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Directions to Leuven

Directions from Brussels Zaventem Airport:

After you have collected your luggage and gone through customs into the arrivals hall, go to your right towards the escalators. Take the escalator down to Level -1 where you find the train station. There are currently three platforms and ten ticket desks. A ticket to Leuven costs €8.90.

If you are buying a return ticket (€17.80) you will need to specify your return date. You will be given two separate tickets for a return ticket. The train to Leuven always leaves from platform 3; however works are currently ongoing at the station so alterations to platform numbers may occur. On weekdays, trains to Leuven leave at 18 minutes and 39 minutes past the hour. During weekends and public holidays, there is only one train per hour at 37 minutes past the hour. If you are running late and there is a queue for tickets, just board the train. However, you must indicate to the conductor as you board the train that you don’t have a ticket and you wish to pay on the train. The journey is 14 minutes and Leuven is the first stop. The destination of the train on the screen will say either ‘Leuven’ or ‘Landen’.

On arrival in Leuven, make your way to the front entrance of the station where you will find the taxis. Depending on which platform you arrive, you may have to walk through an underground passage. If so, follow the passage uphill and turn left into the main square. The main entrance to the train station and the taxis will now be to your left, beside the war memorial. A taxi journey to the Irish College should cost no more than €10. If you wish to walk it should take about 20 minutes. 

 

Directions from Brussels City Centre

By Car

Please put “Naamsestraat” in the GPS of the car. From the Leuven ringroad take the" Naamsestraat"  into the direction of the towncentre for about 1 km, until the start of a pedestrian zone;  before this zone and opposite the  “Sint- Michiels“ church ( at your right side)  take at your left a small street  “ Sint Antoniusberg” which lead you downhill to a square “PaterDamiaanplein” ; the Irish College is in the upper left corner. Our parking is on the left side ( a grey grill gate with a buzzer on the left side at the wall near the gate) ; please ring and someone from our reception (or bar) will open the gate for you; the gate will open automatically; to find our main entrance please go out of the ca park and walk left, and left again around the corner ; after 50 meter walk you’ll see our main entrance on your left.

 

Please note we have limited car space only;  there is  a public parking space in the Naamsestraat (in front of the “Heilig Hart” hospital , number 102 ); from here it is only 10 minutes walk to the Institute.

 

Directions from railway station in Leuven to the Leuven Institute:

By Bus

The bus station is to the right of the Railway Station when exiting the railway station

Bus number 2 (direction Naamsepoort/Heverlee) leaves from the railway station every 15 minutes (in rush hour between 07.00-9.00 and 16.00-19.00, every 8 minutes).  Get off at Sint Michielskerk (St Michael’s Church), which is on your left and on your right is the GB Express supermarket.  Walk down Sint Antoniusberg hill and arrive on Pater Damiaanplein. On the left corner of the square is the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe. 

Walking (20 mins)

Take Bondegenotenlaan (the big shopping street) which is the long straight street right ahead of you as you come out of the station.

Continue on this road and you will see St Peter’s Cathedral and the town hall as you approach the end of the street.  As you enter the Grote Markt- you will see the Town Hall in front of you. Keep St Peter’s Cathedral on your right and the town hall on your left.

Exit the square at the far left corner, with Krokodil toy store opposite you. You will then pass the McDonalds on your left. You are now in the Oude Markt (the Old Square).  In the Oude Markt, walk to the very end and turn right onto a short downhill slope and then turn left onto Parijisstraat. Follow Parijisstraat- you’ll see ‘‘Cafe t’Vervolg’’ at the end of the street. Walk towards this until you come to Pater Damiaanplein (small square on your right).

Go to the bottom of the square and take the small street on your left-hand side.  The Leuven Institute is the first building on the left. It is a redbrick building with a glass door. You will need to ring the bell on the right-hand side to gain entry.

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