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 Zurich to Brussels  •  3 h 54 min

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

$87 - $312

Cheapest option

Bus, train  •  9 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Liège N831
  2. Take the train from Liege-Guillemins to Leuven Ic

$44 - $71

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Train to Basel, fly to Brussels  •  4 h 48 min

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

$91 - $327

Fly Zurich to Antwerp, train  •  5 h 31 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Antwerp (ANR) ZRH - ANR
  2. Take the train from Antwerpen-Berchem to Leuven

$70 - $476

Train  •  7 h 52 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 Bruxelles Midi Tgv

$201 - $264

Bus  •  12 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Brussels North

$61 - $81

Drive  •  6 h 19 min

  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 and train which costs SFr 40 - SFr 70 and takes 9 h 28 min.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Leuven is to fly which costs SFr 80 - SFr 310 and takes 3 h 54 min.

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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 12 h 5 min.

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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 Leuven via Basel SBB, Strasbourg and Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 52 min.

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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 7 h 52 min and costs SFr 190 - SFr 260.

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It takes approximately 3 h 54 min 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 3 h 54 min and costs SFr 80 - SFr 310. Alternatively, you can train, which costs SFr 190 - SFr 260 and takes 7 h 52 min, you could also bus, which costs SFr 55 - SFr 80 and takes 12 h 5 min.

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

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

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Leuven.
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  • Distance: 300.3 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 54 min

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

Swiss, Lufthansa and two 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 Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi in around 7 h 52 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Brussels via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 16 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
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
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
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
1 h 45 min
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
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
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
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.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 - $42
Train from Strasbourg to Bruxelles Midi
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$140 - $160
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$140 - $160
1st Class
$180 - $270
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
b-rail.be
Train from Antwerpen-Berchem to Leuven
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Website
belgianrail.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$8 - $12
1st Class
$12 - $18
Train from Liege-Guillemins to Leuven
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Website
belgianrail.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$9 - $14
1st Class
$14 - $21
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 Zurich to Liège
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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 - $80
Book at
eurolines.ch

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