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

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Train Deutsche Bahn  •  2 h 44 min

  1. Take the train from Koln Hbf to Amsterdam Centraal ICE International

$55 - $80

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Rideshare  •  3 h 1 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Cologne to Amsterdam 163.7 miles

$14 - $29

4 alternative options

Bus  •  3 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Cologne Hbf to Amsterdam Amstel

$40 - $60

Train via Arnhem Centraal  •  4 h 45 min

  1. Take the train from Köln, Dom / Hbf to Düsseldorf, Flughafen Re1 / ...
  2. Take the train from Düsseldorf Flughafen to Arnhem Centraal
  3. Take the train from Arnhem Centraal to Amsterdam Amstel

Drive  •  2 h 33 min

  1. Drive from Cologne to Amsterdam 164.9 miles

$40 - $60

Train, fly  •  2 h 57 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Düsseldorf Hbf
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Amsterdam (AMS) DUS - AMS

$93 - $293

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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 3 h 40 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Koln Hbf and arriving at Amsterdam Centraal. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 44 min.

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The distance between Cologne and Amsterdam is 214 km. The road distance is 263.9 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Amsterdam without a car is to train which takes 2 h 44 min and costs .

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The train from Koln Hbf to Amsterdam Centraal takes 2 h 44 min 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, depart from Koln Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Amsterdam is to train which takes 2 h 44 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 3 h 40 min.

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The quickest flight from Dusseldorf Airport to Amsterdam Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Cologne to Amsterdam.
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  • Distance: 133.8 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 44 min

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

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Cologne to Amsterdam every 4 hours. Tickets cost $55 - $80 and the journey takes 2 h 44 min. Alternatively, Eurolines DE operates a bus from Cologne to Amsterdam 4 times a week. Tickets cost $40 - $60 and the journey takes 3 h 40 min.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Train operators
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 Koln Hbf to Amsterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
2 h 44 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Düsseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Website
bahn.de
Bahn DE
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln, Dom / Hbf to Düsseldorf, Flughafen
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$20 - $24
Schedules at
bahn.de
Abellio NRW
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Düsseldorf Flughafen to Arnhem Centraal
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
abellio.de
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 Amstel
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $24
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Cologne Hbf to Amsterdam Amstel
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
eurolines.de
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. 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 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
3 h 1 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $29
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Amsterdam is 264 km. It takes approximately 2 h 33 min to drive from Cologne to Amsterdam.

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KLM offers flights from Dusseldorf Airport to Amsterdam Airport.

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There are 2563+ hotels available in Amsterdam. Prices start at $86 USD per night.

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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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