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

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Fly  •  4 h 25 min

  1. Fly from Vienna (VIE) to Brussels (BRU) VIE - BRU

$92 - $234

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Bus FlixBus  •  16 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Vienna, Vienna Erdberg to Cologne, Cologne South, Airport N61
  2. Take the bus from Cologne, Cologne South, Airport to Leuven N84

$64 - $105

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Train  •  11 h 3 min

  1. Take the train from Wien Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf Ice
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf Ice
  3. Take the train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Liège-Guillemins Ice
  4. Take the train from Liege-Guillemins to Leuven Ic

$208 - $317

Bus Eurolines CZ  •  22 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from Vienna Erdberg to Brno 000002 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Brno Zvonarka to Brussels

$73 - $113

Drive, train  •  11 h 47 min

  1. Drive from Vienna to Salzburg Hbf
  2. Take the train from Salzburg Hbf to München Hbf M / ...
  3. Take the train from München Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 Ice
  4. Drive from Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Leuven

$198 - $299

Drive  •  9 h 53 min

  1. Drive from Vienna to Leuven 675.2 miles

$140 - $210

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No, there is no direct bus from Vienna to Leuven. However, there are services departing from Vienna, Vienna Erdberg and arriving at Leuven via Cologne, Cologne South, Airport. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16 h 20 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Vienna to Leuven. However, there are services departing from Wien Hbf and arriving at Leuven via Frankfurt(Main)Hbf, Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf, Köln Hauptbahnhof and Liege-Guillemins. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 3 min.

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The distance between Vienna and Leuven is 892 km. The road distance is 1080.3 km.

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The best way to get from Vienna to Leuven without a car is to train which takes 11 h 3 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 25 min to get from Vienna to Leuven, including transfers.

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Vienna to Leuven bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Vienna, Vienna Erdberg station.

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Vienna to Leuven train services, operated by Austrian Railways (ÖBB), depart from Wien Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Vienna to Leuven is to fly which takes 4 h 25 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 11 h 3 min, you could also bus, which costs and takes 16 h 20 min.

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The quickest flight from Vienna Airport to Brussels Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 40 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Vienna to Leuven.
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  • Distance: 557.3 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 25 min

What companies run services between Vienna, Austria and Leuven, Belgium?

Brussels Airlines, Austrian Airlines and six other airlines fly from Vienna to Leuven hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Vienna to Leuven via Frankfurt(Main)Hbf, Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf, Köln Hbf, Köln Hauptbahnhof, Liège-Guillemins, and Liege-Guillemins in around 11 h 3 min.

Airlines
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Vienna to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $480
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Vienna to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $480
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Vienna to Brussels via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Flights from Vienna to Brussels via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Ethiopian Airlines
Website
ethiopianairlines.com
Flights from Vienna to Brussels
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $350
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Vienna to Brussels via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Train operators
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

The national railway system of Austria, the OBB carried 209 million passengers on local and regional trains, and 35 million on long-distance trains in 2016 alone. The OBB’s 4865 km network covers 570 trains simultaneously at peak times, with one train leaving every 12 seconds, making it a supremely efficient way to travel around the country and surrounding region. The company’s extensive network connects cities in Austria, and adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia.

Contact Details
Website
oebb.at
Train from Wien Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
6 h 21 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$120 - $180
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
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Raileurope.com
Train from Salzburg Hbf to München Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
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 Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Liège-Guillemins
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
bahn.de
Train from München Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
4 h 24 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$110 - $160
Website
bahn.de
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Liege-Guillemins
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$35 - $55
1st Class
$55 - $75
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
b-rail.be
Train from Liege-Guillemins to Leuven
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Website
belgianrail.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$9 - $13
1st Class
$14 - $20
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 Vienna, Vienna Erdberg to Cologne, Cologne South, Airport
Ave. Duration
11 h 55 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $85
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Cologne, Cologne South, Airport to Leuven
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$12 - $20
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Tour Bus
Website
tourbus.cz
Bus from Vienna Erdberg to Brno
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Schedules at
tourbus.cz
Eurolines CZ
Email
info@eurolines.cz
Website
elines.cz
Bus from Brno Zvonarka to Brussels
Ave. Duration
16 h 15 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$55 - $90
Schedules at
elines.cz

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Vienna to Leuven is 1080 km. It takes approximately 9 h 53 min to drive from Vienna to Leuven.

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Ethiopian Airlines, Swiss, Brussels Airlines and two other airlines offer flights from Vienna Airport to Brussels Airport.

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Book your Vienna to Leuven bus tickets online with FlixBus and FlixBus.

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There are 740+ hotels available in Leuven. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Vienna to Vienna Airport is to train which takes 16 min and costs .

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