Cheap train tickets from Brussels to Cologne

Showing times and prices for Jan 26

Cheapest

$42

Average

$51

The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

The average ticket from Brussels to Cologne will cost around $ 51 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 42.

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06:25PMBrussels-Midi1h50 08:15PMCologne Hbf
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$421One-way
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04:22PMBrussels-Midi1h54 06:16PMCologne Hbf
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$501One-way
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06:25AMBrussels-Midi1h51 08:16AMCologne Hbf
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$501One-way
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02:25PMBrussels-Midi1h50 04:15PMCologne Hbf
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$501One-way
10:25AMBrussels-Midi1h50 12:15PMCologne Hbf
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$561One-way

Train schedule from Brussels to Cologne

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06:25AMBrussels-Midi1h51 08:16AMCologne Hbf
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08:23AMBrussels-Midi1h52 10:15AMCologne Hbf
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10:25AMBrussels-Midi1h50 12:15PMCologne Hbf
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12:25PMBrussels-Midi1h50 02:15PMCologne Hbf
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02:25PMBrussels-Midi1h50 04:15PMCologne Hbf
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04:22PMBrussels-Midi1h54 06:16PMCologne Hbf
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06:25PMBrussels-Midi1h50 08:15PMCologne Hbf
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Jan 27
$36Deutsche Bahn
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Fri
Jan 28
$38Deutsche Bahn
$17Flixbus
Sat
Jan 29
$33Deutsche Bahn
$17BlaBlaCar Bus
Sun
Jan 30
$33Deutsche Bahn
$12Flixbus
Mon
Jan 31
$33Deutsche Bahn
$12BlaBlaCar Bus
Tue
Feb 1
$33Deutsche Bahn
$12Flixbus
Wed
Feb 2
$29Deutsche Bahn
$12BlaBlaCar Bus
Thu
Feb 3
$29Deutsche Bahn
$12BlaBlaCar Bus
Fri
Feb 4
$36Deutsche Bahn
$12BlaBlaCar Bus
Sat
Feb 5
$36Deutsche Bahn
$17BlaBlaCar Bus
Sun
Feb 6
$33Deutsche Bahn
$12Flixbus
Mon
Feb 7
$33Deutsche Bahn
$12BlaBlaCar Bus
Tue
Feb 8
$19Thalys
$12Flixbus
Wed
Feb 9
$24Deutsche Bahn
$12Flixbus
Thu
Feb 10
$19Thalys
$12BlaBlaCar Bus
Fri
Feb 11
$29Deutsche Bahn
$12BlaBlaCar Bus
Sat
Feb 12
$24Deutsche Bahn
$12BlaBlaCar Bus
Sun
Feb 13
$24Deutsche Bahn
$12BlaBlaCar Bus
Mon
Feb 14
$24Deutsche Bahn
$12Flixbus

Fastest train times from Brussels to Cologne

Showing times and prices for Jan 26

Fastest Journey

1 h 50 m

Average

1 h 51 m

Trains per day

7

Distance

183 km

Of the 7 trains that leave Brussels for Cologne every day 7 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

These direct trains cover the 183 km distance in an average of 1 h 51 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 1 h 50 m .

The slowest trains will take 1 h 54 m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.

Fastest
10:25AMBrussels-Midi1h50 12:15PMCologne Hbf
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$561One-way
Fastest
06:25PMBrussels-Midi1h50 08:15PMCologne Hbf
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$421One-way
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12:25PMBrussels-Midi1h50 02:15PMCologne Hbf
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$561One-way
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02:25PMBrussels-Midi1h50 04:15PMCologne Hbf
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$501One-way
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06:25AMBrussels-Midi1h51 08:16AMCologne Hbf
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$501One-way

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Overview: Train from Brussels to Cologne

distanceDistance113 miles (182 km)
durationAverage train duration1 h 50 min
priceAverage train ticket price$39 (€32)
frequencyTrain frequency10 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 10 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesDeutsche Bahn or Thalys

Trains from Brussels to Cologne cover the 113 miles (182 km) long route taking on average 1 h 50 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn or Thalys. Normally, there are 10 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this route for as low as $33 (€28), but the average price of train tickets is $39 (€32). Travelers depart most frequently from Bruxelles-Midi and arrive in Köln Hbf.

Train providers: Thalys and Deutsche Bahn from Brussels to Cologne trains

For as little as $33 (€28) you can travel by train to Cologne from Brussels with Thalys and Deutsche Bahn. Omio will show you the best deals, schedules and tickets available for this journey.

Thalys
Deutsche Bahn

Thalys is a French-Belgian high-speed train company that connects the main capital cities. For your next train to Cologne from Brussels with Thalys, you can choose from these different ticket fares: Standard Mini, Standard, Comfort and Premium.

Are you making plans to travel between Brussels and Cologne? Why not take a train with Thalys? Omio can show you current Thalys train times, tickets, travel information (such as baggage allowance and amenities offered onboard) and prices so you can find the best deals on Brussels to Cologne trains all in one place. On the Thalys train, you can expect to travel 113 miles (182 km) to Cologne from Brussels. If you use the Omio app to search for trains between Brussels and Cologne, you can quickly see if the Thalys ticket is a mobile ticket, making it easy for you to go paperless when taking a train. Once you have found your perfect one-way Thalys train from Brussels to Cologne, book your cheap train tickets online on Omio or in the Omio app quickly and easily so you can spend the rest of your time enjoying your upcoming trip!

    Thalys has the following ticket policies due to COVID-19, which you should be aware of when booking and traveling by train from Brussels to Cologne:

    • Cashless payments recommended
    • Online booking and check-in recommended
    • Pre-reservation / seat allocation
    • Verification of ticket with valid ID
    • Exceptions to waive change or cancellation fees policy
    • If a ticket is nonrefundable, a Thalys e-voucher can still be issued for a 15€ fee to passengers requesting a refund up to 30 days after the departure date.

    Trains from Brussels to Cologne

    Taking the train from Brussels to Cologne is one of the most convenient ways to travel this route. Two rail providers, Deutsche Bahn and Thalys, share the Brussels to Cologne route, offering over 30 trains per day. Passengers can expect a journey time of around one hour 50 minutes when traveling direct with either Deutsche Bahn or Thalys.

    Brussels to Cologne Train Time: Daily Departures

    There are two train options passengers can use for their travel by train from Brussels to Cologne, giving them plenty of departure times to choose from. The daily trains on this route leave from Brussels-Midi station and arrive at either Cologne Hbf station or the Cologne Messe/Deutz station. The first train usually departs at around 6:00 a.m. and the last one leaves at around 9:00 p.m.

     How long is the journey by train from Brussels to Cologne?

    The route from Brussels to Cologne is not a long one. Passengers can expect a journey time of just one hour 50 minutes when traveling on a direct service. Passengers will arrive in the center of Cologne. The fastest indirect option is offered by Thalys taking just two hours 20 minutes changing at Liège-Guillemins. Though some indirect routes can take upwards of five hours.

    What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Brussels to Cologne?

    Departure train station: When departing from Brussels passengers will leave from Brussels-Midi station. The station is located near the heart of the city, just over a mile (two km) from the city center. Travelers may reach the station by train in just 7 minutes. The train station is fully equipped with public bathrooms, shops, cafes, as well as restaurants.

    Arrival train station: When passengers arrive in Cologne the train will arrive at either Cologne Hbf station or Cologne Messe/Deutz station. The Cologne Hbf station is located just over a mile (two km) away from the city center and can be accessed in 15 minutes with the tram. The Cologne Messe/Deutz station is located slightly under two miles (three km) away from the city center, approximately 17 minutes on the local tram. Both train stations are complete with cafes, restaurants, public bathrooms, and shops.

    Which train companies travel from Brussels to Cologne?

    Passengers will be able to decide between two train companies for their journey by train from Brussels to Cologne. The train companies available are Deutsche Bahn and Thalys. These train companies provide modern, fast, and reliable trains for the route between these two cities. These companies offer over 33 daily trains which depart from morning to evening. 

    Deutsche Bahn Brussels to Cologne

    Deutsche Bahn train company services around 24 trains for the route from Brussels to Cologne. Deutsche Bahn provides direct trains as well as trains with multiple connections to arrive in Cologne. The average total travel time with Deutsche Bahn is of one hour and 50 minutes. Deutsche Bahn has at least one train leaving at every hour from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

    Thalys Brussels to Cologne

    The Thalys train company provides nine daily trains for the route from Brussels to Cologne. This company offers high-speed trains and therefore has, in general, the shortest travel time. All the trains serviced by Thalys on this route are direct or require only one transfer. Trains depart almost every hour from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. but only arrive at the Cologne Hbf station. 

    Brussels to Cologne Trains: Services on Board

    Traveling with either Deutsche Bahn or Thalys will give passengers the chance to choose between purchasing a first or second class fare. For passengers with limited mobility traveling with Thalys, it is suggested that if help onboard is needed, to make the request for assistance at least 48 hours before departure. Deutsche Bahn also offers full assistance for passengers with limited mobility, the request must be made 24 hours prior to departure or 48 hours prior if traveling outside of Germany.  In terms of luggage, Thalys passengers are allowed to only bring one small bag and two suitcases, on the other hand, Deutsche Bahn passengers will have no luggage restriction. You can travel with small pets of under 22 pounds (10 kg) on Deutsche Bahn trains and under 14 pounds (6 kg) on Thalys trains free of charge. Bikes may also be brought on both trains, as far as they are foldable or dissembled.

