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There are 6 ways to get from Leuven to Rotterdam by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  2 h 8 min

  1. Take the train from Louvain / Leuven to Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal L / ...
  2. Take the train from Antwerpen-Centraal to Rotterdam Centraal Thalys / ...

$38 - $61

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  2 h 9 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Leuven to Rotterdam 100.6 miles

$12

4 alternative options

Line 284 bus, train  •  3 h 16 min

  1. Take the line 284 bus from Leuven Rector De Somerplein zone B to Mechelen Station perron 14 284 / ...
  2. Take the train from Mechelen to Rotterdam Centraal Intercity direct / ...

$20 - $33

Line 652 bus, bus  •  4 h 15 min

  1. Take the line 652 bus from Leuven Station Perron 12 to Zaventem Luchthaven Perron B 652 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Brussels Airport to Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS 819 / ...

$11 - $17

Drive  •  1 h 36 min

  1. Drive from Leuven to Rotterdam 100.1 miles

$24 - $35

Fly, train  •  2 h 38 min

  1. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) BRU - AMS
  2. Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal

$76 - $281

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The cheapest way to get from Leuven to Rotterdam is to rideshare which costs 10€ and takes 2 h 9 min.

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The quickest way to get from Leuven to Rotterdam is to drive which costs 21€ - 35€ and takes 1 h 36 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Leuven station to Rotterdam. However, there are services departing from Leuven Station Perron 12 and arriving at Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS via Brussels Airport. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 15 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Leuven to Rotterdam. However, there are services departing from Louvain / Leuven and arriving at Rotterdam Centraal via Antwerpen-Centraal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 8 min.

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The distance between Leuven and Rotterdam is 117 km. The road distance is 160.2 km.

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The best way to get from Leuven to Rotterdam without a car is to train which takes 2 h 8 min and costs 30€ - 55€.

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It takes approximately 2 h 8 min to get from Leuven to Rotterdam, including transfers.

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Leuven to Rotterdam bus services, operated by De Lijn, arrive at Leuven Station Perron 12.

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

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The best way to get from Leuven to Rotterdam is to train which takes 2 h 8 min and costs 30€ - 55€. Alternatively, you can line 652 bus and bus, which costs 10€ - 16€ and takes 4 h 15 min.

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Map of how to get from Leuven to Rotterdam.
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  • Distance: 73.1 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 8 min

What companies run services between Leuven, Belgium and Rotterdam, Netherlands?

You can take a train from Leuven to Rotterdam via Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal and Antwerpen-Centraal in around 2 h 8 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Leuven to Rotterdam via Zaventem Luchthaven Perron B and Brussels Airport in around 4 h 15 min.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Brussels to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $480
Train operators
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
b-rail.be
Train from Louvain / Leuven to Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Website
belgianrail.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$8 - $12
1st Class
$12 - $18
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Antwerpen-Centraal to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$30 - $50
1st Class
$50 - $65
Train from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $40
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$19 - $40
1st Class
$35 - $45
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Mechelen to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $30
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Train from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $20
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Bus operators
De Lijn
Website
delijn.be
Bus from Leuven Rector De Somerplein zone B to Mechelen Station perron 14
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4
Schedules at
delijn.be
Bus from Leuven Station Perron 12 to Zaventem Luchthaven Perron B
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Every 20 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 Airport to Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$8 - $14
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility you’ll get to your destination – often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Leuven to Rotterdam
Ave. Duration
2 h 9 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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More Questions & Answers

The quickest flight from Brussels Airport to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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Leuven to Rotterdam bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS station.

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Leuven to Rotterdam train services, operated by Thalys, arrive at Rotterdam Centraal station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Leuven to Rotterdam is 160 km. It takes approximately 1 h 36 min to drive from Leuven to Rotterdam.

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KLM offers flights from Brussels Airport to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

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There are 589+ hotels available in Rotterdam. Prices start at $69 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Leuven and Rotterdam. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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The best way to get from Leuven to Brussels Airport is to train which takes 15 min and costs 17€ - 19€.

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