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 26 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 Brussels Midi-Zuid to Köln Hauptbahnhof Ice

$178 - $374

Cheapest option

Fly Birmingham to Dusseldorf, train  •  4 h 36 min

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

$47 - $245

10 alternative options

Bus  •  13 h 47 min

  1. Take the bus from Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth 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 Aachen
  4. Take the bus from Aachen to Cologne Hbf

$66 - $94

Train, bus  •  14 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from Birmingham Moor Street to London Marylebone
  2. Take the bus from London to Düsseldorf N80 / ...

$100 - $188

Drive, Eurotunnel, train  •  8 h 49 min

  1. Drive from Birmingham to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais
  3. Take the train from Calais-Fréthun to Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar Est
  4. Take the train from Brussels Midi-Zuid to Köln Hauptbahnhof Ice

$328 - $443

Drive, car ferry  •  7 h 49 min

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

$122 - $178

Fly Birmingham to Frankfurt, train  •  5 h 11 min

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

$108 - $338

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

$125 - $302

Train to Manchester, fly to Dusseldorf  •  6 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Birmingham New Street to Manchester Piccadilly
  2. Fly from Manchester (MAN) to Dusseldorf (DUS) MAN - DUS

$91 - $276

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

$167 - $377

Train to London City, fly to Dusseldorf  •  6 h 8 min

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

$142 - $430

Fly Birmingham to Brussels, train  •  6 h 28 min

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

$97 - $369

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Birmingham to Cologne is to bus which costs £50 - £75 and takes 13 h 47 min.

More details

The quickest way to get from Birmingham to Cologne is to fly and train which costs £35 - £190 and takes 4 h 36 min.

More details

The distance between Birmingham and Cologne is 396 miles.

It takes approximately 7 h 26 min to get from Birmingham to Cologne, including transfers.

More details

No, there is no direct bus from Birmingham station to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth and arriving at Cologne Hbf via London, Brussels City Center - Midi Train station and Aachen. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13 h 47 min.

More details

No, there is no direct train from Birmingham to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Birmingham New Street and arriving at Köln Hauptbahnhof via London St. Pancras International and Brussels Midi-Zuid. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 26 min.

More details

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 Brussels Midi-Zuid in around 7 h 26 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Birmingham to Cologne via London Victoria Coach Station, London, Brussels City Center - Midi Train station, and Aachen in around 13 h 47 min.

Airlines
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 Stansted to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $300
Flights from Manchester to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $280
Flights from London Heathrow to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $370
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Birmingham to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $340
Flights from Manchester to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Flights from London City to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $460
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 Stansted to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$45 - $300
Flights from Manchester to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Flights from Birmingham to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $600
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Birmingham to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Flights from Birmingham to Frankfurt via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Manchester to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from London City to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 2 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Birmingham to Brussels via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Manchester to Dusseldorf via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from London City to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $470
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Birmingham to Dusseldorf via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 32 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $340
Flights from Manchester to Dusseldorf via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $320
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
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Birmingham to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $600
Train operators
Virgin West Coast Trains
Eurostar
Rome2rio's guide to Eurostar
Contact Details
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
$65 - $200
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$65 - $200
Premier
$150 - $230
Train from Calais-Fréthun to Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $110
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$45 - $110
Premier
$100 - $130
Deutsche Bahn
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Brussels Midi-Zuid to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
22 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Brusel Nord to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
Chiltern Railways
Phone
+44 345 600 5165
Website
chilternrailways.co.uk
Train from Birmingham Moor Street to London Marylebone
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$65 - $100
Website
chilternrailways.co.uk
Advance Single
$35 - $55
Anytime Day Single
$65 - $100
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
$171
Website
eurotunnel.com
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Düsseldorf to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
4 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
24 min
Frequency
Once daily
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
$13 - $19
Website
Ouibus
Bus from Brussels City Center - Midi Train station to Aachen
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Website
Ouibus
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Aachen to Cologne Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
eurolines.de
FlixBus
Ferry operators

Want to know more about travelling around Germany

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Filled with useful and timely travel information, the guides answer all the hard questions - such as 'How do I buy a ticket?', 'Should I book online before I travel? ', 'How much should I expect to pay?', 'Do the trains and buses have Wifi?' - to help you get the most out of your next trip.