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There are 8 ways to get from Calais to Cologne by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  4h 59m

  1. Take the train from Calais Ville to Lille Europe Ter
  2. Take the train from Lille Europe to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi Tgv / ...
  3. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Koeln Hbf Ice

81€ - 492€

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Bus  •  7h 34m

  1. Take the bus from Calais, CAFO to Brussels, Brussels-North station 815
  2. Take the bus from Bruxelles - North to Köln

47€ - 65€

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Bus, train  •  9h 51m

  1. Take the bus from Calais Ville to Lille, Europe
  2. Take the bus from Lille, Europe to Liège 940
  3. Take the train from Liege-Guillemins to Koeln Hbf Ice

63€ - 144€

Drive  •  3h 49m

  1. Drive from Calais to Cologne 408.1 km

45€ - 70€

Train to London Heathrow, fly to Cologne Bonn  •  6h 49m

  1. Take the train from Calais Frethun to London St Pancras Eurostar
  2. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) LHR - CGN

124€ - 732€

Train to London Stansted, fly to Cologne Bonn  •  6h 44m

  1. Take the train from Calais Frethun to London St Pancras Eurostar
  2. Fly from London Stansted (STN) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) STN - CGN

113€ - 821€

Train, train to Paris CDG, fly to Dusseldorf  •  6h 33m

  1. Take the train from Calais Ville to Lille Europe
  2. Take the train from Lille Europe to Aeroport Cdg2 Tgv Roissy
  3. Fly from Paris CDG (CDG) to Dusseldorf (DUS) CDG - DUS
  4. Take the train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf

108€ - 410€

Train, train to Brussels, fly to Frankfurt  •  6h 45m

  1. Take the train from Calais Ville to Lille Europe
  2. Take the train from Lille Europe to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
  3. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Frankfurt (FRA) BRU - FRA
  4. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Hbf

131€ - 691€

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The cheapest way to get from Calais to Cologne is to drive which costs 45€ - 70€ and takes 3h 49m.

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The quickest way to get from Calais to Cologne is to drive which costs 45€ - 70€ and takes 3h 49m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Calais to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Calais, CAFO and arriving at Köln via Bruxelles - North. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 34m.

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No, there is no direct train from Calais to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Calais Ville and arriving at Koeln Hbf via Lille Europe and Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 59m.

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The distance between Calais and Cologne is 357 km. The road distance is 408.1 km.

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The best way to get from Calais to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 4h 59m and costs 80€ - 500€.

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It takes approximately 4h 59m to get from Calais to Cologne, including transfers.

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Calais to Cologne bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Calais, CAFO station.

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Calais to Cologne train services, operated by SNCF, depart from Calais Ville station.

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The best way to get from Calais to Cologne is to train which takes 4h 59m and costs 80€ - 500€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 45€ - 65€ and takes 7h 34m.

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Map of how to get from Calais to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 356.8 km
  • Duration: 4h 59m

What companies run services between Calais, France and Cologne, Germany?

You can take a train from Calais to Cologne via Lille Europe and Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi in around 4h 59m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Calais to Cologne via Bruxelles - North in around 7h 34m.

Airlines
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 240€
Flights from London Heathrow to Cologne Bonn via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
40€ - 240€
Flights from Paris CDG to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
60€ - 260€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
60€ - 260€
Flights from Brussels to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
65€ - 290€
Air Leisure
Website
air-leisure.com
Flights from London Stansted to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
30€ - 300€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
90€ - 310€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Cologne Bonn via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
240€ - 420€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from London Stansted to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
23€ - 110€
Train operators
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Calais Ville to Lille Europe
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
14€ - 35€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
14€ - 21€
Rail 1st Class
22€ - 35€
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Lille Europe to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
27€ - 40€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
32€ - 38€
1st Class
27€ - 32€
Train from Lille Europe to Aeroport Cdg2 Tgv Roissy
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
40€ - 55€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
40€ - 55€
1st Class
40€ - 50€
Eurostar
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Contact Details
Phone
+44 343 218 6186
Website
eurostar.com
Train from Lille Europe to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
60€ - 330€
Website
Eurostar
Business Premier
290€ - 330€
Standard
60€ - 75€
Standard Premier
100€ - 130€
Train from Calais Frethun to London St Pancras Eurostar
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
70€ - 330€
Website
Eurostar
Business Premier
290€ - 330€
Standard
70€ - 85€
Standard Premier
110€ - 150€
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 50m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Liege-Guillemins to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
28€ - 40€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
17€ - 24€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
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 50m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
65€ - 130€
Website
Thalys
Standard
65€ - 90€
Comfort
75€ - 100€
Premium
90€ - 130€
Train from Liege-Guillemins to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
50€ - 95€
Website
Thalys
Standard
50€ - 70€
Comfort
60€ - 80€
Premium
70€ - 95€
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Lille-Europe to Aéroport Charles-de-Gaulle TGV
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
60€ - 110€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Deutsche Bahn Regional

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
8€ - 12€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
VRR
Phone
+49 209 1584-0
Email
info@vrr.de
Website
vrr.de
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
2€
Website
VRR
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
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
Website
bahn.com
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 26m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
50€ - 70€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Abrn
Website
abellio.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Schedules at
abellio.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 Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 6m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
29€ - 40€
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Calais, CAFO to Brussels, Brussels-North station
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
12€ - 15€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines FR

Eurolines is a network of coach companies that operate throughout Europe plus Morocco. It’s an affordable way to travel around the continent, with tickets starting at €5. All coaches have Wi-Fi, plug sockets and USBs, reclining chairs and toilets, and a standard ticket includes up to two medium suitcases plus carry-on luggage. Within France, Eurolines serves 69 destinations; including Paris, Lyon, Versailles, Nice and Bordeaux.

Contact Details
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Calais Ville to Lille, Europe
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
15€ - 22€
Website
Eurolines FR
Bus from Lille, Europe to Liège
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
20€ - 28€
Website
Eurolines FR

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The quickest flight from London Heathrow Airport to Cologne Bonn Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 35m.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Calais to Cologne is 408 km. It takes approximately 3h 49m to drive from Calais to Cologne.

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Swiss and Eurowings offer flights from London Heathrow Airport to Cologne Bonn Airport.

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