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Leuven is easy to reach by car, bus and train. 

By plane

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.

By car 

Leuven can be conveniently reached by car. The E40 highway runs from Brussels via Leuven to Liège. The E314 highway links Leuven with the province of Limburg and with Maastricht and Aachen, with a traveling time of around 1 hour. A Parking Guidance System exists to help guide you to the larger car parks in the city centre.

Look out for electronic signposting, particularly on the city ring road.
Street parking is expensive and not recommended. Be aware that the city's many one-way streets can be confusing.

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.

By Train 

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) 
Almost all Belgian cities can be reached by train from the Brussels North or Brussels Zuid/Midi hub. Thalys and Eurostar trains depart from Brussels Zuid/Midi.

By Bus

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.

By Taxi
Licensed taxi's are indentified  by their yellow-and-blue (or the older red-and-white) colours on top and are found mostly at the airport. A one-way trip to Leuven usually takes at least 20 minutes and costs at least €55.

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