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accessible_forward  KU Leuven Access Guide


public transport

By bus
By train

Note: Please make sure you do not confuse Leuven (called "Louvain" in French and English) with its French-speaking variant Louvain-la-Neuve.


by car

If you come from Germany via Liège (Luik) over the E40, take the E314/A2 in Leuven direction Hasselt and keep right. Take the first exit (nr. 15) and turn at the 3rd traffic light to the right, direction Heverlee. (Or alternatively, continue to the 4th traffic light for the ringroad around Leuven). The same exit (nr. 15) on the E314/A2 can be reached coming from Germany through Aachen and The Netherlands through Eindhoven.

If you come from The Netherlands over Antwerp, Mechelen and Brussels on the A16/E19, join the E40 direction Liège (Luik) in Brussels. Near Leuven, continue on the E314/A2 direction Hasselt and take the first exit right (nr. 15). For Heverlee turn right at the 3rd traffic light. (Or alternatively, continue to the 4th traffic light for the ringroad around Leuven)


By plane

From Brussels National Airport (Zaventem):

The fastest way to get to Leuven city center 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:

There is also a direct bus line (line 616 to Zaventem - Moorsel - Bertem - Leuven) between Brussels National Airport and the Department which takes around 55 minutes.

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. Here 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 (price is 10.50€). 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:

Option B: You can get a coach bus that will take you all the way to Brussels. The journey lasts one hour and costs 13 euros one-way and 22 euros 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 Please make sure you buy your ticket in advance.