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There are 7 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.

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Fly from Zurich  •  3h 58m

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

$95 - $310

Cheapest option

Bus  •  12h 5m

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Brussels North

$59 - $78

5 alternative options

Train to Basel, fly  •  5h 3m

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

$90 - $325

Train, train to Strasbourg, fly  •  5h 29m

  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

Train  •  8h 19m

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB 37 / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Strasbourg
  3. Take the train from Strasbourg to Bruxelles Midi Tgv

$190 - $263

Train, bus  •  11h 9m

  1. Take the train from Baden to Basel SBB 36 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Basel, Basel central station to Liège
  3. Take the train from Liège-Guillemins / Luik-Guillemins to Louvain / Leuven Ic

$73 - $127

Drive  •  6h 19m

  1. Drive from Zürich to Leuven 390 miles

$80 - $120

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The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Leuven is to bus which costs SFr 55 - SFr 80 and takes 12h 5m.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Leuven is to fly which costs SFr 90 - SFr 310 and takes 3h 58m.

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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 12h 5m.

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No, there is no direct train from Zürich to Leuven. However, there are services departing from Zürich HB and arriving at Louvain / Leuven via Basel SBB, Strasbourg and Brux.-Midi/Brus.-Zuid. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 19m.

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

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The best way to get from Zürich to Leuven without a car is to train which takes 8h 19m and costs SFr 190 - SFr 270.

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It takes approximately 3h 58m to get from Zürich to Leuven, including transfers.

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Zürich to Leuven bus services, operated by Eurolines CH, depart from Zurich station.

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Zürich to Leuven train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Zürich HB station.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Leuven is to fly which takes 3h 58m and costs SFr 90 - SFr 310. Alternatively, you can train, which costs SFr 190 - SFr 270 and takes 8h 19m, you could also bus, which costs SFr 55 - SFr 80 and takes 12h 5m.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Leuven.
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  • Distance: 300.3 miles
  • Duration: 3h 58m

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

Swiss, FlexFlight ApS and three other airlines fly from Zürich to Leuven hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Zürich to Leuven via Basel SBB, Strasbourg, Bruxelles Midi, and Brux.-Midi/Brus.-Zuid in around 8h 19m.

Airlines
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Zurich to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $750
Flights from Basel to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$70 - $1,000
Flights from Strasbourg to Brussels
Ave. Duration
55m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$120 - $700
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $750
Flights from Zurich to Brussels via Geneva
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,400
Flights from Basel to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$70 - $1,000
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Brussels via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Zurich to Brussels via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Basel to Brussels via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $800
FlexFlight ApS
Website
flexflight.dk
Flights from Zurich to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$95 - $370
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Zurich to Brussels via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $500
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Basel to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $290
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Strasbourg to Brussels
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Train operators
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 Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Baden to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
55m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$18 - $35
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$22 - $28
1st Class
$41 - $42
Train from Strasbourg to Bruxelles Midi
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $160
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$130 - $160
1st Class
$180 - $270
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
belgiantrain.be
Train from Liège-Guillemins / Luik-Guillemins to Louvain / Leuven
Ave. Duration
31m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Website
belgiantrain.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.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Basel, Basel central station to Liège
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $50
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Zurich to Brussels North
Ave. Duration
10h 45m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$55 - $75
Book at
eurolines.ch

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More Questions & Answers

The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Brussels Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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Zürich to Leuven bus services, operated by Eurolines CH, arrive at Brussels North station.

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Zürich to Leuven train services, operated by inOui TGV, arrive at Bruxelles Midi station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Leuven is 624 km. It takes approximately 6h 19m to drive from Zürich to Leuven.

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Brussels Airlines, FlexFlight ApS, KLM and two other airlines offer flights from Zurich Airport to Brussels Airport.

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There are 777+ hotels available in Leuven. Prices start at $70 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Zurich Airport is to line 16 train which takes 13m and costs SFr 10 - SFr 20.

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