How to reach us


(by plane, train, car)

NAPS is located in two different buildings [Marc de Hemptinne (SC01) and Parc Météo (SC17)] on the campus of the Université catholique de Louvain in the city of Louvain-la-Neuve. 


This pedestrian city is located approximately 30 km South-East from Brussels, easily accessed by train or car and the distance from the train station to the buildings is about 15/20 minutes walking.

Marc de Hemptinne  - In blue on the map
Chemin du cyclotron 2 bte L7.01.07 - 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium +32 (0)10 473256

Parc Météo - In red on the map
Chemin des étoiles 8 bte L7.03.01 - 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium +32 (0)10 479623


If you travel by plane

Brussels National Airport (Zaventem)

To brussels by train service : 4 trains/hour between 5.30 a.m. and 12 p.m. during weekdays and between 7 a.m. and 12 p.m. during week-ends (about 15 min.).  Ask for a ticket to "Louvain-la-Neuve Université" (NOT Louvain or Leuven) and get off at the station Brussels Nord (12-15 min. ride).  Take the Brussels-Namur-Luxembourg line (trains every half hour, week-end included), get off at Ottignies (about 35 min.) and switch to a train to Louvain-la-Neuve Université (about 8 min.).

Brussels South Charleroi Airport

- The best way to reach Louvain-la-Neuve is to take a bus from the airport (Bus A) to reach the Charleroi South station (about 15 min.).  There are 2 busses/hour during weekdays and 1 bus/hour during week-ends.  Then ask for a ticket to "Louvain-la-Neuve Université" NOT Louvain or Leuven).

- At the airport, there is also a shuttle (every 30 min.) that will go to Brussels South station (about 50 min.).  At the station, ask for a ticket to "Louvain-la-Neuve Université" (NOT Louvain or Leuven).  Take the Brussels-Namur-Luxembourg line (trains every half our, week-end included), get off at Ottignies (about 35 min.) and switch to a train to Louvain-la-Neuve Université (about 8 min.).

If you travel by train

From the Louvain-la-neuve station, climb the stairs from the station, go to the right, then left, and reach the Place de l'université.

From the "Place de l'université" : find the fountain with two statues, on the corner of the place de l'université. From there, follow the "rue des Wallons" (the one that is steep) for 100 m, and go through the "place des Wallons", continuing to climb. Exit the "place des Wallons" by a covered passage, and turn right in the "rue des liégeois". You reach an ordinary street, "avenue de l'espinette", and turn left in this street. After 50 m, you reach the "avenue du jardin botanique" in which you have turn right (continuing to climb). After 200 m (see the previous map), you reach a roundabout "porte du jardin botanique", connecting the "avenue du jardin botanique" with the "boulevard Baudouin 1er". Cross the "boulevard Baudouin 1er", and reach the "parking Baudouin 1er", situated on the other side of the roundabout with respect to the "avenue du jardin botanique".

  • Marc de Hemptinne building, SC01 building is located to the left side of the "parking Baudouin 1er";
  • Parc Météo, SC17 building : Continue straight right, about 50 m, through the "parking Baudouin 1er", following the indication "atelier de dessin". Turn in the "chemin des étoiles", to the right. Walk 100 m, the SC17 building is a flat building built in bricks, at the end of the "chemin des étoiles".

If you travel by car

Take the highway E411 Bruxelles - Namur, until you reach Exit 8 a. After leaving the highway, you will reach a circular intersection, where you have to turn left. Go to the next roundabout, where you have to turn right (in the "boulevard Baudouin 1er" - see the previous map). After 50 m, turn left (passing by the core of the first Belgian cyclotron - painted in red), in the "avenue Albert Einstein". After 25 m, turn right in the "rue Louis de Geer", then left in the "chemin du cyclotron", that gets around the "cyclotron building". After going around the "cyclotron building", you follow the indication "atelier de dessin", to enter a small street (one-car wide) called "chemin des étoiles".

At the end of this street (200 m from its entrance), you will find the SC17 building : a flat building built in bricks. Park there, or at the atelier de dessin parking (the nearby building).

UCL parkings are only for university members or students,  but an access could be obtained for visitors by your contact (see above).   
CAREFUL : do not forget your disk for non paying parkings (2 hours max.)