The cheapest trains from Brussels to Cologne

Showing times and prices for Sep 25

Cheapest

$35

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 $ 35.

Cheapest
06:25PMBrussels-Midi1h55 08:20PMCologne Hbf
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$351One-way
2nd Cheapest
04:25PMBrussels-Midi1h55 06:20PMCologne Hbf
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$371One-way
02:25PMBrussels-Midi1h55 04:20PMCologne Hbf
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$401One-way
12:25PMBrussels-Midi1h55 02:20PMCologne Hbf
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$401One-way
06:24AMBrussels-Midi1h56 08:20AMCologne Hbf
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$471One-way

Timetable Brussels to Cologne

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06:24AMBrussels-Midi1h56 08:20AMCologne Hbf
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08:25AMBrussels-Midi1h55 10:20AMCologne Hbf
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09:25AMBrussels-Midi1h51 11:16AMCologne Hbf
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10:25AMBrussels-Midi1h55 12:20PMCologne Hbf
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12:25PMBrussels-Midi1h55 02:20PMCologne Hbf
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01:25PMBrussels-Midi1h50 03:15PMCologne Hbf
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02:25PMBrussels-Midi1h55 04:20PMCologne Hbf
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04:25PMBrussels-Midi1h55 06:20PMCologne Hbf
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06:25PMBrussels-Midi1h55 08:20PMCologne Hbf
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06:56PMBrussels-Midi4h48 11:44PMCologne Hbf
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Fri
Sep 24
$56Deutsche Bahn
$17Flixbus
Sat
Sep 25
$35Deutsche Bahn
$21Flixbus
Sun
Sep 26
$24Deutsche Bahn
$17Flixbus
Mon
Sep 27
$35Deutsche Bahn
$17Flixbus
Tue
Sep 28
$32Deutsche Bahn
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Wed
Sep 29
$32Deutsche Bahn
$17Flixbus
Thu
Sep 30
$32Deutsche Bahn
$22Union Ivkoni International
Fri
Oct 1
$32Deutsche Bahn
$17Flixbus
Sat
Oct 2
$32Deutsche Bahn
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Sun
Oct 3
$32Deutsche Bahn
$22Union Ivkoni International
Mon
Oct 4
$32Deutsche Bahn
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Tue
Oct 5
$24Deutsche Bahn
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Wed
Oct 6
$24Deutsche Bahn
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Thu
Oct 7
$24Deutsche Bahn
$22Union Ivkoni International
Fri
Oct 8
$32Deutsche Bahn
$17Flixbus
Sat
Oct 9
$32Deutsche Bahn
$12Flixbus
Sun
Oct 10
$24Deutsche Bahn
$17Flixbus
Mon
Oct 11
$32Deutsche Bahn
$12Flixbus
Tue
Oct 12
$24Deutsche Bahn
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Wed
Oct 13
$32Deutsche Bahn
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Oct 14
$24Deutsche Bahn
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The fastest trains from Brussels to Cologne

Showing times and prices for Sep 25

Fastest Journey

1 h 50 m

Average

2 h 11 m

Trains per day

10

Distance

183 km

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.

Fastest
01:25PMBrussels-Midi1h50 03:15PMCologne Hbf
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$821One-way
2nd Fastest
09:25AMBrussels-Midi1h51 11:16AMCologne Hbf
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$821One-way
10:25AMBrussels-Midi1h55 12:20PMCologne Hbf
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$471One-way
08:25AMBrussels-Midi1h55 10:20AMCologne Hbf
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$471One-way
02:25PMBrussels-Midi1h55 04:20PMCologne Hbf
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$401One-way

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Train Information from Brussels to Cologne

distanceDistance113 miles (182 km)
durationAverage train duration1 h 51 min
priceAverage train ticket price$36 (€29)
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 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.

Train companies

Deutsche Bahn and Thalys trains between Brussels and Cologne

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.

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Thalys

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:

    • Normal conditions apply
    • Cashless payments recommended
    • Online booking and check-in recommended

    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 COVID-19 travel safety information and restrictions should I be aware of for my train from Brussels to Cologne?

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

    What is the status of international entry into Germany from Belgium?

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

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

    Conditions of entry:

    • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
    • Pre-arrival health declaration
    • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
    • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival

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

    When traveling in Germany, you must follow these COVID-19 safety rules:

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

    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.

    What COVID restrictions are there for my return journey by train to Brussels, 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?

    • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
    • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
    • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition for subsequent release from quarantine. It is tested in quarantine on days 1 and 7
    • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
    • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing

    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 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.

    How much are cheap trains from Brussels to Cologne?
    Looking to save money on your trip? Omio customers have found the cheapest train to Cologne from Brussels for the next 7 days starting from $24 (€19)  one way.
    How much does it cost to take a train from Brussels to Cologne?
    If you’re looking to book your train tickets in the next week, you can expect the Brussels to Cologne train price to come in at an average of $36 (€29)  one way.
    How far is it from Brussels to Cologne by train?
    The distance to Cologne from Brussels by train is approximately 113 miles (182 km).
    What is the Brussels to Cologne train travel time?
    On average the Brussels to Cologne train time is 1 h 51 min  covering the 113 miles (182 km) long trip, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or traveling on weekends and holidays.
    When traveling by train from Brussels to Cologne, which train station in Brussels do I depart from and which train station in Cologne do I arrive in?

    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.

    Where is the train station in Brussels to go to Cologne? Where is the train station in Cologne located?

    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.

    What train companies go from Brussels to Cologne?
    When taking a train from Brussels to Cologne, you can count on Deutsche Bahn or Thalys for the best way to get you to Cologne. You can also check all possible train companies who offer a service from Brussels to Cologne and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.
    Is there a direct train from Brussels to Cologne?
    Yes, there are 10 direct trains per day from Brussels to Cologne. You can look to travel with Thalys  without needing to transfer at another stop in between. Taking a direct train tends to save you time getting you to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to this when booking a ticket for this trip.
    How many train services are there between Brussels and Cologne a day?
    The average number of trains departing Brussels for Cologne is 10 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
    What time is the earliest train from Brussels to Cologne? What time is the last train from Brussels to Cologne?
    The earliest train for this route departs from Brussels at 6: 23 AM. The last train leaves from Brussels at 4: 25 PM. Check Omio for the latest train schedule from Brussels to Cologne and book the best time to depart on your chosen travel date.
    How far in advance should I buy a train ticket from Brussels to Cologne to get the best deals?
    If you purchase a train ticket from Brussels to Cologne within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average $36 (€29) one way. However, we recommend booking your train in advance to get access to the best prices. Train tickets to Cologne from Brussels are generally on sale a few months before the planned departure date.
    Stations

    Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

    Brussels
    Cologne
    Bruxelles-Central
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    WC

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
    This station is within walking distance of the city centre and is connected to other parts of the city by public transport.<br>Metro lines 1, 3, 4, 5<br>Suburban train lines S1, S2, S5, S7, S9
    How long does it take to get from the train station to the city centre?
    This station is a 5-10 minute walk from the city centre.
    Bruxelles-Midi
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    Bruxelles-Nord
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