There are 5 ways to get from Cologne to Antwerp by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  2 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Brusel Nord Ice
  2. Take the train from Bru.-Noord / Brux.-Nord to Antwerpen-Centraal Ic / ...

$55 - $78

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Bus  •  4 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Köln to Antwerpen

$23 - $60

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Train, bus  •  5 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Köln, Dom / Hbf to Mönchengladbach Hbf Re8 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Mönchengladbach to Antwerp N158

$31 - $47

Drive  •  1 h 56 min

  1. Drive from Cologne to Antwerp 128.6 miles

$27 - $40

Train, fly  •  3 h 41 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Brussels (BRU) FRA - BRU

$125 - $329

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Köln and arriving at Antwerpen. Services depart five times a week, and operate Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 4 h 20 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Cologne to Antwerp. However, there are services departing from Köln Hauptbahnhof and arriving at Antwerpen-Centraal via Bru.-Noord / Brux.-Nord. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 35 min.

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The distance between Cologne and Antwerp is 181 km. The road distance is 205.7 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Antwerp without a car is to train which takes 2 h 35 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 2 h 35 min to get from Cologne to Antwerp, including transfers.

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Cologne to Antwerp bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, depart from Köln station.

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Cologne to Antwerp train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Köln Hauptbahnhof station.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Antwerp is to train which takes 2 h 35 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 4 h 20 min.

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The quickest flight from Frankfurt Airport to Brussels Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Cologne to Antwerp bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, arrive at Antwerpen station.

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Map of how to get from Cologne to Antwerp.
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  • Distance: 113 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 35 min

What companies run services between Cologne, Germany and Antwerp, Belgium?

You can take a train from Cologne to Antwerp via Brusel Nord and Bru.-Noord / Brux.-Nord in around 2 h 35 min. Alternatively, Eurolines DE operates a bus from Cologne to Antwerp 5 times a week. Tickets cost $23 - $60 and the journey takes 4 h 20 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Brussels
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $380
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and offers many different types of rail transportation including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Brusel Nord
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
Train from Koln Hbf to Monchengladbach Hbf
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$19 - $28
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
b-rail.be
Train from Bru.-Noord / Brux.-Nord to Antwerpen-Centraal
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Website
belgianrail.be
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eurail.com
2nd Class
$7 - $10
1st Class
$10 - $16
Bahn DE
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln, Dom / Hbf to Mönchengladbach Hbf
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $25
Schedules at
bahn.de
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Köln to Antwerpen
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$23 - $60
Website
eurolines.de
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Mönchengladbach to Antwerp
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $20
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Cologne to Antwerp train services, operated by Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB), arrive at Antwerpen-Centraal station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Antwerp is 206 km. It takes approximately 1 h 56 min to drive from Cologne to Antwerp.

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Lufthansa offers flights from Frankfurt Airport to Brussels Airport.

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There are 437+ hotels available in Antwerp. Prices start at $75 USD per night.

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