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There are 11 ways to get from London to Aachen by train, bus and ferry, bus, car, car train, car ferry or plane

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Train  •  4h 14m

  1. Take the train from London St Pancras Eurostar to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi Eil
  2. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Aachen Hbf Ice / ...

134€ - 451€

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Bus and ferry, bus  •  10h 2m

  1. Take the bus and ferry from London to Brussels
  2. Take the bus from Brussels South to Aachen Hüls N1153

23€ - 30€

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Bus, train  •  11h 4m

  1. Take the bus from London, Victoria Green Line Station to Brussels, Gare du Midi RegioJet
  2. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Eupen Ic

25€ - 35€

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  5h 10m

  1. Drive from London to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
  3. Drive from Calais-Fréthun to Aachen

200€ - 230€

Drive, car ferry  •  6h 42m

  1. Drive from London to Dover
  2. Take the car ferry from Dover to Dunkirk
  3. Drive from Dunkirk to Aachen

124€ - 225€

Fly London Heathrow to Cologne Bonn, train  •  4h 52m

  1. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) LHR - CGN
  2. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Aachen Hbf

64€ - 484€

Fly London Heathrow to Dusseldorf, train  •  5h 25m

  1. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Dusseldorf (DUS) LHR - DUS
  2. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Aachen, West Bf

76€ - 305€

Fly London Heathrow to Brussels, train  •  5h 41m

  1. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Brussels (BRU) LHR - BRU
  2. Take the train from Bruxelles-Nord to Aachen Hbf

73€ - 362€

Fly London Stansted to Eindhoven, train  •  6h 38m

  1. Fly from London Stansted (STN) to Eindhoven (EIN) STN - EIN
  2. Take the train from Eindhoven Centraal to Heerlen
  3. Take the train from Heerlen to Aachen West

65€ - 221€

Train to London Gatwick, fly to Dusseldorf, train  •  5h 46m

  1. Take the train from London Victoria to Gatwick Airport
  2. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Dusseldorf (DUS) LGW - DUS
  3. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Aachen, West Bf

62€ - 194€

Fly London City to Amsterdam Schiphol, train  •  7h 20m

  1. Fly from London City (LCY) to Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) LCY - AMS
  2. Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Utrecht Centraal
  3. Take the train from Utrecht Centraal to Heerlen

98€ - 727€

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Aachen is 116 117.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Aachen is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Aachen is 1.5 metres.

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The cheapest way to get from London to Aachen is to bus and ferry and bus which costs £19 - £27 and takes 10h 2m.

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The fastest way to get from London to Aachen is to train. Taking this option will cost £110 - £390 and takes 4h 14m.

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No, there is no direct bus from London to Aachen. However, there are services departing from London and arriving at Aachen Hüls via Brussels South. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10h 2m.

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No, there is no direct train from London to Aachen. However, there are services departing from London St Pancras Eurostar and arriving at Aachen Hbf via Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 14m.

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The distance between London and Aachen is 441 km.

The best way to get from London to Aachen without a car is to train which takes 4h 14m and costs £110 - £390.

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It takes approximately 4h 14m to get from London to Aachen, including transfers.

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London to Aachen bus services, operated by Union Ivkoni, depart from London station.

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London to Aachen train services, operated by Eurostar, depart from London St Pancras Eurostar station.

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The quickest flight from London Heathrow Airport to Cologne Bonn Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 25m.

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Map of how to get from London to Aachen.
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  • Distance: 440.7 km
  • Duration: 4h 14m

What companies run services between London, England and Aachen, Germany?

You can take a train from London King's Cross to Aachen via Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi in around 4h 14m.

Airlines
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
55€ - 130€
Flights from London Heathrow to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
50€ - 410€
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Monday
Estimated price
40€ - 180€
Flights from London Heathrow to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday and Saturday
Estimated price
40€ - 850€
Flights from London City to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
50€ - 220€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from London Stansted to Eindhoven
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
45€ - 210€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from London City to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
70€ - 320€
Rwandair Express
Website
rwandair.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
100€ - 250€
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
30€ - 350€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
30€ - 140€
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

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).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Aachen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
30€ - 50€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Hbf to Aachen Hbf
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
20€ - 29€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Bruxelles-Nord to Aachen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
30€ - 45€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Aachen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
55€ - 110€
Website
Thalys
Standard
55€ - 75€
Comfort
65€ - 90€
Premium
75€ - 110€
Train from Koeln Hbf to Aachen Hbf
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
40€ - 80€
Website
Thalys
Standard
40€ - 60€
Comfort
55€ - 70€
Premium
55€ - 80€
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
153€
Website
Eurotunnel
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Aachen Hbf
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
ABELLIO Rail
Phone
0800 2235546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Aachen, Hbf
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
ABELLIO Rail
Deutsche Bahn Regional

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.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Aachen Hbf
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
11€ - 17€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Heerlen to Aachen West
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
4€ - 7€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
ABELLIO Rail NRW GmbH
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Aachen Hbf
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio NRW
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Cologne central station to Aachen central train station
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
6€ - 8€
Website
Flixtrain
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Aachen, West Bf
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
19€ - 24€
Website
National Express Rail
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 Eindhoven Centraal to Heerlen
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
13€ - 30€
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
13€ - 19€
1st Class
22€ - 30€
Train from Schiphol Airport to Utrecht Centraal
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
8€ - 19€
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
8€ - 12€
1st Class
14€ - 19€
Train from Utrecht Centraal to Heerlen
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
19€ - 45€
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
19€ - 26€
1st Class
30€ - 45€
Arriva NL
Phone
+31 900 2022022
Website
arriva.nl
Train from Heerlen to Aachen West
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
4€ - 6€
Website
arriva.nl
Bus operators
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus and ferry from London to Brussels
Ave. Duration
6h 17m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
12€ - 18€
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
FlixBus

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).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Brussels South to Aachen Hüls
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
10€ - 13€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from London, Victoria Green Line Station to Brussels, Gare du Midi
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
11€ - 16€
Website
RegioJet
Ferry operators
DFDS Seaways
Phone
+45 33 42 30 10
Email
incoming@dfdsseaways.dk​​
Website
dfds.com
Car ferry from Dover to Dunkirk
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
75€ - 150€
Website
dfds.co.uk
Standard Car - Economy
75€ - 150€
Standard Car - Flexi
130€ - 170€

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London to Aachen bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Aachen Hüls station.

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Aachen is 1h ahead of London. It is currently 12:20 PM in London and 1:20 PM in Aachen.

London to Aachen train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Aachen Hbf station.

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Eurowings offers flights from London Heathrow Airport to Cologne Bonn Airport.

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There are 309+ hotels available in Aachen. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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The best way to get from London to London Heathrow Airport is to train which takes 14 min and costs £4 - £35.

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