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Cheap train tickets and times from Brussels to Cologne

Showing times and prices for Jun 17

Cheapest

Fastest Journey

1 h 50 m

Average

2 h 1 m

Trains per day

5

Distance

183 km

Cheap train tickets from Brussels to start from $77 with an average ticket price of $83.

The fastest train from Brussels to takes 1h 50m in comparison to an average duration of 2h 1m and covers a distance of 183 km.

5 trains that leave Brussels for every day with 5 travelling directly.

Deutsche Bahn
02:23PM1h52
Brussels
04:15PMCologne
$771One-way
0 transfers
Deutsche Bahn
12:25PM2h43
Brussels
03:08PMCologne
$821One-way
0 transfers
Eurostar
04:25PM1h50
Brussels
06:15PMCologne
$821One-way
0 transfers
Eurostar
05:25PM1h50
Brussels
07:15PMCologne
$821One-way
0 transfers
Eurostar
06:25PM1h50
Brussels
08:15PMCologne
$941One-way
0 transfers

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ReviewsReviews for the rail journey from Brussels to Cologne

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Pros
IconPrice performance is right
IconPunctual
IconFast
Cons
IconSomewhat unclean toilet
The train connection from Brussels to Cologne was exceptionally punctual. The train departed exactly at the scheduled departure time and arrived at its destination just as punctually. This contributed significantly to a stress-free travelling experience. The train was generally clean and well maintained. The seats, windows and floor were in good condition. However, there was occasional rubbish or litter on the floors in some areas. A big plus was the availability of power outlets in most aisles. This allowed passengers to charge their devices and work productively. The train service provided adequate, accessible facilities for people with reduced mobility. There were ramps for wheelchair users and reserved seats, but the availability of accessible toilets could have been improved. The toilets were in acceptable condition but could be cleaned more regularly. Overall a solid travelling experience.
Pros
IconPunctual and reliable
Cons
IconI had no problems during my trip
The train connection was extremely punctual. Both the departure and arrival were exactly on schedule. The ticket price was reasonable compared to other means of transport. There were also various discounts and offers that reduced the cost of the journey somewhat. A good value for money, the overall cleanliness of the train was satisfactory. The seats and floors were clean and the staff regularly tidied up. However, some areas could be cleaned a little more thoroughly. The toilets on the train were averagely clean, but there were moments when they were simply overcrowded. The seats were comfortable and offered enough legroom. The ability to recline the seat contributed to a pleasant travelling experience. The cleanliness of the seats was also commendable, overall the train journey was pleasant and recommendable.
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IconCramped toilets
I was able to use my Thalys miles for a free journey on Thalys 9471 from Brussels via Cologne to Dortmund. The journey time to Cologne was a little under two hours, which I found extremely quick. I really liked the design of the train and the seating comfort, I had a seat reserved for me. The only criticisms were the very cramped (but clean) toilets and the very limited wifi. The staff, on the other hand, were very friendly and multilingual.
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IconGood seats
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IconLoud guests
The ICE 15 departed on time from Brussels to Cologne at 10:25. The Brussels-Cologne connection is possible without changing trains, which makes travelling very pleasant. The wifi was good enough to do all sorts of things with my laptop. The staff were extremely friendly and courteous and helped me with my luggage. I can only recommend the ICE to anyone.
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IconNo change
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IconA little expensive
IconPoor wifi
What I really liked about this journey was the ease of booking and not having to change trains. I also thought it was great that I reached my destination quickly and that the toilets and the train were clean and tidy. Nevertheless, I found it a pity that the wifi was poor and the price was a bit too high
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The timetable was like this: I got on at 8:20 and arrived after 2 hours at about 10:20. The train number was ICE 13 and the service was ok as they showed me to my seat but were a bit hectic. The seats were comfortable and the view was very nice. Unfortunately there were no power sockets and my mobile phone was empty, but that didn't matter thanks to the view. The toilets and seats were all very clean. There was a slight delay. The price was good for the journey. I recommend travelling with ICE to anyone looking for an alternative to driving.
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IconNo delay
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Timetable: no delays, without changing trains. I recommend reserving a seat to avoid any problems. The journey time on the ICE 11 was 2 hours. The comfort was ok, not perfect, but good for the short journey. There was wifi, but no power sockets. The service was simple and friendly. Everything was clean, unfortunately the toilet was locked. It was very punctual and without delays. For the price, it was definitely worth it.
Pros
IconGood wifi
IconComfortable seats
IconGood view
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IconNo sockets
The ICE 317 left Brussels on 01.05.24 on time. I didn't have to change trains to get to Cologne. The wifi on the train was flawless and I was able to work without any problems. The seats are very comfortable. The staff are extremely friendly and courteous and were able to provide information about getting off at the station on request. In addition, the train was very hygienic, as were the toilets. I can only recommend this connection to anyone.
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I really enjoyed the journey. I love travelling, especially on the ICE. This time I was travelling on ICE 19 for just under two hours. The wifi wasn't that strong, but that wasn't a problem. My seat was nice and clean.
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IconFast drive
IconBeautiful view
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IconPricewise okay
IconService hardly available
I travelled back to Cologne on the IC16. Unfortunately, in contrast to the journey there, there was hardly any service on the return journey. Even in the on-board bistro, it seemed as if I wasn't being served or that I was being processed quite quickly. Nevertheless, the train was kept relatively clean and there was no rubbish on the floor. The wifi was also slower than I'm used to. Nevertheless, I am glad to have arrived at my destination within 2 hours and the beautiful view was a good distraction
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I was able to buy the ticket for a very customer-friendly price. Another positive aspect is that the toilets were thoroughly cleaned and I found them to be extremely hygienic. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. There was good wifi during the journey and I was able to concentrate on my work thanks to the quiet atmosphere. I recommend the journey.

