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There are 4 ways to get from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Cologne by train, bus or car

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Train  •  4h 12m

  1. Take the train from Charleroi-Sud / Charleroi-Zuid to Liège-Guillemins / Luik-Guillemins Ic
  2. Take the train from Liège-Guillemins to Köln Hauptbahnhof Ice

$43 - $73

3 alternative options

Bus, train  •  5h 8m

  1. Take the bus from JUMET Madeleine to SAINT-GILLES Rue Blaes 365a
  2. Take the train from Brussels - Midi to Köln Hauptbahnhof

$76 - $106

Bus  •  6h 46m

  1. Take the bus from Charleroi, Charleroi Sud to Düsseldorf 820

$55 - $79

Drive  •  2h 2m

  1. Drive from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Cologne 129.2 miles

$27 - $40

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The cheapest way to get from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Cologne is to drive which costs 23€ - 35€ and takes 2h 2m.

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The quickest way to get from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Cologne is to drive which costs 23€ - 35€ and takes 2h 2m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Cologne. However, there are services departing from JUMET Monument and arriving at Köln ZOB via Charleroi, Charleroi Sud and Düsseldorf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 46m.

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The distance between Charleroi Airport (CRL) and Cologne is 184 km. The road distance is 206.7 km.

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The best way to get from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 4h 12m and costs 35€ - 65€.

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It takes approximately 4h 12m to get from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Cologne, including transfers.

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Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Cologne bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Charleroi, Charleroi Sud station.

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The best way to get from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Cologne is to train which takes 4h 12m and costs 35€ - 65€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 45€ - 70€ and takes 6h 46m.

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Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Cologne bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Düsseldorf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Cologne is 207 km. It takes approximately 2h 2m to drive from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Cologne.

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  • Distance: 114.7 miles
  • Duration: 4h 12m

What companies run services between Charleroi Airport (CRL), Belgium and Cologne, Germany?

You can take a train from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Cologne via CHARLEROI Sud Quai 01, Charleroi-Sud / Charleroi-Zuid, and Liège-Guillemins in around 4h 12m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Cologne 3 times a week. Tickets cost $13 - $22 and the journey takes 3h 30m.

Train operators
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
belgiantrain.be
Train from Charleroi-Sud / Charleroi-Zuid to Liège-Guillemins / Luik-Guillemins
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Website
belgiantrain.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$11 - $16
1st Class
$17 - $25
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 Liège-Guillemins to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
bahn.de
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Liege-Guillemins to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$35 - $55
1st Class
$55 - $75
Train from Brussels - Midi to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1h 48m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$60 - $90
1st Class
$90 - $120
Bus operators
TEC
Website
infotec.be
Bus from JUMET Madeleine to SAINT-GILLES Rue Blaes
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
infotec.be
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Charleroi, Charleroi Sud to Düsseldorf
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$13 - $22
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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