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 3h09m Intercity Brussels
- Travel time Amsterdam - Leuven 2h47m Thalys
The advantages of travelling by train
- Board directly, no check-ins
- Comfortable seating
- Arrival in the heart of town
- No parking costs
- Online no booking fee
Travel information LeuvenYou 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.
Travel with Intercity Brussels Travel with Thalys No reservation required Fast and comfortable travel to Belgium Flexibility: easily take a train earlier or later Reserved seats Discount with your “NS abonnement” Early booking = lowest prices Early Bird tickets when you book in advance* Shortest travel time*You can book an Early Bird ticket up until 7 days before departure For a complete travel itinerary, consult our itinerary planner.
Shorter travel time for Intercity Brussels from AmsterdamPassengers who want to travel faster from Amsterdam to Belgium and do not mind changing trains an extra time, may travel with an Intercity Brussels ticket on an Intercity direct train for the route Amsterdam-Rotterdam. You do not need a supplement ticket, your international ticket for Intercity Brussels is sufficient.
Prices train tickets LeuvenThere 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 of Thalys depends on
- The moment of booking - Early booking means lowest prices
- Travel class - 1st or 2nd class
- Flexibility - Regarding rebooking and cancellations
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
Flex rate Discount on NS route Free travel NS route Flex rate Discount on NS route Free travel NS route 2nd class 1st class One-way trip € 47,60 € 36,60 € 20,20 € 77,20 € 59,10 € 32,00 Early bird week € 25,00 -- € 10,50 € 35,00 -- € 14,50 Early bird weekend € 33,00 -- € 14,00 € 47,00 -- € 19,50*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 Ghent, then the trip is cheaper.
**For more information about ticket prices, see lowest rates
Book in advance and save moneyThalys tickets to Leuven can be booked up to 4 months in advance. The sooner you book, the lower the rate.
General tips for getting the cheapest Intercity Brussels ticketsFor 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 Thalys 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.
Practical informationTo make your trip that much easier, we have summed up certain practical issues for you.
Facilities on board the trainWe 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
Changing trains in Antwerp or MechelenWith Thalys you need to travel to Antwerp and with Intercity Brussels to Mechelen and take a domestic train to Leuven.
View the itinerary plannerPlease 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 the appDownload our app so that you will be kept informed of the possible changes.
Free access to the loungesIf you have a 1st class ticket, you can enjoy a free drink at the NS International Lounge in Amsterdam, Schiphol Airport and Rotterdam.
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* Listed from-prices are based on one-way trips, 2nd class with Intercity Brussels. All rates are subject to applicable fare conditions.