There are 4 ways to get from Rotterdam to Leuven by train, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train Thalys  •  1 h 42 min

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

$39 - $61

Cheapest option

Train Dutch Railways (NS)  •  2 h 4 min

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

$21 - $33

2 alternative options

Drive  •  1 h 38 min

  1. Drive from Rotterdam to Leuven 92.9 miles

$22 - $35

Train, fly  •  2 h 42 min

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

$77 - $278

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 42 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
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol (Airport)
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $40
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$20 - $40
1st Class
$35 - $50
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
b-rail.be
Train from Antwerpen Centraal to Leuven
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Website
belgianrail.be
Purchase a
eurail.com
2nd Class
$8 - $12
1st Class
$12 - $19
Train from Mechelen to Leuven
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Website
belgianrail.be
Purchase a
eurail.com
2nd Class
$5 - $8
1st Class
$8 - $12
Dutch Railways (NS)
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Mechelen
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $25
Website
ns.nl
Purchase a
eurail.com
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol (Airport)
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $20
Website
ns.nl
Purchase a
eurail.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Rotterdam and Leuven is 117 km. The road distance is 149 km.

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

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

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 42 min.

It takes approximately 1 h 42 min to get from Rotterdam to Leuven, including transfers.