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There are 6 ways to get from Bruges to Cologne by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  3h 50m

  1. Take the train from Bruges to Bruxelles-Midi Ic / ...
  2. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Koeln Hbf Ice / ...

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Bus  •  6h 22m

  1. Take the bus from Bruges to D-Worringer Platz,W57 080 / ...

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Train via Brussels  •  3h 50m

  1. Take the train from Bruges to Bruxelles-Midi Ic / ...
  2. Take the train from Bruxelles Midi to Köln Hbf 79

Drive  •  2h 56m

  1. Drive from Bruges to Cologne 309.6 km

Train, fly to Dusseldorf  •  7h 38m

  1. Take the train from Bruges to Brussels Airport - Zaventem
  2. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Dusseldorf (DUS) BRU - DUS
  3. Take the train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf

Train, fly to Frankfurt  •  5h 42m

  1. Take the train from Bruges to Brussels Airport - Zaventem
  2. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Frankfurt (FRA) BRU - FRA
  3. Take the train from Frankfurt to Köln Deutz Messe/Deutz Bf
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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

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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.

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Last updated: 29 Jun 2022
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The cheapest way to get from Bruges to Cologne is to bus which costs €16 - €20 and takes 6h 22m.

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The quickest way to get from Bruges to Cologne is to drive which costs €35 - €60 and takes 2h 56m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Bruges to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Bruges and arriving at Köln Deutz Messe/Deutz Bf via Düsseldorf Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 22m.

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No, there is no direct train from Bruges to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Bruges and arriving at Koeln Hbf via Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 50m.

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The distance between Bruges and Cologne is 262 km. The road distance is 309.6 km.

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The best way to get from Bruges to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 3h 50m and costs €50 - €150.

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It takes approximately 3h 50m to get from Bruges to Cologne, including transfers.

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Bruges to Cologne bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Bruges station.

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Bruges to Cologne train services, operated by Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB), depart from Bruges station.

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The best way to get from Bruges to Cologne is to train which takes 3h 50m and costs €50 - €150. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €16 - €20 and takes 6h 22m.

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Map of how to get from Bruges to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 262.1 km
  • Duration: 3h 50m

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

You can take a train from Bruges to Cologne via Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi in around 3h 50m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Bruges to D-Worringer Platz,W57 3 times a day. Tickets cost €16 - €20 and the journey takes 4h 30m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Brussels to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€190 - €1500
Flights from Brussels to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€220 - €1700
Flights from Brussels to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€90 - €500
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Brussels to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€90 - €500
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Brussels to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€170 - €700
Flights from Brussels to Frankfurt via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Monday and Saturday
Estimated price
€140 - €550
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Brussels to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€220 - €2200
Flights from Brussels to Dusseldorf via Geneva
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday
Estimated price
€85 - €300
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Brussels to Dusseldorf via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€180 - €700
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Brussels to Dusseldorf via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
€180 - €900
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Brussels to Dusseldorf via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€240 - €1100
Flights from Brussels to Dusseldorf via Madrid
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
€210 - €1100
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Brussels to Dusseldorf via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€240 - €1100
Flights from Brussels to Dusseldorf via Madrid
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
€210 - €1100
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Brussels to Dusseldorf via Dublin
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Friday
Estimated price
€190 - €850
Finnair
Website
finnair.com
Flights from Brussels to Dusseldorf via Helsinki
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€340 - €950
Tunisair
Website
tunisair.com
Flights from Brussels to Dusseldorf via Tunis
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
€280 - €470
Ukraine International Airlines
Website
flyuia.com
Flights from Brussels to Dusseldorf via Boryspil
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€140 - €650
Train operators
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
belgiantrain.be
Train from Bruges to Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€10 - €14
Website
Belgian Railways
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Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
€10 - €14
1st Class
€15 - €22
Train from Bruges to Brussels Airport - Zaventem
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€20 - €22
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
€20 - €22
1st Class
€28 - €32
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 50m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€40 - €60
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Bruxelles Midi to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€40 - €60
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€18 - €26
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Frankfurt to Köln Deutz Messe/Deutz Bf
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€35 - €50
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 48m
Frequency
5 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
37 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€40 - €75
Website
Thalys
Standard
€40 - €55
Comfort
€50 - €70
Premium
€55 - €75
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
€12 - €16
Website
National Express Rail
ABELLIO Rail
Phone
0800 2235546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Düsseldorf Flughafen to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
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
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Website
Abellio
TRI Train Rental GmbH
Phone
+49 9126 288825
Website
train-rental.com
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Website
TRI Train Rental GmbH
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 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Bruges to D-Worringer Platz,W57
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€16 - €20
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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Bruges to Cologne bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at D-Worringer Platz,W57 station.

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

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