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About the train journey from Brussels Midi to Leuven

Want to travel from Brussels Midi to Leuven by train? Start your journey with us.

The train from Brussels Midi to Leuven usually takes 30 minutes on average to travel 27 km, although the quickest services can take as little as 26 minutes. You can expect to find 100 trains per day running on this popular route. Good news! There are direct trains available to Leuven, so you can just make yourself comfortable as soon as you board the train and just enjoy the journey. You'll be hopping on an SNCB train – the national rail operator in Belgium – to get to Leuven, on board one of their Intercity or local trains.

To help you get the best train deals, we'll highlight the cheapest train ticket prices from Brussels Midi to Leuven in our Journey Planner. Just remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the more you'll save, as advance tickets start from $9.57.

Keep reading for more information about the train journey to Leuven, including FAQs, timetables with first and last train times and tips on booking cheap train tickets. If you're ready to book, just start a search for tickets with us today.

Brussels Midi to Leuven by train

It takes an average of 30m to travel from Brussels Midi to Leuven by train, over a distance of around 17 miles (27 km). There are normally 100 trains per day traveling from Brussels Midi to Leuven and tickets for this journey start from $9.57 when you book in advance.

First train

12:20 am

Last train

11:30 pm

Departure station

Brussels Midi

Arrival station

Leuven

Journey time

From 26m

Distance

17 miles (27 km)

Frequency

100 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From $9.57

Train and bus operators

SNCB

Brussels Midi to Leuven train times

Check out the next trains departing from Brussels Midi to Leuven for martedì giu 25º 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
12:55 pm 1:22 pm 27m, direct
1:11 pm 1:39 pm 28m, direct
1:14 pm 1:52 pm 38m, direct
1:28 pm 1:56 pm 28m, direct
1:38 pm 2:08 pm 30m, direct
1:55 pm 2:22 pm 27m, direct
2:11 pm 2:40 pm 29m, direct
2:14 pm 2:51 pm 37m, direct
2:28 pm 2:55 pm 27m, direct
2:38 pm 3:07 pm 29m, direct

SNCB trains from Brussels Midi to Leuven

You can travel from Brussels Midi to Leuven on SNCB trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

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SNCB is the national railway company of Belgium, with services that include national (Intercity) and regional (Local) express trains. All SNCB trains come with both First Class and Second Class carriages. Belgium has one of the densest rail networks in the world. Seat reservations aren’t possible for any of the company's trains.

SNCB classes from Brussels Midi to Leuven

Compare the different travel classes offered by SNCB when traveling from Brussels Midi to Leuven.

Onboard services on SNCB

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Brussels Midi to Leuven.

LuggageLuggageBaggage

When traveling with SNCB, each passenger can take 3 items of baggage on board, as long as the total weight does not exceed 30kg (66.1 pounds). Once you’ve found your seat, you can stow your baggage in the space provided above and below your seat. You can take the following baggage on board for free:

  • Briefcases, rucksacks and suitcases
  • Wheelchairs (manual or automatic)
  • Pushchairs and prams
  • Folding bikes, unicycles, scooters
  • Sports equipment (e.g. skis)
RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

Currently, SNCB does not offer a food and drink service. Although, you may bring food and drink with you to enjoy on the train.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

SNCB offer free WiFi in their main stations, including Brussels Central, Bruges, Antwerp Central and more. Currently, SNCB do not offer WiFi onboard their trains.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

As long as they are traveling with a person aged 12 or above with a valid ticket, children under 12 can travel for free without a ticket. However, please note that this only applies to a maximum of 4 children per passenger with a valid ticket. If you have any additional children traveling with you, they will need a half-price Kids Ticket.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

Hoping to travel with your bike? You’ll need to add a Bike Supplement to your ticket. However, if you’re traveling with a folding bike, you don’t need to worry about paying. Bike Supplements are paid on top of your rail fare and cost €4 for a single journey.

When boarding, speak to the train conductor and they will tell you if there are spaces available and where you can put your bicycle. SNCB advise you not to travel with a bike at Peak times, because bicycle spaces may not be available.

PetPetPets

Guide and assistance dogs

Travel is free for guide and assistance dogs. You won’t need to add a Pet Supplement to your ticket.

Pets

Pets are welcome to travel on SNCB trains if they are on a lead or in a small basket, cage or box. For animals on a lead, a Pet Supplement costs €3 for a single trip. If your pet is in a small basket, cage or box that is smaller than 30 x 55 x 30 cm (11.8 x 21.6 x 11.8 inches), you do not need to pay for a Pet Supplement. Finally, your pet is not allowed to sit on the seats or tables.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

Passengers with reduced mobility should directly contact SNCB to make use of their free assistance service. You can take your wheelchair on board the train for free, regardless of whether or not you use the SNCB's free assistance service. If you are blind or partially sighted, you can take the train for free in 2nd class.

Cheap train tickets from Brussels Midi to Leuven

The price of train tickets from Brussels Midi to Leuven starts at $9.57 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Brussels Midi to Leuven by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Brussels Midi to Leuven

Want to know more about your journey from Brussels Midi to Leuven? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Brussels Midi to Leuven take?

The average journey time by train between Brussels Midi and Leuven is 30 minutes, with around 100 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Brussels Midi and Leuven by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Brussels Midi to Leuven is 26 minutes.

How much does the train from Brussels Midi to Leuven cost?

Train tickets from Brussels Midi to Leuven can start from as little as $9.57 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Brussels Midi to Leuven?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Brussels Midi to Leuven without having to change trains. There are 99 direct trains from Brussels Midi to Leuven each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Brussels Midi to Leuven leave?

The first train from Brussels Midi to Leuven leaves at 00:20. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Brussels Midi to Leuven leave?

The last train from Brussels Midi to Leuven leaves at 23:30. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Brussels Midi and Leuven by train?

Trains travelling from Brussels Midi to Leuven cover a distance of around 17 miles (27 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Leuven to Brussels Midi.


* Based on European average monthly visitors to Trainline’s app and website from 1.1.2023 to 10.31.2023 vs other independent retailers.

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