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

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Train Deutsche Bahn  •  2 h 16 min

  1. Take the train from Koln Hbf to Utrecht Centraal ICE International

$45 - $70

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Train Dutch Railways (NS)  •  4 h 24 min

  1. Take the train from Köln, Dom / Hbf to Neuss Hbf S11 / ...
  2. Take the train from Neuss Hbf to Venlo
  3. Take the train from Venlo to Utrecht Centraal

$30 - $54

3 alternative options

Bus  •  3 h

  1. Take the bus from Cologne Hbf to Utrecht

$40 - $60

Drive  •  2 h 10 min

  1. Drive from Cologne to Utrecht 139.8 miles

$30 - $50

Fly, train  •  3 h 22 min

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

$97 - $298

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cologne Hbf and arriving at Utrecht. Services depart four times a week, and operate Friday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 3 h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Koln Hbf and arriving at Utrecht Centraal. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 16 min.

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The distance between Cologne and Utrecht is 180 km. The road distance is 223.6 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Utrecht without a car is to train which takes 2 h 16 min and costs .

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The train from Koln Hbf to Utrecht Centraal takes 2 h 16 min including transfers and departs every four hours.

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Cologne to Utrecht bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, depart from Cologne Hbf station.

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

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The best way to get from Cologne to Utrecht is to train which takes 2 h 16 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 3 h.

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

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

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Map of how to get from Cologne to Utrecht.
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  • Distance: 112.8 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 16 min

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

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Cologne to Utrecht every 4 hours. Tickets cost $45 - $70 and the journey takes 2 h 16 min. Alternatively, Eurolines DE operates a bus from Cologne to Utrecht 4 times a week. Tickets cost $40 - $60 and the journey takes 3 h.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
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 Utrecht Centraal
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
S-Bahn Köln
Website
avv.de
Train from Köln, Dom / Hbf to Neuss Hbf
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
avv.de
National Express Rail
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Köln, Dom / Hbf to Neuss Hbf
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $13
Website
nationalexpress.de
Eurobahn
Phone
0180 6 9 27 37 27
Email
info@eurobahn.de
Website
eurobahn.de
Train from Neuss Hbf to Venlo
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $6
Website
eurobahn.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 Venlo to Utrecht Centraal
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $35
Website
ns.nl
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eurail.com
Train from Schiphol Airport to Utrecht Centraal
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$10 - $18
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Cologne Hbf to Utrecht
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
eurolines.de

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Cologne to Utrecht train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Utrecht Centraal station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Utrecht is 224 km. It takes approximately 2 h 10 min to drive from Cologne to Utrecht.

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KLM offers flights from Dusseldorf Airport to Amsterdam Airport.

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