Overview: Train from Brussels to Cologne

distanceDistance113 miles (182 km)
durationAverage train duration1 h 49 min
priceAverage train ticket price$82 (€72)
frequencyTrain frequency6 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 6 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersDeutsche Bahn or Eurostar

Trains from Brussels to Cologne cover the 113 miles (182 km) long trip taking on average 1 h 49 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn or Eurostar. Normally, there are 6 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around $82 (€72), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $40 (€35). Travelers depart most frequently from Brussels-Midi and arrive in Cologne Hbf.

Train companies: Deutsche Bahn, Thalys and Eurostar from Brussels to Cologne trains

Deutsche Bahn, Thalys and Eurostar trains will get you between Brussels and Cologne from $48 (€42). With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best train times and tickets for your trip.

Eurostar is the exclusive high-speed railway service connecting the United Kingdom with countries in continental Europe like France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Most Eurostar trains travel through the Channel Tunnel, also known as the Chunnel, between the UK and France. With a high-speed train service reaching speeds up to 186 mph (300 km/h), you will travel between Brussels and Cologne in ultimate comfort coupled with modern, comfortable seats and large windows. When booking your Eurostar train from Brussels to Cologne, you can choose between three ticket types: Standard, Standard Premier (with light refreshments served and spacious seats), and Business Premier (with flexible travel options, spacious seating, lounge access, priority boarding and hot meal served).

Train information from Brussels to Cologne with Eurostar:

  • Average Duration: 1 h 50 min
  • Cheapest Price: $51

Deutsche Bahn, Inter City Express (ICE), Intercity (IC), Regional Express (RE), Regionalbahn (RB) classes from Brussels to Cologne

Check and compare train options, travel classes, and amenities for trains from Brussels to Cologne with Deutsche Bahn, Inter City Express (ICE), Intercity (IC), Regional Express (RE), Regionalbahn (RB)

Inter City Express (ICE)

1st class
  • Wi-Fi
  • Power socket at seat
  • Adjustable seat
  • Extra legroom (at least 89 cm)
  • Solo seats available
  • Face-to-face seats available
  • Folding table
  • 3 seat in a row
  • Seat reservation included
  • No dedicated space for bicycles*
  • Pets allowed
  • Meal service at seat and restaurant
  • No dedicated area for families with children
  • No dedicated space for prams
  • Quiet area/zone
  • 1 piece of hand luggage per person
  • 1 piece of large luggage per person
  • Air conditioning
  • No dedicated accessible seats
  • Partially barrier-free
  • Accessibility assistance service
  • Travel advisories priority lane
  • Access to lounge
  • Access to digital newspaper & magazine

Inter City Express (ICE)

2nd class
  • Wi-Fi
  • Power socket at seat
  • Adjustable seat
  • Extra legroom (at least 80 cm)
  • Solo seats available
  • Face-to-face seats available
  • Folding table
  • 4 seat in a row
  • Seat reservation not included
  • Dedicated space for bicycles
  • Pets allowed
  • Meal service at the restaurant
  • Area for families with children
  • Space for prams
  • Quiet area/zone
  • 1 piece of hand luggage per person
  • 1 piece of large luggage per person
  • Air conditioning
  • Dedicated accessible seats
  • Partially barrier-free
  • Accessibility assistance service
  • No Travel advisories priority lane
  • No access to lounge
  • No access to digital newspapers & magazines

Intercity (IC)

1st class
  • Wi-Fi
  • Power socket at seat
  • Seat not adjustable
  • Standard legroom
  • Solo seats available
  • Face-to-face seats available
  • Folding table
  • 3 seat in a row
  • Seat reservation included
  • No dedicated space for bicycles*
  • Pets allowed
  • No buy-on-board food
  • No dedicated area for families with children
  • No dedicated space for prams
  • No quiet area/zone
  • 1 piece of hand luggage per person
  • 1 piece of large luggage per person
  • Air conditioning
  • No dedicated accessible seats
  • Partially barrier-free
  • Accessibility assistance service
  • Travel advisories priority lane
  • Access to lounge
  • Access to digital newspaper & magazine

