There are 6 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.

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Train  •  1 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Bruxelles Midi to Köln Hbf Tha / ...

$35 - $90

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  2 h 47 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Brussels to Cologne 132.1 miles

$17

4 alternative options

Train via Liege-Guillemins  •  2 h 49 min

  1. Take the train from Bruxelles-Central to Liege-Guillemins Ic / ...
  2. Take the train from Liège-Guillemins to Köln Hbf Tha / ...

$24 - $60

Bus Ouibus  •  3 h 29 min

  1. Take the bus from Brussels Schaerbeek - North Train station to Cologne Ouibus / ...

$20 - $39

Bus Eurolines DE  •  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

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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 takes 1 h 50 min and costs 30€ - 75€.

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The distance between Brussels and Cologne is 183 km. The road distance is 210 km.

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The train from Bruxelles Midi to Köln Hbf takes 1 h 50 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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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 Bruxelles Midi and arriving at Köln Hbf. Services depart hourly, and operate Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 1 h 50 min.

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

Thalys operates a train from Brussels to Cologne every 4 hours. Tickets cost $60 - $90 and the journey takes 1 h 50 min. Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB) also services this route every 4 hours. Alternatively, Ouibus operates a bus from Brussels to Cologne hourly. Tickets cost $8 - $13 and the journey takes 2 h 55 min. FlixBus also services this route 5 times a week.

Train operators
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Bruxelles Midi to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$60 - $90
1st Class
$90 - $130
Train from Liège-Guillemins to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$35 - $60
1st Class
$55 - $75
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
b-rail.be
Train from Bruxelles-Nord to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
belgianrail.be
Purchase a
eurail.com
Train from Liège-Guillemins to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
belgianrail.be
Purchase a
eurail.com
Nmbs/Sncb
Website
belgianrail.be
Train from Bruxelles-Central to Liege-Guillemins
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
belgianrail.be
Bus operators
Ouibus
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Brussels Schaerbeek - North Train station to Cologne
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $13
Website
Ouibus
FlixBus
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Brussels, Brussels-North station to Cologne, Cologne South, Airport
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$13 - $23
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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
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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