There are 7 ways to get from Amsterdam to Cologne by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train  •  3 h 10 min

  1. Take the train from Amsterdam Centraal to Köln Hbf Ice

$45 - $70

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  3 h 17 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Amsterdam to Cologne 161.8 miles

$19 - $22

5 alternative options

Bus  •  3 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Amsterdam Amstel to Cologne Hbf

$40 - $60

Bus, train  •  5 h

  1. Take the bus from Amsterdam, Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Düsseldorf N61 / ...
  2. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln, Dom / Hbf Re1 / ...

$35 - $49

Drive  •  2 h 33 min

  1. Drive from Amsterdam to Cologne 162.9 miles

$35 - $60

Fly to Dusseldorf, train  •  3 h 3 min

  1. Fly from Amsterdam (AMS) to Dusseldorf (DUS) AMS - DUS
  2. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Hbf

$93 - $310

Fly to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  5 h 27 min

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

$63 - $272

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

Dutch Railways (NS) operates a train from Amsterdam to Cologne 4 times a day. Tickets cost $45 - $70 and the journey takes 3 h 10 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
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Amsterdam to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Vienna
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$55 - $250
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Dublin
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $230
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $450
Train operators
Dutch Railways (NS)
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Amsterdam Centraal to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
ns.nl
Purchase a
eurail.com
Bahn DE
Website
bahn.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln, Dom / Hbf
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$19 - $23
Schedules at
bahn.de
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $35
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$16 - $35
1st Class
$30 - $40
Flixtrain
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf central station to Cologne, Cologne central station
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
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
FlixBus
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Amsterdam, Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Düsseldorf
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$13 - $22
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Other operators
BlaBlaCar
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Amsterdam to Cologne
Ave. Duration
3 h 17 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $22
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Amsterdam and Cologne is 214 km. The road distance is 261 km.

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

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

Yes, there is a direct train departing from Amsterdam Centraal and arriving at Köln Hbf. Services depart four times a day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 10 min.

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.

The train from Amsterdam Centraal to Köln Hbf takes 3 h 10 min including transfers and departs four times a day.