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

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Train  •  1 h 57 min

  1. Take the train from Leuven to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi S2 / ...
  2. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Charleroi-Sud Ic / ...

$14 - $21

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Line 358 bus, bus  •  3 h 42 min

  1. Take the line 358 bus from Leuven Dirk Boutslaan to Brussel Noord Perron 6 351 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Brussels, Brussels-North station to Charleroi, Charleroi Sud N818

$6 - $9

2 alternative options

Train via Ottignies  •  2 h 1 min

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

$12 - $17

Drive  •  53 min

  1. Drive from Leuven to Charleroi 53.7 miles

$11 - $17

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No, there is no direct bus from Leuven to Charleroi. However, there are services departing from Leuven Dirk Boutslaan and arriving at Charleroi, Charleroi Sud via Brussels, Brussels-North station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 42 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Leuven to Charleroi. However, there are services departing from Leuven and arriving at Charleroi-Sud via Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1 h 57 min.

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The distance between Leuven and Charleroi is 55 km. The road distance is 85.9 km.

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The best way to get from Leuven to Charleroi without a car is to train which takes 1 h 57 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 1 h 57 min to get from Leuven to Charleroi, including transfers.

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Leuven to Charleroi bus services, operated by De Lijn, depart from Leuven Dirk Boutslaan station.

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

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The best way to get from Leuven to Charleroi is to train which takes 1 h 57 min and costs . Alternatively, you can line 358 bus and bus, which costs and takes 3 h 42 min.

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Leuven to Charleroi bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Charleroi, Charleroi Sud station.

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

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Map of how to get from Leuven to Charleroi.
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  • Distance: 34.4 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 57 min

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

You can take a train from Leuven to Charleroi via Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi in around 1 h 57 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Leuven to Charleroi via Brussel Noord Perron 6 and Brussels, Brussels-North station in around 3 h 42 min.

Train operators
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
b-rail.be
Train from Leuven to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Website
belgianrail.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$6 - $9
1st Class
$9 - $14
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Charleroi-Sud
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 Leuven to Ottignies
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $9
Website
belgianrail.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$5 - $9
1st Class
$9 - $13
Train from Ottignies to Charleroi-Ouest
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Website
belgianrail.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$6 - $9
1st Class
$9 - $14
Bus operators
De Lijn
Website
delijn.be
Bus from Leuven Dirk Boutslaan to Brussel Noord Perron 6
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$4
Schedules at
delijn.be
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 Brussels, Brussels-North station to Charleroi, Charleroi Sud
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$3 - $6
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Leuven to Charleroi is 86 km. It takes approximately 53 min to drive from Leuven to Charleroi.

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