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

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Train  •  1 h 28 min

  1. Take the train from Charleroi-Sud to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi Ic / ...
  2. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Leuven Ic / ...

$14 - $21

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Bus, line 358 bus  •  2 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Charleroi, Charleroi Sud to Brussels, Brussels-North station 818
  2. Take the line 358 bus from Brussel Noord Perron 6 to Leuven Rector De Somerplein zone A 358 / ...

$8 - $10

2 alternative options

Train via Ottignies  •  1 h 46 min

  1. Take the train from Charleroi-Ouest to Ottignies L / ...
  2. Take the train from Ottignies to Leuven S20 / ...

$13 - $18

Drive  •  54 min

  1. Drive from Charleroi to Leuven 52.9 miles

$11 - $16

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The cheapest way to get from Charleroi to Leuven is to bus and line 358 bus which costs 6€ - 9€ and takes 2 h 35 min.

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The quickest way to get from Charleroi to Leuven is to drive which costs 9€ - 14€ and takes 54 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Charleroi to Leuven. However, there are services departing from Charleroi, Charleroi Sud and arriving at Leuven Rector De Somerplein zone A via Brussel Noord Perron 6. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 35 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Charleroi to Leuven. However, there are services departing from Charleroi-Sud and arriving at Leuven via Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1 h 28 min.

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The distance between Charleroi and Leuven is 55 km. The road distance is 84.7 km.

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The best way to get from Charleroi to Leuven without a car is to train which takes 1 h 28 min and costs 12€ - 18€.

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It takes approximately 1 h 28 min to get from Charleroi to Leuven, including transfers.

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

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Charleroi to Leuven train services, operated by Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB), depart from Charleroi-Sud station.

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The best way to get from Charleroi to Leuven is to train which takes 1 h 28 min and costs 12€ - 18€. Alternatively, you can bus and line 358 bus, which costs 6€ - 9€ and takes 2 h 35 min.

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  • Distance: 34.4 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 28 min

What companies run services between Charleroi, Belgium and Leuven, Belgium?

You can take a train from Charleroi to Leuven via Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi in around 1 h 28 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Charleroi to Leuven via Brussels, Brussels-North station and Brussel Noord Perron 6 in around 2 h 35 min.

Train operators
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
b-rail.be
Train from Charleroi-Sud to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Website
belgianrail.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$8 - $12
1st Class
$12 - $18
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Leuven
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Website
belgianrail.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$6 - $9
1st Class
$9 - $14
Train from Charleroi-Ouest to Ottignies
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Website
belgianrail.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$6 - $10
1st Class
$10 - $15
Train from Ottignies to Leuven
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Website
belgianrail.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$6 - $9
1st Class
$9 - $13
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 Charleroi, Charleroi Sud to Brussels, Brussels-North station
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$3 - $6
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

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Charleroi to Leuven is 85 km. It takes approximately 54 min to drive from Charleroi to Leuven.

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