There are 5 ways to get from Düsseldorf to Leuven by train, bus or car

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Train Thalys  •  2 h 21 min

  1. Take the train from Düsseldorf to Liege-Guillemins
  2. Take the train from Liege-Guillemins to Leuven Ic

$56 - $81

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Bus, line 358 bus  •  4 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Düsseldorf to Brussels, Brussels-North station 081
  2. Take the line 358 bus from Brussel Noord Perron 6 to Leuven Rector De Somerplein zone A 358 / ...

$16 - $60

3 alternative options

Train via Aachen Hbf  •  4 h 6 min

  1. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Aachen Hbf Re1 / ...
  2. Take the train from Welkenraedt to Leuven Ic

$57 - $90

Bus  •  6 h 16 min

  1. Take the bus from Düsseldorf to Brussels City Center - Midi Train station Ouibus

$18 - $22

Drive  •  1 h 40 min

  1. Drive from Düsseldorf to Leuven 111.1 miles

$23 - $35

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No, there is no direct bus from Düsseldorf to Leuven. However, there are services departing from Düsseldorf and arriving at Leuven Rector De Somerplein zone A via Brussel Noord Perron 6. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 30 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Düsseldorf to Leuven. However, there are services departing from Düsseldorf and arriving at Leuven via Liege-Guillemins. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 21 min.

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The distance between Düsseldorf and Leuven is 150 km. The road distance is 177.8 km.

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The best way to get from Düsseldorf to Leuven without a car is to train which takes 2 h 21 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 2 h 21 min to get from Düsseldorf to Leuven, including transfers.

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Düsseldorf to Leuven bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Düsseldorf station.

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Düsseldorf to Leuven train services, operated by Thalys, depart from Düsseldorf station.

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The best way to get from Düsseldorf to Leuven is to train which takes 2 h 21 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus and line 358 bus, which costs and takes 4 h 30 min.

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Düsseldorf to Leuven bus services, operated by De Lijn, arrive at Leuven Rector De Somerplein zone A station.

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Düsseldorf to Leuven train services, operated by Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB), arrive at Leuven station.

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Map of how to get from Düsseldorf to Leuven.
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  • Distance: 93.7 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 21 min

What companies run services between Düsseldorf, Germany and Leuven, Belgium?

You can take a train from Düsseldorf to Leuven via Liege-Guillemins in around 2 h 21 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Düsseldorf to Leuven via Brussels, Brussels-North station and Brussel Noord Perron 6 in around 4 h 30 min.

Train operators
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Düsseldorf to Liege-Guillemins
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$45 - $70
1st Class
$70 - $95
Train from Düsseldorf to Aachen Central Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$30 - $55
1st Class
$55 - $75
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
b-rail.be
Train from Liege-Guillemins to Leuven
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Website
belgianrail.be
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eurail.com
2nd Class
$9 - $13
1st Class
$14 - $20
Train from Welkenraedt to Leuven
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Website
belgianrail.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$12 - $18
1st Class
$18 - $27
Bahn DE
Website
bahn.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Aachen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $34
Schedules at
bahn.de
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and offers many different types of rail transportation including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Aachen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28 - $45
Website
bahn.de
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Düsseldorf to Brussels, Brussels-North station
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $19
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Düsseldorf - Hauptbahnhof to Bruxelles - North
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
eurolines.de
De Lijn
Website
delijn.be
Bus from Brussel Noord Perron 6 to Leuven Rector De Somerplein zone A
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$4
Schedules at
delijn.be
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Düsseldorf to Brussels City Center - Midi Train station
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Website
Ouibus

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Yes, the driving distance between Düsseldorf to Leuven is 178 km. It takes approximately 1 h 40 min to drive from Düsseldorf to Leuven.

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