Travel

Travelling by car

The Convent of Chièvres is located in the Groot Begijnhof of Leuven, at Leuven’s roundabout between “Tervuursepoort” and “Naamsepoort”.  They can be easily reached via E40 (coming from Liège or Brussels) and E314 (coming from Aken-Genk).

Take exit Nr. 15 direction Leuven.  On the “Koning Boudewijn laan”, at the first three traffic lights you go straight, at the fourth traffic lights (roundabout) turn right.  At the Naamsepoort (traffic lights) you go straight until the next traffic lights of the Parkpoort where you make a U-turn, as indicated by the arrows on map 1.   Again you pass Naamsepoort, after 100m the beguinage is on your right-hand side, after Tavern “De Waaiberg”.  From the parking you can walk to the Faculty Club and / or Convent of Chièvres, as indicated by the arrows on the map below.  

Travelling by plane

If you fly into Brussels International Airport (Zaventem), you can either take the train with a direct connection to Leuven (trains leave every half hour from Zaventem) or take a taxi to Leuven (about 20 km; cost about 50€).

Travelling by public transport

Leuven and its Begijnhof are easy to reach by public transport. Coming by train you need to go to Leuven station and take a bus or taxi or go on foot (~ 25 minutes walk). Information on train connections can be found on the website of B-Rail. From the train station you can take:

Bus 307 Hamont – Leuven that leaves at platform 2 (perron 2) every hour. You have to leave the bus at the busstop (halte) “Heverlee Sportcentrum”, which is in front of the Begijnhof.

Bus 2 Kortrijk-Dutsel – Heverlee that leaves at platform 6 (perron 6) every 10 minutes. You have to leave the bus at the busstop (halte) “Naamsepoort”. The Begijnhof is located 300 m further along the ringway.

Coming from Brussels, it takes approximately 30 minutes to reach Leuven by train and another 10 minutes to reach the Begijnhof by bus from the train station.