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There are 11 ways to get from Birmingham to Cologne by train, bus, bus and ferry, car, car train, car ferry or plane

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Train  •  7h 21m

  1. Take the train from Birmingham New Street to London Euston
  2. Take the train from London St Pancras Eurostar to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi Eil
  3. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Koeln Hbf Ice

€191 - €653

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Bus, bus and ferry  •  15h 16m

  1. Take the bus from Birmingham New Street Station to London Victoria Coach Station Uk023 / ...
  2. Take the bus and ferry from London to Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport

€37 - €61

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Drive, Eurotunnel  •  7h 32m

  1. Drive from Birmingham to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
  3. Drive from Calais-Fréthun to Cologne

€232 - €272

Drive, car ferry  •  9h 2m

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

€151 - €266

Fly Birmingham to Dusseldorf, train  •  4h 58m

  1. Fly from Birmingham (BHX) to Dusseldorf (DUS) BHX - DUS
  2. Take the train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf

€55 - €404

Fly Birmingham to Frankfurt, train  •  5h 2m

  1. Fly from Birmingham (BHX) to Frankfurt (FRA) BHX - FRA
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

€68 - €519

Train to Manchester, fly to Dusseldorf, train  •  6h 35m

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

€100 - €503

Train to London Heathrow, fly to Cologne Bonn  •  6h 11m

  1. Take the train from Birmingham Moor Street to London Marylebone
  2. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) LHR - CGN

€109 - €316

Train to London Heathrow, fly to Dusseldorf, train  •  6h 49m

  1. Take the train from Birmingham Moor Street to London Marylebone
  2. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Dusseldorf (DUS) LHR - DUS
  3. Take the train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf

€122 - €374

Train to London Stansted, fly to Cologne Bonn  •  6h 7m

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

€92 - €350

Fly Birmingham to Brussels, train  •  6h 42m

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

€82 - €549

Birmingham to Cologne by train and subway

The journey time between Birmingham and Cologne is around 6h 10m and covers a distance of around 773 km. The fastest journey normally takes 6h 5m. Operated by Avanti West Coast, London Midland, London Underground (Tube) and others, the Birmingham to Cologne service departs from Birmingham New Street and arrives in Koeln Hbf. Typically seven services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
6h 10m
Fastest journey time:
6h 5m
Services per week:
7
Cheapest price:
€192
Carbon emissions:
40 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
08:30
Last service departs at:
09:10

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Birmingham to Cologne train and subway schedules

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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.

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The cheapest way to get from Birmingham to Cologne is to bus and bus and ferry which costs £30 - £55 and takes 15h 16m.

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The fastest way to get from Birmingham to Cologne is to fly and train. Taking this option will cost £45 - £350 and takes 4h 58m.

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No, there is no direct train from Birmingham to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Birmingham New Street and arriving at Koeln Hbf via Euston station, London St Pancras Eurostar and Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 21m.

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The distance between Birmingham and Cologne is 633 km.

The best way to get from Birmingham to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 7h 21m and costs £160 - £600.

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It takes approximately 7h 21m to get from Birmingham to Cologne, including transfers.

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Birmingham to Cologne train services, operated by Avanti West Coast, depart from Birmingham New Street station.

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The quickest flight from Birmingham Airport to Dusseldorf Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 30m.

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Cologne is 1h ahead of Birmingham. It is currently 6:04 AM in Birmingham and 7:04 AM in Cologne.

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

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Map of how to get from Birmingham to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 633.2 km
  • Duration: 7h 21m

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

You can take a train from Birmingham to Cologne via London Euston, Euston station, King's Cross St. Pancras station, London St Pancras Eurostar, and Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi in around 7h 21m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Birmingham to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€220 - €430
Flights from Birmingham to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €250
Flights from Birmingham to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€100 - €250
Flights from Birmingham to Frankfurt via Brussels
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€55 - €330
Flights from Manchester to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€190 - €460
Flights from London Heathrow to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€150 - €390
Flights from Birmingham to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€55 - €100
Flights from Birmingham to Brussels via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€150 - €380
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Birmingham to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€35 - €290
Flights from Manchester to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€28 - €220
Flights from London Heathrow to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€85 - €150
Flights from London Heathrow to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€45 - €330
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Birmingham to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €380
Flights from Birmingham to Frankfurt via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €410
Flights from Manchester to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €370
Flights from Birmingham to Brussels via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€190 - €460
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€40 - €130
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Birmingham to Frankfurt via Brussels
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€55 - €330
Flights from Birmingham to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€55 - €100
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from London Stansted to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€10 - €110
Train operators
London Midland
Phone
+44 121 634 2040
Email
comments@londonmidland.com
Website
londonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk
Train from Birmingham New Street to London Euston
Ave. Duration
2h 11m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€45 - €55
Website
londonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk
Advanced Single/Anytime Advance
€9 - €14
Anytime Day Single
€45 - €55
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 Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 52m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
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
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€35 - €50
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Bruxelles-Nord to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€40 - €60
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€65 - €130
Website
Thalys
Standard
€65 - €90
Comfort
€75 - €100
Premium
€90 - €130
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€40 - €75
Website
Thalys
Standard
€40 - €55
Comfort
€50 - €70
Premium
€50 - €75
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€153
Website
Eurotunnel
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€11 - €14
Website
National Express Rail
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
ABELLIO Rail
Phone
0800 2235546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Düsseldorf Flughafen to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
ABELLIO Rail
ABELLIO Rail NRW GmbH
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio NRW
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
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
2h 23m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€50 - €70
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

Austria's national railway system is not only punctual, reliable and efficient, but offers free wifi to boot. Choose from high-speed intercity Railjet trains, overnight Nightjet trains and regional services such as Cityjet. ÖBB also operates international routes that connect cities in Austria with adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia. If you're planning to be in Austria for a while, consider the ÖBB Vorteilscard, an annual railcard that offers discounts on routes within Austria and in neighbouring countries.

Contact Details
Phone
05 17 17
Website
oebb.at
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
2h 6m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€29 - €40
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Birmingham New Street Station to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€11 - €15
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus and ferry from London to Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport
Ave. Duration
11h 11m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€22 - €30
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
Ferry operators
DFDS Seaways
Phone
+45 33 42 30 10
Email
incoming@dfdsseaways.dk​​
Website
dfds.com
Car ferry from Dover to Dunkirk
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€75 - €150
Website
dfds.co.uk
Standard Car - Economy
€75 - €150
Standard Car - Flexi
€130 - €170

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Eurowings, KLM and Lufthansa offer flights from Birmingham Airport to Dusseldorf Airport.

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