The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe
Safety & Security
Please do not leave personal belongings, bags or suitcases unattended at any time, whether inside or outside the session halls.
How to get there
The nearest airport is Brussels Zaventem Airport.
The train station is located in Level -1. A ticket to Leuven costs approx. EUR 9.00.
If you buy a return ticket (EUR 17.80) you need to specify your return date. The train to Leuven usually leaves from platform 3; During the week, trains to Leuven leave at 18 and at 39 minutes past the hour. During weekends, there is only one train per hour at 37 minutes past the hour. The journey lasts 14 minutes and Leuven (or Landen) is the first stop.
A taxi journey from the station to the Leuven Institute should cost no more than EUR 10.00.
If you wish to walk, it will take you around 20 minutes to reach the Leuven Institute.
Access by bus
Take Bus No2 (direction Naamsepoort/Heverlee) from the railway station and get off at Sint Michielskerk (St Michael’s Church). In rush hours, this bus runs every 15 minutes.
To plan your journey, go to the city’s public transport website.
Access by car
From the Leuven ringroad take the ‘Naamsestraat’ into the direction of the town centre 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 Leuven Institute is On your left. Please note that the car space is limited; there is a public parking space in the Naamsestraat street no 102 (in front of the ‘Heilig Hart’ hospital), which is only a 10 minutes walk from the venue.
Access by foot
When coming from Brussels City Centre, take Bondegenotenlaan street, which is the shopping street opposite the railway station.
Continue walking on this street and you will see St Peter’s Cathedral and the city hall as you approach. Keep having the St Peter’s Cathedral on your right and the city hall on your left. The Leuven Institute is the first building on the left; it is a redbrick building with a glass door.
Please check with your local embassy before leaving wether or not you will need a Visa to enter the country. As the Visa application process may be time consuming, it is recommended to apply as early as possible.
The currency used in Leuven is the Euro – €.
Currency exchange can be made in most banks and post offices as well as in some train stations, airports and exchange offices near major tourist sites.
The currency used by EASL for this event is the EURO.
The official language of the conference is English.