How to get to Leuven
Leuven can be reached easily from all countries by plane, train or car. It is centrally located in Europe.
Easy access to Belgium by plane
You can reach Brussels National Airport by air directly from all the world’s gateways. Brussels National Airport is situated in Zaventem 20 km from Leuven. Travelling to and from the airport is easy.
By train: There is a direct train connection from the airport to Leuven railway station. On weekdays, trains to Leuven go twice an hour and the trip takes about 15 minutes. During the weekend there’s a train once an hour. Tickets cost 9,20 €. Schedule information for all trains in Belgium (including international trains) is available online; enter ‘Brussels Airport Zaventem’ as the departure or destination station and travel to or from ‘Leuven’ (Do not travel to ‘Louvain-la-Neuve’, which is a different city!). The train station at the airport is located in the basement (level -1) of the airport terminal building itself.
Taxis are available outside the arrivals hall. The fare between the airport and Leuven is normally around 60 €. Licensed taxis can be identified by the yellow and blue licence emblem.
Brussels South Charleroi Airport is located 46 km from Brussels Central station. Twice an hour you have a coach shuttle every day between Brussels South Charleroi and Brussels Midi railway station. From Brussels Midi you can take a train to Leuven. More information about Brussels South Charleroi Airport is on their website.
Easy access to Leuven by train
Leuven is an important hub in the Belgian railway network. From Leuven station, there are connections to every other major Belgian train station.
From the Brussels railway stations (Leuven – Brussels = 20 minutes of travel) there are various international connections. You can find practical information, travel formulas, the best connections and itinerary using the Belgian Railways (NMBS) online search engine.
Easy access to Leuven by car
Leuven is situated on the important axis Oostende-Brussel-Leuven-Liège-Köln and is located near the junction of two important motorways: E40 and E314.
Public transport within Leuven
Although most places are at walking distance, you might consider taking a bus. In Flanders, the bus company is called De Lijn (The Line). There is a major bus station at Leuven railway station. Most buses drive through a part of the city centre.
A large number of hotels have parking facilities. There are also a few paying underground parking lots (a.o. at the railway station, at the Ladeuzeplein). Please note that free parking in the streets of the city is not possible. There are a few parking places in streets and squares but users are requested to buy tickets from the parking meters. Moreover, parking in the streets is limited in time (up to 1 hour maximum during business hours). Please note that traffic police is very strict and that parking tickets are checked quite frequently!
Coming by car to the venue
- Take highway E40 (Brussels – Liège/Luik) direction Leuven.
- Take exit Leuven/Hasselt/Genk (E314)
- Take first exit Leuven (Exit 15)
- At the 5th set of traffic lights, turn right
- Follow this road till Naamsepoort and turn left (Naamsestraat)
- There is a 24h underground Q-Park parking at 600 m from the venue in the same street.