Are you planning on going to Leuven soon? Or just visiting a friend ? Parking in city centers can quickly become very expensive. Especially, if you have no idea where to park.

In this article we plan on giving you our best parking tips for Leuven.

Keep reading if you want save money on your parking.

Parking with a free bus ride

Just outside the city of Leuven, you will find some parking spots where you can park for an advantageous price.

Note: Don't lose your parking ticket ! This will cost you between 25€ and 30€.

Best parking during the week

Having a business meeting in Leuven?

If you are looking to park in Leuven during the week, you should consider parking in Parking Vaartkom — Engels Plein 32, 3000 Leuven.

The first parking hour is free. After that, it will cost you 2€ per hour. For that price, you get a free ticket to take the bus to the city center.

This is the most advantageous parking if you plan on staying a whole day. Leaving your car there for a day will cost you 6€ in total.

More info over parking Vaartkom here.

Best parking during the week-end

Are you visiting family or friends or just going to shop in Leuven ?

Here are some clever parking suggestions to leave your car for the whole week end.

  • Parking Wetenschapspark Arenberg — Gaston Geenslaan 14, 3000 Leuven

Parking Wetenschapspark Arenberg, is perfect to park on a Saturday (from 10am to 7pm). This is the only day the parking is available to the public.

This parking is free. Big plus: with your parking ticket, you can take the bus for free to reach Leuven's center.

Getting to the Grote Markt by bus takes approximately 26 min from the parking.

More info over parking Wetenschapspark Arenberg here.

  • Parking Teken — Mgr. Van Waeyenberghlaan, 3000 Leuven

Parking Teken is perfect for parking anytime between Friday 6pm and Sunday 7pm.

Parking there will only cost you 3€. The price of the tickets includes the bus ride to get to the center of the city.

Getting to the Grote Markt by bus takes approximately 7 min from the parking.

More info over parking Teken here.

  • Parking Philipssite Philipssite 2, 3001 Leuven

If parking Wetenschapspark Arenberg and parking Teken are full on a Saturday or if you are looking to park your car on a Sunday, this parking is for you.

Parking your car there for 12 hours, will cost you 5€. Per hour, it costs 1€.

Moreover, your parking ticket allows you to take the bus to the center of the city.

More info over parking Philipssite here.

Best parking at night

Are you planning on eating in the center of the city or just going for a drink with your friends ?

If you are planning on parking in the center of the city at night, here are the best options for you.

  • Parking De Bond — Martelarenplein, 3000 Leuven

You can park at Parking De Bond, for a maximum price of 3€. You can park there anytime from 6.30pm to 6.30am.

The bus ride to the center of Leuven is included in the price of the ticket.

Getting to the Grote Markt by bus takes approximately 6 min from the parking.

More info over Parking De Bond here.

  • Parking Philipssite Philipssite 2, 3001 Leuven

You can also park in this parking at night for a maximum of 5€. (+ bus ride to the center)

Getting to the Grote Markt by bus takes approximately 20 min from the parking.

More info over parking Philipssite here.

  • Parking Vaartkom — Engels Plein 32, 3000 Leuven.

Parking there at night (from 7pm to 7am) is also very advantageous. The maximum price you will pay is 3€. (+ bus ride to the center)

Getting to the Grote Markt by bus takes approximately 12 min from the parking.

More info over parking Vaartkom here.

Shop-and-go parking spots

Shop-and-go

Need to purchase something quickly in the center of the city? Leuven got you covered ! The city of Leuven has equipped some of its streets with smart parking spots, the so called 'Shop&Go' parking spots.

These smart parking spots are equipped with sensors that register you time of arrival. No parking disc is needed when parking there.

You are allowed to park for free for a maximum of 45 minutes from Monday to Saturday between 9am and 6pm.

This gives you just enough time to make your purchase.

Be careful to get back on time ! A parking agent will get an alert if you don't respect the 45 minutes limit. If so, you will have to pay 27,5€.

More info over Shop&Go spots here.

You can find the location of all Shop&Go spots here.

