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

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Train

  1. Take the train from Köln Deutz Messe/Deutz Bf to Amsterdam Centraal

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Rideshare

  1. Take the rideshare from Cologne to Amsterdam

Train via Arnhem

  1. Take the train from Koeln Sued to Duesseldorf Flughafen
  2. Take the train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Arnhem Centraal
  3. Take the train from Arnhem Centraal to Amsterdam Centraal

Night train

  1. Take the night train from Koeln Hbf to Amsterdam Centraal

Drive

  1. Drive from Cologne to Amsterdam

Train, fly

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

Cologne to Amsterdam by train

10 Weekly Trains
3h 8m Average Duration
€50 Cheapest Price
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International entry into Netherlands from Germany

  • Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany
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Allowed for: All visitors

Restricted for: There are no current restrictions

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Conditions of entry into Netherlands from Germany

  • There are no current restrictions
This applies to arrivals from Germany
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  • Entry is allowed for fully vaccinated travellers or those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra, Aruba, Bahrain, Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba, Chile, Colombia, Curaçao, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kuwait, Macau, Monaco, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Sint Maarten, South Korea, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Vatican

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Rules to follow in Netherlands

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Considerations leaving from Germany

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, entry into Netherlands is currently allowed from Germany.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • There are no current restrictions

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Amsterdam is 1351.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Amsterdam is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Amsterdam is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1351.

No, returning to Germany from Netherlands is currently allowed.

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Last updated: 27 Jun 2022
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The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Amsterdam is to rideshare which costs €12 - €26 and takes 3h 1m.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Amsterdam is to drive which costs €35 - €55 and takes 2h 42m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Köln Deutz Messe/Deutz Bf and arriving at Amsterdam Centraal. Services depart once daily, and operate Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 3h 8m.

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The distance between Cologne and Amsterdam is 214 km. The road distance is 262.1 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Amsterdam without a car is to train which takes 3h 8m and costs €50 - €70.

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The train from Köln Deutz Messe/Deutz Bf to Amsterdam Centraal takes 3h 8m including transfers and departs once daily.

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Cologne to Amsterdam train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Köln Deutz Messe/Deutz Bf station.

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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 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 262 km. It takes approximately 2h 42m to drive from Cologne to Amsterdam.

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  • Distance: 214.1 km
  • Duration: 3h 8m

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

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Köln Deutz Messe/Deutz Bf to Amsterdam Centraal once daily. Tickets cost €50 - €70 and the journey takes 3h 8m.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €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 Köln Deutz Messe/Deutz Bf to Amsterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
3h 8m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€50 - €70
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Night train from Köln Hbf to Amsterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
3h 24m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€50 - €70
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Köln Hbf to D-Flughafen Bf
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€18 - €26
Website
Deutsche Bahn
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Koeln Sued to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€11 - €15
Website
National Express Rail
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
€12 - €16
Website
National Express Rail
VIAS Rail GmbH
Phone
069 450099650
Email
Kundenservice-Linie10@vias-online.de
Website
vias-online.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Arnhem Centraal
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
VIAS Rail GmbH
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
Dutch Railways (NS)
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
€13 - €19
1st Class
€22 - €35
ABELLIO Rail
Phone
0800 2235546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
ABELLIO Rail
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
Abellio
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€40 - €75
Website
Thalys
Standard
€40 - €55
Comfort
€50 - €70
Premium
€55 - €75
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 - €26
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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