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There are 12 ways to get from Edinburgh to Cologne by plane, train, bus, bus and ferry, car, car train or car ferry

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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Fly Edinburgh to Dusseldorf, train  •  5 h 46 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Dusseldorf (DUS) EDI - DUS
  2. Take the train from Dusseldorf Hbf to Koln Messe/Deutz

$95 - $407

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Fly Edinburgh to Cologne Bonn  •  4 h 39 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) EDI - CGN

$70 - $334

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Fly Edinburgh to Frankfurt, train  •  5 h 42 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Frankfurt (FRA) EDI - FRA
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf

$124 - $426

Train to Glasgow, fly to Dusseldorf  •  7 h 1 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Dusseldorf (DUS) GLA - DUS

$110 - $369

Train to Newcastle, fly to Dusseldorf  •  6 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Newcastle
  2. Fly from Newcastle (NCL) to Dusseldorf (DUS) NCL - DUS

$109 - $458

Fly Edinburgh to Brussels, train  •  7 h 10 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Brussels (BRU) EDI - BRU
  2. Take the train from Brusel Nord to Köln Hauptbahnhof

$113 - $347

Fly Edinburgh to Amsterdam Schiphol, train  •  8 h 2 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) EDI - AMS
  2. Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Utrecht Centraal
  3. Take the train from Utrecht Centraal to Koln Hbf

$104 - $274

Train LNER  •  10 h 4 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to London Kings Cross
  2. Take the train from London St. Pancras International to Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar Est
  3. Take the train from Brussels Midi-Zuid to Köln Hauptbahnhof Ice

$170 - $358

Train via Sheffield  •  11 h 59 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Sheffield
  2. Take the train from Sheffield to London St Pancras International
  3. Take the train from London St. Pancras Int. to Brussel-Zuid/Midi
  4. Take the train from Brussels Midi-Zuid to Köln Hauptbahnhof Ice

$293 - $540

Bus, bus and ferry  •  22 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh to London Victoria Coach Station
  2. Take the bus and ferry from London Victoria to Lille
  3. Take the bus from Lille to Brussels, Brussels-North station 328 / ...
  4. Take the bus from Bruxelles - North to Köln

$134 - $240

Drive, Eurotunnel, train  •  13 h 17 min

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais
  3. Take the train from Calais-Fréthun to Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar Est
  4. Take the train from Brussels Midi-Zuid to Köln Hauptbahnhof Ice

$371 - $507

Drive, car ferry  •  12 h 24 min

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Dover
  2. Take the car ferry from Dover to Calais
  3. Drive from Calais to Cologne

$175 - $254

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The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Cologne is to fly which costs £50 - £260 and takes 4 h 39 min.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Cologne is to fly which costs £50 - £260 and takes 4 h 39 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Edinburgh to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Edinburgh and arriving at Köln via London Victoria, Lille and Bruxelles - North. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 22 h 23 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Edinburgh to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Edinburgh and arriving at Köln Hauptbahnhof via London St. Pancras International and Brussels Midi-Zuid. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 4 min.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Cologne is 545 miles.

The best way to get from Edinburgh to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 10 h 4 min and costs £130 - £280.

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It takes approximately 5 h 46 min to get from Edinburgh to Cologne, including transfers.

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Edinburgh to Cologne bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Edinburgh station.

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Edinburgh to Cologne train services, operated by LNER, depart from Edinburgh station.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Cologne is to fly which takes 4 h 39 min and costs £50 - £260. Alternatively, you can train, which costs £130 - £280 and takes 10 h 4 min.

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Map of how to get from Edinburgh to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 545 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 46 min

What companies run services between Edinburgh, Scotland and Cologne, Germany?

