There are 12 ways to get from Birmingham to Cologne by train, bus, car, car train, car ferry 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  •  7 h 12 min

  1. Take the train from Birmingham New Street to London Euston
  2. Take the train from London St. Pancras International to Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar Est
  3. Take the train from Bruxelles Midi to Köln Hbf Tha / ...

$173 - $417

Cheapest option

Bus via Brussels City Center - Midi Train station  •  13 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Birmingham to London Victoria Coach Station
  2. Take the bus from London to Brussels City Center - Midi Train station
  3. Take the bus from Brussels City Center - Midi Train station to Cologne

$53 - $70

10 alternative options

Bus FlixBus  •  16 h 58 min

  1. Take the bus from Birmingham, Birmingham Digbeth Coach Station to Cologne, Cologne South, Airport 1920

$67 - $107

Drive, Eurotunnel, train  •  8 h 55 min

  1. Drive from Birmingham to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais
  3. Take the train from Calais-Fréthun to Lille Europe Tgv / ...
  4. Take the train from Lille Europe to Bruxelles Midi Tgv / ...
  5. Take the train from Bruxelles Midi to Köln Hbf Tha / ...

$325 - $445

Drive, car ferry  •  8 h 34 min

  1. Drive from Birmingham to Dover
  2. Take the car ferry from Dover to Calais
  3. Drive from Calais to Cologne

$124 - $183

Fly Birmingham to Dusseldorf, train  •  4 h 37 min

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

$75 - $265

Fly Birmingham to Frankfurt, train  •  5 h 5 min

  1. Fly from Birmingham (BHX) to Frankfurt (FRA) BHX - FRA
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf

$113 - $341

Train to London Heathrow, fly to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  5 h 40 min

  1. Take the train from Birmingham New Street to London Euston
  2. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) LHR - CGN

$175 - $386

Train to London Stansted, fly to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  5 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from Birmingham New Street to London Euston
  2. Fly from London Stansted (STN) to Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) STN - CGN

$133 - $313

Train to London City, fly to Dusseldorf  •  6 h 9 min

  1. Take the train from Birmingham New Street to London Euston
  2. Fly from London City (LCY) to Dusseldorf (DUS) LCY - DUS

$177 - $456

Train to Manchester, fly to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  6 h 19 min

  1. Take the train from Birmingham New Street to Crewe
  2. Fly from Manchester (MAN) to Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) MAN - CGN

$83 - $416

Fly Birmingham to Brussels, train  •  6 h 31 min

  1. Fly from Birmingham (BHX) to Brussels (BRU) BHX - BRU
  2. Take the train from Bruxelles-Nord to Köln Hbf

$103 - $359

What companies run services between Birmingham, England and Cologne, Germany?

You can take a train from Birmingham to Cologne via London Euston, London St. Pancras International, Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar, and Bruxelles Midi in around 7 h 12 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Birmingham to Cologne via London Victoria Coach Station, London, Brussels City Center - Midi Train station, Cologne, and Köln, Grengel/Flughafen Köln/Bonn Flughafen Bf in around 13 h 28 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Birmingham to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from London Heathrow to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Manchester to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Birmingham to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$75 - $600
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Birmingham to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $300
Flights from London Heathrow to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $370
Flights from London Stansted to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $300
Flights from Manchester to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $440
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Birmingham to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Flights from Birmingham to Frankfurt via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from London City to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Birmingham to Brussels via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Birmingham to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $340
Flights from London City to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $460
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from London Stansted to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$27 - $250
Flights from Manchester to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $230
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London City to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $470
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Birmingham to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $600
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Birmingham to Dusseldorf via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $340
Train operators
Virgin West Coast Trains
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Train from Birmingham New Street to London Euston
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$70 - $120
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$45 - $70
Anytime Day Single
$70 - $120
Train from Birmingham New Street to Crewe
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$24 - $35
Anytime Day Single
$35 - $60
Eurostar
Website
eurostar.com
Train from London St. Pancras International to Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar
Ave. Duration
2 h 1 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$70 - $210
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$70 - $210
Premier
$170 - $250
Train from Calais-Fréthun to Lille Europe Eurostar
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$35 - $60
Premier
$69 - $72
Train from Lille Europe Eurostar to Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $60
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$14 - $60
Premier
$35 - $70
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Bruxelles Midi to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$65 - $95
1st Class
$95 - $130
Train from Lille Europe to Bruxelles Midi
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$29 - $35
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$29 - $35
1st Class
$35 - $55
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$17 - $35
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$17 - $35
1st Class
$35 - $45
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
b-rail.be
Train from Bruxelles Midi to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
belgianrail.be
Purchase a
eurail.com
Train from Bruxelles-Nord to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
belgianrail.be
Purchase a
eurail.com
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$185
Website
eurotunnel.com
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
tgv.com
Train from Calais-Fréthun to Lille Europe
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $32
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$26 - $32
1st Class
$46 - $49
Train from Lille Europe to Bruxelles Midi
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $23
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$20 - $23
1st Class
$25 - $40
SNCF
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Calais-Fréthun to Lille Europe
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$22 - $35
1st Class
$29 - $45
Deutsche Bahn
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
22 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Flixtrain
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf central station to Cologne, Cologne central station
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Once a week
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
Bus operators
Ouibus
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from London to Brussels City Center - Midi Train station
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$14 - $20
Website
Ouibus
Bus from Brussels City Center - Midi Train station to Cologne
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Website
Ouibus
FlixBus
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Birmingham, Birmingham Digbeth Coach Station to Cologne, Cologne South, Airport
Ave. Duration
16 h 30 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$50 - $90
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Ferry operators

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Birmingham to Cologne?

The distance between Birmingham and Cologne is 633 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Birmingham to Cologne?

The cheapest way to get from Birmingham to Cologne is to bus which costs £35 - £50 and takes 13 h 28 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Birmingham to Cologne?

The quickest way to get from Birmingham to Cologne is to fly and train which takes 4 h 37 min and costs £50 - £190.

Is there a direct train between Birmingham and Cologne?

No, there is no direct train from Birmingham to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Birmingham New Street and arriving at Köln Hbf via London St. Pancras International and Bruxelles Midi. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 12 min.

How long does it take to get from Birmingham to Cologne?

It takes approximately 7 h 12 min to get from Birmingham to Cologne, including transfers.