There are 7 ways to get from Cologne to Groningen 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.

Recommended option

Train  •  5 h 2 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Duisburg Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Duisburg Hbf to Arnhem Centraal Ice
  3. Take the train from Arnhem to Zwolle
  4. Take the train from Zwolle to Groningen

$73 - $126

Cheapest option

Bus  •  7 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Düsseldorf to Amsterdam, Amsterdam Sloterdijk N61 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Amsterdam, Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Groningen 075 / ...

$42 - $78

5 alternative options

Bus, train  •  7 h 6 min

  1. Take the bus from Cologne Hbf to Arnhem
  2. Take the train from Zwolle to Groningen Intercity

$62 - $90

Drive  •  2 h 58 min

  1. Drive from Cologne to Groningen 193.4 miles

$45 - $70

Fly Dusseldorf to Amsterdam, train  •  5 h 19 min

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

$132 - $363

Fly Cologne/Bonn Apt to Groningen  •  6 h 59 min

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

$166 - $675

Fly Dusseldorf to Groningen  •  7 h 15 min

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

$146 - $509

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

You can take a train from Cologne to Groningen via Duisburg Hbf, Arnhem Centraal, Arnhem, and Zwolle in around 5 h 2 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cologne to Groningen via Düsseldorf Hbf, Düsseldorf, and Amsterdam, Amsterdam Sloterdijk in around 7 h 40 min.

Airlines
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Groningen via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Dusseldorf to Groningen via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $450
Flights from Dusseldorf to Groningen via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$130 - $490
Flights from Dusseldorf to Groningen via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $490
Flights from Dusseldorf to Groningen via Frankfurt, Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $950
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Groningen via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $480
Flights from Dusseldorf to Groningen via Frankfurt, Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Groningen via Southend
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Transavia Holland
Website
transavia.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Groningen via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $750
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Köln Hbf to Duisburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Train from Duisburg Hbf to Arnhem Centraal
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
bahn.de
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Köln Hbf to Duisburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $45
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$23 - $45
1st Class
$40 - $55
Abellio Rail NRW
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Duisburg Hbf to Arnhem Centraal
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
abellio.de
Dutch Railways (NS)
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Arnhem to Zwolle
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$12 - $23
Website
ns.nl
Purchase a
eurail.com
Train from Zwolle to Groningen
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$12 - $22
Website
ns.nl
Purchase a
eurail.com
Train from Schiphol (Airport) to Groningen
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
ns.nl
Purchase a
eurail.com
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Cologne Hbf to Arnhem
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
eurolines.de
FlixBus
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Düsseldorf to Amsterdam, Amsterdam Sloterdijk
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $24
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Amsterdam, Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Groningen
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $20
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Cologne to Groningen?

The distance between Cologne and Groningen is 256 km. The road distance is 309 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Cologne to Groningen?

The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Groningen is to drive which costs 35€ - 55€ and takes 2 h 58 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Cologne to Groningen?

The quickest way to get from Cologne to Groningen is to drive which takes 2 h 58 min and costs 35€ - 55€.

Is there a direct train between Cologne and Groningen?

No, there is no direct train from Cologne to Groningen. However, there are services departing from Köln Hbf and arriving at Groningen via Duisburg Hbf, Arnhem and Zwolle. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 2 min.

How long does it take to get from Cologne to Groningen?

It takes approximately 5 h 2 min to get from Cologne to Groningen, including transfers.