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Brussels Airport (Zaventem) is the nearest airport.

The direct train link will take you to Leuven in just 15 minutes and the airport train station is located below the terminal (basement level -1).

The train to Leuven runs twice every hour. You can find information about timetables and how to buy a ticket on this airport website or in the Belgian railways website


Brussels Charleroi South airport is one hour drive from Leuven.

If you land here, you can take the bus to Charleroi railway station and take a train from there to Leuven. Several car hire companies also operate from Charleroi Airport.



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If you are travelling by international train, you should switch in the international train station of Brussels Midi. From here you can get to Leuven by train in just 30 minutes. You can find further information about timetables and how to buy a ticket for an international train here

For more information about national rail services click here.



Leuven is located at the junction of two important motorways: the E40 and the E314. The 'P' signposts will guide you to the different car parks.



  • BY BUS
    The main local bus terminal is located next to the railway station (if you leave the station, it is on your right hand side). The busses easily reach Leuven centre and surrounding areas. Click here for Leuven bus map  and here for time schedules and tickets. Local busses are run by De Lijn


    You can hire bikes at a number of different locations in Leuven. For more information about bike rental and parking click here.


  • BY TAXI 

    Taxis can be found at the Leuven train station (in front of the main building) and at Smoldersplein (near the courthouse).

    Taxi companies in Leuven:

    Taxi Alex : Bierbeekstraat 116, 3001 Leuven (Heverlee), Tel. +32 16 29 16 16

    Taxi's Jenny NV: Diestsesteenweg 489, 3010 Leuven (Kessel-Lo), Tel. +32 16 25 35 65

    Taxi Gerard: Wipstraat 27, 3010 Leuven (Kessel-Lo), Tel. +32 16 25 09 99

    Cordons-Van Minsel BVBA: Hoveniersdreef 31, 3001 Leuven (Heverlee), Tel. +32 16 22 20 00



With about 100.000 inhabitants, Leuven is well known as a university city. It is the home of the biggest university in Belgium, with more than 40.000 students. Founded in 1425 by Papal Bull under Martinus V, it is also the oldest university in Belgium.

The city of Leuven itself came in full bloom a few centuries earlier. Up to the end of the 13rd century, it was the residence of the Dukes of Brabant.

Town and university have known many periods of prosperity. The town hall, churches, cloisters and colleges stand silent witness of those days and make Leuven an interesting place, rich in historical buildings that radiate a magic of their own.

Major tourist attractions are the more than 550 year old town hall, the Great Beguinage, the University Library, the St. Peters Cathedral and the Papal college.



Triggered by the presence of imec, the largest independent research center in Europe with over 3500 researchers coming from more than 70 different countries, Leuven became a world leading center for micro and nano-electronics.

KU Leuven and imec have created almost 200 spin-off companies.


Leuven is also hosting the headquarters of AB INBEV, the largest brewery in the world.


Leuven is only 20 km away from Brussels, the capital of Belgium and hearth of Europe. It is ideally situated to visit world famous places like Antwerp, Gent and Bruges. Even the seaside or the Ardennes are less than 2 hours away.


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