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There are 4 ways to get from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Cologne by train, bus or car

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Train  •  4 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Charleroi-Sud / Charleroi-Zuid to Liège-Guillemins / Luik-Guillemins Ic
  2. Take the train from Liège-Guillemins to Köln Hauptbahnhof Ice

$43 - $73

3 alternative options

Bus, train  •  5 h 33 min

  1. Take the bus from JUMET Madeleine to BRUXELLES Midi 365a
  2. Take the train from Brussels - Midi to Köln Hauptbahnhof

$76 - $106

Bus  •  6 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from Charleroi, Charleroi Sud to Düsseldorf 820

$55 - $79

Drive  •  2 h 2 min

  1. Drive from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Cologne 129.2 miles

$27 - $40

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The cheapest way to get from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Cologne is to drive which costs 23€ - 35€ and takes 2 h 2 min.

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The quickest way to get from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Cologne is to drive which costs 23€ - 35€ and takes 2 h 2 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Cologne. However, there are services departing from JUMET Monument and arriving at Köln ZOB via Charleroi, Charleroi Sud and Düsseldorf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 46 min.

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The distance between Charleroi Airport (CRL) and Cologne is 184 km. The road distance is 206.7 km.

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The best way to get from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 4 h 11 min and costs 35€ - 65€.

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It takes approximately 4 h 11 min to get from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Cologne, including transfers.

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Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Cologne bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Charleroi, Charleroi Sud station.

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The best way to get from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Cologne is to train which takes 4 h 11 min and costs 35€ - 65€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 45€ - 70€ and takes 6 h 46 min.

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Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Cologne bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Düsseldorf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Cologne is 207 km. It takes approximately 2 h 2 min to drive from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Cologne.

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  • Distance: 114.7 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 11 min

What companies run services between Charleroi Airport (CRL), Belgium and Cologne, Germany?

You can take a train from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Cologne via CHARLEROI Sud Quai 01, Charleroi-Sud / Charleroi-Zuid, Liège-Guillemins / Luik-Guillemins, and Liège-Guillemins in around 4 h 11 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Cologne 3 times a week. Tickets cost $13 - $22 and the journey takes 3 h 30 min.

Train operators
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
b-rail.be
Train from Charleroi-Sud / Charleroi-Zuid to Liège-Guillemins / Luik-Guillemins
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Website
belgianrail.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$11 - $16
1st Class
$17 - $25
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 1 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 2 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$35 - $55
1st Class
$55 - $75
Train from Brussels - Midi to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$60 - $90
1st Class
$90 - $120
Bus operators
TEC
Website
infotec.be
Bus from JUMET Madeleine to BRUXELLES Midi
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
infotec.be
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 Charleroi, Charleroi Sud to Düsseldorf
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$13 - $22
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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