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There are 4 ways to get from Amsterdam to Leuven by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  2h 33m

  1. Take the train from Amsterdam Centraal to Anvers-Central Thalys
  2. Take the train from Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal to Louvain / Leuven L / ...

64€ - 119€

Cheapest option

Bus, line 358 bus  •  4h 3m

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

13€ - 19€

2 alternative options

Drive  •  2h 25m

  1. Drive from Amsterdam to Leuven 209.5 km

26€ - 40€

Fly  •  2h 29m

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

55€ - 214€

Amsterdam to Leuven by train

The train journey time between Amsterdam and Leuven is around 2h 17m and covers a distance of around 219 km. The fastest train normally takes 2h 11m. Operated by Thalys and Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB), the Amsterdam to Leuven train service departs from Amsterdam Centraal and arrives in Louvain / Leuven. Typically 44 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
2h 17m
Fastest train time:
2h 11m
Trains per week:
44
Cheapest price:
64€
Carbon emissions:
11 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
07:15
Last train departs at:
19:15

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Amsterdam to Leuven train schedules

Netherlands → Belgium
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition for subsequent release from quarantine. It is tested in quarantine on days 1 and 7
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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Belgium from Netherlands.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Further restrictions may be implemented at short notice

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Leuven is 800 14689.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Leuven is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Leuven is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 800 14689.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Netherlands from Belgium.

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Last updated: 9 Jun 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Amsterdam to Leuven is to bus and line 358 bus which costs 12€ - 20€ and takes 4h 3m.

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The quickest way to get from Amsterdam to Leuven is to drive which costs 26€ - 40€ and takes 2h 25m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Amsterdam to Leuven. However, there are services departing from Amsterdam Sloterdijk and arriving at Leuven Rector De Somerplein zone A via Brussel Noord opstaphalte. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 3m.

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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 Louvain / Leuven via Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 33m.

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The distance between Amsterdam and Leuven is 167 km. The road distance is 209.5 km.

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The best way to get from Amsterdam to Leuven without a car is to train which takes 2h 33m and costs 60€ - 120€.

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It takes approximately 2h 33m to get from Amsterdam to Leuven, including transfers.

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Amsterdam to Leuven bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from 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 2h 33m and costs 60€ - 120€. Alternatively, you can bus and line 358 bus, which costs 12€ - 20€ and takes 4h 3m, you could also fly, which costs 55€ - 220€ and takes 2h 29m.

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Map of how to get from Amsterdam to Leuven.
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  • Distance: 166.7 km
  • Duration: 2h 33m

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

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Leuven via Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal in around 2h 33m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Amsterdam to Leuven via Brussels-North train station and Brussel Noord opstaphalte in around 4h 3m.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Brussels
Ave. Duration
47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 330€
Train operators
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Amsterdam Centraal to Anvers-Central
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
55€ - 110€
Website
Thalys
Standard
55€ - 80€
Comfort
65€ - 90€
Premium
80€ - 110€
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
belgiantrain.be
Train from Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal to Louvain / Leuven
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
7€ - 11€
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
7€ - 11€
1st Class
11€ - 16€
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Brussels-North train station
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
12€ - 15€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
CityBusExpress
Phone
+31 30 333 33 00
Email
info@citybusexpress.com
Website
citybusexpress.com
Bus from Amsterdam Piarcoplein P+R Sloterdijk to Brussels Noord Bus Station
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
11€ - 17€
Website
CityBusExpress
De Lijn
Phone
070 220 200
Email
delijn
Website
delijn.be
Bus from Brussel Noord opstaphalte to Leuven Rector De Somerplein zone A
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
1€ - 3€
Website
De Lijn
m-ticket
2€
single ticket
3€

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The quickest flight from Amsterdam Schiphol 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 Louvain / Leuven station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Amsterdam to Leuven is 209 km. It takes approximately 2h 25m to drive from Amsterdam to Leuven.

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KLM offers flights from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Brussels Airport.

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There are 346+ hotels available in Leuven. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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The best way to get from Amsterdam to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is to train which takes 13 min and costs 6€ - 13€.

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