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There are 8 ways to get from Cologne to Groningen by train, bus, car or plane

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Train via Arnhem Centraal  •  4 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from Koln Hbf to Arnhem Centraal
  2. Take the train from Arnhem Centraal to Zwolle
  3. Take the train from Zwolle to Groningen

$65 - $102

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Bus  •  8 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Köln ZOB to Dortmund ZOB
  2. Take the bus from Dortmund to Groningen 217

$44 - $80

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Train  •  5 h 16 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Leer(Ostfriesl) Ic
  2. Take the train from Leer(Ostfriesl) to Groningen Bus

$81 - $117

Train via Dusseldorf Hbf  •  5 h 17 min

  1. Take the train from Dusseldorf Hbf to Arnhem Centraal
  2. Take the train from Arnhem Centraal to Zwolle
  3. Take the train from Zwolle to Groningen

$66 - $116

Drive  •  2 h 58 min

  1. Drive from Cologne to Groningen 193.4 miles

$45 - $70

Fly Dusseldorf to Amsterdam Schiphol, train  •  5 h 29 min

  1. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) DUS - AMS
  2. Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Groningen

$117 - $335

Fly Cologne Bonn to Groningen  •  6 h 38 min

  1. Fly from Cologne Bonn (CGN) to Groningen (GRQ) CGN - GRQ

$169 - $673

Fly Dusseldorf to Groningen  •  7 h 23 min

  1. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Groningen (GRQ) DUS - GRQ

$130 - $485

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The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Groningen is to drive which costs 40€ - 60€ and takes 2 h 58 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Groningen is to drive which costs 40€ - 60€ and takes 2 h 58 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cologne to Groningen. However, there are services departing from Köln ZOB and arriving at Groningen via Dortmund. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 20 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Cologne to Groningen. However, there are services departing from Koln Hbf and arriving at Groningen via Arnhem Centraal and Zwolle. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 26 min.

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The distance between Cologne and Groningen is 256 km. The road distance is 309.5 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Groningen without a car is to train which takes 4 h 26 min and costs 55€ - 90€.

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It takes approximately 4 h 26 min to get from Cologne to Groningen, including transfers.

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

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Cologne to Groningen train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Koln Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Groningen is to train which takes 4 h 26 min and costs 55€ - 90€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 35€ - 70€ and takes 8 h 20 min, you could also fly, which costs 140€ - 600€ and takes 6 h 38 min.

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Map of how to get from Cologne to Groningen.
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  • Distance: 159.7 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 26 min

What companies run services between Cologne, Germany and Groningen, Netherlands?

You can take a train from Cologne to Groningen via Arnhem Centraal and Zwolle in around 4 h 26 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cologne to Groningen via Dortmund in around 8 h 20 min.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Groningen via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Dusseldorf to Groningen via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $490
Flights from Dusseldorf to Groningen via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $490
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Groningen via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
4 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $490
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Groningen via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Dusseldorf to Groningen via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $450
Flights from Dusseldorf to Groningen via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $490
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Groningen via Southend
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
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 Koln Hbf to Arnhem Centraal
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Leer(Ostfriesl)
Ave. Duration
3 h 21 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Website
bahn.de
Train from Leer(Ostfriesl) to Groningen
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $24
Website
bahn.de
Train from Dusseldorf Hbf to Arnhem Centraal
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
bahn.de
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Arnhem Centraal to Zwolle
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $21
Website
ns.nl
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eurail.com
Train from Zwolle to Groningen
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $27
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Train from Schiphol Airport to Groningen
Ave. Duration
2 h 9 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Abellio NRW
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Dusseldorf Hbf to Arnhem Centraal
Ave. Duration
1 h 49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
abellio.de
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Köln ZOB to Dortmund ZOB
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $55
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 Dortmund to Groningen
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$16 - $27
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Dusseldorf Airport to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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

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Cologne to Groningen train services, operated by Dutch Railways (NS), arrive at Groningen station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Groningen is 309 km. It takes approximately 2 h 58 min to drive from Cologne to Groningen.

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KLM offers flights from Dusseldorf Airport to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

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There are 279+ hotels available in Groningen. Prices start at $63 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Cologne Bonn Airport is to train which takes 11 min and costs 13€ - 16€.

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