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Night transport in Leuven

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Night transport in Leuven

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Planning a leisurely restaurant meal, a late night at the pub or an excursion to enjoy one of the many cultural events in your area? At the start of the evening, give a thought to safe transport. There are no fewer than 17 night lines to bring you conveniently to your destination and safely back home again in the evening and at night in the Leuven region. What's more, the night buses are completely free for residents of some municipalities.

The night buses run on Friday and Saturday nights between 22.22 and 3.00. For the correct timetable, it’s best to plan your route in advance in the route planner. Earlier in the evening, of course, you can use our extensive normal services.

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Enjoy for free

Your journey is completely free if you travel between the municipalities in the yellow zone. See the map below for this. Do you have a valid travel pass? Scan it when you board. Don’t have a travel pass? Then ask for a free ticket. From 1 July, there are two ways of doing this: by text or through the De Lijn website.

The free night buses are possible thanks to financial contributions from the municipalities of Aarschot, Bertem, Bierbeek, Boutersem, Herent, Kortenberg, Leuven, Oud-Heverlee, Rotselaar and Tervuren.

You can get on or off free night transport in every municipality within the yellow zone.

Through the website

Go to one of the web pages below. If you are travelling to Leuven, go to the page of the municipality where you will be getting on. If you are travelling from Leuven, go to the page of the municipality where you will be getting off.

Do you want to travel within the city of Leuven or its municipalities (Heverlee, Kessel-Lo, Wilsele, Wijgmaal)? Go to delijn.be/leuvennacht.

  • Complete a one-off registration with your surname, first name, email address and telephone number.
  • Then choose the number of free tickets you want to purchase (maximum 10).
  • If you are at the bus stop on a Friday or Saturday evening, visit the same webpage with your smartphone and activate one or more tickets by clicking the ‘activate’ button. Your active ticket(s) will be valid for 60 minutes under the conditions mentioned above.
  • Show your active ticket to the driver when you board.*

Important:

  • You can only activate a purchased ticket from 22.22 on Friday or Saturday evening.

By text

From 22.22 on Friday or Saturday evening, when you are at the stop, send one of the texts below to 4884, depending on the stop where you will be getting on or off when you travel to/from Leuven:

  • AARSCHOT NACHT
  • BERTEM NACHT
  • BIERBEEK NACHT
  • BOUTERSEM NACHT
  • HERENT NACHT
  • KORTENBERG NACHT
  • OUD HEVERLEE NACHT
  • ROTSELAAR NACHT
  • TERVUREN NACHT

Do you want to travel within the city of Leuven or its municipalities (Heverlee, Kessel-Lo, Wilsele, Wijgmaal)? Text ‘LEUVEN NACHT.

  • You will then receive an sms-ticket which allows you to travel for 60 minutes under the conditions mentioned above.
  • Show the sms-ticket to the driver when you board.*

Tip:

Do you want to use one mobile phone to order multiple sms-tickets? Text the order code followed by the number of sms-tickets you want to receive. You will then only pay the operator charge of 0.15 euros once.

Tip:

  • You will only receive a valid text message from 22.22 on Friday or Saturday evening.
  • Your telecom operator will charge you 0.15 euros to send your sms-ticket.

* As a temporary coronavirus measure, you cannot board at the front of the vehicle. You must of course have a valid ticket with you.

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Travelling outside the free zone?

If you get on or off outside the free zone (even if you travel to or from a free municipality), make sure you have a valid ticket. Do you have a travel pass? No problem: your pass is also valid on the entire night network of the Leuven region.

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Stops and routes

The night buses follow the same routes and serve the same stops as during the day. The stops Leuven - Station and Leuven - Rector De Somerplein (the former Fochplein) is served by all lines.

Network map of Leuven night transport PDF

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Cost price

All De Lijn tickets are also valid on the night network.

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