Annual RIMS Conference: 4-6 June 2020, Leuven (BE)
 

Getting there

By plane
 
We recommend you to fly on Brussels National Airport Zaventem. The airport is set 25 km from Leuven. 

The airport has its own train station (Brussels Airport-Zaventem), with direct trains to Leuven. The train station is situated on Level -1 and is accessed via elevators and escalators in the arrival halls. Have a look on the website of the Belgian Railway to find out more about the train schedules. You can also take a taxi from the airport to Leuven City Centre.
Please be aware that your train ticket has to include the "Diabolo fee". This is a €5,40 supplement on your train ticket. 
You can buy your ticket online or at the airport. Please note you need a valid train ticket before entering the train.
 
The taxi's are situated on the same floor as the arrival hall.
 
 
Belgium also has a second airport, Brussels South Charleroi Airport, which is 90km from Leuven. You have to take the train and the bus to go to Leuven, which will take more time than flying on Brussels Airport. 
 
 
How to reach the National MS Center Melsbroek
 
RIMS is organising two transfers from Brussels Aiport - Zaventem to Melsbroek. One at 9:30 and a second one at 11:30. You can book your free seat during the registration proces.
 
More information to reach the MS Center by public transport can be find on their website. 
 
There is also enough parking space near the MS center.
 
We would like to recommend company 'Hendriks' if you are looking for a taxi from the airport to Melsbroek. You can contact them directly via the telephone number: +32 2 752 98 00. Please mention the Annual RIMS Conference.
 
 
By car

You can reach Leuven by car via the motorways E40 or E314. We suggest to take exit '15 - Leuven' on the E314 to go to Leuven Sportoase.
You can park your car at Parking Philipssite, which is just below the Conference venue. Parking rates can be found here. Please be aware places are limited.
 
An overview of the car parks in Leuven can be found here.
Please note that car parks on the streets in Leuven are also payable. 
 
 
By train

The train station of Leuven is situated close to the town centre. Leuven is a 30-minute ride from Brussels South train station and 35 minutes from Liège. Have a look on the website of the Belgian Railway to find out more about the train schedules.

The bus station is to the right of the Railway Station when exiting the railway station. More information can be found below.
 
Taxi's can be found just outside the front entrance of the station. 
 
 
By bus
 
You can take several buses to Leuven Sportoase. The bus stop closest to the Leuven Sportoase are 'Leuven Parkpoort' and 'Heverlee Paul Van Ostaijenlaan'. You can searhc your bus via the following website
 
 
Travel Documents

To enter Belgium you need a relevant travel document. EU/EEA citizens do not necessarily need a passport, a valid identity card is sufficient. Participants from non EU/EEA countries wishing to enter Belgium need a valid passport, or a valid passport and a visa or residence permit, unless otherwise stipulated by law or international agreement. For more information on whether you need a visa to enter Belgium, choose your country at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
 
 
Useful Information for Visitors

Belgium is located in the Central European time zone (CET/CEST), which covers most of Western/Central Continental Europe, except for the British Isles and Portugal.

Mains power supply is 230 V, 50 Hz, Schuko plugs. Visitors from the British Isles, North America, Australia, New Zealand and the Far East will need adaptors.

Tap water is safe to drink. 

The national emergency number is 112.