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There are 5 ways to get from Antwerp to Cologne by train, bus and ferry, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  3h 26m

  1. Take the train from Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal to Brux.-Nord/Brus.-Noord Ic / ...
  2. Take the train from Bruxelles-Nord to Koeln Hbf Ice

46€ - 69€

Cheapest option

Bus and ferry  •  4h 28m

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Antwerp to Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport

11€ - 28€

3 alternative options

Train, bus  •  5h 47m

  1. Take the train from Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal to Hasselt Ic / ...
  2. Take the bus from Hasselt Station perron 10 to Maastricht Station perron D 20a / ...
  3. Take the train from Aachen Hbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Re / ...

18€ - 44€

Drive  •  2h 1m

  1. Drive from Antwerp to Cologne 206.1 km

22€ - 35€

Train, fly  •  3h 49m

  1. Take the train from Anvers-Central to Schiphol Airport
  2. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Dusseldorf (DUS) AMS - DUS
  3. Take the train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf

120€ - 378€

Antwerp to Cologne by trains

The train journey time between Antwerp and Cologne is around 2h 33m and covers a distance of around 260 km. The fastest train normally takes 2h 21m. Operated by Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB) and Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, the Antwerp to Cologne train service departs from Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal and arrives in Koeln Hbf. Typically 49 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
2h 33m
Fastest train time:
2h 21m
Trains per week:
49
Cheapest price:
46€
Carbon emissions:
13 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
05:06
Last train departs at:
19:40

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Antwerp to Cologne train schedules

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Conditions of entry into Germany from Belgium

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival for all travellers by air
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 5
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival for all travellers by air
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 5
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Pre-arrival health declaration
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Arrivals vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempted from compulsory quarantine
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No, entry into Germany from Belgium is currently restricted.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

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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.

No, returning to Belgium from Germany is currently allowed.

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Last updated: 8 Jun 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Antwerp to Cologne is to bus and ferry which costs 11€ - 29€ and takes 4h 28m.

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The fastest way to get from Antwerp to Cologne is to drive which takes 2h 1m and costs 22€ - 35€.

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No, there is no direct train from Antwerp to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal and arriving at Koeln Hbf via Bruxelles-Nord. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 26m.

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The distance between Antwerp and Cologne is 181 km. The road distance is 206.1 km.

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The best way to get from Antwerp to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 3h 26m and costs 45€ - 70€.

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

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

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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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Antwerp to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Koeln Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Antwerp to Cologne is 206 km. It takes approximately 2h 1m to drive from Antwerp to Cologne.

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  • Distance: 181 km
  • Duration: 3h 26m

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

You can take a train from Antwerp to Cologne via Bruxelles-Nord in around 3h 26m. Alternatively, Union Ivkoni operates a vehicle from Antwerp to Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport twice a week. Tickets cost 8€ - 12€ and the journey takes 4h 8m.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 350€
Train operators
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
belgiantrain.be
Train from Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal to Brux.-Nord/Brus.-Noord
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
6€ - 9€
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
6€ - 9€
1st Class
9€ - 14€
Train from Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal to Hasselt
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
11€ - 16€
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
11€ - 16€
1st Class
17€ - 25€
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 Bruxelles-Nord to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
17€ - 24€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Aachen Hbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
ABELLIO Rail
Phone
0800 2235546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Aachen, Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
ABELLIO Rail
Train from Düsseldorf Flughafen to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
ABELLIO Rail
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
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Aachen Hbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
12€ - 17€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
ABELLIO Rail NRW GmbH
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Aachen Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio NRW
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio NRW
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Anvers-Central to Schiphol Airport
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
50€ - 110€
Website
Thalys
Standard
50€ - 75€
Comfort
65€ - 85€
Premium
75€ - 110€
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€
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
39 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
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
Bus operators
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus and ferry from Antwerp to Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport
Ave. Duration
4h 8m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
8€ - 12€
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
De Lijn
Phone
070 220 200
Email
delijn
Website
delijn.be
Bus from Hasselt Station perron 10 to Maastricht Station perron D
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
1€ - 3€
Website
De Lijn
m-ticket
2€
single ticket
3€

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