There are 6 ways to get from Frankfurt am Main to Leuven by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly  •  2 h 37 min

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Brussels (BRU) FRA - BRU

$95 - $288

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Bus FlixBus  •  6 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station to Leuven N84

$23 - $40

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Train  •  4 h 42 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf Ice
  2. Take the train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Liège-Guillemins Ice
  3. Take the train from Liege-Guillemins to Leuven Ic

$90 - $150

Train via Aachen Hbf  •  5 h 20 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 Ice
  2. Take the train from Köln, Deutz Bf Deutz / Messe LANXESS arena to Aachen Hbf Re1
  3. Take the train from Welkenraedt to Leuven Ic

$94 - $124

Bus Eurolines DE  •  7 h 33 min

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt to Bruxelles - North

$59 - $78

Drive  •  3 h 23 min

  1. Drive from Frankfurt am Main to Leuven 232.9 miles

$45 - $75

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The cheapest way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Leuven is to bus which costs 19€ - 35€ and takes 6 h 35 min.

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The quickest way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Leuven is to fly which costs 80€ - 250€ and takes 2 h 37 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station station and arriving at Leuven. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 35 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Frankfurt am Main to Leuven. However, there are services departing from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf and arriving at Leuven via Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf, Köln Hauptbahnhof and Liege-Guillemins. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 42 min.

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The distance between Frankfurt am Main and Leuven is 294 km. The road distance is 372.6 km.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Leuven without a car is to train which takes 4 h 42 min and costs 75€ - 130€.

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It takes approximately 2 h 37 min to get from Frankfurt am Main to Leuven, including transfers.

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Frankfurt am Main to Leuven bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station.

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Frankfurt am Main to Leuven train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf station.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Leuven is to fly which takes 2 h 37 min and costs 80€ - 250€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 75€ - 130€ and takes 4 h 42 min, you could also bus, which costs 19€ - 35€ and takes 6 h 35 min.

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Map of how to get from Frankfurt am Main to Leuven.
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  • Distance: 183.9 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 37 min

What companies run services between Frankfurt am Main, Germany and Leuven, Belgium?

Lufthansa flies from Frankfurt am Main to Leuven every 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Frankfurt am Main to Leuven via Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf, Köln Hbf, Köln Hauptbahnhof, Liège-Guillemins, and Liege-Guillemins in around 4 h 42 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Brussels
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $380
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and offers many different types of rail transportation including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Liège-Guillemins
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Liege-Guillemins
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$35 - $60
1st Class
$55 - $75
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
b-rail.be
Train from Liege-Guillemins to Leuven
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Website
belgianrail.be
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eurail.com
2nd Class
$9 - $14
1st Class
$14 - $21
Train from Welkenraedt to Leuven
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Website
belgianrail.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$12 - $18
1st Class
$19 - $27
Bahn DE
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln, Deutz Bf Deutz / Messe LANXESS arena to Aachen Hbf
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $28
Schedules at
bahn.de
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 Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station to Leuven
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Frankfurt to Bruxelles - North
Ave. Duration
6 h 13 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
eurolines.de
Low
$55
High
$59

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The quickest flight from Frankfurt Airport to Brussels Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Frankfurt am Main to Leuven bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Leuven station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Frankfurt am Main to Leuven is 373 km. It takes approximately 3 h 23 min to drive from Frankfurt am Main to Leuven.

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Lufthansa offers flights from Frankfurt Airport to Brussels Airport.

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Book your Frankfurt am Main to Leuven bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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There are 743+ hotels available in Leuven. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Frankfurt Airport is to train which takes 13 min and costs 9€ - 14€.

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