ostend and take exit 4 towards Blankenberge (N34). Turn left at the fourth traffic light (follow the sign ‘VLIZ – InnovOcean site’ ). After crossing the tram line, immediately turn right and then take the first street on the left (Nieuwewerfkaai). At the end of the road turn right (Vismijnlaan). At the bottom of Vismijnlaan – just in front of the passageway through the fish market – take Wandelaarkaai on your left. Ample parking facilities are provided by the waterside.

By bus
Go to bus platform 5 in front of the railway station and take bus route 9 (Sas Slijkens via Groenendijk). Get off at the 'Sluisplein' bus stop. Cross Moreauxlaan and proceed towards Vismijnlaan.

Map of Ostend for conference

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