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There are 7 ways to get from Amsterdam to Cologne by train, bus, night train, 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€

Cheapest option

Bus  •  5h 5m

  1. Take the bus from Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Leverkusen N20

15€ - 18€

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Train via Arnhem  •  4h 19m

  1. Take the train from Amsterdam Centraal to Arnhem Centraal
  2. Take the train from Arnhem Centraal to Duesseldorf Flughafen Re
  3. Take the train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Sued Re / ...

Night train  •  2h 44m

  1. Take the night train from Amsterdam Centraal to Koeln Hbf Nj / ...

21€ - 60€

Rideshare  •  3h 17m

  1. Take the rideshare from Amsterdam to Cologne 258.8 km

16€ - 19€

Drive  •  2h 40m

  1. Drive from Amsterdam to Cologne 262.2 km

30€ - 50€

Fly, train  •  3h 7m

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

72€ - 308€

Amsterdam to Cologne by train

The train journey time between Amsterdam and Cologne is around 2h 37m and covers a distance of around 257 km. The fastest train normally takes 2h 30m. Operated by Dutch Railways (NS), the Amsterdam to Cologne train service departs from Amsterdam Centraal and arrives in Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12. Typically 35 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Amsterdam to Cologne train schedules

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

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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: 11 May 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Amsterdam to Cologne is to bus which costs 15€ - 18€ and takes 5h 5m.

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The fastest way to get from Amsterdam to Cologne is to drive. Taking this option will cost 30€ - 50€ and takes 2h 40m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Amsterdam to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Amsterdam Sloterdijk and arriving at Köln Heumarkt via Leverkusen Leverkusen Mitte Bf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 5m.

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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 262.2 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 FlixBus, depart from Amsterdam Sloterdijk 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 15€ - 18€ and takes 5h 5m.

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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, FlixBus operates a bus from Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Leverkusen once a week. Tickets cost 15€ - 18€ and the journey takes 3h 45m.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 410€
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
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
24€ - 35€
1st Class
40€ - 60€
Train from Amsterdam Centraal to Arnhem Centraal
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
13€ - 30€
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
13€ - 19€
1st Class
22€ - 30€
Night train from Amsterdam Centraal to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 44m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
24€ - 60€
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
24€ - 35€
1st Class
40€ - 60€
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Arnhem Centraal to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
ABELLIO Rail NRW GmbH
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Arnhem Centraal to D-Flughafen Bf
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio NRW
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio NRW
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Sued
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
11€ - 15€
Website
National Express Rail
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
11€ - 14€
Website
National Express Rail
ABELLIO Rail
Phone
0800 2235546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Düsseldorf Flughafen to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
ABELLIO 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
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
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
3 times a day
Estimated price
17€ - 24€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
40€ - 75€
Website
Thalys
Standard
40€ - 55€
Comfort
50€ - 70€
Premium
50€ - 75€
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 a week
Estimated price
15€ - 18€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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 FlixBus, arrive at Leverkusen 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 262 km. It takes approximately 2h 40m to drive from Amsterdam to Cologne.

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KLM offers flights from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Dusseldorf Airport.

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Book your Amsterdam to Cologne bus tickets online with Omio and FlixBus.

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There are 1545+ hotels available in Cologne. Prices start at 75€ 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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