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Leuven is easy to reach by car, bus and train.
Fly to Brussels Airport, which services Europe, America, Africa and Asia. The airport is used by a number of low-cost airlines.
There is a train and bus station at the Airport itself which is well signposted. Suburban trains to Leuven (a 13 minute ride) run every 30 minutes on weekdays and every hour at the weekend. Taxis can be found at the arrivals area.
Travel time to Leuven is at least 20 minutes by car and 13 minutes by train. More low-cost airlines fly to Brussels South Charleroi Airport but travel time to Leuven is considerably longer (1h 30 minutes).
A combined bus+train ticket can be purchased for € 11.40 that will enable you to take the bus from Charleroi airport to Charleroi railway station, and from there to Leuven train station.
There is no direct train link between Leuven and Charleroi; you have to change trains in Brussels. More information can be found on the airport's website.
Look out for electronic signposting, particularly on the city ring road.
The speed limit in and around the city is 50 km/h, or 30 km/h in certain areas. Speeding fines crossing between the zones are very common.
Leuven's railway station is one of the busiest of Belgium. There are frequent direct trains to and from:
- Brussels Airport (13 minutes)
- Brussels (Brussels North: 18 minutes; Brussels Central: 24 minutes; Brussels Zuid/Midi: 30 minutes)
- Antwerp (50 minutes)
- Ghent (1 hour) and Bruges (1 hour 20 minutes)
- Liege (1 hour), Verviers and Eupen (1 hour 30 minutes)
Bus lines run from the cities around Leuven (Brussels, Tienen, Aarschot, Mechelen, Diest and Wavre), but connections by train are usually faster and cost about the same. However buses can be faster to Herentals, Turnhout, Geel or other towns in the Campine region.