There are 4 ways to get from Cologne to Bruges by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  4 h 10 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Brussels Midi-Zuid Ice
  2. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Brugge Ic / ...

$63 - $108

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Bus  •  6 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from Köln to Bruxelles - North
  2. Take the bus from Brussels, Brussels-North station to Bruges, Bruges Bargeplein 819 / ...

$47 - $66

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Drive  •  2 h 53 min

  1. Drive from Cologne to Bruges 191.9 miles

$40 - $60

Train, fly  •  5 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
  3. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Brugge

$137 - $348

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No, there is no direct bus from Cologne to Bruges. However, there are services departing from Köln and arriving at Bruges, Bruges Bargeplein via Brussels, Brussels-North station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 8 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Cologne to Bruges. However, there are services departing from Köln Hauptbahnhof and arriving at Brugge via Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 10 min.

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The distance between Cologne and Bruges is 262 km. The road distance is 307.1 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Bruges without a car is to train which takes 4 h 10 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 10 min to get from Cologne to Bruges, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Cologne to Bruges is to train which takes 4 h 10 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 6 h 8 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 Bruges bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Bruges, Bruges Bargeplein station.

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Map of how to get from Cologne to Bruges.
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  • Distance: 163.8 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 10 min

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

You can take a train from Cologne to Bruges via Brussels Midi-Zuid and Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi in around 4 h 10 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cologne to Bruges via Bruxelles - North and Brussels, Brussels-North station in around 6 h 8 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 Brussels Midi-Zuid
Ave. Duration
1 h 52 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
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
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Brussels - Midi
Ave. Duration
1 h 47 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$60 - $90
1st Class
$90 - $130
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
b-rail.be
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Brugge
Ave. Duration
2 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$14 - $21
Website
belgianrail.be
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eurail.com
2nd Class
$14 - $21
1st Class
$22 - $35
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Köln to Bruxelles - North
Ave. Duration
3 h 48 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $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 Brussels, Brussels-North station to Bruges, Bruges Bargeplein
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$5 - $9
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Cologne to Bruges train services, operated by Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB), arrive at Brugge station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Bruges is 307 km. It takes approximately 2 h 53 min to drive from Cologne to Bruges.

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Lufthansa offers flights from Frankfurt Airport to Brussels Airport.

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There are 1531+ hotels available in Bruges. Prices start at $86 USD per night.

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