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

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

Fly Zurich to Brussels  •  3 h 55 min

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

$87 - $311

Cheapest option

Bus FlixBus  •  12 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Basel City Center Ouibus
  2. Take the bus from Basel, Basel central station to Brussels, Brussels-North station N836

$38 - $64

8 alternative options

Train to Basel, fly to Brussels  •  4 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
  2. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Brussels (BRU) BSL - BRU

$90 - $325

Fly Zurich to Luxembourg, train  •  6 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Luxembourg (LUX) ZRH - LUX
  2. Take the train from Luxembourg to Ottignies

$94 - $317

Train, train to Strasbourg, fly to Brussels  •  5 h 21 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Strasbourg
  3. Fly from Strasbourg (SXB) to Brussels (BRU) SXB - BRU

$152 - $419

Fly Zurich to Antwerp, train  •  5 h 50 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Antwerp (ANR) ZRH - ANR
  2. Take the train from Mortsel-Oude-God to Mechelen
  3. Take the train from Mechelen to Leuven

$68 - $474

Train via Paris Est  •  7 h 39 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB 3 / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Strasbourg
  3. Take the train from Strasbourg to Paris Est Tgv / ...
  4. Take the train from Paris Nord to Bruxelles Midi Tha

$230 - $352

Train  •  8 h 49 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Mulhouse Ville TGV / ...
  2. Take the train from Mulhouse Ville to Luxembourg Tgv
  3. Take the train from Luxembourg to Ottignies

$135 - $169

Bus Eurolines CH  •  12 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Brussels North

$59 - $79

Drive  •  6 h 19 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Leuven 390 miles

$80 - $120

What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and Leuven, Belgium?

Swiss, Lufthansa and two other airlines fly from Zürich to Leuven every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Zürich to Leuven via Basel SBB, Strasbourg, Paris Est, Paris Nord, Bruxelles Midi, and Bruxelles-Midi in around 7 h 39 min.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $750
Flights from Zurich to Brussels via Geneva
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,400
Flights from Basel to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $1,000
Flights from Zurich to Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $900
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Zurich to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $750
Flights from Basel to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $1,000
Flights from Strasbourg to Brussels
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$120 - $700
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Brussels via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Zurich to Brussels via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Basel to Brussels via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Basel to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $290
VLM Airlines
Website
flyvlm.com
Flights from Zurich to Antwerp
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$55 - $440
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Zurich to Brussels via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $500
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Strasbourg to Brussels
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Strasbourg to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$330 - $600
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Mulhouse Ville
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Standard
$50 - $75
First
$90 - $120
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
tgv.com
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$22 - $28
1st Class
$41
Train from Strasbourg to Paris Est
Ave. Duration
1 h 48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$85 - $100
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$85 - $100
1st Class
$120 - $170
Train from Zürich HB to Mulhouse Ville
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
en.oui.sncf
Standard
$50 - $75
First
$90 - $120
Train from Mulhouse Ville to Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
2 h 26 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$58 - $63
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$58 - $63
1st Class
$70 - $120
Luxembourg Railways (CFL)
Website
cfl.lu
Train from Luxembourg to Ottignies
Ave. Duration
2 h 32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $26
Website
cfl.lu
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
b-rail.be
Train from Mortsel-Oude-God to Mechelen
Ave. Duration
13 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Website
belgianrail.be
Purchase a
eurail.com
2nd Class
$5 - $8
1st Class
$7 - $11
Train from Mechelen to Leuven
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Website
belgianrail.be
Purchase a
eurail.com
2nd Class
$1 - $3
1st Class
$3 - $5
Deutsche Bahn
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Paris Nord to Bruxelles Midi
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$85 - $120
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$85 - $120
1st Class
$120 - $170
Bus operators
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Zurich to Brussels North
Ave. Duration
10 h 45 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$55 - $75
Book at
eurolines.ch
Ouibus
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Zurich to Basel City Center
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Website
Ouibus
FlixBus
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Basel, Basel central station to Brussels, Brussels-North station
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Zürich and Leuven is 481 km. The road distance is 624 km.

The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Leuven is to bus which costs SFr 35 - SFr 65 and takes 12 h 10 min.

The quickest way to get from Zürich to Leuven is to fly which takes 3 h 55 min and costs SFr 85 - SFr 310.

No, there is no direct train from Zürich to Leuven. However, there are services departing from Zürich HB and arriving at Leuven via Basel SBB, Strasbourg, Paris Nord and Bruxelles-Midi. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 39 min.

No, there is no direct bus from Zürich to Leuven. However, there are services departing from Zurich and arriving at Leuven Rector De Somerplein zone A via Brussel Noord Perron 6. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 5 min.

It takes approximately 3 h 55 min to get from Zürich to Leuven, including transfers.