There are 6 ways to get from Brussels to Cologne by train, bus, night train, rideshare or car

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Train  •  1h 41m

  1. Take the train from Bruxelles-Nord to Koeln Hbf Ice / ...

40€ - 130€

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Rideshare  •  2h 47m

  1. Take the rideshare from Brussels to Cologne 211.3 km

15€

4 alternative options

Bus  •  3h 34m

  1. Take the bus from Bruxelles - North to Köln

35€ - 50€

Bus via Koeln/Bonn Flughafen  •  4h 19m

  1. Take the bus from Brussels, Brussels South to Cologne, Cologne South, Airport N1153

15€ - 33€

Night train  •  2h 50m

  1. Take the night train from Bruxelles-Nord to Koeln Hbf Nj

17€ - 23€

Drive  •  2h 2m

  1. Drive from Brussels to Cologne 210.3 km

25€ - 40€

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The cheapest way to get from Brussels to Cologne is to rideshare which costs 15€ and takes 2h 47m.

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The quickest way to get from Brussels to Cologne is to train which costs 40€ - 130€ and takes 1h 41m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Bruxelles - North and arriving at Köln. Services depart four times a week, and operate Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 3h 34m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Bruxelles-Nord and arriving at Koeln Hbf. Services depart every three hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 41m.

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The distance between Brussels and Cologne is 183 km. The road distance is 210.3 km.

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The best way to get from Brussels to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 1h 41m and costs 40€ - 130€.

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The train from Bruxelles-Nord to Koeln Hbf takes 1h 41m including transfers and departs every three hours.

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Brussels to Cologne bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, depart from Bruxelles - North station.

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Brussels to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Bruxelles-Nord station.

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  • Distance: 182.7 km
  • Duration: 1h 41m

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

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Bruxelles-Nord to Koeln Hbf every 4 hours. Tickets cost 40€ - 60€ and the journey takes 1h 41m. Thalys also services this route 4 times a day. Alternatively, Eurolines DE operates a bus from Bruxelles - North to Köln 4 times a week. Tickets cost 35€ - 50€ and the journey takes 3h 34m.

Train operators
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).

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Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Bruxelles-Nord to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 41m
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€
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).

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Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Brussels, Brussels South to Cologne, Cologne South, Airport
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
13€ - 17€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. 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 to 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
2h 47m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
15€
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blablacar.co.uk

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The best way to get from Brussels to Cologne is to train which takes 1h 41m and costs 40€ - 130€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 35€ - 50€ and takes 3h 34m.

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Brussels to Cologne bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, arrive at Köln station.

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

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

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There are 1127+ hotels available in Cologne. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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

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