From € 25

To Leuven by train

With Intercity Brussel and Thalys

Quickly to the heart of Leuven

  • From € 25 one-way trip with Intercity Brussels
  • From € 37 one-way trip with Thalys
  • Travel time Amsterdam - Leuven 2.49 hours Intercity Brussel
  • Travel time Amsterdam - Leuven 2.19 hours Thalys
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Travel information

You can choose to make the journey with Thalys or Intercity Brussels. In Antwerp or Mechelen you can change trains and catch a domestic train to the heart of Leuven. Choose which train to Leuven meets your needs the best.

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Flexibility: easily take a train earlier or later Reserved seats Content Content Content
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Early bird tarief tickets when you book in advance* Shortest travel time Content Content Content
*You can book an Early Bird ticket up until 7 days before departure

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Changing trains in Antwerp or Mechelen

With Thalys you need to travel to Antwerp and with Intercity Brussels to Mechelen and take a domestic train to Leuven.

Prices train tickets Leuven

There are different types of Thalys rates each with related prices. Train ticket prices for Intercity Brussels depend on the time of booking and travel. Book at least 7 days before departure and you will travel for the best price anywhere in Belgium.

The price depends on

Options flexibility Thalys

  • Bargain tickets
  • Limited rebooking
  • Subject to availability
  • Change possible
  • 50% refund
  • Sufficient available
  • Rebooking free of charge
  • Cancellation free of charge
  • Always available
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Find out everything about Thalys rates here

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2nd class 1st class
Flex rate € 52,90 € 41 € 23,10 € 84,40 € 64,80 € 35,50
Early Bird week € 25 € 10,50 € 38 € 16,50
Early Bird weekend € 36,50 € 16 € 50,50 € 21

Early Bird can be booked up to 7 days before departure Listed from-prices are based on one-way tickets from Amsterdam Central Station. The price of Intercity Brussels is based on kilometres – if you depart form a station that is closer to Leuven, then the trip is cheaper.

Book in advance and save money

Thalys tickets to Leuven can be booked up to 4 months in advance. The sooner you book, the lower the rate.

For Intercity Brussels you can buy tickets from 180 days before departure. Up until 7 days before departure, you are able to buy our Early Bird tickets: tickets with a significant discount, especially when you travel on week days (Monday-Tuesday).

General tips for getting the cheapest tickets

  • Book as early as possibly to have the most chance of getting the cheapest tickets.
  • Travelling in the evening is often cheaper.
  • For a weekend getaway, travel Sat-Sun-Mon instead of Fri-Sat-Sun.
  • Book online to avoid booking fee.

Tips to get the best rates

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Practical information

To make your trip that much easier, we have summed up certain practical issues for you.

Itinerary planner and app

Please keep in mind that there could be delays or engineering works and check your trip with the itinerary planner. That way, you will never get an unpleasant surprise!
Download our app so that you will be kept informed during your trip of the possible changes.

Free access to the lounges

If you have a 1st class ticket, you can enjoy a free drink at the NS International Lounge in Amsterdam, Schiphol Airport and Rotterdam.

Tips Leuven

Would you like tips for your visit to Leuven? Check visitleuven and you can read how you can discover the city. You will find information about all sights, events and you will receive great shopping tips.
Read more great Leuven tips

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Facilities on board the train

We gladly inform you about all facilities on board so that you can make your journey more comfortable.
Read all about the facilities and practical issues of Thalys
Read all about the facilities and practical issues of Intercity Brussels


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*Listed from-prices are based on tickets from Amsterdam Central Station. The price of Intercity Brussels is based on kilometres – if you depart form a station that is closer to Brussels, then the trip is cheaper.