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There are 5 ways to get from Cologne to The Hague by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  3h 17m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Utrecht Centraal Ice
  2. Take the train from Utrecht Centraal to Den Haag Centraal Intercity

54€ - 85€

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Train via Duisburg  •  3h 59m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Duisburg Hbf Ic / ...
  2. Take the train from Duisburg Hbf to Utrecht Centraal Ice
  3. Take the train from Utrecht Centraal to Den Haag Centraal

46€ - 152€

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Train, bus  •  6h 10m

  1. Take the train from Koeln-Ehrenfeld to Duesseldorf Hbf Re / ...
  2. Take the bus from Düsseldorf, Hbf., Worringer Str. to Rotterdam, Conradstraat/Weena RegioJet

Drive  •  2h 52m

  1. Drive from Cologne to The Hague 281.1 km

35€ - 55€

Train, fly  •  3h 41m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) DUS - AMS
  3. Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Den Haag Centraal

74€ - 311€

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in The Hague is 1351.

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The most affordable way to get from Cologne to The Hague is to drive, which costs 35€ - 55€ and takes 2h 52m.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to The Hague is to drive which costs 35€ - 55€ and takes 2h 52m.

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No, there is no direct train from Cologne to The Hague. However, there are services departing from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 and arriving at Den Haag Centraal via Utrecht Centraal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 17m.

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The distance between Cologne and The Hague is 223 km. The road distance is 281.1 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to The Hague without a car is to train which takes 3h 17m and costs 50€ - 85€.

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It takes approximately 3h 17m to get from Cologne to The Hague, including transfers.

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Cologne to The Hague train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 station.

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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 The Hague train services, operated by Dutch Railways (NS), arrive at Den Haag Centraal station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to The Hague is 281 km. It takes approximately 2h 52m to drive from Cologne to The Hague.

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  • Distance: 222.7 km
  • Duration: 3h 17m

What companies run services between Cologne, Germany and The Hague, Netherlands?

You can take a train from Cologne to The Hague via Utrecht Centraal in around 3h 17m.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 410€
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 Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Utrecht Centraal
Ave. Duration
2h 29m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duisburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
19€ - 28€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Duisburg Hbf to Utrecht Centraal
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
30€ - 50€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
17€ - 24€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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 Utrecht Centraal to Den Haag Centraal
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
10€ - 25€
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
10€ - 15€
1st Class
18€ - 25€
Train from Schiphol Airport to Den Haag Centraal
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
8€ - 19€
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
8€ - 12€
1st Class
14€ - 19€
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 Duisburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
35€ - 55€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duisburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
14€ - 18€
Website
National Express Rail
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
11€ - 14€
Website
National Express Rail
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duisburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
Train from Koeln-Ehrenfeld to Duesseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
ABELLIO Rail NRW GmbH
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Duisburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio NRW
Train from Köln-Ehrenfeld to Düsseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio NRW
Train from Köln Hbf to D-Flughafen Bf
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio NRW
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

Austria's national railway system is not only punctual, reliable and efficient, but offers free wifi to boot. Choose from high-speed intercity Railjet trains, overnight Nightjet trains and regional services such as Cityjet. ÖBB also operates international routes that connect cities in Austria with adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia. If you're planning to be in Austria for a while, consider the ÖBB Vorteilscard, an annual railcard that offers discounts on routes within Austria and in neighbouring countries.

Contact Details
Phone
05 17 17
Website
oebb.at
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duisburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
11€ - 15€
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duisburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
23€ - 45€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Cologne central station to Duisburg central station
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
6€ - 8€
Website
Flixtrain
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duisburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
40€ - 80€
Website
Thalys
Standard
40€ - 60€
Comfort
50€ - 70€
Premium
55€ - 80€
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
40€ - 75€
Website
Thalys
Standard
40€ - 55€
Comfort
50€ - 70€
Premium
50€ - 75€
ABELLIO Rail
Phone
0800 2235546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Köln-Ehrenfeld to Düsseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
ABELLIO Rail
Train from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
ABELLIO Rail
Bus operators
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Düsseldorf, Hbf., Worringer Str. to Rotterdam, Conradstraat/Weena
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
7€ - 11€
Website
RegioJet

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