Intercity (IC)

2nd class
  • Wi-Fi
  • Power socket at seat
  • Seat not adjustable
  • Standard legroom
  • Solo seats available
  • Face-to-face seats available
  • Folding table
  • 4 seat in a row
  • Seat reservation not included
  • Dedicated space for bicycles*
  • Pets allowed
  • No buy-on-board food
  • Area for families with children
  • Space for prams
  • No quiet area/zone
  • 1 piece of hand luggage per person
  • 1 piece of large luggage per person
  • Air conditioning
  • Dedicated accessible seats
  • Partially barrier-free
  • Accessibility assistance service
  • No Travel advisories priority lane
  • No access to lounge
  • No access to digital newspapers & magazines

Regional Express (RE)

1st class & 2nd class
  • Wi-Fi
  • Power socket at seat
  • Seat not adjustable
  • Standard legroom
  • Solo seats available
  • Face-to-face seats available
  • Folding table
  • Dedicated space for bicycles
  • Pets allowed
  • No buy-on-board food
  • No dedicated area for families with children
  • No dedicated space for prams
  • No quiet area/zone
  • 1 piece of hand luggage per person
  • 1 piece of large luggage per person
  • Air conditioning
  • No dedicated accessible seats for 1st class
  • Partially barrier-free
  • Accessibility assistance service

Regionalbahn (RB)

1st class & 2nd class
  • No Wi-Fi
  • Power sockets on some trains
  • Seat not adjustable
  • Standard legroom
  • Solo seats available
  • Face-to-face seats available
  • Folding table
  • Dedicated space for bicycles
  • Pets allowed
  • No buy-on-board food
  • No dedicated area for families with children
  • No dedicated space for prams
  • No quiet area/zone
  • 1 piece of hand luggage per person
  • 1 piece of large luggage per person
  • Air conditioning
  • No dedicated accessible seats for 1st class
  • Partially barrier-free
  • Accessibility assistance service

FAQs: Trains from Brussels to Cologne

FAQs: Travel by train from Brussels to Cologne easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Brussels to Cologne.
FAQs
Cheap train tickets from Brussels to Cologne can start from as little as $40 (€35) when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Brussels to Cologne is $82 (€72); however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
The train time between Brussels and Cologne is on average 1 h 49 min   for the 113 mile (182 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go to Cologne from Brussels by train can vary depending on specific dates or if traveling on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Brussels to Cologne leaves at 6: 23 AM. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Brussels to Cologne leaves at 7: 25 PM.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Brussels to Cologne without having to change trains with Deutsche Bahn or Eurostar. There are 6 direct trains from Brussels to Cologne each day. There may be fewer direct services available on weekends or holidays.
Yes, there's a high-speed train to Cologne. Take the fast train with Eurostar from Brussels to Cologne.
The high-speed Eurostar train from Brussels to Cologne takes 1 h 50 min   on average.
Take the Brussels to Cologne train with Deutsche Bahn or Eurostar. However, it's always good to check out all possible train companies for the trip between Brussels and Cologne as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
No, there are no night trains, the latest train for this route is 7: 25 PM.

When departing from Brussels, you have various train station options to start your route from including Brussels-Midi, Brussels-Central and Brussels-North. When arriving in Cologne, you can end your trip in train stations like Cologne Hbf, Cologne Messe/Deutz and Cologne/Bonn Flughafen.

Passengers board the train most frequently from Brussels-Midi, which is located around 2 miles (3.2 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Cologne Hbf, located 1.6 miles (2.5 km) away from the city centre.

A day trip to Cologne from Brussels is worth doing with a journey time of 1 h 49 min each way. Check with Omio app   the best way to travel.
The cheapest month to travel from Brussels to Cologne by train is January.
It's helpful to compare your options as there are 2 ways to travel to Cologne from Brussels including taking a train or bus.

Important Stations and Airports in Brussels and Cologne

Brussels
Cologne
Brussels-Midi is the most popular Brussels railway station for Omio travelers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Brussels for your trip to Cologne.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
phone
Phone Number
+32 25282828
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Sun: 05: 45 - 21: 30
Public transit options for Brussels-Midi
Metro lines: 2, 6
Tram lines: 3, 4
Bus lines: 116, 117, 118, 136, 141, 142, 170, 171, 365a, W
Train lines: TGV, ICE, IC, ICD, Eurostar, Thalys
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
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ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
phone
Phone Number
+32 25282828
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Sun: 06: 15 - 22: 00
Public transit options for Brussels-Central
Metro lines: 1, 5
Train lines: IC, Intercity Direct 9200, RER (S1, S2, S3, S6, S8, S10)
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Brussels National AirportATMAccessibility
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Brussels-LuxembourgParkingATMTaxisAccessibility
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Brussels CongressParkingATMTaxisAccessibility
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Brussels-ChapelParkingATMTaxis
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Brussels WestATMAccessibility
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