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

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 44 min

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

$91 - $154

Bus and ferry, train  •  6 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Calais to Lille
  2. Take the train from Lille Europe to Bruxelles Midi Tgv / ...
  3. Take the train from Brussels - Midi to Köln Hauptbahnhof

$127 - $204

Drive  •  3 h 50 min

  1. Drive from Calais to Cologne 255.2 miles

$55 - $80

Train, train to Antwerp, fly to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  5 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Calais-Fréthun to Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar
  2. Take the train from Bruxelles-Midi to Anvers-Berchem
  3. Fly from Antwerp (ANR) to Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) ANR - CGN

$115 - $526

Eurotunnel, train, train to Southend, fly to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  7 h 19 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 Apt (CGN) SEN - CGN

$251 - $606

Train to Brussels, fly to Frankfurt, train  •  7 h 11 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 - $449

Questions & Answers

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

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

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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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Calais to Cologne bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Brusel Nord station.

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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
VLM Airlines
Website
flyvlm.com
Flights from Antwerp to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $370
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Southend to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 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
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $110
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$45 - $110
Premier
$100 - $130
Train from Lille Europe Eurostar to Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$30 - $55
Premier
$65 - $67
Deutsche Bahn
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 - $55
Website
bahn.de
SNCF
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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
$20 - $30
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$20 - $30
1st Class
$27 - $45
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
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 47 min
Frequency
4 times a day
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 Bruxelles-Midi to Anvers-Berchem
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
belgianrail.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$7 - $11
1st Class
$11 - $16
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
$168
Website
eurotunnel.com
Southeastern
Phone
+44 345 322 7021
Website
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Train from Folkestone Central to Stratford International
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Off-Peak Day Single
$30 - $45
Anytime Day Single
$30 - $45
Greater Anglia
Bus operators
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus and ferry from Calais to Lille
Ave. Duration
1 h 52 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
FlixBus
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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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