Getting to Leuven

By train: From Amsterdam, Paris & Köln you can take the Thalys train until Brussels-South. If you order your ticket 30 days in advance (so before the 19th of October) you’ll pay only 25 euro (Paris & Amsterdam) or 19 euro (Köln) both ways! From Brussels to Leuven there’s a 25 minutes train trip (both ways ticket: 9.60 euro), there are constantly trains from Brussels to Leuven and back.

By car: Leuven is 20 minutes away from Brussels centre (without traffic jams of course) and less than an hour from Liège, Charleroi, Genk, Namur, Antwerpen. It is connected to Gent-Bruges-Liège by E40 highway and Genk-Maastricht by E314 highway. From Luxembourg & Lille count 1h30 of highway.

By air: The airports of Zaventem (15 minutes) and Charleroi (1 hour) are quite close to Leuven as well.

Transport to the venue

Parking

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

Going by bus

https://www.delijn.be/en/routeplanner/
Bus stop for station/IBIS: "Station Leuven [B]"
Bus stop for sportoase: "Sportoase, Leuven" or "Parkpoort, Leuven"

From the station/IBIS 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/IBIS:

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.

Tickets

Single journey: € 3
SMS ticket: € 1.95
M-ticket: € 1.80 (requires an app)
Day ticket: € 6 (buy at kios) or € 8 (buy on the bus)
Line Card with 10 journeys that you can share with others: € 14


Food

There is a restaurant inside Sportoase with a varied menu. The restaurant is going to be open until 5.30pm. The Sportoase is on the outside of the Ring around Leuven.

If you want to go to the center of the city and find a restaurant that is certainly possible: there are many many nice bars and restaurants, cheap and expensive, many different nationalities etc. Very beautiful historic center too. Problem can be parking your car in the center ... So if you find a place leave your car right away and do the rest on foot. Don't hesitate to ask someone from the festival crew for more details or help!


Sleeping

There are lots of hotels and bed and breakfasts in Leuven, there are two youth hostels as well. Just know that Leuven is not a big town (about a 100.000 inhabitants), so staying in a B&B or hotel in the centre is not a big problem, it could mean a 15 minutes walk no more to Sportoase (the festival's venue where all workshops and the party on Saturday takes place).

Here are some of the possibilities, don’t hesitate to call or write if you’re having some difficulties of any kind regarding the accomodation, I’ll gladly help.

  • Ibis Budget Leuven , Martelarenlaan 10, Leuven. Probably cheapest hotel in town. Clean and new hotel. Next to Leuven station. Possibility to bring the price down by sharing a room in three.

  • Park Bed and Breakfast , Abdijstraat 56, Leuven. Bed and breakfast close to Sportoase (walking distance). Count around 80 euro per night for a double room.

  • Begijnhof Hotel Leuven , Groot Begijnhof 15, Leuven. Hotel close to Sportoase (walking distance). Prices around 120 euro per night.

  • B&B De Waterlelies , Redingenstraat 114, Leuven. Bed and breakfast close to Sportoase (walking distance). Count around 100 euro per night for a double room.

  • Youth Hostel De Blauwput, Martelarenlaan 11A, 3010 Kessel-Lo (Leuven), (+32)16 639 062, 17 euro if you’re younger than 26, 19 euro if you’re not. 4 double rooms, more than 20 in rooms for four or six people.

  • Leuven City Hostel, Ravenstraat 37, info@leuvencityhostel.com +32(0)16 843 033. 17 euro per night (breakfast included).

  • Novotel, Vuurkruislaan, Leuven (next to the railway station). There’s about a 20min walk to Sportoase (at the station you can take buses or taxi’s), (+32) 16 213 200

  • Hotel Binnenhof, Maria-Theresiastraat 65, (+32) 16 205 592, close to the railway station, 15min walk to Sportoase.

  • Hotel Boardhouse, J. Vandenbemptlaan 6, (+32) 16 314 444 (outside of Leuven but close to Sportoase).

  • Ibis, Brusselsestraat 52, tel (+32) 16 293 111


The 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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