There are 6 ways to get from Lille to Cologne by train, bus, rideshare, 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.

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Train  •  3 h 25 min

  1. Take the train from Lille Europe Eurostar to Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar Est / ...
  2. Take the train from Brussels Midi-Zuid to Köln Hauptbahnhof Ice

$79 - $126

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Rideshare  •  3 h 57 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Lille to Cologne 200.2 miles

$25

4 alternative options

Bus  •  6 h 27 min

  1. Take the bus from Lille to Köln

$45 - $70

Bus, train  •  6 h 27 min

  1. Take the bus from Lille to Aachen, Aachen Henricistraße 328
  2. Take the train from Aachen, Rothe Erde Bf to Köln, Dom / Hbf Re1 / ...

$39 - $53

Drive  •  3 h 4 min

  1. Drive from Lille to Cologne 200.2 miles

$40 - $65

Train, fly  •  4 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from Lille Europe Eurostar to Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar
  2. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Antwerpen-Berchem
  3. Fly from Antwerp (ANR) to Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) ANR - CGN

$96 - $460

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Lille to Cologne is to rideshare which costs 21€ and takes 3 h 57 min.

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The quickest way to get from Lille to Cologne is to drive which costs 35€ - 55€ and takes 3 h 4 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Lille and arriving at Köln. Services depart four times a week, and operate Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 6 h 27 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Lille to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Lille Europe Eurostar and arriving at Köln Hauptbahnhof via Brussels Midi-Zuid. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 25 min.

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The distance between Lille and Cologne is 276 km. The road distance is 320.4 km.

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The best way to get from Lille to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 3 h 25 min and costs 65€ - 110€.

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It takes approximately 3 h 25 min to get from Lille to Cologne, including transfers.

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Lille to Cologne bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, depart from Lille station.

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Lille to Cologne train services, operated by Eurostar, depart from Lille Europe Eurostar station.

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The best way to get from Lille to Cologne is to train which takes 3 h 25 min and costs 65€ - 110€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 40€ - 60€ and takes 6 h 27 min.

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Map of how to get from Lille to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 172.2 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 25 min

What companies run services between Lille, France and Cologne, Germany?

You can take a train from Lille to Cologne via Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar and Brussels Midi-Zuid in around 3 h 25 min. Alternatively, Eurolines DE operates a bus from Lille to Cologne 4 times a week. Tickets cost $45 - $70 and the journey takes 6 h 27 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
Eurostar
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Contact Details
Website
eurostar.com
Train from Lille Europe Eurostar to Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$30 - $60
Premier
$67 - $69
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Lille Europe to Bruxelles Midi
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $31
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$26 - $31
1st Class
$45 - $48
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Lille Europe to Brussel-Zuid/Midi
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$30 - $55
1st Class
$55 - $70
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 Brussels Midi-Zuid to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
Bahn DE
Website
bahn.de
Train from Aachen, Rothe Erde Bf to Köln, Dom / Hbf
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $27
Schedules at
bahn.de
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
b-rail.be
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Antwerpen-Berchem
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
belgianrail.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$7 - $11
1st Class
$11 - $16
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Lille to Köln
Ave. Duration
6 h 27 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
eurolines.de
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 Lille to Aachen, Aachen Henricistraße
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $27
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility you’ll get to your destination – often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Lille to Cologne
Ave. Duration
3 h 57 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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