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Mechelen to Leuven by train

It takes an average of 29m to travel from Mechelen to Leuven by train, over a distance of around 14 miles (22 km). There are normally 64 trains per day travelling from Mechelen to Leuven and tickets for this journey start from $8.29 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 26m
PriceFrom $8.29
Distance14 miles (22 km)
Frequency64 trains per day
Departure stationMechelen
Arrival stationLeuven
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsSNCB

Mechelen to Leuven train times

Check out the next trains departing from Mechelen to Leuven for Tuesday May 25th 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
11:48 12:14 26m, direct
12:08 12:34 26m, direct
12:22 12:55 33m, direct
12:48 13:14 26m, direct
13:08 13:34 26m, direct
13:22 13:55 33m, direct
13:48 14:14 26m, direct
14:08 14:34 26m, direct
14:22 14:55 33m, direct
14:48 15:14 26m, direct

SNCB trains from Mechelen to Leuven

You can travel from Mechelen 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 Mechelen to Leuven

The price of train tickets from Mechelen to Leuven starts at $8.29 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 Mechelen 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 Mechelen to Leuven

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

The average journey time by train between Mechelen and Leuven is 29 minutes, with around 64 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 Mechelen and Leuven by train?

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

How much does the train from Mechelen to Leuven cost?

Train tickets from Mechelen to Leuven can start from as little as $8.29 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 Mechelen to Leuven?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Mechelen to Leuven without having to change trains. There are 61 direct trains from Mechelen 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 Mechelen to Leuven leave?

The first train from Mechelen to Leuven leaves at 23:33. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Mechelen to Leuven leaves at 22:56. 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 Mechelen and Leuven by train?

Trains travelling from Mechelen to Leuven cover a distance of around 14 miles (22 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Leuven to Mechelen.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Mechelen to Leuven for a typical week day using timetable data for 05/25/2021. 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 02/05/2021 for travel on 02/05/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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