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Getting there & around

From Ypres train station (025 28 28 28) there are hourly trains direct to Kortrijk (€4.30, 30 minutes) and Ghent (€9.50, one hour), and west to nearby Poperinge (€1.90, eight minutes). For Brussels (€14.60, 1½ hours), Bruges (€10.10, 1¼ hours), Antwerp (€16.30, two hours) and Ostend (€12.90, two hours), change in Kortrijk.

Regional buses leave from the bus station to the left outside the train station.

Cars can be rented from Devos & Dewanckel (057 20 13 35; Industrielaan 2; per day with unlimited kms €50, deposit €500), about 2km north of the Grote Markt.

As Ypres’ wartime sights are spread over a wide area, you’d need several days to do the area justice by bike, and even then you’d only be covering the tip of the iceberg. Note also that this region is not as flat as much of the rest of Flanders. The Ypres visitors centre sells bike maps (€2) but the explanations are in Flemish only. Bikes can be rented from Jeugdstadion for €10 per day.