There are 4 ways to get from Antwerp to Cologne by train, bus or car

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Train  •  3 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from Antwerpen-Centraal to Bru.-Noord / Brux.-Nord Ic / ...
  2. Take the train from Brusel Nord to Köln Hauptbahnhof Ice

$52 - $80

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Bus  •  4 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Antwerpen to Köln

$23 - $60

2 alternative options

Bus, train  •  5 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Antwerp to Mönchengladbach N158
  2. Take the train from Mönchengladbach Hbf to Köln, Dom / Hbf Re8 / ...

$31 - $48

Drive  •  1 h 58 min

  1. Drive from Antwerp to Cologne 129.3 miles

$27 - $40

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Antwerpen and arriving at Köln. Services depart five times a week, and operate Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 4 h 20 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Antwerp to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Antwerpen-Centraal and arriving at Köln Hauptbahnhof via Brusel Nord. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 26 min.

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The distance between Antwerp and Cologne is 181 km. The road distance is 206.9 km.

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The best way to get from Antwerp to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 3 h 26 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 26 min to get from Antwerp to Cologne, including transfers.

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Antwerp to Cologne bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, depart from Antwerpen station.

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Antwerp to Cologne train services, operated by Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB), depart from Antwerpen-Centraal station.

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The best way to get from Antwerp to Cologne is to train which takes 3 h 26 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 4 h 20 min.

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Antwerp to Cologne bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, arrive at Köln station.

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Antwerp to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Köln Hauptbahnhof station.

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  • Distance: 113 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 26 min

What companies run services between Antwerp, Belgium and Cologne, Germany?

You can take a train from Antwerp to Cologne via Bru.-Noord / Brux.-Nord and Brusel Nord in around 3 h 26 min. Alternatively, Eurolines DE operates a bus from Antwerp to Cologne 5 times a week. Tickets cost $23 - $60 and the journey takes 4 h 20 min.

Train operators
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
b-rail.be
Train from Antwerpen-Centraal to Bru.-Noord / Brux.-Nord
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Website
belgianrail.be
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eurail.com
2nd Class
$7 - $10
1st Class
$10 - $16
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 Brusel Nord to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
Train from Monchengladbach Hbf to Koln Hbf
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$19 - $28
Website
bahn.de
Bahn DE
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mönchengladbach Hbf to Köln, Dom / Hbf
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $25
Schedules at
bahn.de
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Antwerpen to Köln
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$23 - $60
Website
eurolines.de
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Antwerp to Mönchengladbach
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $20
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Antwerp to Cologne is 207 km. It takes approximately 1 h 58 min to drive from Antwerp to Cologne.

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