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

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  •  5 h 4 min

  1. Take the train from Calais-Fréthun to Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar Est
  2. Take the train from Brussels Midi-Zuid to Köln Hauptbahnhof Ice

$98 - $193

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Bus  •  8 h 33 min

  1. Take the bus from Calais to Brussels, Brussels-North station 1753
  2. Take the bus from Bruxelles - North to Köln

$53 - $81

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Train via Lille Flandres  •  5 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Calais Ville to Lille Flandres
  2. Take the train from Lille Europe Eurostar to Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar Est / ...
  3. Take the train from Brussels Midi-Zuid to Köln Hauptbahnhof Ice

$96 - $159

Train Thalys  •  6 h 37 min

  1. Take the train from Gare de Calais Ville to Gare de Lille Flandres
  2. Take the train from Tournai / Doornik to Brux.-Midi/Brus.-Zuid Ic / ...
  3. Take the train from Brussels - Midi to Köln Hauptbahnhof

$102 - $151

Drive  •  3 h 50 min

  1. Drive from Calais to Cologne 255.2 miles

$55 - $80

Eurotunnel, train to London Stansted, fly to Cologne Bonn  •  8 h 43 min

  1. Take the Eurotunnel from Calais to Folkestone
  2. Take the train from Folkestone Central to St Pancras International
  3. Fly from London Stansted (STN) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) STN - CGN

$278 - $438

Eurotunnel, train, train to Southend, fly to Cologne Bonn  •  8 h 35 min

  1. Take the Eurotunnel from Calais to Folkestone
  2. Take the train from Folkestone Central to Stratford International
  3. Take the train from Stratford (London) to Southend Airport
  4. Fly from Southend (SEN) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) SEN - CGN

$270 - $635

Train to Brussels, fly to Frankfurt, train  •  7 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from Calais-Fréthun to Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar
  2. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Frankfurt (FRA) BRU - FRA
  3. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf

$172 - $454

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The cheapest way to get from Calais to Cologne is to drive which costs 45€ - 70€ and takes 3 h 50 min.

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The quickest way to get from Calais to Cologne is to drive which costs 45€ - 70€ and takes 3 h 50 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Calais to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Calais and arriving at Köln via Bruxelles - North. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 33 min.

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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 Köln Hauptbahnhof via Calais-Fréthun and Brussels Midi-Zuid. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 4 min.

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The distance between Calais and Cologne is 357 km. The road distance is 408.3 km.

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The best way to get from Calais to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 5 h 4 min and costs 85€ - 170€.

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It takes approximately 5 h 4 min to get from Calais to Cologne, including transfers.

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

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Calais to Cologne train services, operated by Eurostar, depart from Calais-Fréthun station.

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The best way to get from Calais to Cologne is to train which takes 5 h 4 min and costs 85€ - 170€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 45€ - 70€ and takes 8 h 33 min.

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Map of how to get from Calais to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 223 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 4 min

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

You can take a train from Calais to Cologne via Calais-Fréthun, Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar, and Brussels Midi-Zuid in around 5 h 4 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Calais to Cologne via Brussels, Brussels-North station and Bruxelles - North in around 8 h 33 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Brussels to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $380
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from London Stansted to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $300
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from London Stansted to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$27 - $250
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Southend to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$24 - $100
Train operators
Eurostar
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Contact Details
Website
eurostar.com
Train from Calais-Fréthun to Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $110
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$45 - $110
Premier
$100 - $130
Train from Lille Europe Eurostar to Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$30 - $60
Premier
$66 - $68
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 Brussels Midi-Zuid to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
bahn.de
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. 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 Flandres
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$21 - $30
1st Class
$27 - $45
Train from Gare de Calais Ville to Gare de Lille Flandres
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$21 - $30
1st Class
$27 - $45
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Lille Europe to Bruxelles Midi
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $31
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$25 - $31
1st Class
$44 - $47
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Lille Europe to Brussel-Zuid/Midi
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$30 - $55
1st Class
$50 - $70
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
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
b-rail.be
Train from Tournai / Doornik to Brux.-Midi/Brus.-Zuid
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Website
belgianrail.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$10 - $15
1st Class
$15 - $22
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Calais to Folkestone
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$171
Website
eurotunnel.com
Southeastern
Phone
+44 345 322 7021
Website
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Train from Folkestone Central to St Pancras International
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Off-Peak Day Single
$45 - $65
Anytime Day Single
$50 - $70
Train from Folkestone Central to Stratford International
Ave. Duration
2 h 28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Off-Peak Day Single
$45 - $65
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $70
Greater Anglia
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Calais to Brussels, Brussels-North station
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $21
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

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The quickest flight from London Stansted Airport to Cologne Bonn Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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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, arrive at Köln Hauptbahnhof station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Calais to Cologne is 408 km. It takes approximately 3 h 50 min to drive from Calais to Cologne.

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Eurowings and Ryanair offer flights from London Stansted Airport to Cologne Bonn Airport.

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There are 975+ hotels available in Cologne. Prices start at $57 USD per night.

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