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 $ 35.
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1 h 50 m
2 h 11 m
Trains per day
Of the 10 trains that leave Brussels for Cologne every day 2 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 2 h 11 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 1 h 50 m .
The slowest trains will take 4 h 48 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.
|Distance||113 miles (182 km)|
|Average train duration||1 h 51 min|
|Average train ticket price||$36 (€29)|
|Train frequency||10 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 10 direct trains a day|
|Train companies||Deutsche Bahn or Thalys|
Trains from Brussels to Cologne cover the 113 miles (182 km) long trip taking on average 1 h 51 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 $24 (€19), but the average price of train tickets is $36 (€29). Travelers depart most frequently from Bruxelles-Midi and arrive in Köln Hbf.
Travel from Brussels to Cologne from $24 (€19) with Omio’s train partners Deutsche Bahn and Thalys! You can find the best schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the most popular journey for you.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) is the main provider of train 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 train between Brussels and Cologne. DB uses different types of trains 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 trains.
Deutsche Bahn 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 between Brussels, Belgium and Cologne, Germany by train is: Partially open.
International entry status: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Belgium
Conditions of entry:
When traveling in Germany, you must follow these COVID-19 safety rules:
The information above was last checked on 9/23/21. This can change before your date of travel so please review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train between Brussels and Cologne before traveling.
The current restriction level for your return trip by train from Cologne to Brussels is: Partially open
Reentry to Belgium is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany
What are the requirements?
The government of Belgium has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
Last checked on 9/22/21. 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.
There are a few train stations in Brussels to start your trip from including Bruxelles-Midi, Bruxelles-Central and Brussels-Nord. In Cologne you have a few train station options to choose from for your arrival including Köln Hbf, Köln Messe/Deutz and Köln/Bonn Flughafen.
Omio customers traveling this route depart most frequently from Bruxelles-Midi and arrive in Köln Hbf.
The most popular departure train station with passengers for this trip, called Bruxelles-Midi, is located 1 mile (s) / 1 km from the city center of Brussels.
The most popular arrival train station, Köln Hbf, is located 1 mile (s) / 1 km away from the city center of Cologne.
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