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There are 7 ways to get from Leiden to Cologne by train, bus, car or plane

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Train Deutsche Bahn  •  3 h 46 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 - $85

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Bus  •  6 h 9 min

  1. Take the bus from The Hague to Cologne Hbf

$48 - $71

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Train via Venlo  •  5 h 7 min

  1. Take the train from Leiden Lammenschans to Utrecht Centraal
  2. Take the train from Utrecht Centraal to Venlo
  3. Take the train from Venlo to Neuss Hbf
  4. Take the train from Neuss Hbf to Köln, Dom / Hbf S11 / ...

Drive  •  2 h 37 min

  1. Drive from Leiden to Cologne 169.9 miles

$40 - $60

Fly to Dusseldorf, train  •  3 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Dusseldorf (DUS) AMS - DUS
  2. Take the train from Dusseldorf Hbf to Koln Messe/Deutz

$94 - $295

Fly to Cologne Bonn  •  5 h 37 min

  1. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) AMS - CGN

$74 - $282

Fly to Frankfurt, train  •  4 h 43 min

  1. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Frankfurt (FRA) AMS - FRA
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

$98 - $309

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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 46 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 46 min and costs 45€ - 75€.

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It takes approximately 3 h 46 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 46 min and costs 45€ - 75€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 40€ - 65€ and takes 6 h 9 min, you could also fly, which costs 60€ - 250€ and takes 5 h 37 min.

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Map of how to get from Leiden to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 136.1 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 46 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 46 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
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Cologne Bonn via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Cologne Bonn via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $360
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $460
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Cologne Bonn via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
3 h 17 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$55 - $250
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Cologne Bonn via Zurich
Ave. Duration
5 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $450
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Cologne Bonn via Vienna
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $750
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
38 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $16
Website
ns.nl
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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 8 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
Train from Dusseldorf Hbf to Koln Messe/Deutz
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
bahn.de
Eurobahn
Website
eurobahn.de
Train from Venlo to Neuss Hbf
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
eurobahn.de
S-Bahn Köln
Website
avv.de
Train from Neuss Hbf to Köln, Dom / Hbf
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
avv.de
National Express Rail
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Neuss Hbf to Köln, Dom / Hbf
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $13
Website
nationalexpress.de
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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The quickest flight from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Dusseldorf Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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Leiden to Cologne bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, arrive at Cologne Hbf station.

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Leiden to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Koln Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Leiden to Cologne is 272 km. It takes approximately 2 h 37 min to drive from Leiden to Cologne.

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KLM offers flights from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Dusseldorf Airport.

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The best way to get from Leiden to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is to train which takes 15 min and costs 7€ - 13€.

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