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About the train journey from Charleroi to Leuven

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The train from Charleroi to Leuven usually takes 1 hour 52 minutes on average to travel 55 km, although the quickest services can take as little as 1 hour 41 minutes. You can expect to find 41 trains per day running on this popular route. As there aren't any direct services running between Charleroi and Leuven, you'll need to make 1 change on your way to Leuven. 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 Charleroi to Leuven in our Journey Planner. Just remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the more you'll save, as advance tickets start from $12.97.

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.

Charleroi to Leuven by train

It takes an average of 1h 52m to travel from Charleroi to Leuven by train, over a distance of around 34 miles (55 km). There are normally 41 trains per day traveling from Charleroi to Leuven and tickets for this journey start from $12.97 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 41m
PriceFrom $12.97
Distance34 miles (55 km)
Frequency41 trains per day
First train05:21
Last train23:10
Departure stationCharleroi
Arrival stationLeuven
Changes1 change
Train and bus operatorsSNCB

Charleroi to Leuven train times

Check out the next trains departing from Charleroi to Leuven for Tuesday Dec 6th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
10:54 12:35 1h 41m, 1 change
11:10 12:55 1h 45m, 2 changes
11:54 13:35 1h 41m, 1 change
12:10 13:56 1h 46m, 2 changes
12:54 14:35 1h 41m, 1 change
13:10 14:55 1h 45m, 2 changes
13:54 15:35 1h 41m, 1 change
14:10 15:55 1h 45m, 2 changes
14:54 16:35 1h 41m, 1 change
15:10 16:56 1h 46m, 2 changes

SNCB trains from Charleroi to Leuven

You can travel from Charleroi 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.

PhotoMPW57, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

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.

Cheap train tickets from Charleroi to Leuven

The price of train tickets from Charleroi to Leuven starts at $12.97 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 Charleroi 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 Charleroi to Leuven

Want to know more about your journey from Charleroi 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 Charleroi to Leuven take?

The average journey time by train between Charleroi and Leuven is 1 hour and 52 minutes, with around 41 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 Charleroi and Leuven by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Charleroi to Leuven is 1 hour and 41 minutes.

How much does the train from Charleroi to Leuven cost?

Train tickets from Charleroi to Leuven can start from as little as $12.97 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 Charleroi to Leuven?

No, there are no direct train services from Charleroi to Leuven. Travelling from Charleroi to Leuven by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

What time does the first train from Charleroi to Leuven leave?

The first train from Charleroi to Leuven leaves at 05:21. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Charleroi to Leuven leave?

The last train from Charleroi to Leuven leaves at 23:10. 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 Charleroi and Leuven by train?

Trains travelling from Charleroi to Leuven cover a distance of around 34 miles (55 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Leuven to Charleroi.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Charleroi to Leuven for a typical week day using timetable data for 12/06/2022. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 11/22/2022 for travel on 11/22/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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