There are 6 ways to get from Amsterdam to Cologne by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  2h 41m

  1. Take the train from Amsterdam Centraal to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 Ice

24€ - 60€

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Rideshare  •  3h 17m

  1. Take the rideshare from Amsterdam to Cologne 258.8 km

16€ - 19€

4 alternative options

Bus  •  3h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Amsterdam Amstel to Cologne Hbf

35€ - 55€

Train via Venlo  •  4h 44m

  1. Take the train from Amsterdam Zuid to Venlo Intercity
  2. Take the train from Moenchengladbach Hbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Rb / ...

23€ - 64€

Drive  •  2h 32m

  1. Drive from Amsterdam to Cologne 260.4 km

35€ - 55€

Fly, train  •  3h

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

75€ - 306€

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

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The quickest way to get from Amsterdam to Cologne is to drive which costs 35€ - 55€ and takes 2h 32m.

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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 3h 40m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Amsterdam Centraal and arriving at Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 41m.

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The distance between Amsterdam and Cologne is 214 km. The road distance is 260.4 km.

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The best way to get from Amsterdam to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 2h 41m and costs 24€ - 60€.

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The train from Amsterdam Centraal to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 takes 2h 41m including transfers and departs every four hours.

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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 Dutch Railways (NS), depart from Amsterdam Centraal station.

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The best way to get from Amsterdam to Cologne is to train which takes 2h 41m and costs 24€ - 60€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 35€ - 55€ and takes 3h 40m.

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Map of how to get from Amsterdam to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 214.1 km
  • Duration: 2h 41m

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

Dutch Railways (NS) operates a train from Amsterdam Centraal to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 every 4 hours. Tickets cost 24€ - 60€ and the journey takes 2h 41m. Alternatively, Eurolines DE operates a bus from Amsterdam Amstel to Cologne Hbf 4 times a week. Tickets cost 35€ - 55€ and the journey takes 3h 40m.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
120€ - 650€
Train operators
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 Amsterdam Centraal to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
2h 41m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
24€ - 60€
Website
NS
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
24€ - 35€
1st Class
40€ - 60€
Train from Amsterdam Zuid to Venlo
Ave. Duration
2h 2m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
18€ - 45€
Website
NS
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
18€ - 25€
1st Class
30€ - 45€
Deutsche Bahn Regional

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Moenchengladbach Hbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
9€ - 14€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
8€ - 12€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
VRR
Phone
+49 209 1584-0
Email
info@vrr.de
Website
vrr.de
Train from Mönchengladbach Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
2€
Website
VRR
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
2€
Website
VRR
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
32 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
17€ - 24€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
11€ - 14€
Website
National Express Rail
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
Website
bahn.com
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. 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 to 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
3h 17m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
16€ - 19€
Book at
blablacar.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 to Cologne bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, arrive at Cologne Hbf station.

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Amsterdam 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 to Cologne is 260 km. It takes approximately 2h 32m to drive from Amsterdam to Cologne.

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KLM offers flights from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Dusseldorf Airport.

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There are 996+ hotels available in Cologne. Prices start at 87€ 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 Schiphol Airport is to train which takes 13 min and costs 6€ - 13€.

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