3-7 Jun 2019 Leuven (Belgium)


How to get to Leuven?

From Brussels National Airport (Zaventem)

The easiest and fastest way to get to Leuven after arriving at Brussels National Airport is by train. At the airport, follow the train signs to get to the train station. The train station is located underneath the airport. Ask for a one way ticket to Leuven. The trip takes about 15 minutes. For train timetables please consult: https://www.belgiantrain.be/en/.

Taxis with a taximeter are also permanently available in front of the arrivals hall. The fare from the airport to the city centre of Leuven is normally around € 65.

From Brussels Midi Train Station (Brussels Zuid)

In case you arrive in Belgium by train, your final stop will probably be Brussels South (also called Bruxelles Midi or Brussel Zuid). Get to the main hall and head to the tickets area. You can buy a ticket to Leuven (or Louvain in French, but be careful: Louvain and Louvain-La-Neuve are two different places). Ask for the next train to Leuven. The trip takes about 30 minutes. In case you arrive in one of the other two train stations in Brussels (Centraal or Noord) just follow the same procedure: head to the tickets area, pick up your ticket and ask for a train to Leuven. All trains pass through all three stations in Brussels, it is possible to get a train to Leuven in either one of them.

From Charleroi Airport

Option A: After you pick up your luggage, head to the airport ticket desk and buy a “bulk” ticket. This ticket includes the public shuttle bus from the airport to the train station (bus line A) and the train ticket from the train station of Charleroi Sud to Brussels. The shuttle will take you to the Charleroi Sud train station (18 minutes ride) where you can get the next train to Brussels. Trains leave every half hour, it takes about 45 minutes to get to Brussels Midi. Once you arrive at Brussels Midi take a train to Leuven (see above). It can take up to 2 – 2.5 hours to get you to Brussels (keep in mind that you will spend some time waiting for the next available shuttle and train) plus the extra time you will need to get to Leuven (30 minutes + extra time waiting for corresponding train). For more information and the shuttle timetable please consult: http://www.charleroi-airport.com.

Option B: You can get a coach bus that will take you all the way to Brussels. The journey lasts one hour and costs around € 15 one-way and € 25 round trip. The bus will drop you at Brussels Midi train station where you can get a train to Leuven (see above). You can buy your ticket at the airport terminal or online at http://www.voyages-lelan.be. Please make sure you buy your ticket in advance since it's not possible to buy a ticket on the bus.

By bus: useful links

By train: useful links

Note: Please make sure you do not confuse Leuven (called "Louvain" in French and English) with its French-speaking variant Louvain-la-Neuve. Louvain-la-Neuve is located near Wavre and Ottignies, about 30 km southwest of Leuven. (There is an hourly train from Leuven to Ottignies and Louvain-la-Neuve).

How to get to the campus?

By bus

The easiest way to get from Condo Gardens to the campus is by taking bus number 616 direction “Zaventem” from the stop Leuven Tiensepoort (5 minutes from Condo Gardens) to the stop Celestijnenlaan, at the entrance of the campus Arenberg III. The bus takes about 10 minutes; you can consult a timetable here.

You can also take bus number 2, direction "Campus", from the stop Leuven H. Hartkliniek (15 minutes from Condo Gardens) to the stop Campus, situated on campus Arenberg III, next to building A and near building B, the Department of Mathematics. The bus takes about 20 minutes; you can consult a timetable here.

Bus number 2 also stops at several other places in Leuven such as the central square (Rector De Somerplein zone C) and the station of Leuven platform 6.

A single ticket costs €3.00; you can also by a card of 10 trips (€16) or a 1-3- or 5-day pass (€7-14-20). Single tickets can be bought on the bus; cards and passes are only sold in presale points and shops of De Lijn. For more information, please consult:


By taxi

From Leuven center or Leuven station, a taxi drive to campus will cost about 10 euros.

By bike

There is also the opportunity to rent a bike (24€ for 5 days) at Fietspunt Leuven, situated in the bicycle parking at the train station. The shop is open on Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., on Saturday from 8.30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 8.30 a.m. until 2 p.m.. The renting of a bike starts on weekdays: you can just go there, pay and rent a bike.


If you have time and the weather is nice, you might consider walking to campus; from Condo Gardens, it takes about 40 minutes.

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