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Traveling from Utrecht to Leuven by train

Looking to travel from Utrecht to Leuven by train? You've come to the right place!

On average, it takes around 3 hours 21 minutes to travel from Utrecht to Leuven by train, the fastest services can get you there in as little as 2 hours 30 minutes though. You'll usually find 48 trains per day running along the 137 km route between these two destinations. You'll need to make 2 changes during the journey to Leuven, as there currently aren't any direct services on this route. You'll be traveling with Thalys, ICE or DB on your way to Leuven, as these are the main rail operators on this route.

Plan your trip ahead of time and book early if you want to snap up the cheapest fares. Tickets from Utrecht to Leuven start from $24.32 when you book in advance, so start a search in our Journey Planner to view the latest prices.

If you're feeling ready to book, start looking for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information on the journey to Leuven by train, including our train schedule where you can view first and last train times.

Utrecht to Leuven by train

It takes an average of 3h 21m to travel from Utrecht to Leuven by train, over a distance of around 85 miles (137 km). There are normally 48 trains per day traveling from Utrecht to Leuven and tickets for this journey start from $24.32 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 30m
PriceFrom $24.32
Distance85 miles (137 km)
Frequency48 trains per day
First train06:03
Last train23:41
Departure stationUtrecht
Arrival stationLeuven
Changes2 changes
Train and bus operatorsSNCB, Thalys, NS, Deutsche Bahn

Utrecht to Leuven train times

Check out the next trains departing from Utrecht to Leuven for Tuesday Dec 13th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
11:33 14:13 2h 40m, 3 changes
11:52 14:33 2h 41m, 2 changes
12:18 15:13 2h 55m, 2 changes
12:33 15:13 2h 40m, 3 changes
12:33 16:00 3h 27m, 2 changes
13:18 16:13 2h 55m, 2 changes
13:33 16:13 2h 40m, 3 changes
13:52 16:33 2h 41m, 2 changes
14:18 17:13 2h 55m, 2 changes
14:33 17:13 2h 40m, 3 changes

NS, Thalys, Deutsche Bahn and ICE (Intercity Express) trains from Utrecht to Leuven

You can travel from Utrecht to Leuven on NS, Thalys, Deutsche Bahn and ICE (Intercity Express) 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.

PhotoNicky Boogaard, under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

NS is the main railway operator in the Netherlands. It connects the four corners of the country with regional, medium-distance and high-speed trains. It's also possible for you to travel at night thanks to multi-line night trains, including Schiphol and Eindhoven airports. All trains are equipped with two comfort classes – First Class and Second Class.

Thalys is the railway company connecting four European countries – France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Thalys trains run at a speed of up to 186 mph (300 km/h) and have three comfort classes on all services called – Standard, Comfort and Premium (equivalent to the First Class, with access to the Thalys Lounge). All Thalys trains have a car restaurant (called Thalys Welcome Bar) and a free WiFi connection.

PhotoJoachimKohlerBremen, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

The Deutsche Bahn Group is owned by the German State and controls the majority of rail traffic in Germany as well as in many border regions of the country. Every year, Deutsche Bahn transports several million passengers and many stations in Germany are served exclusively by DB trains, including the ICE, IC and EC fleet.

PhotoNelso Silva, under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The high-speed train of Deutsche Bahn, with a maximum speed of 205 mph (330 km/h), the ICE connects major cities and is also used for international travel to neighbouring countries such as Austria, France and Denmark. This train is equipped with air conditioning, a dining car, a children's compartment and power sockets. Passengers enjoy a free WiFi connection throughout the duration of the ICE trip.

Cheap train tickets from Utrecht to Leuven

The price of train tickets from Utrecht to Leuven starts at $24.32 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 Utrecht 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 Utrecht to Leuven

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

The average journey time by train between Utrecht and Leuven is 3 hours and 21 minutes, with around 48 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 Utrecht and Leuven by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Utrecht to Leuven is 2 hours and 30 minutes.

How much does the train from Utrecht to Leuven cost?

Train tickets from Utrecht to Leuven can start from as little as $24.32 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 Utrecht to Leuven?

No, there are no direct train services from Utrecht to Leuven. Travelling from Utrecht to Leuven by train will require a minimum of 2 changes.

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

The first train from Utrecht to Leuven leaves at 06:03. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Utrecht to Leuven leaves at 23:41. 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 Utrecht and Leuven by train?

Trains travelling from Utrecht to Leuven cover a distance of around 85 miles (137 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Leuven to Utrecht.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Utrecht to Leuven for a typical week day using timetable data for 12/13/2022. 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 01/05/2023 for travel on 01/05/2023 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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