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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train Deutsche Bahn  •  1 h 42 min

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

$45 - $90

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  2 h 47 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Brussels to Cologne 132.1 miles

$17

3 alternative options

Train Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)  •  3 h 46 min

  1. Take the train from Bru.-Centraal / Brux.-Central to Eupen Ic
  2. Take the train from Aachen Hbf to Köln, Ehrenfeld Bf Ehrenfeld Re1 / ...

$41 - $52

Bus  •  3 h 48 min

  1. Take the bus from Bruxelles - North to Köln

$40 - $60

Drive  •  2 h 3 min

  1. Drive from Brussels to Cologne 131.4 miles

$27 - $40

Questions & Answers

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

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The quickest way to get from Brussels to Cologne is to train which costs 40€ - 75€ and takes 1 h 42 min.

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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 3 h 48 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Brusel Nord and arriving at Köln Hauptbahnhof. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 42 min.

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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 1 h 42 min and costs 40€ - 75€.

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The train from Brusel Nord to Köln Hauptbahnhof takes 1 h 42 min including transfers and departs every four 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, depart from Brusel Nord station.

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The best way to get from Brussels to Cologne is to train which takes 1 h 42 min and costs 40€ - 75€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 35€ - 50€ and takes 3 h 48 min.

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Map of how to get from Brussels to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 114.2 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 42 min

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

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Brussels to Cologne every 4 hours. Tickets cost $45 - $70 and the journey takes 1 h 42 min. Thalys also services this route 4 times a day. Alternatively, Eurolines DE operates a bus from Brussels to Cologne 4 times a week. Tickets cost $40 - $60 and the journey takes 3 h 48 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.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Brusel Nord to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 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 47 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$60 - $90
1st Class
$90 - $130
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
b-rail.be
Train from Bru.-Centraal / Brux.-Central to Eupen
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Website
belgianrail.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$15 - $22
1st Class
$23 - $35
Bahn DE
Website
bahn.de
Train from Aachen Hbf to Köln, Ehrenfeld Bf Ehrenfeld
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $27
Schedules at
bahn.de
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 48 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.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
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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