Duration 1h 44m
Distance 184.2 km
Average price 40€
Possible routes 4 found

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

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  •  2h 36m

  1. Take the train from Louvain / Leuven to Liège-Guillemins / Luik-Guillemins Ic / ...
  2. Take the train from Liege-Guillemins to Koeln Hbf Thalys / ...

36€ - 106€

Cheapest option

Bus  •  3h 45m

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

16€ - 32€

2 alternative options

Train, bus, line 350 bus  •  5h 1m

  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 Bf Deutz / Messe Lanxess Arena Re9 / ...

26€ - 36€

Drive  •  1h 44m

  1. Drive from Leuven to Cologne 184.2 km

21€ - 35€

Frequently asked questions

Want to know about travelling from Leuven to Cologne? We have put together a list of the most frequently asked questions from our users such as: What is the cheapest mode of transport?, What is the quickest option?, How much do tickets usually cost? and many more.

The cheapest way to get from Leuven to Cologne is to bus which costs 15€ - 35€ and takes 3h 45m.

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

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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 Koeln Hbf via Liege-Guillemins. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 36m.

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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 2h 36m and costs 35€ - 110€.

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It takes approximately 2h 36m 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 2h 36m and costs 35€ - 110€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 15€ - 35€ and takes 3h 45m.

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Leuven to Cologne train services, operated by Thalys, arrive at Koeln Hbf station.

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

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There are 1230+ hotels available in Cologne. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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What companies run services between Leuven and Cologne?

You can take a train from Leuven to Cologne via Liege-Guillemins in around 2h 36m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Leuven to Cologne 5 times a day. Tickets cost 12€ - 16€ and the journey takes 3h 30m.
Train operators
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
8€ - 12€
Train from Louvain / Leuven to Liège-Guillemins / Luik-Guillemins
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
8€ - 12€
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
8€ - 12€
1st Class
12€ - 18€
Train from Louvain / Leuven to Hasselt
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
7€ - 11€
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
7€ - 11€
1st Class
11€ - 16€

Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
50€ - 95€

Contact Details

Train from Liege-Guillemins to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
50€ - 95€
Website
Thalys
Standard
50€ - 70€
Comfort
60€ - 80€
Premium
70€ - 95€

Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
28€ - 40€
Train from Liege-Guillemins to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
28€ - 40€
Website
Deutsche Bahn

About this operator

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It 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 (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
12€ - 17€

Contact Details

Train from Aachen Hbf to Köln Bf Deutz / Messe Lanxess Arena
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
12€ - 17€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de

About this operator

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Hourly
Train from Aachen Hbf to Köln Bf Deutz / Messe Lanxess Arena
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
AR Abellio Rail NRW GmbH

Bus operators
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
12€ - 16€
Bus from Leuven to Cologne, Cologne South, Airport
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
12€ - 16€
Website
flixbus.co.uk

About this operator

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
3€

Contact Details

Bus from Hasselt, Station perron 10 to Maastricht, Station perron D
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
3€
Website
De Lijn

Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
4€ - 6€

Contact Details

Bus from Maastricht, Station Perron H to Aachen, Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
4€ - 6€
Website
arriva.nl

Cologne, Germany

Cologne is the largest city in the German federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the fourth-largest city in Germany (after Berlin, Hamburg, and Munich). It is located within the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region, one of the major European metropolitan regions and the largest in Germany with more than ten million inhabitants. - Wikipedia

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