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

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Train  •  2h 59m

  1. Take the train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Brussels Midi-Zuid Ice
  2. Take the train from Brux.-Midi/Brus.-Zuid to Bruges / Brugge Ic

$60 - $85

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Bus  •  6h 33m

  1. Take the bus from Düsseldorf to Bruges 080

$52 - $76

2 alternative options

Bus, train  •  6h 31m

  1. Take the bus from Köln to Gent
  2. Take the train from Gand-Dampoort / Gent-Dampoort to Bruges / Brugge Ic / ...

$53 - $73

Drive  •  2h 53m

  1. Drive from Cologne to Bruges 191.9 miles

$40 - $60

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The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Bruges is to drive which costs 35€ - 55€ and takes 2h 53m.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Bruges is to drive which costs 35€ - 55€ and takes 2h 53m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cologne to Bruges. However, there are services departing from Köln ZOB and arriving at Bruges via Düsseldorf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 33m.

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No, there is no direct train from Cologne to Bruges. However, there are services departing from Köln Hauptbahnhof and arriving at Bruges / Brugge via Brux.-Midi/Brus.-Zuid. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 59m.

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The distance between Cologne and Bruges is 262 km. The road distance is 307.1 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Bruges without a car is to train which takes 2h 59m and costs 50€ - 75€.

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It takes approximately 2h 59m to get from Cologne to Bruges, including transfers.

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Cologne to Bruges bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Düsseldorf station.

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Cologne to Bruges train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Köln Hauptbahnhof station.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Bruges is to train which takes 2h 59m and costs 50€ - 75€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 45€ - 70€ and takes 6h 33m.

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  • Distance: 163.8 miles
  • Duration: 2h 59m

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

You can take a train from Cologne to Bruges via Brux.-Midi/Brus.-Zuid in around 2h 59m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Cologne to Bruges 3 times a week. Tickets cost $17 - $28 and the journey takes 4h 55m.

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.

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Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Brussels Midi-Zuid
Ave. Duration
1h 52m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
belgiantrain.be
Train from Brux.-Midi/Brus.-Zuid to Bruges / Brugge
Ave. Duration
55m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Website
belgiantrain.be
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eurail.com
2nd Class
$11 - $16
1st Class
$17 - $24
Train from Gand-Dampoort / Gent-Dampoort to Bruges / Brugge
Ave. Duration
36m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
belgiantrain.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$7 - $11
1st Class
$11 - $16
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Köln to Gent
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $65
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 Düsseldorf to Bruges
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$17 - $28
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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

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Cologne to Bruges train services, operated by Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB), arrive at Bruges / Brugge station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Bruges is 307 km. It takes approximately 2h 53m to drive from Cologne to Bruges.

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