There are 4 ways to get from Charleroi to Cologne by train, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train  •  3 h 28 min

  1. Take the train from Charleroi Sud to Bruxelles-Midi Intercity
  2. Take the train from Bruxelles Midi to Köln Hbf Tha / ...

$38 - $101

Cheapest option

Bus  •  4 h 53 min

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

$25 - $40

2 alternative options

Train, bus  •  4 h 39 min

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

$47 - $72

Drive  •  2 h 5 min

  1. Drive from Charleroi to Cologne 132 miles

$27 - $40

What companies run services between Charleroi, Belgium and Cologne, Germany?

You can take a train from Charleroi to Cologne via Bruxelles-Midi and Bruxelles Midi in around 3 h 28 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Charleroi to Cologne once daily. Tickets cost $13 - $23 and the journey takes 4 h 25 min.

Train operators
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
b-rail.be
Train from Charleroi Sud to Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Website
belgianrail.be
Purchase a
eurail.com
2nd Class
$8 - $12
1st Class
$12 - $18
Train from Bruxelles Midi to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
belgianrail.be
Purchase a
eurail.com
Train from Charleroi Sud to Liège-Palais
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Website
belgianrail.be
Purchase a
eurail.com
2nd Class
$12 - $18
1st Class
$18 - $27
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Bruxelles Midi to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$60 - $90
1st Class
$90 - $130
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
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Charleroi to Cologne, Cologne South, Airport
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $23
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Charleroi and Cologne is 186 km. The road distance is 211 km.

The cheapest way to get from Charleroi to Cologne is to drive which costs 23€ - 35€ and takes 2 h 5 min.

The quickest way to get from Charleroi to Cologne is to drive which takes 2 h 5 min and costs 23€ - 35€.

No, there is no direct train from Charleroi to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Charleroi Sud and arriving at Köln Hbf via Bruxelles Midi. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 28 min.

It takes approximately 3 h 28 min to get from Charleroi to Cologne, including transfers.