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There are 6 ways to get from Rotterdam to Cologne by train, bus, rideshare, car 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  •  3 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Utrecht Centraal Intercity
  2. Take the train from Utrecht Centraal to Koln Hbf ICE International

$55 - $87

Cheapest option

Bus FlixBus  •  5 h 37 min

  1. Take the bus from Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS to Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen 268

$14 - $24

4 alternative options

Bus Eurolines DE  •  4 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Rotterdam to Cologne Hbf

$45 - $65

Rideshare  •  3 h 15 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Rotterdam to Cologne 159.8 miles

$17

Drive  •  2 h 25 min

  1. Drive from Rotterdam to Cologne 159.3 miles

$35 - $60

Train, fly  •  3 h 33 min

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
  2. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Dusseldorf (DUS) AMS - DUS
  3. Take the train from Dusseldorf Hbf to Koln Messe/Deutz

$97 - $316

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The cheapest way to get from Rotterdam to Cologne is to rideshare which costs 15€ and takes 3 h 15 min.

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The quickest way to get from Rotterdam to Cologne is to drive which costs 30€ - 50€ and takes 2 h 25 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Rotterdam and arriving at Cologne Hbf. Services depart four times a week, and operate Friday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 4 h 50 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Rotterdam to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Rotterdam Centraal and arriving at Koln Hbf via Utrecht Centraal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 50 min.

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The distance between Rotterdam and Cologne is 204 km. The road distance is 254.9 km.

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The best way to get from Rotterdam to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 3 h 50 min and costs 45€ - 80€.

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It takes approximately 3 h 50 min to get from Rotterdam to Cologne, including transfers.

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

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Rotterdam to Cologne train services, operated by Dutch Railways (NS), depart from Rotterdam Centraal station.

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The best way to get from Rotterdam to Cologne is to train which takes 3 h 50 min and costs 45€ - 80€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 40€ - 55€ and takes 4 h 50 min.

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Map of how to get from Rotterdam to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 127.2 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 50 min

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

You can take a train from Rotterdam to Cologne via Utrecht Centraal in around 3 h 50 min. Alternatively, Eurolines DE operates a bus from Rotterdam to Cologne 4 times a week. Tickets cost $45 - $65 and the journey takes 4 h 50 min.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Train operators
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 Rotterdam Centraal to Utrecht Centraal
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $17
Website
ns.nl
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eurail.com
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $20
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
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 Utrecht Centraal to Koln Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 12 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
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $40
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$19 - $40
1st Class
$35 - $45
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Rotterdam to Cologne Hbf
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
eurolines.de
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 Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS to Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $24
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Rotterdam to Cologne
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Rotterdam to Cologne is 255 km. It takes approximately 2 h 25 min to drive from Rotterdam to Cologne.

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KLM offers flights from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Dusseldorf Airport.

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There are 975+ hotels available in Cologne. Prices start at $57 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Rotterdam and Cologne. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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