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There are 6 ways to get from Nijmegen to Cologne by train, bus, car or plane

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Recommended option

Train Deutsche Bahn  •  2h 50m

  1. Take the train from Arnhem Centraal to Koln Hbf ICE International

$41 - $65

Cheapest option

Train via Venlo  •  3h 26m

  1. Take the train from Nijmegen to Venlo
  2. Take the train from Venlo to Neuss Hbf
  3. Take the train from Neuss Hbf to Köln, Dom / Hbf S11 / ...

$8 - $13

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Bus, train  •  3h 41m

  1. Take the bus from Nijmegen, Centraal Station to Emmerich, Bahnhof
  2. Take the train from Emmerich to Duisburg Hbf
  3. Take the train from Duisburg Hbf to Köln Hbf Ice / ...

Bus  •  4h 52m

  1. Take the bus from Nijmegen to Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen 120

$9 - $15

Drive  •  1h 31m

  1. Drive from Nijmegen to Cologne 95.6 miles

$23 - $35

Train, fly  •  4h 40m

  1. Take the train from Nijmegen to Schiphol Airport
  2. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Dusseldorf (DUS) AMS - DUS

$105 - $314

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The cheapest way to get from Nijmegen to Cologne is to train which costs 7€ - 12€ and takes 3h 26m.

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The quickest way to get from Nijmegen to Cologne is to drive which costs 20€ - 30€ and takes 1h 31m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Nijmegen to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Nijmegen and arriving at Köln, Heumarkt via Leverkusen, Wiesdorf Rathaus-Galerie. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 52m.

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No, there is no direct train from Nijmegen to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Nijmegen and arriving at Koln Hbf via Arnhem Centraal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 50m.

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The distance between Nijmegen and Cologne is 127 km. The road distance is 153 km.

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The best way to get from Nijmegen to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 2h 50m and costs 35€ - 60€.

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It takes approximately 2h 50m to get from Nijmegen to Cologne, including transfers.

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Nijmegen to Cologne bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Nijmegen station.

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Nijmegen to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Arnhem Centraal station.

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The best way to get from Nijmegen to Cologne is to train which takes 2h 50m and costs 35€ - 60€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 7€ - 13€ and takes 4h 52m.

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Map of how to get from Nijmegen to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 79.1 miles
  • Duration: 2h 50m

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

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Nijmegen to Cologne every 4 hours. Tickets cost $35 - $55 and the journey takes 1h 38m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Nijmegen to Cologne 4 times a week. Tickets cost $9 - $15 and the journey takes 3h 30m.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
49m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Train operators
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 Arnhem Centraal to Koln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
bahn.de
Train from Duisburg Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
36m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Website
bahn.de
Arriva NL
Phone
+31 900 2022022
Website
arriva.nl
Train from Nijmegen to Venlo
Ave. Duration
53m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
arriva.nl
Eurobahn
Website
eurobahn.de
Train from Venlo to Neuss Hbf
Ave. Duration
51m
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
eurobahn.de
S-Bahn Köln
Website
avv.de
Train from Neuss Hbf to Köln, Dom / Hbf
Ave. Duration
50m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
avv.de
National Express Rail
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Neuss Hbf to Köln, Dom / Hbf
Ave. Duration
25m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $13
Website
nationalexpress.de
Abellio NRW
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Emmerich to Duisburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
abellio.de
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Duisburg Hauptbahnhof to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
41m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$22 - $40
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$22 - $40
1st Class
$40 - $50
Flixtrain
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Duisburg, Duisburg central station to Cologne, Cologne central station
Ave. Duration
39m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
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 Nijmegen to Schiphol Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Bus operators
Breng
Phone
0900 - 266 63 99
Website
breng.nl
Bus from Nijmegen, Centraal Station to Emmerich, Bahnhof
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3
Website
Breng
Niederrheinische Verkehrsbetriebe AG NIAG
Phone
+49 2841 2050
Email
info@niag-online.de
Website
niag-online.de
Bus from Nijmegen Centraal Station Bstg 2 to Emmerich Bahnhof Bstg 1
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Niederrheinische Verkehrsbetriebe AG
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 Nijmegen to Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$9 - $15
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Dusseldorf Airport is the direct flight which takes 45m.

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Nijmegen to Cologne bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen station.

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Nijmegen to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Koln Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Nijmegen to Cologne is 153 km. It takes approximately 1h 31m to drive from Nijmegen to Cologne.

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KLM offers flights from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Dusseldorf Airport.

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