Transport to Leuven

By train: From Amsterdam, Paris & Kφln you can take the Thalys to Brussels-South. From Brussels to Leuven there’s a 35 minutes train leaving at regular intervals.

By car: Leuven is 20 minutes from Brussels centre and less than an hour from Liθge, Charleroi, Genk, Namur, Antwerpen. It is connected to Gent-Bruges-Liθge by the E40 highway and Genk-Maastricht by the E314 highway. From Luxembourg & Lille count 1h30.

There is a big underground parking under Sportoase (Parking Philipssite).
Weekends and evenings: € 1 per hour with a max of € 5 per 12 hours.

By air: The airports of Zaventem (20 minutes) and Charleroi (1 hour) are quite close to Leuven as well.

Bus between the station and the venue

From the station to Sportoase:

Friday: Every 10 minutes until 10 PM. Every 30 minutes until 12 AM. Every hour until 2 AM.
Saturday: Every 10 minutes until 6 PM. Every 30 minutes until 12 AM. Every hour until 2 AM.
Sunday: Every 20 to 30 minutes.

From Sportoase to the station:

Friday: Every hour until 2.50 AM.
Saturday: Every 10 minutes until 7 PM. Every 30 minutes until 12 AM. Every hour until 2.50 AM.
Sunday: Every 20 to 30 minutes.

https://www.delijn.be/en/routeplanner/

Online route planner (use these bus stops):
Bus stop for station: "Station Leuven [B]"
Bus stop for Sportoase: "Sportoase, Leuven" or "Parkpoort, Leuven"

Tickets

Single journey: € 3
SMS ticket: € 2.15
M-ticket: € 1.80 (requires an app)
Day ticket: € 6 (at kios) or € 8 (on the bus)
Line Card - 10 trips that you can share with others: € 16

Sleeping

Leuven is not a big town, but it offers quite some accomodation:
Food

Our official I Love Bachata - restaurant is ViaVia. They offer tapa's and world cuisine not far from our venue (Parkstraat 146 - 10 min walk). On Saturday the kitchen is open between 17h and 22h. Check out their flyer (in Dutch).

There is a bistro inside Sportoase with a varied menu and sandwiches - open until 18h30. It is best to pre-order!

If you want to go to the city center: there are many nice bars and restaurants, cheap and expensive, many different cuisines etc. Beautiful historic center too. Parking is a problem though:either keep to the parking garages or use your Sportoase parking ticket for to get one free trip with the bus to the center and back. Don't hesitate to ask someone from the festival crew for more details or help!

City

Leuven is a town that is certainly worth a visit. It has got a very rich patrimonium that is recognized and visited more and more. The main church (Sint-Pieterskerk), the city hall, the Groot Begijnhof, …

It is in general a really charming place in which you should have a nice stay. Of course it is also a university town (about 30.000 students). Many nice places to visit, many bars and restaurants to welcome you …

Check out the wikipedia page on Leuven: website.

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