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

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Train  •  2 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Louvain / Leuven to Liège-Guillemins / Luik-Guillemins Ic
  2. Take the train from Liège-Guillemins to Köln Hauptbahnhof Ice

$39 - $68

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Bus  •  3 h 44 min

  1. Take the bus from Leuven to Cologne, Cologne South, Airport N84

$27 - $38

2 alternative options

Train, bus, line 350 bus  •  5 h 7 min

  1. Take the train from Louvain / Leuven to Hasselt Ic / ...
  2. Take the bus from Hasselt Station perron 10 to Maastricht Station perron D 20a / ...
  3. Take the line 350 bus from Maastricht, Station Perron H to Aachen, Hauptbahnhof 350
  4. Take the train from Aachen Hbf to Köln, Ehrenfeld Bf Ehrenfeld Re1 / ...

$43 - $52

Drive  •  1 h 44 min

  1. Drive from Leuven to Cologne 115.1 miles

$24 - $35

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The cheapest way to get from Leuven to Cologne is to drive which costs 21€ - 35€ and takes 1 h 44 min.

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The quickest way to get from Leuven to Cologne is to drive which costs 21€ - 35€ and takes 1 h 44 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Leuven to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Louvain / Leuven and arriving at Köln Hauptbahnhof via Liège-Guillemins. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 35 min.

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The distance between Leuven and Cologne is 158 km. The road distance is 184.2 km.

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The best way to get from Leuven to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 2 h 35 min and costs 30€ - 60€.

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It takes approximately 2 h 35 min to get from Leuven to Cologne, including transfers.

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Leuven to Cologne train services, operated by Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB), depart from Louvain / Leuven station.

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The best way to get from Leuven to Cologne is to train which takes 2 h 35 min and costs 30€ - 60€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 23€ - 35€ and takes 3 h 44 min.

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Leuven to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Köln Hauptbahnhof station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Leuven to Cologne is 184 km. It takes approximately 1 h 44 min to drive from Leuven to Cologne.

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  • Distance: 98.6 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 35 min

What companies run services between Leuven, Belgium and Cologne, Germany?

You can take a train from Leuven to Cologne via Liège-Guillemins in around 2 h 35 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Leuven to Cologne once daily. Tickets cost $12 - $20 and the journey takes 3 h 25 min.

Train operators
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
belgiantrain.be
Train from Louvain / Leuven to Liège-Guillemins / Luik-Guillemins
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Website
belgiantrain.be
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eurail.com
2nd Class
$9 - $13
1st Class
$14 - $20
Train from Louvain / Leuven to Hasselt
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $12
Website
belgiantrain.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$7 - $12
1st Class
$12 - $17
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 Liège-Guillemins to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
bahn.de
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Liege-Guillemins to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$35 - $55
1st Class
$55 - $75
Bahn DE
Website
bahn.de
Train from Aachen Hbf to Köln, Ehrenfeld Bf Ehrenfeld
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $27
Schedules at
bahn.de
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Leuven to Cologne, Cologne South, Airport
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $20
Website
flixbus.co.uk
De Lijn
Website
delijn.be
Bus from Hasselt Station perron 10 to Maastricht Station perron D
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4
Schedules at
delijn.be
Arriva NL
Phone
+31 900 2022022
Website
arriva.nl
Bus from Maastricht, Station Perron H to Aachen, Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Website
arriva.nl

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