Travel & Transport
Note in advance: make sure to have checked in your hotel before noon on Tuesday 5 March. This is because conference registration will end around 13:00 CET, with the subsequent start of the opening ceremony. Afterwards there will be a reception where some snacks will be available.
Travelling to Belgium
Belgium can be reached by two international airports.
- From Brussels Airport (Zaventem), the hub of Belgian flag carrier Brussels Airlines, there is a direct train connection to Leuven (30km), which will only take you twenty minutes.
- Brussels South Airport (Charleroi) is another possibility to fly to. This airport is mostly frequented by low cost airline companies, such as Ryanair and WizzAir, which makes it an interesting option for students. The airport is further away (90 km), and it will take you up to two hours to travel to Leuven by bus and train.
Belgium is also frequented by international railway companies.
- This option can be interesting for delegates coming from France (Thalys), the United Kingdom (Eurostar), Germany (ICE), or the Netherlands (NS).
- Arrival will normally be in Brussels South Railway station (Brussels Midi), from where there is a direct connection to Leuven.
For those who are non-EU nationals, please check whether you require a visa to enter Belgium.*
*Nationals from the following countries do not need a visa to enter Belgium: Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, FYR of Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, the United States of America, Uruguay, Vatican City, Venezuela.
Public transport in Belgium
A. To & from Leuven
- For those arriving at Brussels Airport (Zaventem), train is the recommended mode of transport, though others are possible (taxi).
- In case you arrive at Charleroi Airport, the best option is to take the Brussels City Shuttle (www.brussels-city-shuttle.com) to the Brussels South train station (Bruxelles Midi/Zuid in the local lingo). The Brussels City Shuttle operates every day. Booking online is advised, as buying on the spot can easily be 10 euros more expensive.
- From Brussels South train station (Bruxelles Midi/Zuid) you can catch a train to Leuven (30 minutes journey approx.).
Note that the city of Leuven, not Louvain-la-Neuve, will be where the KULMUN Conference takes place!
For further traveling information, visit the following websites:
- SNCB-NMBS: National Railway of Belgium
- De Lijn: Main bus and tram company in Flanders (northern portion of Belgium)
- STIB-MIVB: Main bus, tram and metro company in Brussels
- TEC: Main bus and tram company in Wallonia (southern portion of Belgium)
B. in Leuven
Committees and socials will be located near or in the city centre. Taking the bus is an option, but everything is very do-able on foot. No worries if you do not know your way around: there will be someone to pick you up at the hotel to guide you to the city centre! Furthermore, you will receive a personalised city map at the registration desk so you can learn your way around our small and cosy city.