22-25 January 2019
Institut des Sciences de la Vie (ISV)
Europe/Brussels timezone

Travel from Brussels & other key departure points


Arriving by air

From Brussels Airport (Zaventem), beginning at 5:30 am, you can travel by train to Louvain-la-Neuve station. Seven days a week, from 9:00 am to midnight, four trains per hour depart the airport for Brussels-North station, where you have to change trains to continue to Louvain-la-Neuve (not to be confused with Louvain, the French translation of Leuven). The fast train to Louvain-la-Neuve’ - includes one change in Ottignies.   The train journey takes around 1 hour 20 minutes, depending on connections.

Schedules are available on the SNCB website.


From Brussels South(Chareloi) Airport  take the direct bus - see public transport to Chareloi Airport from the airport to the train station, Charleroi-South Station.  TEC  bus A  leaves every 30 minutes between Charleroi Airport and Charleroi, and takes about 20 minutes. The last stop is the main railway station of the city Charleroi-South Station. The bus tickets cost € 6.00 for a single one-way ticket.  On Saturdays and Sundays, the bus runs once an hour.   For your return journey, note the bus stop in front of the terminal is called Gosselies Airport.

From  Charleroi-South Station  take a train to Louvain-la-Neuve’ - with one change in Ottignies.   The train journey takes around 1 hour to 1 hour 40 minutes depending on connections.  You may be able to buy a combined ticket for your bus and train journey - see train/bus from  Brussels South(Chareloi) Airport

Schedules are available on the SNCB website


Trains from other departure points

Louvain-la-Neuve station is directly linked to the railway junction of Ottignies, on the Brussels-Namur railway line, with two trains per hour in each direction, including on weekends.

Attention: Do not confuse Louvain-la-Neuve with Louvain (the French translation of the Flemish city of Leuven), which is another city on another railway line.

  • Louvain-la-Neuve is approximately 30 minutes from Brussels; change in Ottignies for the train to ‘Louvain-la-Neuve'. Direct trains take longer.
  • If you travel from Namur or Charleroi, change in Ottignies for the train to ‘Louvain-la-Neuve’.
  • If you travel from Luxembourg, change in Ottignies (if you take the EC 96 Iris or EC 90 Vauban train that originates in Switzerland, change in Namur for a train to Ottignies).
  • If you travel from any other country, change in Brussels-Nord. Otherwise, change in Brussels-Midi, from which depart all trains to Ottignies via Brussels-Central, Brussels-Nord, Brussels-Schuman and Brussels-Luxembourg.

Schedules are available on the SNCB website.


Taxis from Brussels Airport (Zavantem)


There are always taxis with a time meter in front of the arrivals hall. Licensed taxis can be identified by the yellow-blue licence marks. Tip: never use taxis that don’t have a licence!

If you prefer to pre-book a taxi you could try http://www.taxisautolux.be/en

A taxi from the airport to the centre of Brussels costs around 45 euros.

A taxi from the airport to Louvain-la-Neuve should be around 90 Euros - but please check when you book, or at the taxi rank at the airport.


Taxi for wheelchair users

Taxi Hendriks also has taxis for wheelchair users. Reserve your taxi.
Tel: +32 2 752 98 00
Fax: +32 2 752 98 01
E-mail: info.melsbroek@hendriks.be
Website: www.hendriks.be


By car

Take the E 411 Brussels-Namur motorway to Louvain-la-Neuve (not to be confused with Louvain, the French translation of Leuven, located in Flanders): if travelling from Brussels, take exit 8a; if travelling from Namur, take exit 9. At the Nationale 4 roundabout, follow the signs to your Louvain-la-Neuve neighbourhood destination