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

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Train  •  3 h 24 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Liège-Guillemins Ice
  2. Take the train from Liège-Guillemins / Luik-Guillemins to Hasselt S43 / ...

$41 - $74

Cheapest option

Bus, line 45 bus  •  5 h 7 min

  1. Take the bus from Cologne, Cologne South, Airport to Maastricht 328 / ...
  2. Take the line 45 bus from Maastricht Station perron D to Genk Shopping Center perron 2 45

$26 - $34

2 alternative options

Train, line 45 bus  •  4 h 3 min

  1. Take the train from Köln, Dom / Hbf to Aachen Hbf Re1 / ...
  2. Take the train from Aachen Hbf to Maastricht
  3. Take the line 45 bus from Maastricht Station perron D to Genk Shopping Center perron 2 45

Drive  •  1 h 8 min

  1. Drive from Cologne to Genk 75.1 miles

$15 - $23

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The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Genk is to drive which costs 13€ - 20€ and takes 1 h 8 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Genk is to drive which costs 13€ - 20€ and takes 1 h 8 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Cologne to Genk. However, there are services departing from Köln Hauptbahnhof and arriving at Genk via Liège-Guillemins / Luik-Guillemins and Hasselt. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 24 min.

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The distance between Cologne and Genk is 102 km. The road distance is 120.2 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Genk without a car is to train which takes 3 h 24 min and costs 35€ - 65€.

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It takes approximately 3 h 24 min to get from Cologne to Genk, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Cologne to Genk is to train which takes 3 h 24 min and costs 35€ - 65€. Alternatively, you can bus and line 45 bus, which costs 22€ - 30€ and takes 5 h 7 min.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Genk is 120 km. It takes approximately 1 h 8 min to drive from Cologne to Genk.

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  • Distance: 63.5 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 24 min

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

You can take a train from Cologne to Genk via Liège-Guillemins, Liège-Guillemins / Luik-Guillemins, and Hasselt in around 3 h 24 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cologne to Genk via Köln, Grengel/Flughafen Köln/Bonn Flughafen Bf, Cologne, Cologne South, Airport, Maastricht, and Maastricht Station perron D in around 5 h 7 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.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Liège-Guillemins
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Aachen Central Station
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Liege-Guillemins
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$35 - $55
1st Class
$55 - $75
Train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Aachen Central Station
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$24 - $45
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$24 - $45
1st Class
$40 - $55
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
b-rail.be
Train from Liège-Guillemins / Luik-Guillemins to Hasselt
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $12
Website
belgianrail.be
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eurail.com
2nd Class
$7 - $12
1st Class
$12 - $17
Bahn DE
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln, Dom / Hbf to Aachen Hbf
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $27
Schedules at
bahn.de
Arriva NL
Website
arriva.nl
Train from Aachen Hbf to Maastricht
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
arriva.nl
Bus operators
De Lijn
Website
delijn.be
Bus from Maastricht Station perron D to Genk Shopping Center perron 2
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4
Schedules at
delijn.be
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 Cologne, Cologne South, Airport to Maastricht
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $12
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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