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There are 8 ways to get from Cologne to Calais by train, bus, 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.

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Train  •  4h 38m

  1. Take the train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Brussels Midi-Zuid Ice
  2. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid/Midi to Gare de Calais-Fréthun

88€ - 167€

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Bus  •  8h 19m

  1. Take the bus from Köln to Bruxelles - North
  2. Take the bus from Brussels, Brussels-North station to Calais 1753

47€ - 68€

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Train via Lille  •  5h 34m

  1. Take the train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Brussels Midi-Zuid Ice
  2. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid/Midi to Gare de Lille Europe
  3. Take the train from Lille Flandres to Calais Ville

88€ - 136€

Train via Lille #2  •  5h 47m

  1. Take the train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Brussels - Midi
  2. Take the train from Brussels - Midi to Gare de Lille Europe
  3. Take the train from Gare de Lille Flandres to Gare de Les Fontinettes

95€ - 128€

Drive  •  3h 48m

  1. Drive from Cologne to Calais 253.9 miles

45€ - 70€

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Brussels, train  •  6h 6m

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Brussels (BRU) FRA - BRU
  3. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid/Midi to Gare de Calais-Fréthun

151€ - 394€

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to London City, train  •  7h 28m

  1. Take the train from Köln, Dom / Hbf to Düsseldorf, Flughafen
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to London City (LCY) DUS - LCY
  3. Take the train from London St. Pancras International to Calais-Fréthun

124€ - 374€

Fly Cologne Bonn to London Stansted, train  •  7h

  1. Fly from Cologne Bonn (CGN) to London Stansted (STN) CGN - STN
  2. Take the train from London St. Pancras International to Calais-Fréthun

79€ - 268€

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The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Calais is to drive which costs 45€ - 70€ and takes 3h 48m.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Calais is to drive which costs 45€ - 70€ and takes 3h 48m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cologne to Calais. However, there are services departing from Köln and arriving at Calais via Brussels, Brussels-North station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 19m.

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No, there is no direct train from Cologne to Calais. However, there are services departing from Köln Hauptbahnhof and arriving at Calais Ville via Brussel-Zuid/Midi and Calais-Fréthun. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 38m.

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The distance between Cologne and Calais is 357 km. The road distance is 406.2 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Calais without a car is to train which takes 4h 38m and costs 85€ - 170€.

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It takes approximately 4h 38m to get from Cologne to Calais, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Cologne to Calais is to train which takes 4h 38m and costs 85€ - 170€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 45€ - 70€ and takes 8h 19m.

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Map of how to get from Cologne to Calais.
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  • Distance: 223 miles
  • Duration: 4h 38m

What companies run services between Cologne, Germany and Calais, France?

You can take a train from Cologne to Calais via Brussels Midi-Zuid, Brussel-Zuid/Midi, Gare de Calais-Fréthun, and Calais-Fréthun in around 4h 38m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cologne to Calais via Brussels, Brussels-North station in around 8h 19m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Brussels
Ave. Duration
55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
90€ - 330€
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to London City
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
95€ - 410€
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to London City
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
65€ - 400€
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to London Stansted
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 260€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to London Stansted
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
23€ - 220€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to London City via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday to Friday
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 Köln Hauptbahnhof to Brussels Midi-Zuid
Ave. Duration
1h 52m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
54m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
30€ - 50€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Köln, Dom / Hbf to Düsseldorf, Flughafen
Ave. Duration
54m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
16€ - 23€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Eurostar
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Contact Details
Phone
+44 343 218 6186
Website
eurostar.com
Train from Brussel-Zuid/Midi to Gare de Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
40€ - 95€
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
40€ - 95€
Premier
85€ - 110€
Train from Brussel-Zuid/Midi to Gare de Lille Europe
Ave. Duration
38m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
28€ - 50€
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
28€ - 50€
Premier
58€ - 59€
Train from London St. Pancras International to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
55m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
35€ - 80€
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
35€ - 80€
Premier
75€ - 90€
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Lille Flandres to Calais Ville
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
18€ - 26€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
18€ - 26€
1st Class
24€ - 40€
Train from Gare de Lille Flandres to Gare de Les Fontinettes
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
18€ - 26€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
18€ - 26€
1st Class
23€ - 40€
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Brussels - Midi
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
55€ - 75€
Website
Thalys
2nd Class
55€ - 75€
1st Class
75€ - 110€
Train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Düsseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
34m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
17€ - 35€
Website
Thalys
2nd Class
17€ - 35€
1st Class
30€ - 40€
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Brussels - Midi to Gare de Lille Europe
Ave. Duration
34m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
22€ - 27€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
22€ - 27€
1st Class
38€ - 41€
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Köln to Bruxelles - North
Ave. Duration
3h 34m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
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.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Brussels, Brussels-North station to Calais
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
10€ - 18€
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Frankfurt Airport to Brussels Airport is the direct flight which takes 55m.

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

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Cologne to Calais train services, operated by Eurostar, arrive at Gare de Calais-Fréthun station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Calais is 406 km. It takes approximately 3h 48m to drive from Cologne to Calais.

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Lufthansa offers flights from Frankfurt Airport to Brussels Airport.

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There are 293+ hotels available in Calais. Prices start at 59€ per night.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Cologne Bonn Airport is to train which takes 12m and costs 1€ - 15€.

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