There are 10 ways to get from Leuven to Switzerland by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly to Basel  •  3 h 32 min

  1. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Basel (BSL) BRU - BSL

$58 - $266

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Train, bus  •  10 h 52 min

  1. Take the train from Leuven to Liege-Guillemins Ic
  2. Take the bus from Liège to Zurich N831

$41 - $76

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Fly to Geneva  •  3 h 58 min

  1. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Geneva (GVA) BRU - GVA

$58 - $196

Fly to Zurich  •  3 h 54 min

  1. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Zurich (ZRH) BRU - ZRH

$96 - $311

Fly to Milan Malpensa, bus  •  5 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) BRU - MXP
  2. Take the bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso

$56 - $219

Fly to Milan Linate, train  •  6 h 17 min

  1. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Milan Linate (LIN) BRU - LIN
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano

$82 - $295

Train via Paris Est  •  8 h 46 min

  1. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid/Midi to Paris-Nord
  2. Take the train from Paris Est to Strasbourg Tgv / ...
  3. Take the train from Strasbourg to Basel SBB
  4. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB 36 / ...

$236 - $365

Train Deutsche Bahn  •  10 h 17 min

  1. Take the train from Leuven to Liege-Guillemins Ic
  2. Take the train from Liège-Guillemins to Köln Hauptbahnhof Ice
  3. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Zürich HB Ec

$177 - $298

Bus  •  12 h 56 min

  1. Take the bus from Brussels North to Zurich

$66 - $93

Drive  •  6 h 20 min

  1. Drive from Leuven to Zürich 388.6 miles

$80 - $120

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct train from Leuven to Switzerland. However, there are services departing from Leuven and arriving at Zürich Stadelhofen via Brussel-Zuid/Midi, Paris Est, Strasbourg, Basel SBB and Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 46 min.

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The distance between Leuven and Switzerland is 522 km. The road distance is 621.7 km.

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The best way to get from Leuven to Switzerland without a car is to train which takes 8 h 46 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 32 min to get from Leuven to Switzerland, including transfers.

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Leuven to Switzerland train services, operated by Thalys, depart from Brussel-Zuid/Midi station.

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The best way to get from Leuven to Switzerland is to fly which takes 3 h 32 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 8 h 46 min, you could also bus, which costs and takes 12 h 56 min.

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The quickest flight from Brussels Airport to Basel Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h.

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Leuven to Switzerland train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Zürich HB station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Leuven to Switzerland is 622 km. It takes approximately 6 h 20 min to drive from Leuven to Switzerland.

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Brussels Airlines, easyJet and Lufthansa offer flights from Brussels Airport to Basel Airport.

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Map of how to get from Leuven to Switzerland.
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  • Distance: 326.3 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 32 min

What companies run services between Leuven, Belgium and Switzerland?

easyJet, Brussels Airlines and Lufthansa fly from Leuven to Basel 4 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a train from Leuven to Zürich via Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi, Brussel-Zuid/Midi, Paris-Nord, Paris Est, Strasbourg, Basel SBB, and Zürich HB in around 8 h 46 min.

Airlines
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Brussels to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $1,000
Flights from Brussels to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $460
Flights from Brussels to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $750
Flights from Brussels to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $360
Flights from Brussels to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $550
Flights from Brussels to Milan Linate via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Brussels to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $1,000
Flights from Brussels to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $460
Flights from Brussels to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Flights from Brussels to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $750
Flights from Brussels to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Brussels to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $550
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Brussels to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Brussels to Geneva via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Brussels to Geneva via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Brussels to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Brussels to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Brussels to Milan Malpensa via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Brussels to Milan Linate via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Brussels to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $290
Flights from Brussels to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $290
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Brussels to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $470
FlexFlight ApS
Website
flexflight.dk
Flights from Brussels to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $360
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Brussels to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$21 - $320
Hop!
Website
hop.com
Flights from Brussels to Milan Malpensa via Lyon
Ave. Duration
3 h 27 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Train operators
Trenitalia Eurocity

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $28
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Standard
$26 - $28
First
$38
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Brussel-Zuid/Midi to Paris-Nord
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$85 - $120
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$85 - $120
1st Class
$120 - $160
Train from Liege-Guillemins to Köln Hauptbahnhof
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
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Paris Est to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$85 - $100
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$85 - $100
1st Class
$120 - $170
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 Paris Est to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$85 - $130
Website
bahn.de
Train from Liège-Guillemins to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
6 h 14 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $210
Website
bahn.de
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Strasbourg to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
en.oui.sncf
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
b-rail.be
Train from Leuven to Liege-Guillemins
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Website
belgianrail.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$9 - $13
1st Class
$14 - $20
Bus operators
Malpensa Express Bus
Phone
+41 91 858 23 23
Email
info@giosytours.ch
Website
malpensa-express.com
Bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $28
Schedules at
malpensa-express.com
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 Liège to Zurich
Ave. Duration
8 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Brussels North to Zurich
Ave. Duration
10 h 45 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$55 - $75
Book at
eurolines.ch

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