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

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Train  •  2 h 38 min

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

$39 - $73

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Bus  •  3 h 46 min

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

$12 - $20

3 alternative options

Line 358 bus, bus  •  5 h 55 min

  1. Take the line 358 bus from Leuven Dirk Boutslaan to Brussel Noord Perron 6 351 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Bruxelles - North to Köln

$44 - $64

Drive  •  1 h 44 min

  1. Drive from Leuven to Cologne 115.1 miles

$24 - $35

Train, fly  •  3 h 23 min

  1. Take the train from Leuven to Antwerpen-Berchem
  2. Fly from Antwerp (ANR) to Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) ANR - CGN

$63 - $405

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The cheapest way to get from Leuven to Cologne is to bus which costs 10€ - 18€ and takes 3 h 46 min.

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The quickest way to get from Leuven to Cologne is to drive which costs 20€ - 30€ and takes 1 h 44 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Leuven to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Leuven Dirk Boutslaan and arriving at Köln via Bruxelles - North. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 55 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Leuven to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Leuven and arriving at Köln Hauptbahnhof via Liège-Guillemins. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 38 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 38 min and costs 30€ - 65€.

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It takes approximately 2 h 38 min to get from Leuven to Cologne, including transfers.

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Leuven to Cologne bus services, operated by De Lijn, depart from Leuven Dirk Boutslaan station.

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

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The best way to get from Leuven to Cologne is to train which takes 2 h 38 min and costs 30€ - 65€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 10€ - 18€ and takes 3 h 46 min.

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The quickest flight from Antwerp Airport to Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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Leuven to Cologne bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, arrive at Köln station.

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Map of how to get from Leuven to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 98.6 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 38 min

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

You can take a train from Leuven to Cologne via Liege-Guillemins and Liège-Guillemins in around 2 h 38 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Leuven to Cologne once daily. Tickets cost $12 - $20 and the journey takes 3 h 25 min.

Airlines
VLM Airlines
Website
flyvlm.com
Flights from Antwerp to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $370
Train operators
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
b-rail.be
Train from Leuven to Liege-Guillemins
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Website
belgianrail.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$9 - $14
1st Class
$14 - $21
Train from Leuven to Antwerpen-Berchem
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Website
belgianrail.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$8 - $12
1st Class
$12 - $18
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 3 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
bahn.de
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Liege-Guillemins to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$35 - $60
1st Class
$55 - $75
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 Leuven Dirk Boutslaan to Brussel Noord Perron 6
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$4
Schedules at
delijn.be
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Bruxelles - North to Köln
Ave. Duration
3 h 48 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
eurolines.de

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