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.

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Train  •  7 h 25 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

$155 - $375

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Fly Birmingham to Dusseldorf, train  •  4 h 57 min

  1. Fly from Birmingham (BHX) to Dusseldorf (DUS) BHX - DUS
  2. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

$59 - $239

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Train via London Marylebone  •  7 h 36 min

  1. Take the train from Birmingham Moor Street to London Marylebone
  2. Take the train from London St. Pancras Int. to Brussel-Zuid/Midi
  3. Take the train from Brussels - Midi to Köln Hauptbahnhof

$195 - $390

Bus  •  15 h 19 min

  1. Take the bus from Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth to London Victoria Coach Station National Express
  2. Take the bus from London to Cologne, Cologne South, Airport 815 / ...

$63 - $99

Drive, Eurotunnel, train  •  8 h 42 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

$319 - $431

Drive, carferry  •  8 h 50 min

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

$122 - $178

Fly Birmingham to Frankfurt, train  •  5 h 10 min

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

$108 - $333

Train to London Heathrow, fly to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  6 h 4 min

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

$167 - $368

Train to London Stansted, fly to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  5 h 50 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

$102 - $302

Train to Manchester, fly to Dusseldorf  •  6 h 33 min

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

$104 - $272

Train to London City, fly to Dusseldorf  •  6 h 29 min

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

$131 - $425

Fly Birmingham to Brussels, train  •  6 h 31 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

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 25 min.

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The distance between Birmingham and Cologne is 396 miles.

The best way to get from Birmingham to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 7 h 25 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 7 h 25 min to get from Birmingham to Cologne, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Birmingham to Cologne is to train which takes 7 h 25 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 15 h 19 min.

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The quickest flight from Birmingham Airport to Dusseldorf Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 20 min.

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Cologne is 1 h ahead of Birmingham. It is currently 6:49 PM in Birmingham and 7:49 PM in Cologne.

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

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Air France, KLM, Eurowings and Flybe offer flights from Birmingham Airport to Dusseldorf Airport.

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Map of how to get from Birmingham to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 395.7 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 25 min

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 25 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Birmingham to Cologne via London Victoria Coach Station, London, Cologne, Cologne South, Airport, and Köln, Grengel/Flughafen Köln/Bonn Flughafen Bf in around 15 h 19 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Birmingham to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$55 - $300
Flights from Birmingham to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Birmingham to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from London Heathrow to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $370
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 London Stansted to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$45 - $300
Flights from Manchester to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$50 - $280
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 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 Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $280
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
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 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
When
Every day
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, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from London City to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $470
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
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
Eurostar
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Contact Details
Website
eurostar.com
Train from London St. Pancras International to Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar
Ave. Duration
2 h 1 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $200
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$65 - $200
Premier
$160 - $230
Train from London St. Pancras Int. to Brussel-Zuid/Midi
Ave. Duration
1 h 48 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$65 - $200
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$65 - $200
Premier
$160 - $230
Train from Calais-Fréthun to Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $110
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$45 - $110
Premier
$100 - $130
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 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 Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
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
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Brussels - Midi to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1 h 47 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$60 - $90
1st Class
$90 - $120
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
$172
Website
eurotunnel.com
Bus operators
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Website
nationalexpress.com
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 London to Cologne, Cologne South, Airport
Ave. Duration
10 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Ferry operators

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