There are 6 ways to get from Amsterdam to Leuven by train, bus, car or plane

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Train Thalys  •  2 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Amsterdam Centraal to Antwerpen-Centraal Thalys
  2. Take the train from Antwerpen-Centraal to Leuven Ic / ...

$57 - $82

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Bus FlixBus, line 358 bus  •  4 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Amsterdam, Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Brussels, Brussels-North station 810 / ...
  2. Take the line 358 bus from Brussel Noord Perron 6 to Leuven Rector De Somerplein zone A 358 / ...

$16 - $23

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Train Dutch Railways (NS)  •  2 h 56 min

  1. Take the train from Amsterdam Centraal to Mechelen Intercity direct

$32 - $54

Bus Eurolines NL, line 358 bus  •  4 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from Amsterdam Duivendrecht to Brussels 300
  2. Take the line 358 bus from Brussel Noord Perron 6 to Leuven Rector De Somerplein zone A 358 / ...

$22 - $28

Drive  •  2 h 14 min

  1. Drive from Amsterdam to Leuven 130.8 miles

$30 - $50

Fly  •  2 h 30 min

  1. Fly from Amsterdam (AMS) to Brussels (BRU) AMS - BRU

$71 - $254

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The cheapest way to get from Amsterdam to Leuven is to bus and line 358 bus which costs 13€ - 20€ and takes 4 h 5 min.

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The quickest way to get from Amsterdam to Leuven is to drive which costs 27€ - 40€ and takes 2 h 14 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Amsterdam to Leuven. However, there are services departing from Amsterdam, Amsterdam Sloterdijk and arriving at Leuven Rector De Somerplein zone A via Brussel Noord Perron 6. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 5 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Amsterdam to Leuven. However, there are services departing from Amsterdam Centraal and arriving at Leuven via Antwerpen-Centraal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 22 min.

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The distance between Amsterdam and Leuven is 167 km. The road distance is 209.3 km.

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The best way to get from Amsterdam to Leuven without a car is to train which takes 2 h 22 min and costs 45€ - 70€.

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It takes approximately 2 h 22 min to get from Amsterdam to Leuven, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Amsterdam to Leuven is to train which takes 2 h 22 min and costs 45€ - 70€. Alternatively, you can bus and line 358 bus, which costs 13€ - 20€ and takes 4 h 5 min, you could also fly, which costs 60€ - 220€ and takes 2 h 30 min.

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Map of how to get from Amsterdam to Leuven.
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  • Distance: 104.2 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 22 min

What companies run services between Amsterdam, Netherlands and Leuven, Belgium?

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Leuven via Antwerpen-Centraal in around 2 h 22 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Amsterdam to Leuven via Brussels, Brussels-North station and Brussel Noord Perron 6 in around 4 h 5 min.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Brussels
Ave. Duration
46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $480
Train operators
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Amsterdam Centraal to Antwerpen-Centraal
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$45 - $70
1st Class
$70 - $100
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
b-rail.be
Train from Antwerpen-Centraal to Leuven
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Website
belgianrail.be
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eurail.com
2nd Class
$8 - $12
1st Class
$12 - $19
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Amsterdam Centraal to Mechelen
Ave. Duration
2 h 13 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $45
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
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 Amsterdam, Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Brussels, Brussels-North station
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $20
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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
Eurolines NL
Website
eurolines.nl
Bus from Amsterdam Duivendrecht to Brussels
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $21
Schedules at
eurolines.nl

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The quickest flight from Amsterdam Airport to Brussels Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Amsterdam to Leuven is 209 km. It takes approximately 2 h 14 min to drive from Amsterdam to Leuven.

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KLM offers flights from Amsterdam Airport to Brussels Airport.

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There are 743+ hotels available in Leuven. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Amsterdam to Amsterdam Airport is to train which takes 16 min and costs 5€ - 11€.

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