There are 5 ways to get from Cologne to Brussels by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train  •  1 h 43 min

  1. Ice / ...

$35 - $90

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  2 h 30 min

  1. 131.4 miles

$12 - $22

3 alternative options

Bus  •  3 h 48 min

$40 - $60

Drive  •  2 h

  1. 130.7 miles

$27 - $40

Train, fly  •  3 h 12 min

  1. FRA - BRU

$124 - $329

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

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Cologne to Brussels every 4 hours. Tickets cost $35 - $50 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.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Brussels
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $380
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Köln Hbf to Bruxelles-Nord
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Köln Hbf to Bruxelles Midi
Ave. Duration
1 h 52 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$60 - $90
1st Class
$90 - $130
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
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Cologne to Brussels
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$12 - $22
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Cologne and Brussels is 183 km. The road distance is 209 km.

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

The quickest way to get from Cologne to Brussels is to train which takes 1 h 43 min and costs 29€ - 75€.

Yes, there is a direct train departing from Köln Hbf and arriving at Bruxelles-Nord. Services depart hourly, and operate Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The journey takes approximately 1 h 43 min.

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.

The train from Köln Hbf to Bruxelles-Nord takes 1 h 43 min including transfers and departs hourly.