Travelling to Leuven
The train is a fast, environmentally friendly way to travel. The comfortable Thalys, Eurostar, ICE, and TGV high-speed trains will get you from the neighbouring countries to the centre of Leuven in practically no time at all.
International trains arrive in Brussels-South or in Liège. From there, you can take a national train to Leuven (approx. 25 minutes).
The attractive historical centre of Leuven is traffic-free. The rest of the city centre is subdivided into 5 districts. In each district a loop directs traffic from the ring road to a city centre parking garage and back to the ring road. We advise you to park your car in one of the more advantageous ring road car parks.
By international bus
Thanks to different connections, you can access Leuven easily by bus.
Book a seat through one of the following coach companies.
- Frankrijk → Leuven (Departure: Paris, Bordeaux, Nantes, Rennes & Tours)
- The Netherlands→ Leuven (Departure: Eindhoven, Groningen, Apeldoorn, Nijmegen & Maastricht)
- United Kingdom→ Leuven (Departure: London)
- Germany → Leuven (Departure: Koblenz, Worms, Bonn, Karlsruhe, Neurenberg, München, Keulen, Würzburg & Frankfurt.
- Parking spot Kessel-Lo | Eénmeilaan (opposite no. 199), 3010 Leuven (Kessel-Lo)
- More information
Brussels Airport | 28 km from Leuven
The easiest and fastest way to reach Leuven from Brussels Airport is by train. A direct train will have you in Leuven in just 15 minutes.
Brussels South International Airport | 90 km from Leuven
You can buy a ticket at Charleroi Airport which combines the bus to Charleroi Sud with the train to Leuven.
- Website Brussels South Charleroi Airport(link is external)
- Website NMBS
Leuven’s historic city centre is a pedestrian-only zone. So you cannot use a GPS within the ring road. Coaches can drop off visitors in the centre of Leuven and then park along the ring road. Check this document to avoid surprises.