There are 5 ways to get from Leiden to Cologne by train, bus, car or plane

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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Train Deutsche Bahn  •  3 h 49 min

  1. Take the train from Leiden Lammenschans to Utrecht Centraal Intercity
  2. Take the train from Utrecht Centraal to Koln Hbf ICE International

$54 - $86

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Train via Venlo  •  5 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Leiden Centraal to Utrecht Centraal
  2. Take the train from Utrecht Centraal to Venlo
  3. Take the train from Venlo to Neuss Hbf

$40 - $70

3 alternative options

Bus  •  6 h 9 min

  1. Take the bus from The Hague to Cologne Hbf

$49 - $71

Drive  •  2 h 37 min

  1. Drive from Leiden to Cologne 169.9 miles

$40 - $60

Fly, train  •  3 h 6 min

  1. Fly from Amsterdam (AMS) to Dusseldorf (DUS) AMS - DUS
  2. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Hbf

$82 - $301

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The cheapest way to get from Leiden to Cologne is to drive which costs 35€ - 55€ and takes 2 h 37 min.

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The quickest way to get from Leiden to Cologne is to drive which costs 35€ - 55€ and takes 2 h 37 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Leiden to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Leiden, Breestraat and arriving at Cologne Hbf via The Hague. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 9 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Leiden to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Leiden Lammenschans and arriving at Koln Hbf via Utrecht Centraal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 49 min.

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The distance between Leiden and Cologne is 218 km. The road distance is 271.9 km.

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The best way to get from Leiden to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 3 h 49 min and costs 45€ - 75€.

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It takes approximately 3 h 49 min to get from Leiden to Cologne, including transfers.

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Leiden to Cologne bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, depart from The Hague station.

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Leiden to Cologne train services, operated by Dutch Railways (NS), depart from Leiden Lammenschans station.

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The best way to get from Leiden to Cologne is to train which takes 3 h 49 min and costs 45€ - 75€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 40€ - 60€ and takes 6 h 9 min.

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  • Distance: 136.1 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 49 min

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

You can take a train from Leiden to Cologne via Utrecht Centraal in around 3 h 49 min. Alternatively, Eurolines DE operates a bus from Leiden to Cologne 4 times a week. Tickets cost $45 - $65 and the journey takes 4 h 25 min.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Train operators
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 Leiden Lammenschans to Utrecht Centraal
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $16
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Train from Leiden Centraal to Utrecht Centraal
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $17
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Train from Utrecht Centraal to Venlo
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $35
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
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 Utrecht Centraal to Koln Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 12 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
22 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Website
bahn.de
Eurobahn
Phone
0180 6 9 27 37 27
Email
info@eurobahn.de
Website
eurobahn.de
Train from Venlo to Neuss Hbf
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $6
Website
eurobahn.de
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Düsseldorf to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $35
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$16 - $35
1st Class
$30 - $40
Flixtrain
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf central station to Cologne, Cologne central station
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from The Hague to Cologne Hbf
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
eurolines.de

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