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

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Train Thalys  •  1 h 41 min

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Antwerpen-Centraal Thalys
  2. Take the train from Antwerpen-Centraal to Leuven Ic / ...

$39 - $61

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Bus, line 358 bus  •  3 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Rotterdam, Rotterdam Zuidplein to Brussels, Brussels-North station 813 / ...
  2. Take the line 358 bus from Brussel Noord Perron 6 to Leuven Rector De Somerplein zone A 358 / ...

$12 - $17

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Train Dutch Railways (NS)  •  2 h 8 min

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Mechelen Intercity direct / ...
  2. Take the train from Mechelen to Leuven Ic / ...

$24 - $41

Drive  •  1 h 38 min

  1. Drive from Rotterdam to Leuven 92.9 miles

$22 - $35

Train, fly  •  2 h 38 min

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

$77 - $262

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The cheapest way to get from Rotterdam to Leuven is to bus and line 358 bus which costs 10€ - 15€ and takes 3 h 40 min.

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The quickest way to get from Rotterdam to Leuven is to drive which costs 19€ - 28€ and takes 1 h 38 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Rotterdam to Leuven. However, there are services departing from Rotterdam, Rotterdam Zuidplein and arriving at Leuven Rector De Somerplein zone A via Brussel Noord Perron 6. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 40 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Rotterdam to Leuven. However, there are services departing from Rotterdam Centraal and arriving at Leuven via Antwerpen-Centraal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1 h 41 min.

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The distance between Rotterdam and Leuven is 117 km. The road distance is 148.6 km.

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The best way to get from Rotterdam to Leuven without a car is to train which takes 1 h 41 min and costs 30€ - 55€.

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It takes approximately 1 h 41 min to get from Rotterdam to Leuven, including transfers.

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Rotterdam to Leuven bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Rotterdam, Rotterdam Zuidplein station.

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Rotterdam to Leuven train services, operated by Thalys, depart from Rotterdam Centraal station.

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The best way to get from Rotterdam to Leuven is to train which takes 1 h 41 min and costs 30€ - 55€. Alternatively, you can bus and line 358 bus, which costs 10€ - 15€ and takes 3 h 40 min.

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  • Distance: 73.1 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 41 min

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

You can take a train from Rotterdam to Leuven via Antwerpen-Centraal in around 1 h 41 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Rotterdam to Leuven via Brussels, Brussels-North station and Brussel Noord Perron 6 in around 3 h 40 min.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Brussels
Ave. Duration
46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $480
Train operators
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Antwerpen-Centraal
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$30 - $50
1st Class
$50 - $65
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
b-rail.be
Train from Antwerpen-Centraal to Leuven
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Website
belgianrail.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$8 - $12
1st Class
$12 - $19
Train from Mechelen to Leuven
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Website
belgianrail.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$6 - $10
1st Class
$9 - $14
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 Rotterdam Centraal to Mechelen
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $35
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $20
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
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 Rotterdam, Rotterdam Zuidplein to Brussels, Brussels-North station
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$7 - $13
Website
flixbus.co.uk
De Lijn
Website
delijn.be
Bus from Brussel Noord Perron 6 to Leuven Rector De Somerplein zone A
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$4
Schedules at
delijn.be

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The quickest flight from Amsterdam Airport to Brussels Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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Rotterdam to Leuven bus services, operated by De Lijn, arrive at Leuven Rector De Somerplein zone A station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Rotterdam to Leuven is 149 km. It takes approximately 1 h 38 min to drive from Rotterdam to Leuven.

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KLM offers flights from Amsterdam Airport to Brussels Airport.

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