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There are 5 ways to get from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Leuven by train, taxi, car or towncar

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train via Brux.-Nord/Brus.-Noord

  1. Take the train from Charleroi-Sud / Charleroi-Zuid to Brux.-Nord/Brus.-Noord
  2. Take the train from Brux.-Nord/Brus.-Noord to Louvain / Leuven

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Train

  1. Take the train from Charleroi-Sud / Charleroi-Zuid to Ottignies
  2. Take the train from Ottignies to Louvain / Leuven

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Taxi

  1. Take a taxi from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Leuven

Drive

  1. Drive from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Leuven

Towncar

  1. Take a town car from Charleroi Airport to Leuven

Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Leuven by bus and train

The journey time between Charleroi Airport (CRL) and Leuven is around 1h 57m and covers a distance of around 98 km. This includes an average layover time of around 16 min. The fastest journey normally takes 1h 48m. Operated by TEC Charleroi and Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB), the Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Leuven service departs from CHARLEROI Airport and arrives in Louvain / Leuven. Typically 175 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average journey times

Time on transportation:
1h 40m
Layover time:
16 min
Total time:
1h 57m

Route information

Fastest journey time:
1h 48m
Journey distance:
98 km
Services per week:
175
Cheapest price:
-
Carbon emissions:
5 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
05:00
Last service departs at:
22:00

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Leuven bus and train schedules

Departing Monday, September 27, 2021

Charleroi Airport (CRL) → Leuven
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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.

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Last updated: 22 Sep 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Leuven is to drive which costs €7 - €12 and takes 53 min.

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The quickest way to get from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Leuven is to taxi which costs €120 - €160 and takes 53 min.

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The distance between Charleroi Airport (CRL) and Leuven is 48 km. The road distance is 69.9 km.

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The best way to get from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Leuven without a car is to train via Brux.-Nord/Brus.-Noord which takes 2h 32m and costs €12 - €19.

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It takes approximately 2h 32m to get from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Leuven, including transfers.

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Yes, the driving distance between Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Leuven is 70 km. It takes approximately 53 min to drive from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Leuven.

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Map of how to get from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Leuven.
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  • Distance: 48.3 km
  • Duration: 2h 32m

What companies run services between Charleroi Airport (CRL), Belgium and Leuven, Belgium?

You can take a train from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Leuven via CHARLEROI Sud, Charleroi-Sud / Charleroi-Zuid, and Brux.-Nord/Brus.-Noord in around 2h 32m.

Train operators
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
belgiantrain.be
Train from Charleroi-Sud / Charleroi-Zuid to Brux.-Nord/Brus.-Noord
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€7 - €11
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
€7 - €11
1st Class
€11 - €16
Train from Brux.-Nord/Brus.-Noord to Louvain / Leuven
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
€5 - €8
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
€5 - €8
1st Class
€7 - €11
Train from Charleroi-Sud / Charleroi-Zuid to Ottignies
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€5 - €8
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
€5 - €8
1st Class
€8 - €12
Train from Ottignies to Louvain / Leuven
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€5 - €8
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
€5 - €8
1st Class
€7 - €11
Other operators
Taxi from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Leuven
Ave. Duration
53 min
Estimated price
€120 - €160
Viabrussels
Phone
+32 49 42 63 06 5
Website
viabrussels.com
Taxi Charleroi Aeroport
Phone
+32 467 84 74 64
Taxi Carolo
Phone
+32 71 30 44 51
Website
taxiscarolo.be
Sympa Tax
Phone
+32 71 30 30 33
Website
sympatax.be
Prestige DRIVER
Phone
+32 493 84 65 91
Website
prestigedriver.be
Gentle car service
Phone
+32 497 11 17 61
Website
taxi-aeroports.be
Airport-driver.be
Phone
+32 488 09 36 51
Website
airport-driver.be
Jayride
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
On demand
Towncar from Charleroi Airport to Leuven
Estimated price
€120 - €190

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