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Take the train from Etterbeek to Leuven in 34 minutes

If you want to travel from Etterbeek to Leuven by train, you've come to the right place.

You can expect the journey from Etterbeek to Leuven by train to take around 45 minutes. If you want to get there as quickly as possible, it can take as little as 34 minutes on the fastest services. You’ll usually find around 73 trains per day running on this route, which spans 15 miles (23 km). You’ll have to make 1 change along the way on your journey to Leuven. Sit back, relax and let an SNCB train whisk you to Leuven in no time. As the national rail operator of Belgium, SNCB Intercity and local trains are modern and comfortable.

You can save money on train tickets from Etterbeek to Leuven if you book in Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to search for cheap ticket prices – we'll show you how much you can save on train tickets from Etterbeek to Leuven if you book in advance.. Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to compare ticket prices and get the cheapest fares.

If you want to know more about the journey, keep reading for timetables, tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs, including first and last train times. Want to go straight to booking? Start a search with us today!

Etterbeek to Leuven by train

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Journey time

From 34m


15 miles (23 km)


73 trains per day


1 change

Train and bus operators


Etterbeek to Leuven train times

Check out the next trains departing from Etterbeek to Leuven for Tuesday 19th December 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
12:18 13:07 49m, 1 change
12:48 13:22 34m, 1 change
12:49 13:39 50m, 2 changes
13:15 13:56 41m, 1 change
13:18 14:07 49m, 1 change
13:48 14:22 34m, 1 change
13:49 14:40 51m, 2 changes
14:15 14:55 40m, 1 change
14:18 15:07 49m, 1 change
14:28 15:19 51m, 2 changes

SNCB trains from Etterbeek to Leuven

You can travel from Etterbeek 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 Etterbeek to Leuven

Compare the different travel classes offered by SNCB when travelling from Etterbeek to Leuven.

Onboard services on SNCB

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


When travelling with SNCB, each passenger can take 3 items of luggage on board, as long as the total weight does not exceed 30kg. Once you’ve found your seat, you can stow your luggage in the space provided above and below your seat. You can take the following luggage 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.


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 travelling 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 travelling with you, they will need a half-price Kids Ticket.


Hoping to travel with your bike? You’ll need to add a Bike Supplement to your ticket. However, if you’re travelling 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.


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 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, 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 Etterbeek to Leuven

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 Etterbeek 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.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Etterbeek and Leuven is 45 minutes, with around 73 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 Etterbeek and Leuven by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Etterbeek to Leuven is 34 minutes.

Is there a direct train from Etterbeek to Leuven?

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

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

The first train from Etterbeek to Leuven leaves at 05:15. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Etterbeek to Leuven leaves at 23:08. 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 Etterbeek and Leuven by train?

Trains travelling from Etterbeek to Leuven cover a distance of around 15 miles (23 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

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