To make it easier for you, here are the streets where you will find these spots.

  • Lepelstraat (5)
  • Louis Melsensstraat (4)
  • Justus Lipsiusstraat (2)
  • Koning Leopold I-straat (2)
  • Maria Theresiastraat (2)
  • Ferdinand Smoldersplein (10)
  • Rijschoolstraat (4)
  • Vaartstraat (2)
  • Vital Decosterstraat (3)
  • Parkstraat (4)
  • Minderbroederstraat (6)
  • Franz Tielemanslaan (4)
  • Dirk Boutslaan (5)
  • Craenendonck (5)
  • Lei (17)
  • Tiensestraat (17)
  • Stadskantoor (13)

The number of parking spots is indicated.

Free parking for two hours in the streets of Leuven

If you plan on parking in Leuven for a couple of hours, you can park in the blue zones of Leuven.

In these streets you are allowed to park from Monday to Saturday from 9am until 6pm, for a maximum of 2 hours. Note that you are required to put on your parking disc.

Pro tip: if you arrive at 9h31 you are allowed to set your parking disc as of 10h !

Nearby Bondgenotenlaan

If you plan on going shopping for a couple of hours, you can park in Brouwerijplein or in the blue part of Strijdersstraat (near the Jan-Pieter Minckelersstraat).

Plus, Brouwerijplein is only 14 min away from Bondgenotenlaan, whilst Strijdersstraat is 8 min away.

Nearby the Station

If you need to park shortly nearby the station of Leuven, you can park at Martelarenlaan.

Getting from there to any point of Leuven is very easy, as the bus station is right next to the Station.

You can also choose to walk if you just need to be in the center of the city.

In some neighborhoods

Some of Leuven's neighborhoods have an extended blue zone area.

These neighborhoods are the Ridderbuurt and Nieuw Kwartier as you can see on the map.

Getting to the center of the city from there isn't very far away.

Walking from the Ridderstraat, in the neighborhood of the Ridderbuurt, to the Grote Markt is approximately 12 min away. The same holds from the Hendrik Consciencestraat in the Nieuwe Kwartier.

Nearby Sint-Jacobsplein

You can find many streets nearby the Sint-Jacobsplein where your can park for free during 2 hours.

One of them is Goudsbloemstraat for instance.

By taking the bus, it takes 8min to get to Grote Markt and 12 if you choose to walk until there.

Nearby Sportoase or Graveyard

If you need to park nearby the Sportoase or Leuven's graveyard, you can park in Tivolistraat. This is a blue zone, meaning you can park there fleely during 2 hours.

Getting to the Grote Markt by bus takes approximately 19 min. By foot it takes 25 minutes.

Free parking in the outskirts of Leuven

In some neighborhoods, at the outskirts of Leuven, you can find some free parking zones with no time limits.

This is the case of all green streets displayed on the map as you can on the images below.

Wilsele Dorp

In the neighborhood of Wilsele Dorp you will find many streets where you can park for free and with no time restriction.

One of them is Albert Woutersstraat.

To reach the center (Grote Markt), you could take bus number 5 for instance from bus stop Wilsele Kapellelaan. It takes approximately 11 min. If you choose to walk, count about 25 min.

Heverlee

In Heverlee you will also find several streets that are situated in a green zone, meaning parking is free and with no time restriction.

For instance, you could park in Hertogstraat.

You can take the bus number 2 to go to the center of the city, at Grote Markt for instance, from Heverlee Station stop, which takes approximately 10 min to get there. If you choose to walking until there, it take around 30 min.

Terbank

The neighborhood of Terbank also counts many streets where you can park for free and with no time restriction. One of them is Sint-Jansbergsesteenweg.

To reach Grote Markt, you could take bus number 8 for instance from bus stop Heverlee Berg Tabor. It takes approximately 16 min. Walking until there will take you about 30 min.

Over to you

These are our tips to make you a pro-parker in the streets of Leuven.

If you want to have the latest parking information about Leuven, you can always explore Seety's interactive map. Seety's app is available on iPhone and Android.

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