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

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Recommended option

Train  •  1 h 43 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Brusel Nord Ice

$45 - $85

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  2 h 30 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Cologne to Brussels 131.4 miles

$11 - $21

2 alternative options

Bus  •  3 h 48 min

  1. Take the bus from Köln to Bruxelles - North

$40 - $60

Drive  •  2 h

  1. Drive from Cologne to Brussels 130.7 miles

$27 - $40

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The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Brussels is to rideshare which costs 10€ - 19€ and takes 2 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Brussels is to train which costs 40€ - 75€ and takes 1 h 43 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Köln and arriving at Bruxelles - North. Services depart four times a week, and operate Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 3 h 48 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Köln Hauptbahnhof and arriving at Brusel Nord. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 43 min.

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The distance between Cologne and Brussels is 183 km. The road distance is 209.2 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Brussels without a car is to train which takes 1 h 43 min and costs 40€ - 75€.

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The train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Brusel Nord takes 1 h 43 min including transfers and departs every four hours.

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Cologne to Brussels bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, depart from Köln station.

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

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The best way to get from Cologne to Brussels is to train which takes 1 h 43 min and costs 40€ - 75€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 35€ - 50€ and takes 3 h 48 min.

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Map of how to get from Cologne to Brussels.
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  • Distance: 114.2 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 43 min

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

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Cologne to Brussels every 4 hours. Tickets cost $45 - $70 and the journey takes 1 h 43 min. Thalys also services this route 5 times a day. Alternatively, Eurolines DE operates a bus from Cologne to Brussels 4 times a week. Tickets cost $40 - $60 and the journey takes 3 h 48 min.

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 Brusel Nord
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Brussels - Midi
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$60 - $85
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$60 - $85
1st Class
$90 - $120
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Köln to Bruxelles - North
Ave. Duration
3 h 48 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 Brussels
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$11 - $21
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Cologne to Brussels bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, arrive at Bruxelles - North station.

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Cologne to Brussels train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Brusel Nord station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Brussels is 209 km. It takes approximately 2 h to drive from Cologne to Brussels.

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

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