Brussels to Cologne train

Cheap train tickets from Brussels to Cologne

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Cheapest

46

Average

62

The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Brussels to Cologne is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

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06:25AMBrussels-Midi2h03 08:28AMCologne Hbf
1 transfer
461One-way
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04:25PMBrussels-Midi1h55 06:20PMCologne Hbf
1 transfer
521One-way
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06:25PMBrussels-Midi1h54 08:19PMCologne Hbf
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521One-way
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02:25PMBrussels-Midi1h55 04:20PMCologne Hbf
1 transfer
521One-way
12:25PMBrussels-Midi1h55 02:20PMCologne Hbf
1 transfer
561One-way

Train schedule from Brussels to Cologne

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06:25AMBrussels-Midi2h03 08:28AMCologne Hbf
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09:25AMBrussels-Midi1h50 11:15AMCologne Hbf
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11:25AMBrussels-Midi1h51 01:16PMCologne 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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05:25PMBrussels-Midi1h50 07:15PMCologne Hbf
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06:25PMBrussels-Midi1h54 08:19PMCologne Hbf
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07:25PMBrussels-Midi1h50 09:15PMCologne Hbf
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Fastest train times from Brussels to Cologne

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Fastest Journey

1 h 50 m

Average

1 h 53 m

Trains per day

10

Distance

183 km

Of the 10 trains that leave Brussels for Cologne every day 5 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

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01:25PMBrussels-Midi1h50 03:15PMCologne Hbf
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721One-way
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05:25PMBrussels-Midi1h50 07:15PMCologne Hbf
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721One-way
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07:25PMBrussels-Midi1h50 09:15PMCologne Hbf
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721One-way
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09:25AMBrussels-Midi1h50 11:15AMCologne Hbf
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721One-way
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11:25AMBrussels-Midi1h51 01:16PMCologne Hbf
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721One-way

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Overview: Train from Brussels to Cologne

distanceDistance113 miles (182 km)
durationAverage train duration1 h 48 min
priceAverage train ticket price$14 (€12)
frequencyTrain frequency3 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 3 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersThalys, Deutsche Bahn with connection, SNCB, Deutsche Bahn or SNCB | Euronight

Trains from Brussels to Cologne cover the 113 miles (182 km) long journey taking on average 1 h 48 min with our travel partners like Thalys, Deutsche Bahn with connection, SNCB, Deutsche Bahn or SNCB | Euronight. Normally, there are 3 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around $14 (€12), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $1 (€1). Travelers depart most frequently from Bruxelles-Midi and arrive in Köln Hbf.

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

Travel from Brussels to Cologne on Thalys, SNCB and Deutsche Bahn trains with Omio. When comparing schedules and tickets, we will also show you other options with multiple connections or other travel modes if they’re available.

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SNCB
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 from Brussels to 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.

Train information from Brussels to Cologne with Deutsche Bahn:

  • Average Duration: 1 h 56 min
  • Deutsche Bahn frequency: 6 a day

SNCB is Belgium's main train company and offers First class or Second class tickets for your train between Brussels and Cologne.

Enjoy a smooth and easy journey between Brussels and Cologne with SNCB! As an official travel partner of SNCB, Omio can help you search current train schedules and timetables from SNCB, compare the best routes between Brussels and Cologne as well as the class fares available for this route (including information on baggage allowance and amenities provided onboard), and buy the most affordable SNCB Brussels to Cologne train ticket available today. If you search for SNCB tickets in the Omio app, you can also see if they are mobile tickets so that you can travel paperless rather than needing to wait in a line at the train station in person to purchase tickets. Once you find your ideal route, book your one-way train between Brussels and Cologne on Omio or in the Omio app in just a few simple steps. You can then sit back and enjoy the 113 miles (182 km) route to Cologne from Brussels with ease and comfort on a train with SNCB.

SNCB from Brussels to Cologne train information:

  • Average Duration: 3 h 1 min
  • SNCB frequency: 1 a day

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

Looking for trains between Brussels and Cologne? Thalys is one of the best companies to travel with on the 113 miles (182 km) trip from Brussels to Cologne. As an official travel partner of Thalys, Omio quickly shows you the latest Thalys train schedules and timetables, tickets and offers (such as baggage allowance and amenities provided onboard), travel information, and prices so that you can check for ideal departure and arrival times, compare the fastest Brussels to Cologne routes, find the best amenities to make your trip smooth and easy, and buy the most affordable Thalys train tickets that fit your budget. 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’re ready, book your Brussels - Cologne train now on Omio quickly and easily and enjoy your upcoming trip with Thalys!

    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 Tips: 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

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

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

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

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

    Conditions of entry:

    • There are no current restrictions

    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 11/6/22. This can change before your date of travel so please review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your train from Brussels to Cologne before traveling.

    Return travel from Germany to Belgium is: Unrestricted.

    Are there any international entry restrictions on returning to Brussels from Cologne?

    Entry into Belgium is allowed for: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Germany

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

    Requirements for reentering:

    • There are no current restrictions

    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 requirement: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
    • Face mask requirement: Recommended

    Last checked on 11/17/22. Please check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   closer to the travel date of your train to Brussels from Cologne.

    Looking to save money on your journey? Omio customers have found the cheapest train to Cologne from Brussels for the next 7 days starting from $1 (€1)  one way.
    The train price to Cologne from Brussels is on average $14 (€12)  if you are looking to purchase your tickets for this trip in the next 7 days.
    When traveling this route you should expect the distance between Brussels and Cologne by train to be approximately 113 miles (182 km).
    The train time to Cologne from Brussels is on average 1 h 48 min  for the 113 miles (182 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go between Brussels and Cologne by train can vary depending on specific dates or traveling on weekends and holidays.

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

    Omio customers book a train from Bruxelles-Midi   to Köln Hbf   most frequently for this route.

    Passengers board their train most frequently from Bruxelles-Midi and travel around 2 miles (3.2 km) from the city center to this train station.

    Passengers traveling this route most often arrive at Köln Hbf and need to travel approximately 1.1 miles (1.7 km) from the train station to the city center in Cologne.

    Take the Brussels to Cologne train with Thalys, Deutsche Bahn with connection, SNCB, Deutsche Bahn or SNCB | Euronight. However, it's always good to check out all possible train providers for the journey from Brussels to Cologne as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
    Yes, there are 3 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.
    The average number of trains departing Brussels for Cologne is 3 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
    The earliest train departing from Brussels to Cologne leaves at 5: 23 AM. The last train departing from Brussels to Cologne leaves at 5: 23 AM. You can find the latest Brussels to Cologne train schedule on Omio and book the best time to leave for your journey on your chosen travel date.
    The price of a one way train ticket from Brussels to Cologne is on average $14 (€12) if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend booking tickets before your planned travel date to find the best prices for trains from all possible train companies offering this journey. In general, you can find train tickets from Brussels to Cologne available a few months in advance.

    Important Stations and Airports in Brussels and Cologne

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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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    Mon - Sun: 06: 15 - 22: 00
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    Metro lines: 1, 5
    Train lines: IC, Intercity Direct 9200, RER (S1, S2, S3, S6, S8, S10)

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