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

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Train  •  2 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Amsterdam Centraal to Koln Hbf ICE International

$55 - $80

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  3 h 17 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Amsterdam to Cologne 161.8 miles

$19 - $21

3 alternative options

Bus  •  3 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Amsterdam Amstel to Cologne Hbf

$40 - $60

Drive  •  2 h 33 min

  1. Drive from Amsterdam to Cologne 162.9 miles

$35 - $60

Fly, train  •  3 h 21 min

  1. Fly from Amsterdam (AMS) to Dusseldorf (DUS) AMS - DUS
  2. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

$93 - $293

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The cheapest way to get from Amsterdam to Cologne is to rideshare which costs 16€ - 19€ and takes 3 h 17 min.

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The quickest way to get from Amsterdam to Cologne is to drive which costs 30€ - 50€ and takes 2 h 33 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Amsterdam Amstel and arriving at Cologne Hbf. Services depart four times a week, and operate Friday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 3 h 40 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Amsterdam Centraal and arriving at Koln Hbf. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 35 min.

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The distance between Amsterdam and Cologne is 214 km. The road distance is 260.6 km.

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The best way to get from Amsterdam to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 2 h 35 min and costs 45€ - 70€.

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The train from Amsterdam Centraal to Koln Hbf takes 2 h 35 min including transfers and departs five times a day.

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Amsterdam to Cologne bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, depart from Amsterdam Amstel station.

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Amsterdam to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Amsterdam Centraal station.

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The best way to get from Amsterdam to Cologne is to train which takes 2 h 35 min and costs 45€ - 70€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 35€ - 55€ and takes 3 h 40 min.

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Map of how to get from Amsterdam to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 133.8 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 35 min

What companies run services between Amsterdam, Netherlands and Cologne, Germany?

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Amsterdam to Cologne 5 times a day. Tickets cost $55 - $80 and the journey takes 2 h 35 min. Alternatively, Eurolines DE operates a bus from Amsterdam to Cologne 4 times a week. Tickets cost $40 - $60 and the journey takes 3 h 40 min.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
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 Amsterdam Centraal to Koln Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Website
bahn.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Website
bahn.de
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Amsterdam Amstel to Cologne Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
eurolines.de
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility you’ll get to your destination – often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Amsterdam to Cologne
Ave. Duration
3 h 17 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $21
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Amsterdam Airport to Dusseldorf Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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Amsterdam to Cologne bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, arrive at Cologne Hbf station.

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Amsterdam to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Koln Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Amsterdam to Cologne is 261 km. It takes approximately 2 h 33 min to drive from Amsterdam to Cologne.

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KLM offers flights from Amsterdam Airport to Dusseldorf Airport.

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There are 979+ hotels available in Cologne. Prices start at $57 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Amsterdam and Cologne. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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The best way to get from Amsterdam to Amsterdam Airport is to train which takes 16 min and costs 5€ - 10€.

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