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

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Train  •  1h 26m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Aachen Hbf Re / ...

28€ - 49€

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Bus  •  1h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Köln ZOB to Aachen Hauptbahnhof

40€ - 57€

Train, line 25 bus  •  2h 3m

  1. Take the train from Köln, Deutz Bf Deutz / Messe LANXESS arena to Aachen, Rothe Erde Bf Re9 / ...
  2. Take the line 25 bus from Aachen, Bahnhof Rothe Erde to Vaals, Busstation 25 / ...

Drive  •  47m

  1. Drive from Cologne to Vaals 48.3 miles

10€ - 15€

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The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Vaals is to drive which costs 10€ - 15€ and takes 47m.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Vaals is to drive which costs 10€ - 15€ and takes 47m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cologne to Vaals station. However, there are services departing from Köln ZOB and arriving at Vaals, Busstation Perron B via Aachen, Hauptbahnhof and Aachen, Schanz. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1h 45m.

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The distance between Cologne and Vaals is 68 km. The road distance is 77.3 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Vaals without a car is to train which takes 1h 26m and costs 27€ - 50€.

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It takes approximately 1h 26m to get from Cologne to Vaals, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Cologne to Vaals is to train which takes 1h 26m and costs 27€ - 50€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 40€ - 60€ and takes 1h 45m.

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Cologne to Vaals bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, arrive at Aachen Hauptbahnhof station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Vaals is 77 km. It takes approximately 47m to drive from Cologne to Vaals.

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  • Distance: 42.4 miles
  • Duration: 1h 26m

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

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Cologne to Vaals every 20 minutes. Tickets cost 18€ - 27€ and the journey takes 57m. Thalys also services this route every 4 hours. Alternatively, Eurolines DE operates a bus from Cologne to Vaals once daily. Tickets cost 30€ - 45€ and the journey takes 1h 16m.

Train operators
Deutsche Bahn

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).

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Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Aachen Hbf
Ave. Duration
57m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
18€ - 27€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Köln, Deutz Bf Deutz / Messe LANXESS arena to Aachen, Rothe Erde Bf
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
18€ - 27€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Aachen Central Station
Ave. Duration
39m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
20€ - 35€
Website
Thalys
2nd Class
20€ - 35€
1st Class
35€ - 50€
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Köln ZOB to Aachen Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
30€ - 45€
Website
eurolines.de
ASEAG
Phone
0241 1688-3040
Website
aseag.de
Bus from Aachen, Bahnhof Rothe Erde to Vaals, Busstation
Ave. Duration
32m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
aseag.de

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