Getting to Leuven

Important remark : Leuven is about 25 km east of Brussels. Do not confuse Leuven with Louvain-La-Neuve, where thefrancophone university UCL is situated. Louvain-la-Neuve is about 30km away from Leuven!

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Brussels International Airport (Zaventem)

You can fly to Brussels Airport (code 'BRU', and also called "Zaventem") from all over the world. This airport is less than 20 km from Leuven. You can go to Leuven:

Charleroi Airport (Brussels South)

You can fly to Charleroi Airport (code 'CRL' and also known as "Brussels South"). This is a low-cost airport where Ryanair, Wizzair, Jet4you and Onair fly.There are two options to get to Leuven from Charleroi:

Regular train

Leuven is well connected by rail. There are at least two trains per hour that travel from Bruxelles Midi via Bruxelles Central and Bruxelles North (the three main stations in Brussels) to Leuven; there are also direct trains from Liege, Antwerp and Brussels International Airport.

High speed train

From Paris (Charles de Gaulle)

You can fly to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, and take the Thalys directly at the airport station (some companies, as Air France, may even make the connection for you) to Brussels South (aka Brussel Zuid - Bruxelles Midi) train station. You can find one-way tickets starting at around €50, and the journey takes about 1:30 hours. Here you can buy and print Thalys tickets online.
From Brussels South, you can take adirect train to Leuven. A one-way ticket costs about €5, and the journey takesabout 30 minutes. Here you can buy and print tickets online,or just get  them at the train station's ticketing office. The ticket machines do not accept credit cards or maestro cards; only Belgian cards. However, tickets can be obtained from the individuals at the counters.

From London

If you fly to London, it is possible to reach Leuven using the Eurostar train. This train departs from the London St Pancras train station and arrives in BrusselsSouth (aka Brussel Zuid - Bruxelles Midi) train station. You can find one-way tickets starting at around 44, and the journey takesabout 2 hours. Here you can buy and print Eurostar tickets online.
From Brussels South, you can take a direct train to Leuven. A one-way ticket costs about €5, and the journey takesabout 30 minutes. Here you can buy and print tickets online,or just get  them at the train station's ticketing office. The ticket machines do not accept credit cards or maestro cards; only Belgian cards. However, tickets can be obtained from the individuals at the counters.

By car

Gettting around in Leuven

The best way to get around the centre of Leuven is on foot or by bike, as thecentre is very small and driving is a nightmare. If you come by train, you arrive at Leuven trainstation, which is on the Martelarenplein. From there you can either walk, take a bus or a taxi to your hotel. In order to get to the centrum, you have to walk along the street in front of you (Bondgenotenlaan) until you reach a pietonal market in the end, the Grote Market the center of Leuven. Most hotels are within walking distance (less than 25 minutes on foot), although Begijnhof Congreshotel might be a bit far if you got heavy luggage. There is also a bus service from the station (stop 'Leuven Station') to the center (stops 'Leuven Fochplein' or 'Leuven Naamsestraat'). Examples of these buses are 1,2,284,285,... You may ask the driver if you have any doubt, most of them speak enough English to be able to help.

If you need a map, werecommend to use map24. Below is amap of a part of the city centre. The blue flag is the train station, the orangeflag is the conference venue, and the orange '5' marks the City Hall at the very center of town.


The big picture

Leuven is not far away from Brussels:
and it is approximately in the center of Belgium:
Finally, a map of Belgium and its sourrounding countries: