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There are 6 ways to get from Cologne to Amsterdam by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  2h 52m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Amsterdam Centraal Ice

50€ - 70€

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  3h 1m

  1. Take the rideshare from Cologne to Amsterdam 261.8 km

12€ - 25€

4 alternative options

Bus  •  3h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Cologne Hbf to Amsterdam Amstel

35€ - 55€

Train via Wesel  •  4h 2m

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Wesel Bahnhof Re5
  2. Take the train from Wesel to Arnhem Centraal Re
  3. Take the train from Arnhem Centraal to Amsterdam Centraal

Drive  •  2h 34m

  1. Drive from Cologne to Amsterdam 264.6 km

30€ - 50€

Train, fly  •  2h 55m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) DUS - AMS

86€ - 286€

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The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Amsterdam is to rideshare which costs 12€ - 25€ and takes 3h 1m.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Amsterdam is to drive which costs 30€ - 50€ and takes 2h 34m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cologne Hbf and arriving at Amsterdam Amstel. Services depart four times a week, and operate Friday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 3h 40m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 and arriving at Amsterdam Centraal. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 52m.

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The distance between Cologne and Amsterdam is 214 km. The road distance is 264.6 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Amsterdam without a car is to train which takes 2h 52m and costs 50€ - 70€.

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The train from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Amsterdam Centraal takes 2h 52m including transfers and departs every four hours.

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Cologne to Amsterdam bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, depart from Cologne Hbf station.

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Cologne to Amsterdam train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 station.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Amsterdam is to train which takes 2h 52m and costs 50€ - 70€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 35€ - 55€ and takes 3h 40m.

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Map of how to get from Cologne to Amsterdam.
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  • Distance: 214.1 km
  • Duration: 2h 52m

What companies run services between Cologne, Germany and Amsterdam, Netherlands?

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Amsterdam Centraal every 4 hours. Tickets cost 50€ - 70€ and the journey takes 2h 52m. Alternatively, Eurolines DE operates a bus from Cologne Hbf to Amsterdam Amstel 4 times a week. Tickets cost 35€ - 55€ and the journey takes 3h 40m.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
170€ - 600€
Train operators
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 Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Amsterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
2h 52m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
50€ - 70€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
17€ - 24€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Wesel Bahnhof
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
21€ - 27€
Website
National Express Rail
Train from Köln Hbf to D-Flughafen Bf
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
11€ - 14€
Website
National Express Rail
Abrn
Website
abellio.de
Train from Wesel to Arnhem Centraal
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
abellio.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Schedules at
abellio.de
ABELLIO Rail NRW GmbH
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Wesel Bahnhof to Arnhem Centraal
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio NRW
Train from Köln Hbf to D-Flughafen Bf
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Once a week
Website
Abellio NRW
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Arnhem Centraal to Amsterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
13€ - 35€
Website
NS
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
13€ - 19€
1st Class
22€ - 35€
Deutsche Bahn Regional

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
8€ - 12€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
VRR
Phone
+49 209 1584-0
Email
info@vrr.de
Website
vrr.de
Train from Köln Hbf to D-Flughafen Bf
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
2€
Website
VRR
Deutsche Bahn Intercity

Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed InterCity (IC) trains connect cities within Germany. They’re a popular way to travel as they’re faster than Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains and offer a frequent, fast service. All IC trains have first and second class carriages, power sockets and toilets, and most have a bistro cafe or restaurant. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility, you’ll get to your destination often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Cologne to Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3h 1m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
12€ - 25€
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Dusseldorf Airport to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Cologne to Amsterdam bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, arrive at Amsterdam Amstel station.

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Cologne to Amsterdam train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Amsterdam Centraal station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Amsterdam is 265 km. It takes approximately 2h 34m to drive from Cologne to Amsterdam.

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KLM offers flights from Dusseldorf Airport to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Cologne and Amsterdam. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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