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There are 12 ways to get from Cologne to Stratford (London) by train, bus, car, car train, car ferry, plane or subway

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 via Liverpool Street station

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
  2. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to London St Pancras Eurostar

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Fly Cologne Bonn to London Stansted, train

  1. Fly from Cologne Bonn (CGN) to London Stansted (STN)
  2. Take the train from Tottenham Hale to Stratford (London)

10 alternative options

Train

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Bruxelles Midi
  2. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to London St Pancras Eurostar

Train, bus

  1. Take the train from Koeln Sued to Duesseldorf Hbf
  2. Take the bus from Dusseldorf Central Bus Station to London Victoria Green Line Station

Bus

  1. Take the bus from Cologne South to London Victoria Coach Station

Drive, Eurotunnel

  1. Drive from Cologne to Calais-Fréthun
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Calais-Fréthun to Folkestone
  3. Drive from Folkestone to Stratford (London)

Drive, car ferry

  1. Drive from Cologne to Dunkirk
  2. Take the car ferry from Dunkirk to Dover
  3. Drive from Dover to Stratford (London)

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to London City

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Flughafen
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to London City (LCY)

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to London Heathrow

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Flughafen
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to London Heathrow (LHR)

Fly Cologne Bonn to London Heathrow, subway

  1. Fly from Cologne Bonn (CGN) to London Heathrow (LHR)
  2. Take the subway from Lancaster Gate station to Stratford station

Train to Brussels, fly to London Heathrow

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Bruxelles-Nord
  2. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to London Heathrow (LHR)

Train, train to Eindhoven, fly to London Stansted

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Moenchengladbach Hbf
  2. Take the train from Moenchengladbach Hbf to Venlo
  3. Take the train from Venlo to Eindhoven Centraal
  4. Fly from Eindhoven (EIN) to London Stansted (STN)

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The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Stratford (London) is to bus which costs €35 - €65 and takes 15h 26m.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Stratford (London) is to train and fly which costs €75 - €330 and takes 4h 38m.

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No, there is no direct train from Cologne to Stratford (London) station. However, there are services departing from Koeln Hbf and arriving at Stratford station via Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi, King's Cross St. Pancras station and Liverpool Street station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 15m.

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The distance between Cologne and Stratford (London) is 305 miles.

The best way to get from Cologne to Stratford (London) without a car is to train via Liverpool Street station which takes 5h 15m and costs €140 - €480.

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It takes approximately 5h 15m to get from Cologne to Stratford (London), including transfers.

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Cologne to Stratford (London) train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Koeln Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Stratford (London) is to train via Liverpool Street station which takes 5h 15m and costs €140 - €480. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €35 - €65 and takes 15h 26m.

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The quickest flight from Dusseldorf Airport to London City Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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Stratford (London) is 1h behind Cologne. It is currently 1:07 PM in Cologne and 12:07 PM in Stratford (London).

Map of how to get from Cologne to Stratford (London).
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  • Distance: 305.4 miles
  • Duration: 5h 15m

What companies run services between Cologne, Germany and Stratford (London), England?

You can take a train from Cologne to Stratford (London) via Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi, London St Pancras Eurostar, King's Cross St. Pancras station, and Liverpool Street station in around 5h 15m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Cologne South to London Victoria Coach Station once daily. Tickets cost £25 - £31 and the journey takes 13h 10m. Union Ivkoni - Unibus also services this route twice a week.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to London City
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£65 - £460
Flights from Dusseldorf to London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£80 - £350
Flights from Brussels to London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£40 - £170
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to London Stansted
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£14 - £140
Flights from Eindhoven to London Stansted
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£8 - £120
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£65 - £280
Flights from Cologne Bonn to London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
1h 37m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£55 - £320
Flights from Cologne Bonn to London Heathrow via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
£55 - £320
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to London City via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
£130 - £380
Flights from Dusseldorf to London Heathrow via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£130 - £380
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Brussels to London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£40 - £160
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to London Heathrow via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£150 - £390
Rwandair Express
Website
rwandair.com
Flights from Brussels to London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
£70 - £150
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It 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 (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£35 - £55
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Köln Hbf to Bruxelles Midi
Ave. Duration
1h 52m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£35 - £55
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
£14 - £21
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Hbf to Bruxelles-Nord
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
£35 - £55
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Hbf to Moenchengladbach Hbf
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£15 - £22
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
2h 44m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£55 - £110
Website
Thalys
Standard
£55 - £75
Comfort
£65 - £85
Premium
£80 - £110
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
£30 - £65
Website
Thalys
Standard
£30 - £50
Comfort
£40 - £60
Premium
£45 - £65
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Koeln Sued to Duesseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£8 - £11
Website
National Express Rail
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£9 - £12
Website
National Express Rail
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Cologne South station to Düsseldorf central station
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
£4 - £6
Website
Flixtrain
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Calais-Fréthun to Folkestone
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£131
Website
Eurotunnel
ABELLIO Rail
Phone
0800 2235546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
ABELLIO Rail
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
ABELLIO Rail NRW GmbH
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Köln Hbf to D-Flughafen Bf
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio NRW
Deutsche Bahn Intercity

Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed InterCity (IC) trains connect cities within Germany. They’re a popular way to travel as they’re faster than Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains and offer a frequent, fast service. All IC trains have first and second class carriages, power sockets and toilets, and most have a bistro cafe or restaurant. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£30 - £45
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
London Underground (Tube)

Comprised of 11 lines and 270 stations, the London Underground (known to locals as the Tube) is the most popular way to navigate the English capital, including to/from Heathrow Airport via the Piccadilly Line. Purchase an Oyster card (an electronic smartcard that you use to touch on and off at Tube stations) at any station for the cheapest fares. Most stations have WiFi, but not all trains and stations are air-conditioned. On weekends, a 24-hour service runs on selected lines.

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Contact Details
Phone
0343 222 1234
Website
tfl.gov.uk
Subway from Lancaster Gate station to Stratford station
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 5 minutes
Estimated price
£2 - £4
Website
London Underground (Tube)
Deutsche Bahn Regional

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Moenchengladbach Hbf
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
£8 - £12
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Eurobahn
Phone
0180 6 9 27 37 27
Email
info@eurobahn.de
Website
eurobahn.de
Train from Moenchengladbach Hbf to Venlo
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£1 - £3
Website
Eurobahn
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 Venlo to Eindhoven Centraal
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£8 - £20
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
£8 - £12
1st Class
£14 - £20
Bus operators
Union Ivkoni - Unibus
Website
bustickets.distribusion.com
Bus from Dusseldorf Central Bus Station to London Victoria Green Line Station
Ave. Duration
12h
Frequency
Twice a week
Schedules at
bustickets.distribusion.com
Bus from Cologne / Bonn Airport Busterminal to London Victoria Green Line Station
Ave. Duration
13h 5m
Frequency
Twice a week
Schedules at
bustickets.distribusion.com
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Cologne South to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
13h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£25 - £31
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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Ferry operators
DFDS Seaways
Phone
+45 33 42 30 10
Email
incoming@dfdsseaways.dk​​
Website
dfds.com
Car ferry from Dunkirk to Dover
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
£85 - £1,200
Website
dfds.co.uk
Standard Car - Economy
£85 - £1,200
Standard Car - Flexi
£130 - £160

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Cologne to Stratford (London) train services, operated by Eurostar, arrive at London St Pancras Eurostar station.

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KLM and British Airways offer flights from Dusseldorf Airport to London City Airport.

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There are 3466+ hotels available in Stratford (London). Prices start at £75 per night.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Cologne Bonn Airport is to train which takes 14 min and costs €3 - €17.

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