The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Charleroi to Cologne is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid traveling at rush hour.
Find all the dates and times for this journey
2 h 51 m
2 h 54 m
Trains per day
It's difficult to get from Charleroi to Cologne without transferring at least once.
|Distance||115 miles (185 km)|
|Average train duration||3 h 3 min|
|Average train ticket price||$47 (€40)|
|Train frequency||3 a day|
|Train providers||Deutsche Bahn, Thalys or Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)|
Trains from Charleroi to Cologne cover the 115 miles (185 km) long trip taking on average 3 h 3 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn, Thalys or Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB). Normally, there are 3 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around $47 (€40), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $33 (€28). Travelers depart most frequently from Charleroi-Sud and arrive in Köln Hbf.
For as little as $33 (€28) you can travel by train to Cologne from Charleroi with Deutsche Bahn, Thalys and SNCB. Omio will show you the best deals, schedules and tickets available for this route.
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 Charleroi 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.
Thalys is a French-Belgian high-speed train company that connects the main capital cities. For your next train from Charleroi to Cologne with Thalys, you can choose from these different ticket fares: Standard Mini, Standard, Comfort and Premium.
It’s easy to book your Thalys train ticket between Charleroi and Cologne online with Omio! Simply check the current Thalys train schedules for your ideal departure and arrival times, compare the best route from Charleroi to Cologne as well as relevant travel information (such as baggage allowance and amenities offered onboard) for that train and book cheap Thalys train tickets online. Prices for Thalys trains to Cologne from Charleroi start at $48 (€42) one-way if you book in advance, and you can expect to travel around 115 miles (185 km). If you search for Thalys trains in the Omio app, you can check straight away if the Thalys tickets are mobile tickets, which makes it easier than ever to go paperless when traveling by train to Cologne from Charleroi. Let Omio do all the work for you finding the best Charleroi to Cologne Thalys train ticket so you can enjoy a smooth and comfortable journey!
SNCB is Belgium's main train company and offers First class or Second class tickets for your train from Charleroi to Cologne.
SNCB tickets to Cologne from Charleroi are available online on Omio. We help you compare and book your perfect trip with SNCB between Charleroi and Cologne all in one place. If you’re specifically looking for the cheapest, fastest or earliest train, you can find all the current SNCB train schedules and train tickets available on Omio for the 115 miles (185 km) journey. You can also see relevant travel information for the SNCB train, such as baggage allowance and amenities onboard depending on the class fare. Search for your ideal departure and arrival times for this train, compare the fastest Charleroi to Cologne routes as well as the cheapest ticket prices available, and buy the best SNCB Charleroi to Cologne train ticket that fits your needs. If you purchase tickets in the Omio app, you can quickly see if the SNCB train ticket is available as a mobile ticket, which makes it easy for you to travel paperless. You’ll then be ready to embark on your smooth and relaxing journey to Cologne with SNCB!
Train information from Charleroi to Cologne with SNCB:
Travel between Charleroi, Belgium and Cologne, Germany by train is: Unrestricted.
International entry status: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Belgium
Conditions of entry:
All travelers in Germany must observe these coronavirus safety measures:
The information above was last checked on 1/24/23. Remember to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train to Cologne from Charleroi as this information can change.
Return travel from Germany to Belgium is: Unrestricted.
Entry into Belgium is allowed for: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Germany
Requirements for reentering:
The government of Belgium has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
Last checked on 1/9/23. Please check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations closer to the travel date of your train to Charleroi from Cologne.
When taking a train from Charleroi, you have a couple of train stations you can depart from including Charleroi-Sud, Charleroi-Ouest and Charleroi, Marchienne-Au-Pont Est. 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 Charleroi-Sud to Köln Hbf.
Passengers board the train most frequently from Charleroi-Sud, which is located around 1.2 miles (2 km) away from the city center, and they get off the train at Köln Hbf, located 1.1 miles (1.7 km) away from the city center.
Here are some other resources that might have the information you need