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

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Train  •  3h 19m

  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

$41 - $71

3 alternative options

Train, bus  •  4h 23m

  1. Take the train from Charleroi-Sud / Charleroi-Zuid to Liège-Saint-Lambert / Luik-Sint-Lambertus Ic
  2. Take the bus from Liege to Köln

$46 - $71

Bus  •  5h 9m

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

$48 - $72

Drive  •  2h 5m

  1. Drive from Charleroi to Cologne 132 miles

$27 - $40

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The cheapest way to get from Charleroi to Cologne is to drive which costs 24€ - 35€ and takes 2h 5m.

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The quickest way to get from Charleroi to Cologne is to drive which costs 24€ - 35€ and takes 2h 5m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Charleroi to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Charleroi, Charleroi Sud and arriving at Köln ZOB via Düsseldorf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 9m.

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No, there is no direct train from Charleroi to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Charleroi-Sud / Charleroi-Zuid and arriving at Köln Hauptbahnhof via Liège-Guillemins. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 19m.

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The distance between Charleroi and Cologne is 186 km. The road distance is 211.3 km.

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The best way to get from Charleroi to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 3h 19m and costs 35€ - 65€.

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It takes approximately 3h 19m to get from Charleroi to Cologne, including transfers.

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

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Charleroi to Cologne train services, operated by Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB), depart from Charleroi-Sud / Charleroi-Zuid station.

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The best way to get from Charleroi to Cologne is to train which takes 3h 19m and costs 35€ - 65€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 40€ - 65€ and takes 5h 9m.

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  • Distance: 116.2 miles
  • Duration: 3h 19m

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

You can take a train from Charleroi to Cologne via Liège-Guillemins in around 3h 19m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Charleroi 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
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eurail.com
2nd Class
$11 - $16
1st Class
$17 - $25
Train from Charleroi-Sud / Charleroi-Zuid to Liège-Saint-Lambert / Luik-Sint-Lambertus
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Website
belgiantrain.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$11 - $17
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
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Liege to Köln
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
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 Düsseldorf
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$13 - $22
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Charleroi to Cologne bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Düsseldorf station.

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Charleroi to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Köln Hauptbahnhof station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Charleroi to Cologne is 211 km. It takes approximately 2h 5m to drive from Charleroi to Cologne.

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