I am traveling to Belgium to visit Leuven, and I read on the airport's website that I should buy tickets online.

Is it advisable to buy tickets in advance, or is it possible without any problems to buy them on the spot at the airport?

Any tips are greatly appreciated.

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It is easy to buy tickets at the airport - there are plenty of ticket machines and they take credit cards. There are rarely significant queues.

However, you can buy the tickets in advance for the same price, and it may save you a little time and stress when you arrive. Buy from nmbs.be and print the tickets, or download the NMBS app to your smartphone. The app supports electronic ticketing. You have to scan the barcode on the tickets to get through the ticket gates at the airport station - this works fine even from the smartphone app in my experience.

Personally I tend to buy a ticket in advance if I remember, as it saves a small amount of time and might be the difference between catching one train or having to wait for the next. It's really not a big deal either way, though.

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    The only concern about the app is that requires a time, and arriving at the airport I need to be sure the flight will be on time. Is there a ticket valid for all times?
    – senseiwa
    Commented Jul 13, 2017 at 9:33
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    Standard ticket is valid all times on a given date.
    – Neusser
    Commented Jul 13, 2017 at 9:46

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