Eurowings flies from Edinburgh to Cologne twice a week. Alternatively, you can take a train from Edinburgh to Cologne via London Kings Cross, London St. Pancras International, Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar, and Brussels Midi-Zuid in around 10 h 4 min.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Flights from Edinburgh to Frankfurt via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Glasgow to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Newcastle to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $850
Flights from Edinburgh to Brussels via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Edinburgh to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $400
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Dusseldorf via London City
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Edinburgh to Dusseldorf via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
4 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Edinburgh to Frankfurt via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
4 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Glasgow to Dusseldorf via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
4 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Edinburgh to Brussels via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $440
Flights from Edinburgh to Amsterdam Schiphol via London City
Ave. Duration
3 h 37 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $370
Flights from Edinburgh to Amsterdam Schiphol via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$90 - $370
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $270
Flights from Edinburgh to Amsterdam Schiphol via London Stansted
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$60 - $270
Flights from Edinburgh to Amsterdam Schiphol via London Luton
Ave. Duration
3 h 47 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $270
Flights from Edinburgh to Amsterdam Schiphol via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
3 h 47 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $270
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $2,500
Flights from Edinburgh to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Flights from Edinburgh to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $380
Flights from Edinburgh to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Flights from Edinburgh to Brussels via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $750
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Dusseldorf via Birmingham
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $750
Flights from Edinburgh to Dusseldorf via Manchester
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $750
Flights from Glasgow to Dusseldorf via Birmingham
Ave. Duration
3 h 47 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Glasgow to Dusseldorf via Southampton
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Flights from Glasgow to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $380
Flights from Edinburgh to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Newcastle to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $460
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Dusseldorf via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Edinburgh to Frankfurt via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $650
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 Dusseldorf Hbf to Koln Messe/Deutz
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Brusel Nord to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1 h 41 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
Train from Utrecht Centraal to Koln Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 12 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
Train from Brussels Midi-Zuid to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $19
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$10 - $14
Anytime Day Single
$15 - $19
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Newcastle
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
lner.co.uk
2nd Class
$25 - $40
1st Class
$45 - $70
Train from Edinburgh to London Kings Cross
Ave. Duration
4 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
lner.co.uk
2nd Class
$60 - $90
1st Class
$110 - $170
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Newcastle
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$60 - $95
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$40 - $60
Anytime Single
$60 - $95
Off-Peak Single
$55 - $85
Train from Edinburgh to Sheffield
Ave. Duration
3 h 46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$100 - $160
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$65 - $100
Anytime Single
$100 - $160
Off-Peak Single
$110 - $170
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 Schiphol Airport to Utrecht Centraal
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$10 - $18
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Eurostar
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Contact Details
Website
eurostar.com
Train from London St. Pancras International to Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar
Ave. Duration
2 h 1 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $200
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$65 - $200
Premier
$150 - $230
Train from London St. Pancras Int. to Brussel-Zuid/Midi
Ave. Duration
1 h 48 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $200
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$65 - $200
Premier
$150 - $230
Train from Calais-Fréthun to Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $110
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$45 - $110
Premier
$100 - $130
East Midlands Trains
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
getintouch@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Train from Sheffield to London St Pancras International
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Advance Single
$35 - $55
Off-Peak Single
$75 - $120
Anytime Day Single
$75 - $110
Anytime Single
$100 - $160
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$171
Website
eurotunnel.com
Bus operators
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Edinburgh to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
9 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
nationalexpress.com
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus and ferry from London Victoria to Lille
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
Bus from Lille to Brussels North
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $60
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Lille to Brussels, Brussels-North station
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $11
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Bruxelles - North to Köln
Ave. Duration
3 h 48 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
eurolines.de
Ferry operators

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The quickest flight from Edinburgh Airport to Dusseldorf Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 50 min.

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

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Cologne is 1 h ahead of Edinburgh. It is currently 1:50 PM in Edinburgh and 2:50 PM in Cologne.

Edinburgh to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Köln Hauptbahnhof station.

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Eurowings, Lufthansa, Air France and three other airlines offer flights from Edinburgh Airport to Dusseldorf Airport.

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There are 970+ hotels available in Cologne. Prices start at $58 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Edinburgh Airport is to tram which takes 32 min and costs £3 - £5.

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