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There are 3 ways to get from Charleroi to Cologne by train, bus or car

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Train  •  3h 20m

  1. Take the train from Charleroi-Sud / Charleroi-Zuid to Liège-Guillemins / Luik-Guillemins Ic
  2. Take the train from Liege-Guillemins to Koeln Hbf Ice / ...

€38 - €109

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Bus  •  5h 24m

  1. Take the bus from Charleroi Gare du Sud to Maastricht 820
  2. Take the bus from Maastricht to Cologne South 128 / ...

€21 - €39

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Drive  •  1h 58m

  1. Drive from Charleroi to Cologne 211.2 km

€22 - €35

Charleroi to Cologne by train

The train journey time between Charleroi and Cologne is around 3h 8m and covers a distance of around 213 km. The fastest train normally takes 2h 56m. Operated by Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB), Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express and Thalys, the Charleroi to Cologne train service departs from Charleroi-Sud / Charleroi-Zuid and arrives in Koeln Hbf. Typically 48 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
3h 8m
Fastest train time:
2h 56m
Trains per week:
48
Cheapest price:
€38
Carbon emissions:
11 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
05:13
Last train departs at:
21:19

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Charleroi to Cologne train schedules

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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival for all travellers by air
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 5
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Pre-arrival health declaration
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Arrivals vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempted from compulsory quarantine
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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Cologne is 116 117.

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Last updated: 14 Jun 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Charleroi to Cologne is to bus which costs €20 - €40 and takes 5h 24m.

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The fastest way to get from Charleroi to Cologne is to drive. Taking this option will cost €22 - €35 and takes 1h 58m.

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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 Koeln Hbf via Liege-Guillemins. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 20m.

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The distance between Charleroi and Cologne is 186 km. The road distance is 211.2 km.

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The best way to get from Charleroi to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 3h 20m and costs €35 - €110.

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It takes approximately 3h 20m to get from Charleroi to Cologne, including transfers.

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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 20m and costs €35 - €110. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €20 - €40 and takes 5h 24m.

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Charleroi to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Koeln Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Charleroi to Cologne is 211 km. It takes approximately 1h 58m to drive from Charleroi to Cologne.

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  • Distance: 185.8 km
  • Duration: 3h 20m

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

You can take a train from Charleroi to Cologne via Liege-Guillemins in around 3h 20m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Charleroi to Cologne via Maastricht, Cologne South, and Koeln/Bonn Flughafen in around 5h 24m.

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 17m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€10 - €15
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
€10 - €15
1st Class
€15 - €22
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It 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 (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Liege-Guillemins to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€28 - €40
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Liege-Guillemins to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€50 - €95
Website
Thalys
Standard
€50 - €70
Comfort
€60 - €80
Premium
€70 - €95
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Charleroi Gare du Sud to Maastricht
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€9 - €12
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Maastricht to Cologne South
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
€8 - €11
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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