There are 5 ways to get from Maastricht to Cologne by bus, train, rideshare or car

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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Line 350 bus, train  •  2 h 4 min

  1. Take the line 350 bus from Maastricht, Centre Ceramique to Aachen, Hauptbahnhof 350
  2. Take the train from Aachen Hbf to Köln, Dom / Hbf Re1 / ...

$27 - $52

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  1 h 24 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Maastricht to Cologne 65.9 miles

$6 - $10

3 alternative options

Train  •  2 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Maastricht to Liege-Guillemins Stoptrein
  2. Take the train from Liège-Guillemins to Köln Hauptbahnhof Ice

$36 - $69

Line 350 bus, bus  •  3 h 11 min

  1. Take the line 350 bus from Maastricht, Centre Ceramique to Aachen, Hauptbahnhof 350
  2. Take the bus from Aachen Hauptbahnhof to Köln ZOB

$41 - $57

Drive  •  1 h 6 min

  1. Drive from Maastricht to Cologne 65.9 miles

$16 - $24

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Maastricht to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Maastricht, Centre Ceramique and arriving at Köln ZOB via Aachen Hauptbahnhof. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 11 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Maastricht to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Maastricht and arriving at Köln Hauptbahnhof via Liège-Guillemins. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 35 min.

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The distance between Maastricht and Cologne is 89 km. The road distance is 105.5 km.

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The best way to get from Maastricht to Cologne without a car is to line 350 bus and train which takes 2 h 4 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 2 h 4 min to get from Maastricht to Cologne, including transfers.

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Maastricht to Cologne bus services, operated by Arriva NL, depart from Maastricht, Centre Ceramique station.

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

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The best way to get from Maastricht to Cologne is to train which takes 2 h 35 min and costs . Alternatively, you can line 350 bus and bus, which costs and takes 3 h 11 min.

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

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

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Map of how to get from Maastricht to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 55.6 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 4 min

What companies run services between Maastricht, Netherlands and Cologne, Germany?

You can take a train from Maastricht to Cologne via Liege-Guillemins and Liège-Guillemins in around 2 h 35 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Maastricht to Cologne via Aachen, Hauptbahnhof and Aachen Hauptbahnhof in around 3 h 11 min.

Train operators
Bahn DE
Website
bahn.de
Train from Aachen Hbf to Köln, Dom / Hbf
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $27
Schedules at
bahn.de
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 Aachen Central Station to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
bahn.de
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 Aachen Central Station to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$24 - $45
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$24 - $45
1st Class
$40 - $55
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
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
b-rail.be
Train from Maastricht to Liege-Guillemins
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Website
belgianrail.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$6 - $9
1st Class
$9 - $14
Bus operators
Arriva NL
Website
arriva.nl
Bus from Maastricht, Centre Ceramique to Aachen, Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Website
arriva.nl
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Aachen Hauptbahnhof to Köln ZOB
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
eurolines.de
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.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Maastricht to Cologne
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Maastricht to Cologne is 105 km. It takes approximately 1 h 6 min to drive from Maastricht to Cologne.

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