The best way to find a cheap bus ticket from Cologne to Rotterdam is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid traveling at rush hour.
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Of the 1 buses that leave Cologne for Rotterdam every day 1 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
|Distance||126 miles (203 km)|
|Average bus duration||4 h 10 min|
|Average bus ticket price||$26 (€23)|
|Bus companies||Eurolines France, Union Ivkoni International, Eurolines Switzerland, Flixbus, Deutsche Bahn or STUDENT AGENCY k. S.|
Buses from Cologne to Rotterdam cover the 126 miles (203 km) long journey taking on average 4 h 10 min with our travel partners like Eurolines France, Union Ivkoni International, Eurolines Switzerland, Flixbus, Deutsche Bahn or STUDENT AGENCY k. S. There are direct bus services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around $26 (€23), you can find the cheapest bus ticket for as low as $16 (€14). Travelers depart most frequently from Köln, Köln Bonn Airport (Fernbusbahnhof) and arrive in Rotterdam, Conradstraat (Centraal Station).
FlixBus and Deutsche Bahn buses will get you to Rotterdam from Cologne from $16 (€14). With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best bus times and tickets for your trip.
FlixBus is one of Europe's leading low-cost bus companies, founded in Germany and offering long-distance bus services in Europe and the U. S. FlixBus also operates overnight buses on select routes throughout Europe. Standard amenities on FlixBus include free Wi-Fi, power outlets to charge your phone, tablet or laptop during long bus journeys, extra legroom, luggage space and toilets. You can even purchase snacks and drinks onboard. FlixBus offers only the Standard ticket for all its routes, which allows you to bring one carry-on luggage and one checked bag per person. Additional fees apply for extra luggage and specific seat reservations, such as if you want to book an Extra Seat, Table Seat or the Panorama Seat.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) is the main provider of bus services in Germany, making on average 40, 000 journeys per day. A special feature of Deutsche Bahn is its wide range of ticket types, savings offers including Super Saver, Saver, and Flexible fares and discount cards like the Bahncard 25, 50 and 100, which you can also use for your bus between Cologne and Rotterdam. DB uses different types of buses such as the ICE (Intercity Express), IC (Intercity), EC (Eurocity), IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional Express) and RB (Regionalbahn) on its routes, which differ in terms of comfort and the time required to travel. For example, while bathrooms are standard amenities, services like an onboard restaurant or free WiFi are only available on certain buses.
Travelling by bus from Germany to Holland is the most popular way for many travellers to travel between the two countries. In this way you not only reach your destination quickly and easily, but also see as much of the track as possible. On the Cologne - Rotterdam bus route, a distinction must be made between buses and trains. The railway, for example, only offers a combination of train and buses. There are many connections to both variants every day. The two options hardly differ in time either.
Deutsche Bahn regularly offers a train and bus connection for the route. The first section is completed by train from Cologne to Düsseldorf, from there it continues by bus to Rotterdam. The bus company Eurolines operates the connection Cologne - Rotterdam bus directly with the buses. Every day, travelers have several options from both companies.
The direct journey Cologne-Rotterdam bus with Eurolines takes at least 4 hours. For a stopover in Brussels or Düsseldorf (also with Eurolines) the time increases to 7 hours or more. It's faster with the Deutsche Bahn, which can cover the distance by train and bus in just 3:30 am.
Both Deutsche Bahn and Eurolines offer several connections every day for Cologne - Rotterdam bus. In total, travellers can find at least 10 connections per day for this route. The first connections can already be found at 2:30 in the morning. There are more buses and trains all day long, until late in the evening.
At which bus station does the bus depart from in Cologne? Eurolines buses always depart from Cologne/Bonn Airport. The airport is about 12 kilometres outside of Cologne and can be reached by S-Bahn (line 13) in about 15 minutes. If you choose the Deutsche Bahn option, you must first take a train from Cologne Central Station to Düsseldorf. The main railway station is located directly in the city centre next to the Cologne Cathedral.
At which bus station does the bus arrive in Rotterdam? If you travel with Eurolines buses, you arrive in Rotterdam at the Conradstraat bus station. This is located directly next to the main railway station, where the Deutsche Bahn buses arrive. Rotterdam's train station is centrally located in the city centre. From here you can reach most hotels within 10 to 15 minutes by taxi or even on foot.
Travel between Cologne, Germany and Rotterdam, Netherlands by bus is: Unrestricted.
International entry status: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Germany
Conditions of entry:
All travelers in Netherlands must observe these coronavirus safety measures:
The information above was last checked on 1/9/23. Remember to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your bus to Rotterdam from Cologne as this information can change.
The current restriction level for your return trip by bus from Rotterdam to Cologne is: Unrestricted
Reentry to Germany is allowed for: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Netherlands
What are the requirements?
The government of Germany has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
Last checked on 1/24/23. We do our best to keep this information up to date, but regulations can change so please double check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations ahead of your bus to Cologne from Rotterdam here.
When departing from Cologne, you have various bus station options to start your journey from including Köln, Köln Bonn Airport (Fernbusbahnhof) and Cologne, Siegburger Street (Access Tankstelle). When arriving in Rotterdam, you can end your journey in bus stations like Rotterdam, Conradstraat (Centraal Station), Rotterdam, P+R Capelsebrug and Rotterdam, Zuidplein.
Omio customers book a bus from Köln, Köln Bonn Airport (Fernbusbahnhof) to Rotterdam, Conradstraat (Centraal Station) most frequently for this route.
You can find the most popular departure bus station for this journey, Köln, Köln Bonn Airport (Fernbusbahnhof), located approximately 8.1 miles (13.1 km) from the city center of Cologne. The most popular arrival bus station in Rotterdam, called Rotterdam, Conradstraat (Centraal Station), is located around 1.1 miles (1.7 km) away from its city center.
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