There are 5 ways to get from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Cologne by train, bus, car, shuttle or plane

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Train  •  4 h 15 min

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

$43 - $79

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Bus  •  6 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from Charleroi, Charleroi Sud to Cologne, Cologne South, Airport 820

$20 - $30

3 alternative options

Train, bus  •  5 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Charleroi-Sud to Liege-Palais Ic
  2. Take the bus from Liege to Köln

$53 - $79

Drive  •  2 h 2 min

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

$27 - $40

Shuttle, train, fly  •  4 h 34 min

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Charleroi Airport to Brussels-South Station
  2. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Antwerpen-Berchem
  3. Fly from Antwerp (ANR) to Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) ANR - CGN

$78 - $424

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The cheapest way to get from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Cologne is to bus which costs 17€ - 26€ and takes 6 h 23 min.

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

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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 4 h 15 min and costs 35€ - 70€.

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It takes approximately 4 h 15 min to get from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Cologne, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Cologne is to train which takes 4 h 15 min and costs 35€ - 70€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 17€ - 26€ and takes 6 h 23 min.

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The quickest flight from Antwerp Airport to Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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

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VLM Airlines offers flights from Antwerp Airport to Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport.

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Map of how to get from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 114.7 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 15 min

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, Liege-Guillemins, and Liège-Guillemins in around 4 h 15 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Cologne once daily. Tickets cost $13 - $23 and the journey takes 4 h 25 min.

Airlines
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
Train operators
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
b-rail.be
Train from Charleroi-Sud to Liege-Guillemins
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Website
belgianrail.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$11 - $17
1st Class
$17 - $25
Train from Charleroi-Sud to Liege-Palais
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Website
belgianrail.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$11 - $17
1st Class
$18 - $26
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Antwerpen-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
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
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
bahn.de
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Liege-Guillemins to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$35 - $60
1st Class
$60 - $80
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Liege to Köln
Ave. Duration
2 h 2 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
eurolines.de
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 Cologne, Cologne South, Airport
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $23
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Brussels City Shuttle
Phone
+352 50 55 62 1
Website
brussels-city-shuttle.com
Shuttle from Charleroi Airport to Brussels-South Station
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $20
Schedules at
brussels-city-shuttle.com

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