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

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Train  •  3 h 20 min

  1. Take the train from Gand-Saint-Pierre to Bruxelles-Midi Ic / ...
  2. Take the train from Brussels Midi-Zuid to Köln Hauptbahnhof Ice

$53 - $101

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Bus  •  5 h 19 min

  1. Take the bus from Gent to Köln

$45 - $65

2 alternative options

Drive  •  2 h 32 min

  1. Drive from Ghent to Cologne 165.6 miles

$35 - $55

Train, fly  •  3 h 20 min

  1. Take the train from Gand-Dampoort to Anvers-Berchem
  2. Fly from Antwerp (ANR) to Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) ANR - CGN

$63 - $403

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

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

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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 and arriving at Köln Hauptbahnhof via Brussels Midi-Zuid. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 20 min.

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There are 931+ hotels available in Cologne. Prices start at $58 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Ghent to Cologne.
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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 Bruxelles-Midi 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.

Airlines
VLM Airlines
Website
flyvlm.com
Flights from Antwerp to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $370
Train operators
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
b-rail.be
Train from Gand-Saint-Pierre to Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
belgianrail.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$7 - $11
1st Class
$11 - $17
Train from Gand-Dampoort to Anvers-Berchem
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Website
belgianrail.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$8 - $12
1st Class
$12 - $18
Deutsche Bahn
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 47 min
Frequency
4 times a day
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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