There are 3 ways to get from Heerlen to Cologne by bus, train or car

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Bus, train  •  1 h 44 min

  1. Take the bus from Heerlen, Bradleystraat to Aachen, Hauptbahnhof 44
  2. Take the train from Aachen Hbf to Köln, Dom / Hbf Re1 / ...

$25 - $50

2 alternative options

Bus  •  3 h 4 min

  1. Take the bus from Heerlen, Theater to Aachen, Hauptbahnhof 44
  2. Take the bus from Aachen Hauptbahnhof to Köln ZOB

$39 - $61

Drive  •  49 min

  1. Drive from Heerlen to Cologne 52.4 miles

$12 - $19

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The cheapest way to get from Heerlen to Cologne is to drive which costs 10€ - 16€ and takes 49 min.

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The quickest way to get from Heerlen to Cologne is to drive which costs 10€ - 16€ and takes 49 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Heerlen to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Heerlen, Theater and arriving at Köln ZOB via Aachen Hauptbahnhof. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 4 min.

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The distance between Heerlen and Cologne is 68 km. The road distance is 83.8 km.

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The best way to get from Heerlen to Cologne without a car is to bus and train which takes 1 h 44 min and costs 21€ - 45€.

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It takes approximately 1 h 44 min to get from Heerlen to Cologne, including transfers.

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Heerlen to Cologne bus services, operated by Arriva NL, depart from Heerlen, Theater station.

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

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Map of how to get from Heerlen to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 42.6 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 44 min

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

You can take a bus from Heerlen to Cologne via Aachen, Hauptbahnhof and Aachen Hauptbahnhof in around 3 h 4 min.

Train operators
Bahn DE
Website
bahn.de
Train from Aachen Hbf to Köln, Dom / Hbf
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $28
Schedules at
bahn.de
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 Aachen Central Station to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Aachen Central Station to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$24 - $45
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$24 - $45
1st Class
$40 - $55
Bus operators
Arriva NL
Website
arriva.nl
Bus from Heerlen, Bradleystraat to Aachen, Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Website
arriva.nl
Bus from Heerlen, Theater to Aachen, Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
arriva.nl
ASEAG
Phone
0241 1688-3040
Website
aseag.de
Bus from Heerlen, Heerlerbaan Bradleystraat to Aachen, Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
aseag.de
Bus from Heerlen, Theater to Aachen, Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
aseag.de
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Aachen Hauptbahnhof to Köln ZOB
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
eurolines.de

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