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There are 14 ways to get from London to Cologne by train, car, car train, bus and ferry, bus, night bus, car ferry 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  •  4 h 38 min

  1. Take the train from London St. Pancras Int. to Brussel-Zuid/Midi Int. trein / ...
  2. Take the train from Brussels Midi-Zuid to Köln Hauptbahnhof Ice

$113 - $264

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Night bus, train  •  11 h 23 min

  1. Take the night bus from London to Düsseldorf N80
  2. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln, Hansaring S11 / ...

$45 - $72

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Train via London St. Pancras International  •  4 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from London St. Pancras International to Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar Est
  2. Take the train from Brussels Midi-Zuid to Köln Hauptbahnhof Ice

$113 - $264

Drive, Eurotunnel, train  •  6 h 51 min

  1. Drive from London to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais
  3. Take the train from Calais-Fréthun to Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar Est
  4. Take the train from Brussels Midi-Zuid to Köln Hauptbahnhof Ice

$291 - $392

Bus and ferry, bus  •  12 h 3 min

  1. Take the bus and ferry from London Victoria to Lille
  2. Take the bus from Lille to Brussels, Brussels-North station 328 / ...
  3. Take the bus from Bruxelles - North to Köln

$102 - $198

Drive, car ferry  •  6 h

  1. Drive from London to Dover
  2. Take the car ferry from Dover to Calais
  3. Drive from Calais to Cologne

$96 - $140

Fly London Heathrow to Cologne Bonn  •  4 h 1 min

  1. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) LHR - CGN

$98 - $265

Fly London Stansted to Cologne Bonn  •  4 h 22 min

  1. Fly from London Stansted (STN) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) STN - CGN

$55 - $193

Fly London City to Dusseldorf, train  •  4 h 55 min

  1. Fly from London City (LCY) to Dusseldorf (DUS) LCY - DUS
  2. Take the train from Dusseldorf Hbf to Koln Messe/Deutz

$85 - $316

Fly London Heathrow to Dusseldorf, train  •  4 h 58 min

  1. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Dusseldorf (DUS) LHR - DUS
  2. Take the train from Dusseldorf Hbf to Koln Messe/Deutz

$93 - $268

Train to Southend, fly to Cologne Bonn  •  4 h 31 min

  1. Take the train from London Liverpool Street to Southend Airport
  2. Fly from Southend (SEN) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) SEN - CGN

$53 - $393

Fly London Gatwick to Cologne Bonn  •  4 h 15 min

  1. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) LGW - CGN

$107 - $433

Train to Birmingham, fly to Dusseldorf  •  6 h 1 min

  1. Take the train from London Euston to Birmingham International
  2. Fly from Birmingham (BHX) to Dusseldorf (DUS) BHX - DUS

$98 - $298

Train to London Luton, fly to Dortmund, train  •  6 h 33 min

  1. Take the train from London St Pancras International LL to Luton Airport Parkway
  2. Fly from London Luton (LTN) to Dortmund (DTM) LTN - DTM
  3. Take the train from Holzwickede Bf to Köln, Dom / Hbf

$68 - $210

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from London to Cologne is to night bus and train which costs £35 - £55 and takes 11 h 23 min.

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The quickest way to get from London to Cologne is to fly which costs £75 - £210 and takes 4 h 1 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from London to Cologne. However, there are services departing from London Victoria and arriving at Köln via Lille and Bruxelles - North. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 3 min.

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No, there is no direct train from London to Cologne. However, there are services departing from London St. Pancras Int. and arriving at Köln Hauptbahnhof via Brussels Midi-Zuid. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 38 min.

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The distance between London and Cologne is 310 miles.

The best way to get from London to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 4 h 38 min and costs £85 - £210.

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It takes approximately 4 h 38 min to get from London to Cologne, including transfers.

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London to Cologne bus services, operated by Eurolines FR, depart from London Victoria station.

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

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The best way to get from London to Cologne is to train which takes 4 h 38 min and costs £85 - £210. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs £75 - £210 and takes 4 h 1 min.

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Map of how to get from London to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 310.5 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 38 min

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

You can take a train from London to Cologne via Brussel-Zuid/Midi and Brussels Midi-Zuid in around 4 h 38 min. Alternatively, Eurowings and Swiss fly from London to Cologne 4 times a day.

Airlines
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $370
Flights from London Heathrow to Cologne Bonn via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$75 - $370
Flights from London Stansted to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $300
Flights from London Heathrow to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $320
Flights from Birmingham to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $300
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London City to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $470
Flights from London Heathrow to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $500
Flights from London Gatwick to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $380
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from London City to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $460
Flights from Southend to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$24 - $100
Flights from Birmingham to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $340
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from London City to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from London Heathrow to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Birmingham to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from London City to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from London Heathrow to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $320
Flights from London Heathrow to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Birmingham to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$55 - $300
Flights from Birmingham to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from London Stansted to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$27 - $250
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Dusseldorf via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Birmingham to Dusseldorf via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $460
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from London Luton to Dortmund
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $310
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Cologne Bonn via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Train operators
Eurostar
Rome2rio's guide to Eurostar
Contact Details
Website
eurostar.com
Train from London St. Pancras Int. to Brussel-Zuid/Midi
Ave. Duration
1 h 48 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $200
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$65 - $200
Premier
$150 - $230
Train from London St. Pancras International to Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar
Ave. Duration
2 h 1 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $200
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$65 - $200
Premier
$150 - $230
Train from Calais-Fréthun to Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $110
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$45 - $110
Premier
$100 - $130
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
Train from Dusseldorf Hbf to Koln Messe/Deutz
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Website
bahn.de
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$171
Website
eurotunnel.com
S-Bahn Köln
Website
avv.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln, Hansaring
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
avv.de
Virgin West Coast Trains
Thameslink
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from London St Pancras International LL to Luton Airport Parkway
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$14 - $20
Schedules at
thameslinkrailway.com
East Midlands Trains
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
getintouch@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Train from London St Pancras International to Luton Airport Parkway
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $20
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Advance Single
$6 - $10
Off-Peak Single
$13 - $21
Anytime Day Single
$14 - $20
Anytime Single
$19 - $28
National Express Rail
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Holzwickede Bf to Köln, Dom / Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $30
Website
nationalexpress.de
Bus operators
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus and ferry from London Victoria to Lille
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
Bus from Lille to Brussels North
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $60
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
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.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Lille to Brussels, Brussels-North station
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $11
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Night bus from London to Düsseldorf
Ave. Duration
10 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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
Ferry operators

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

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

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Cologne is 1 h ahead of London. It is currently 7:55 AM in London and 8:55 AM in Cologne.

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

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Swiss and Eurowings offer flights from London Heathrow Airport to Cologne Bonn Airport.

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There are 970+ hotels available in Cologne. Prices start at $58 USD 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 £20 - £29.

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