Directions from Ghent to Cologne

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Recommended option

Train  •  3 h 6 min

  1. Take the train from Gent St Pieters to Bruxelles-Midi Intercity / ...
  2. Take the train from Bruxelles Midi to Köln Hbf Tha / ...

$38 - $101

Cheapest option

Bus, train  •  4 h 47 min

  1. Take the bus from Ghent to Düsseldorf 280
  2. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln, Dom / Hbf Re1 / ...

$34 - $47

2 alternative options

Bus  •  5 h 19 min

  1. Take the bus from Gent to Köln

$45 - $65

Drive  •  2 h 32 min

  1. Drive from Ghent to Cologne 165.6 miles

$35 - $55

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

You can take a train from Ghent to Cologne via Bruxelles-Midi and Bruxelles Midi in around 3 h 6 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 Gent St Pieters to Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Website
belgianrail.be
Purchase a
eurail.com
2nd Class
$8 - $12
1st Class
$12 - $18
Train from Bruxelles Midi to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
belgianrail.be
Purchase a
eurail.com
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Bruxelles Midi to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $90
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$65 - $90
1st Class
$90 - $130
Bahn DE
Website
bahn.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln, Dom / Hbf
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$19 - $23
Schedules at
bahn.de
Bus operators
FlixBus
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Ghent to Düsseldorf
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $25
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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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Questions & Answers

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

The cheapest way to get from Ghent to Cologne is to drive which costs 29€ - 45€ and takes 2 h 32 min.

The quickest way to get from Ghent to Cologne is to drive which takes 2 h 32 min and costs 29€ - 45€.

No, there is no direct train from Ghent to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Gent St Pieters and arriving at Köln Hbf via Bruxelles Midi. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 6 min.

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.

It takes approximately 3 h 6 min to get from Ghent to Cologne, including transfers.