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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 34m

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

$56 - $81

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Bus, line 358 bus  •  4h 50m

  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

2 alternative options

Drive  •  2h 14m

  1. Drive from Amsterdam to Leuven 130.8 miles

$30 - $50

Fly  •  2h 26m

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

$71 - $253

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The cheapest way to get from Amsterdam to Leuven is to bus and line 358 bus which costs 18€ - 25€ and takes 4h 50m.

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

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No, there is no direct bus from Amsterdam to Leuven. However, there are services departing from Amsterdam, Linnaeusstraat and arriving at Leuven Rector De Somerplein zone A via Amsterdam Duivendrecht and Brussel Noord Perron 6. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 50m.

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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 34m.

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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 2h 34m and costs 45€ - 70€.

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It takes approximately 2h 34m to get from Amsterdam to Leuven, including transfers.

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Amsterdam to Leuven bus services, operated by Eurolines NL, depart from Amsterdam Duivendrecht 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 34m and costs 45€ - 70€. Alternatively, you can bus and line 358 bus, which costs 18€ - 25€ and takes 4h 50m, you could also fly, which costs 60€ - 220€ and takes 2h 26m.

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Map of how to get from Amsterdam to Leuven.
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  • Distance: 104.2 miles
  • Duration: 2h 34m

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

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Leuven via Antwerpen-Centraal and Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal in around 2h 34m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Amsterdam to Leuven via Duivendrecht, Station Duivendrecht, Amsterdam Duivendrecht, and Brussel Noord Perron 6 in around 4h 50m.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Brussels
Ave. Duration
45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $480
Train operators
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Amsterdam Centraal to Antwerpen-Centraal
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$45 - $70
1st Class
$70 - $95
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 5m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Website
belgiantrain.be
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eurail.com
2nd Class
$8 - $12
1st Class
$12 - $18
Bus operators
Eurolines NL
Website
eurolines.nl
Bus from Amsterdam Duivendrecht to Brussels
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $21
Schedules at
eurolines.nl
De Lijn
Website
delijn.be
Bus from Brussel Noord Perron 6 to Leuven Rector De Somerplein zone A
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$4
Schedules at
delijn.be

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The quickest flight from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Brussels Airport is the direct flight which takes 40m.

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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 14m 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 777+ hotels available in Leuven. Prices start at $70 USD per night.

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

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