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There are 5 ways to get from Brussels Central Station to Cologne by train, bus, rideshare or car

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Recommended option

Train Deutsche Bahn  •  2 h 45 min

  1. Take the train from Brusel Nord to Köln Hauptbahnhof Ice

$49 - $77

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  2 h 53 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Brussels to Cologne 132.1 miles

$17

3 alternative options

Train Thalys  •  2 h 54 min

  1. Take the train from Brussels - Midi to Köln Hauptbahnhof

$64 - $95

Bus  •  4 h 38 min

  1. Take the bus from Bruxelles - North to Köln

$44 - $67

Drive  •  2 h 1 min

  1. Drive from Brussels Central Station to Cologne 131 miles

$27 - $40

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The cheapest way to get from Brussels Central Station to Cologne is to rideshare which costs 15€ and takes 2 h 53 min.

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The quickest way to get from Brussels Central Station to Cologne is to drive which costs 23€ - 35€ and takes 2 h 1 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Brussels Central Station to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Brux.-/ Brus-Centr. and arriving at Köln Hauptbahnhof via Brusel Nord. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 45 min.

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The distance between Brussels Central Station and Cologne is 182 km. The road distance is 209.6 km.

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The best way to get from Brussels Central Station to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 2 h 45 min and costs 40€ - 70€.

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It takes approximately 2 h 45 min to get from Brussels Central Station to Cologne, including transfers.

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Brussels Central Station to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Brusel Nord station.

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The best way to get from Brussels Central Station to Cologne is to train which takes 2 h 45 min and costs 40€ - 70€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 35€ - 60€ and takes 4 h 38 min.

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Brussels Central Station to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Köln Hauptbahnhof station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Brussels Central Station to Cologne is 210 km. It takes approximately 2 h 1 min to drive from Brussels Central Station to Cologne.

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  • Distance: 113.8 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 45 min

What companies run services between Brussels Central Station, Belgium and Cologne, Germany?

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Brussels Central Station to Cologne every 4 hours. Tickets cost $45 - $70 and the journey takes 1 h 41 min. Alternatively, Eurolines DE operates a bus from Brussels Central Station to Cologne 4 times a week. Tickets cost $40 - $60 and the journey takes 3 h 34 min.

Train operators
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.

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Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Brusel Nord to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1 h 41 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Brussels - Midi to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$60 - $90
1st Class
$90 - $120
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Bruxelles - North to Köln
Ave. Duration
3 h 34 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
eurolines.de
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility you’ll get to your destination – often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Brussels to Cologne
Ave. Duration
2 h 47 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$17
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Brussels Central Station and Cologne. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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