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There are 5 ways to get from Bruges to Cologne by train, bus and ferry, car or plane

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Train  •  3h 50m

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

50€ - 144€

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Train, bus and ferry  •  7h 30m

  1. Take the train from Bruges / Brugge to Gand-Saint-Pierre / Gent-Sint-Pieters Ic / ...
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Gent to Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport

20€ - 41€

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Drive  •  2h 56m

  1. Drive from Bruges to Cologne 309.6 km

30€ - 50€

Train, fly to Dusseldorf  •  7h 6m

  1. Take the train from Bruges / Brugge to Brussels Airport-Zaventem
  2. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Dusseldorf (DUS) BRU - DUS
  3. Take the train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf

97€ - 307€

Train, fly to Frankfurt  •  5h 35m

  1. Take the train from Bruges / Brugge to Brussels Airport-Zaventem
  2. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Frankfurt (FRA) BRU - FRA
  3. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

100€ - 332€

Bruges to Cologne by trains

The train journey time between Bruges and Cologne is around 3h 5m and covers a distance of around 313 km. The fastest train normally takes 3h 4m. Operated by Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB), Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express and Thalys, the Bruges to Cologne train service departs from Bruges / Brugge and arrives in Koeln Hbf. Typically 64 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
3h 5m
Fastest train time:
3h 4m
Trains per week:
64
Cheapest price:
50€
Carbon emissions:
16 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
05:09
Last train departs at:
19:10

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Bruges to Cologne train schedules

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The cheapest way to get from Bruges to Cologne is to train and bus and ferry which costs 19€ - 45€ and takes 7h 30m.

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The quickest way to get from Bruges to Cologne is to drive which costs 30€ - 50€ and takes 2h 56m.

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No, there is no direct train from Bruges to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Bruges / Brugge 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 train services, operated by Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB), depart from Bruges / Brugge station.

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There is no direct flight from Brussels Airport to Dusseldorf Airport. The quickest flight takes 2h 35m and has one stopover.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Bruges to Cologne is 310 km. It takes approximately 2h 56m to drive 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.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Brussels to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
80€ - 380€
Flights from Brussels to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
75€ - 340€
Flights from Brussels to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
70€ - 360€
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Brussels to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
70€ - 360€
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Brussels to Dusseldorf via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
4h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
70€ - 300€
Flights from Brussels to Dusseldorf via Oslo
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
75€ - 340€
Flights from Brussels to Dusseldorf via Stockholm
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Monday
Estimated price
80€ - 350€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Brussels to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
85€ - 230€
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Brussels to Dusseldorf via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
80€ - 370€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Brussels to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday and Sunday
Estimated price
55€ - 240€
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Brussels to Dusseldorf via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
65€ - 210€
Train operators
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
belgiantrain.be
Train from Bruges / Brugge to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
10€ - 14€
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
10€ - 14€
1st Class
15€ - 22€
Train from Bruges / Brugge to Gand-Saint-Pierre / Gent-Sint-Pieters
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
5€ - 9€
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
5€ - 9€
1st Class
9€ - 13€
Train from Bruges / Brugge to Brussels Airport-Zaventem
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
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 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
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
Frequency
3 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
1h 2m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
40€ - 75€
Website
Thalys
Standard
40€ - 55€
Comfort
50€ - 70€
Premium
50€ - 75€
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln 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
44 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 20m
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
Twice a week
Estimated price
29€ - 40€
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
Bus operators
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus and ferry from Gent to Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport
Ave. Duration
5h 46m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
11€ - 16€
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com

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