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There are 8 ways to get from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) to Cologne by plane, train, bus, night train or car

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Fly to Dusseldorf, train  •  1h 54m

  1. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Dusseldorf (DUS) AMS - DUS
  2. Take the train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf

€84 - €287

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Bus  •  6h 41m

  1. Take the bus from Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Leverkusen N20

€19 - €24

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Fly to Cologne Bonn  •  3h 30m

  1. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) AMS - CGN

€54 - €266

Fly to Frankfurt, train  •  2h 13m

  1. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Frankfurt (FRA) AMS - FRA
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

€75 - €275

Train  •  3h 44m

  1. Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Utrecht Centraal Intercity
  2. Take the train from Utrecht Centraal to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 Ice

€31 - €69

Train via Venlo  •  4h 11m

  1. Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Venlo Intercity
  2. Take the train from Venlo to Neuss Hbf Re

€31 - €101

Train, night train  •  3h 44m

  1. Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Utrecht Centraal Intercity
  2. Take the night train from Utrecht Centraal to Koeln Hbf Nj

€26 - €42

Drive  •  2h 41m

  1. Drive from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) to Cologne 268.2 km

€30 - €50

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) to Cologne by train

The train journey time between Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) and Cologne is around 2h 56m and covers a distance of around 262 km. The fastest train normally takes 2h 49m. Operated by Dutch Railways (NS), the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) to Cologne train service departs from Schiphol Airport and arrives in Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12. Typically 12 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
2h 56m
Fastest train time:
2h 49m
Trains per week:
12
Cheapest price:
€31
Carbon emissions:
13 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
06:19
Last train departs at:
18:19

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) to Cologne train schedules

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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival for all travellers by air
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 5
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Pre-arrival health declaration
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Cologne is 116 117.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Cologne is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Cologne is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 116 117.

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Last updated: 22 Jun 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) to Cologne is to bus which costs €19 - €24 and takes 6h 41m.

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The quickest way to get from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) to Cologne is to fly and train which costs €80 - €290 and takes 1h 54m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Schiphol, Schiphol Airport/Plaza and arriving at Köln Heumarkt via Amsterdam Sloterdijk and Leverkusen Leverkusen Mitte Bf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 41m.

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No, there is no direct train from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Schiphol Airport and arriving at Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 via Utrecht Centraal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 44m.

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It is 215 km from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) to Cologne. It is approximately 268.2 km to drive.

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The best way to get from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 3h 44m and costs €30 - €70.

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It takes approximately 1h 54m to get from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) to Cologne, including transfers.

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Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) to Cologne bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Amsterdam Sloterdijk station.

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Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) to Cologne train services, operated by Dutch Railways (NS), depart from Schiphol Airport station.

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The best way to get from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) to Cologne is to fly which takes 3h 30m and costs €50 - €270. Alternatively, you can train, which costs €30 - €70 and takes 3h 44m, you could also bus, which costs €19 - €24 and takes 6h 41m.

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Map of how to get from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 214.9 km
  • Duration: 1h 54m

What companies run services between Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS), Netherlands and Cologne, Germany?

Lufthansa, Ryanair and five other airlines fly from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) to Cologne hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) to Cologne via Utrecht Centraal in around 3h 44m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Cologne Bonn via Munich
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€360 - €650
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Cologne Bonn via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
6h 57m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€360 - €650
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€85 - €420
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €340
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €270
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Cologne Bonn via Dublin
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€18 - €90
Train operators
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€11 - €14
Website
National Express Rail
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
ABELLIO Rail
Phone
0800 2235546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Düsseldorf Flughafen to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
ABELLIO Rail
ABELLIO Rail NRW GmbH
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio NRW
Deutsche Bahn Intercity

Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed InterCity (IC) trains connect cities within Germany. They’re a popular way to travel as they’re faster than Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains and offer a frequent, fast service. All IC trains have first and second class carriages, power sockets and toilets, and most have a bistro cafe or restaurant. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€35 - €50
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
2h 23m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€50 - €70
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It 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 (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€17 - €24
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€35 - €50
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€40 - €75
Website
Thalys
Standard
€40 - €55
Comfort
€50 - €70
Premium
€50 - €75
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

Austria's national railway system is not only punctual, reliable and efficient, but offers free wifi to boot. Choose from high-speed intercity Railjet trains, overnight Nightjet trains and regional services such as Cityjet. ÖBB also operates international routes that connect cities in Austria with adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia. If you're planning to be in Austria for a while, consider the ÖBB Vorteilscard, an annual railcard that offers discounts on routes within Austria and in neighbouring countries.

Contact Details
Phone
05 17 17
Website
oebb.at
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
2h 6m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€29 - €40
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Schiphol Airport to Utrecht Centraal
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
€8 - €19
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
€8 - €12
1st Class
€14 - €19
Train from Utrecht Centraal to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
2h 12m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€22 - €50
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
€22 - €30
1st Class
€35 - €50
Train from Schiphol Airport to Venlo
Ave. Duration
2h 9m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€21 - €50
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
€21 - €28
1st Class
€35 - €50
Eurobahn
Phone
0180 6 9 27 37 27
Email
info@eurobahn.de
Website
eurobahn.de
Train from Venlo to Neuss Hbf
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€3 - €5
Website
Eurobahn
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Leverkusen
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€15 - €18
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Dusseldorf Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) to Cologne bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Leverkusen station.

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Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) to Cologne train services, operated by Dutch Railways (NS), arrive at Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) to Cologne is 268 km. It takes approximately 2h 41m to drive from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) to Cologne.

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KLM offers flights from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Dusseldorf Airport.

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