There are 7 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.

Recommended option

Train  •  4 h

  1. Intercity
  2. Ice

$44 - $71

Cheapest option

Bus, train  •  6 h 59 min

  1. 268
  2. Re8 / ...

$38 - $54

5 alternative options

Train via Venlo  •  4 h 40 min

  1. Re8 / ...

$48 - $78

Bus  •  6 h 9 min

$49 - $71

Drive  •  2 h 37 min

  1. 169.9 miles

$40 - $60

Fly to Dusseldorf, train  •  3 h 7 min

  1. AMS - DUS

$94 - $299

Fly to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  5 h 31 min

  1. AMS - CGN

$64 - $261

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

You can take a train from Leiden to Cologne via Utrecht Centraal in around 4 h. 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
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Amsterdam to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Vienna
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$55 - $250
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Dublin
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $230
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $450
Train operators
Dutch Railways (NS)
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Leiden Lammenschans to Utrecht Centraal
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $16
Website
ns.nl
Purchase a
eurail.com
Train from Utrecht Centraal to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
ns.nl
Purchase a
eurail.com
Train from Leiden Centraal to Dordrecht
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$10 - $19
Website
ns.nl
Purchase a
eurail.com
Train from Dordrecht to Venlo
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $28
Website
ns.nl
Purchase a
eurail.com
Bahn DE
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mönchengladbach Hbf to Köln, Dom / Hbf
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $26
Schedules at
bahn.de
Train from Mönchengladbach Hbf to Köln, Deutz Bf Deutz / Messe LANXESS arena
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $26
Schedules at
bahn.de
Deutsche Bahn
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Mönchengladbach Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$19 - $28
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
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
5 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
4 times a week
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
FlixBus
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from The Hague to Mönchengladbach
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$12 - $22
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Leiden and Cologne is 218 km. The road distance is 272 km.

The cheapest way to get from Leiden to Cologne is to bus and train which costs 30€ - 50€ and takes 6 h 59 min.

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

No, there is no direct train from Leiden to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Leiden Lammenschans and arriving at Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 via Utrecht Centraal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h.

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.

It takes approximately 4 h to get from Leiden to Cologne, including transfers.