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

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Train Deutsche Bahn  •  3 h 20 min

  1. Take the train from Gand-Saint-Pierre / Gent-Sint-Pieters to Brux.-Midi/Brus.-Zuid Ic / ...
  2. Take the train from Brussels Midi-Zuid to Köln Hauptbahnhof Ice

$53 - $81

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Bus  •  5 h 19 min

  1. Take the bus from Gent to Köln

$45 - $65

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Train Thalys  •  3 h 20 min

  1. Take the train from Gand-Saint-Pierre / Gent-Sint-Pieters to Brux.-Midi/Brus.-Zuid Ic / ...
  2. Take the train from Brussels - Midi to Köln Hauptbahnhof

$68 - $101

Drive  •  2 h 32 min

  1. Drive from Ghent to Cologne 165.6 miles

$35 - $55

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The cheapest way to get from Ghent to Cologne is to drive which costs 30€ - 45€ and takes 2 h 32 min.

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The quickest way to get from Ghent to Cologne is to drive which costs 30€ - 45€ and takes 2 h 32 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Gent and arriving at Köln. Services depart four times a week, and operate Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 5 h 19 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Ghent to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Gand-Saint-Pierre / Gent-Sint-Pieters and arriving at Köln Hauptbahnhof via Brussels Midi-Zuid. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 20 min.

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The distance between Ghent and Cologne is 227 km. The road distance is 265 km.

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The best way to get from Ghent to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 3 h 20 min and costs 45€ - 75€.

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It takes approximately 3 h 20 min to get from Ghent to Cologne, including transfers.

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Ghent to Cologne bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, depart from Gent station.

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Ghent to Cologne train services, operated by Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB), depart from Gand-Saint-Pierre / Gent-Sint-Pieters station.

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The best way to get from Ghent to Cologne is to train which takes 3 h 20 min and costs 45€ - 75€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 40€ - 55€ and takes 5 h 19 min.

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  • Distance: 141.7 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 20 min

What companies run services between Ghent, Belgium and Cologne, Germany?

You can take a train from Ghent to Cologne via Brux.-Midi/Brus.-Zuid and Brussels Midi-Zuid in around 3 h 20 min. Alternatively, Eurolines DE operates a bus from Ghent to Cologne 4 times a week. Tickets cost $45 - $65 and the journey takes 5 h 19 min.

Train operators
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
b-rail.be
Train from Gand-Saint-Pierre / Gent-Sint-Pieters to Brux.-Midi/Brus.-Zuid
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
belgianrail.be
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2nd Class
$7 - $11
1st Class
$12 - $17
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 Brussels Midi-Zuid to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Brussels - Midi to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$60 - $90
1st Class
$90 - $120
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Gent to Köln
Ave. Duration
5 h 19 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
eurolines.de

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Ghent to Cologne is 265 km. It takes approximately 2 h 32 min to drive from Ghent to Cologne.

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