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There are 8 ways to get from Nantes to Cologne by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  7 h 9 min

  1. Take the train from Nantes to Paris Montparnasse Tgv
  2. Take the train from Paris-Nord to Köln Hauptbahnhof

$220 - $268

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Fly to Cologne Bonn  •  6 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Nantes (NTE) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) NTE - CGN

$53 - $270

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Bus, train  •  15 h 27 min

  1. Take the bus from Nantes, Nantes Haluchère to Brussels, Brussels-North station 712
  2. Take the train from Brusel Nord to Köln Hauptbahnhof Ice

$92 - $147

Bus  •  17 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from Nantes to Angers
  2. Take the bus from Angers to Köln

$101 - $148

Drive  •  8 h 12 min

  1. Drive from Nantes to Cologne 540.3 miles

$110 - $170

Fly to Dusseldorf, train  •  5 h 22 min

  1. Fly from Nantes (NTE) to Dusseldorf (DUS) NTE - DUS
  2. Take the train from Dusseldorf Hbf to Koln Messe/Deutz

$88 - $253

Fly to Brussels, train  •  6 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Nantes (NTE) to Brussels (BRU) NTE - BRU
  2. Take the train from Brusel Nord to Köln Hauptbahnhof

$106 - $313

Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol, train  •  7 h 59 min

  1. Fly from Nantes (NTE) to Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) NTE - AMS
  2. Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Utrecht Centraal
  3. Take the train from Utrecht Centraal to Koln Hbf

$142 - $330

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The cheapest way to get from Nantes to Cologne is to bus which costs 85€ - 130€ and takes 17 h 8 min.

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The quickest way to get from Nantes to Cologne is to fly and train which costs 75€ - 220€ and takes 5 h 22 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Nantes to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Nantes and arriving at Köln via Angers. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 17 h 8 min.

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The distance between Nantes and Cologne is 744 km. The road distance is 864.6 km.

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The best way to get from Nantes to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 7 h 9 min and costs 190€ - 240€.

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It takes approximately 7 h 9 min to get from Nantes to Cologne, including transfers.

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Nantes to Cologne bus services, operated by Isilines, depart from Nantes station.

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The best way to get from Nantes to Cologne is to train which takes 7 h 9 min and costs 190€ - 240€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 85€ - 130€ and takes 17 h 8 min, you could also fly, which costs 45€ - 240€ and takes 6 h 35 min.

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The quickest flight from Nantes Airport to Dusseldorf Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 40 min.

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Nantes to Cologne bus services, operated by Eurolines FR, arrive at Köln station.

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Map of how to get from Nantes to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 464.9 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 9 min

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

You can take a train from Nantes to Cologne via Paris Montparnasse, Montparnasse-Bienvenue, Gare du Nord, and Paris-Nord in around 7 h 9 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Nantes to Cologne via Angers in around 17 h 8 min.

Airlines
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Nantes to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Flights from Nantes to Dusseldorf via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $360
Flights from Nantes to Brussels via Lyon
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $600
Flights from Nantes to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $480
Flights from Nantes to Amsterdam Schiphol via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $490
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Nantes to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
Flights from Nantes to Cologne Bonn via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Nantes to Cologne Bonn via Brussels, Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $480
Flights from Nantes to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $450
Flights from Nantes to Amsterdam Schiphol via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $480
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Nantes to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $360
Flights from Nantes to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $480
Flights from Nantes to Amsterdam Schiphol via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $490
Hop!
Website
hop.com
Flights from Nantes to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Flights from Nantes to Brussels via Lyon
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $600
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Nantes to Brussels via Geneva
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $280
Flights from Nantes to Amsterdam Schiphol via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Nantes to Cologne Bonn via Bastia
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $850
Flights from Nantes to Cologne Bonn via Dublin
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Nantes to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $450
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Nantes to Amsterdam Schiphol via Birmingham
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $450
Flights from Nantes to Amsterdam Schiphol via Southampton
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Monday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $450
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Nantes to Cologne Bonn via London Stansted
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $250
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Nantes to Cologne Bonn via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $600
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Nantes to Amsterdam Schiphol via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
$190 - $600
Train operators
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Nantes to Paris Montparnasse
Ave. Duration
2 h 23 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $85
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$75 - $85
1st Class
$100 - $150
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Paris-Nord to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$140 - $180
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$140 - $180
1st Class
$190 - $260
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 Brusel Nord to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1 h 41 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
Train from Utrecht Centraal to Koln Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
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 Schiphol Airport to Utrecht Centraal
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$10 - $18
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Bus operators
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 Nantes, Nantes Haluchère to Brussels, Brussels-North station
Ave. Duration
11 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $75
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Isilines
Phone
0 892 89 12 00
Website
isilines.com
Bus from Nantes to Angers
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
isilines.com
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Angers to Köln
Ave. Duration
14 h 17 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$95 - $140
Schedules at
eurolines.fr

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Yes, the driving distance between Nantes to Cologne is 865 km. It takes approximately 8 h 12 min to drive from Nantes to Cologne.

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KLM, Hop!, Lufthansa and Air France offer flights from Nantes Airport to Dusseldorf Airport.

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There are 950+ hotels available in Cologne. Prices start at $58 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Nantes to Nantes Airport is to bus which takes 18 min and costs 2€.

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