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There are 5 ways to get from Charleroi to Leuven by train, bus or car

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Train  •  1h 45m

  1. Take the train from Charleroi-Sud / Charleroi-Zuid to Brux.-Midi/Brus.-Zuid Ic / ...
  2. Take the train from Brux.-Midi/Brus.-Zuid to Louvain / Leuven S2 / ...

$14 - $20

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Train, line 358 bus  •  2h 23m

  1. Take the train from Charleroi-Sud / Charleroi-Zuid to Brux.-Nord/Brus.-Noord Ic / ...
  2. Take the line 358 bus from Brussel Noord Perron 6 to Leuven Rector De Somerplein zone A 358 / ...

$12 - $16

3 alternative options

Bus  •  2h 20m

  1. Take the bus from Charleroi, Charleroi Sud to Brussels Airport 818

$23 - $28

Train via Braine-l'Alleud / Eigenbrakel  •  2h 36m

  1. Take the train from Charleroi-Sud / Charleroi-Zuid to Braine-l'Alleud / Eigenbrakel Ic / ...
  2. Take the train from Braine-l'Alleud / Eigenbrakel to Louvain / Leuven S9 / ...

$13 - $20

Drive  •  54m

  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 drive which costs 9€ - 14€ and takes 54m.

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

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No, there is no direct train from Charleroi to Leuven. However, there are services departing from Charleroi-Sud / Charleroi-Zuid and arriving at Louvain / Leuven via Brux.-Midi/Brus.-Zuid. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1h 45m.

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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 1h 45m and costs 12€ - 18€.

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It takes approximately 1h 45m to get from Charleroi to Leuven, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Charleroi to Leuven is to train which takes 1h 45m and costs 12€ - 18€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 20€ - 25€ and takes 2h 20m.

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

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

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  • Distance: 34.4 miles
  • Duration: 1h 45m

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

You can take a train from Charleroi to Leuven via Brux.-Midi/Brus.-Zuid in around 1h 45m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Charleroi to Leuven once daily. Tickets cost $4 - $8 and the journey takes 1h 50m.

Train operators
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
belgiantrain.be
Train from Charleroi-Sud / Charleroi-Zuid to Brux.-Midi/Brus.-Zuid
Ave. Duration
50m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Website
belgiantrain.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$8 - $12
1st Class
$12 - $18
Train from Brux.-Midi/Brus.-Zuid to Louvain / Leuven
Ave. Duration
47m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Website
belgiantrain.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$6 - $9
1st Class
$9 - $14
Train from Charleroi-Sud / Charleroi-Zuid to Brux.-Nord/Brus.-Noord
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Website
belgiantrain.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$8 - $12
1st Class
$12 - $18
Train from Charleroi-Sud / Charleroi-Zuid to Braine-l'Alleud / Eigenbrakel
Ave. Duration
39m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Website
belgiantrain.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$6 - $10
1st Class
$9 - $14
Train from Braine-l'Alleud / Eigenbrakel to Louvain / Leuven
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
belgiantrain.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$7 - $11
1st Class
$11 - $17
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 Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $8
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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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