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

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Train  •  3h 24m

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

77€ - 102€

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Bus  •  6h 29m

  1. Take the bus from Köln to Lille

40€ - 60€

2 alternative options

Train via Brussels  •  3h 30m

  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

70€ - 110€

Drive  •  3h 2m

  1. Drive from Cologne to Lille 200.5 miles

35€ - 55€

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The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Lille is to drive which costs 35€ - 55€ and takes 3h 2m.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Lille is to drive which costs 35€ - 55€ and takes 3h 2m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Köln and arriving at Lille. Services depart four times a week, and operate Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 6h 29m.

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No, there is no direct train from Cologne to Lille. However, there are services departing from Köln Hauptbahnhof and arriving at Gare de Lille Europe via Brussels - Midi. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 24m.

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The distance between Cologne and Lille is 276 km. The road distance is 320.7 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Lille without a car is to train which takes 3h 24m and costs 75€ - 110€.

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It takes approximately 3h 24m to get from Cologne to Lille, including transfers.

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

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Cologne to Lille train services, operated by Thalys, depart from Köln Hauptbahnhof station.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Lille is to train which takes 3h 24m and costs 75€ - 110€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 40€ - 60€ and takes 6h 29m.

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  • Distance: 172.2 miles
  • Duration: 3h 24m

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

You can take a train from Cologne to Lille via Brussels - Midi in around 3h 24m. Alternatively, Eurolines DE operates a bus from Cologne to Lille 4 times a week. Tickets cost 40€ - 60€ and the journey takes 6h 29m.

Train operators
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€
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€
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
Eurostar
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Köln to Lille
Ave. Duration
6h 29m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
eurolines.de

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Cologne to Lille bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, arrive at Lille station.

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Cologne to Lille train services, operated by inOui TGV, arrive at Gare de Lille Europe station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Lille is 321 km. It takes approximately 3h 2m to drive from Cologne to Lille.

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