    How to find cheap train tickets from Brussels to Cologne?

    Booking train tickets can be quite an expensive endeavor, travelers that wish to save money on their train tickets from Brussels to Cologne are advised to follow a few simple steps. It is important to make sure that the tickets are booked well ahead of the departure date to find the best prices. Moreover, by not remaining too set on a specific date or time travelers will be able to find the best offers. Using the Omio app and website, travelers can then browse routes and ticket prices filtered by their important details, such as distance, number of connections, and so on.

    Travel Tips: Trains from Brussels to Cologne

    Travel by train 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

    What are the travel restrictions for Cologne, Germany if I'm coming from Brussels, Belgium by train?

    Travel by train between Brussels, Belgium and Cologne, Germany is: Partially open.

    Is international entry into Cologne from Brussels restricted?

    International entry is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Belgium

    Do I need to quarantine on arrival in Germany from Brussels?

    Entry Requirements:

    • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
    • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from compulsory quarantine
    • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from compulsory quarantine (certificate needed)
    • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 5 in quarantine
    • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival
    • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state

    What are the safety rules to follow in Cologne, Germany?

    The government of Germany has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

    • Physical distance required: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
    • Face mask required: Mandatory

    The above information was last checked on 1/24/22. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train to Cologne from Brussels closer to your date of departure here

    What restrictions are there on reentering Belgium from Cologne, Germany?

    The current restriction level for your return trip by train from Cologne to Brussels is: Partially open

    Are there any international entry restrictions on returning to Belgium from Germany?

    Reentry to Belgium is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany

    Do I need to quarantine on arrival in Belgium from Cologne?

    What are the requirements?

    • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
    • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
    • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition for subsequent release from quarantine. It is tested in quarantine on days 1 and 7
    • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
    • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)

    What are the safety rules to follow in Brussels, Belgium?

    The government of Belgium has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

    • Physical distance: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
    • Face mask: Mandatory

    Last checked on 1/24/22. 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 train to Brussels from Cologne here.

    How much are cheap trains between Brussels and Cologne?

    Train tickets from Brussels to Cologne for some dates and times can be found for as cheap as $33 (€28)  one way in the next 7 days.

    What is the cost of a train between Brussels and Cologne?

    The train price between Brussels and Cologne is on average $39 (€32)  if you are looking to buy your tickets for this trip in the next 7 days.

    How far is it from Brussels to Cologne by train?

    The distance to Cologne from Brussels by train is approximately 113 miles (182 km).

    How long is the train ride to Cologne from Brussels?

    While the time it takes to travel 113 miles (182 km) to Cologne from Brussels can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays, the Brussels to Cologne train journey time is on average 1 h 50 min.

    What is the departure train station in Brussels and arrival train station in Cologne?

    When taking a train from Brussels, you have a couple of train stations you can depart from including Bruxelles-Midi, Bruxelles-Central and Brussels-Nord. When you arrive in Cologne, your train can arrive in train stations including Köln Hbf, Köln Messe/Deutz and Köln/Bonn Flughafen.

    Omio customers traveling this route book their trains from Bruxelles-Midi   to Köln Hbf.

    Where is the Brussels train station located? Where is the Cologne train station located?

    Passengers booking this trip most frequently board their trains from Bruxelles-Midi and need to travel around 1.1 miles (1.8 km) from the city center to get to this train station.

    Passengers arriving in Cologne most often arrive at Köln Hbf and need to travel around 0.7 miles (1.2 km) from this train station to the city center.

    Which train companies can take me to Cologne from Brussels?

    For the best Brussels to Cologne train to purchase, you can travel safely and comfortably with Deutsche Bahn or Thalys. However, it's always good to check all possible train providers with services between Brussels and Cologne to compare what amenities they may offer.

    How many trains per day are there from Brussels to Cologne?

    On average, there are 10 trains a day from Brussels to Cologne. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.

    When is the earliest train from Brussels to Cologne? When is the last train from Brussels to Cologne?

    You can take the earliest train from Brussels to Cologne at 5: 25 AM   or take the last train from Brussels to Cologne leaving at 7: 25 PM. Look for the latest Brussels to Cologne train schedules on Omio and book the best time to take the train for this route.

    When should I purchase the Brussels to Cologne train for the best deals on tickets?

    If you buy a train ticket from Brussels to Cologne within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average $39 (€32) one way. However, we recommend booking your train in advance to get access to the best prices. Train tickets from Brussels to Cologne are generally on sale a few months before the planned departure date.

    Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

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    Bruxelles-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.
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    Metro lines: 1, 5
    Train lines: IC, Intercity Direct 9200, RER (S1, S2, S3, S6, S8, S10)