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The cheapest trains from Cologne to Brussels

Showing times and prices for Jul 25

Cheapest

$40

Average

$54

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 Cologne to Brussels will cost around $ 54 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 40.

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09:43PMCologne Hbf1h52 11:35PMBrussels-Midi
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09:42AMCologne Hbf1h53 11:35AMBrussels-Midi
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07:42AMCologne Hbf1h53 09:35AMBrussels-Midi
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$471One-way
11:43AMCologne Hbf1h52 01:35PMBrussels-Midi
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$521One-way
07:43PMCologne Hbf1h52 09:35PMBrussels-Midi
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Timetable Cologne to Brussels

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06:22AMCologne Hbf3h43 10:05AMBrussels-Midi
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07:20AMCologne Hbf3h40 11:00AMBrussels-Midi
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07:42AMCologne Hbf1h53 09:35AMBrussels-Midi
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08:18AMCologne Hbf3h42 12:00PMBrussels-Midi
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09:42AMCologne Hbf1h53 11:35AMBrussels-Midi
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09:47AMCologne Hbf3h13 01:00PMBrussels-Midi
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10:47AMCologne Hbf3h13 02:00PMBrussels-Midi
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11:43AMCologne Hbf1h52 01:35PMBrussels-Midi
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11:47AMCologne Hbf3h13 03:00PMBrussels-Midi
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12:47PMCologne Hbf3h13 04:00PMBrussels-Midi
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01:43PMCologne Hbf1h52 03:35PMBrussels-Midi
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02:47PMCologne Hbf3h13 06:00PMBrussels-Midi
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03:43PMCologne Hbf1h52 05:35PMBrussels-Midi
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03:50PMCologne Hbf3h10 07:00PMBrussels-Midi
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04:47PMCologne Hbf3h13 08:00PMBrussels-Midi
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05:43PMCologne Hbf1h52 07:35PMBrussels-Midi
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05:46PMCologne Hbf3h14 09:00PMBrussels-Midi
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06:48PMCologne Hbf3h12 10:00PMBrussels-Midi
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07:43PMCologne Hbf1h52 09:35PMBrussels-Midi
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07:46PMCologne Hbf3h14 11:00PMBrussels-Midi
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08:47PMCologne Hbf3h40 12:27AMBrussels-Midi
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09:43PMCologne Hbf1h52 11:35PMBrussels-Midi
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Sat
Jul 24
$56Deutsche Bahn
$21Flixbus
Sun
Jul 25
$40Deutsche Bahn
$17Flixbus
Mon
Jul 26
$29Thalys
$17Flixbus
Tue
Jul 27
$35Deutsche Bahn
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Jul 28
$35Deutsche Bahn
$25Flixbus
Thu
Jul 29
$32Deutsche Bahn
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Jul 30
$37Deutsche Bahn
$17Flixbus
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Jul 31
$32Deutsche Bahn
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Aug 1
$32Deutsche Bahn
$17Flixbus
Mon
Aug 2
$35Deutsche Bahn
$17Flixbus
Tue
Aug 3
$32Deutsche Bahn
$28Flixbus
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Aug 4
$32Deutsche Bahn
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Aug 5
$32Deutsche Bahn
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Fri
Aug 6
$32Deutsche Bahn
$17Flixbus
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Aug 7
$32Deutsche Bahn
$17Flixbus
Sun
Aug 8
$24Deutsche Bahn
$17Flixbus
Mon
Aug 9
$24Deutsche Bahn
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Tue
Aug 10
$20Thalys
$25Flixbus
Wed
Aug 11
$24Deutsche Bahn
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Thu
Aug 12
$24Deutsche Bahn
$17Flixbus
Fri
Aug 13
$32Deutsche Bahn
$17Flixbus

The fastest trains from Cologne to Brussels

Showing times and prices for Jul 25

Fastest Journey

1 h 52 m

Average

2 h 48 m

Trains per day

22

Distance

183 km

Of the 22 trains that leave Cologne for Brussels every day 8 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 48 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 1 h 52 m .

The slowest trains will take 3 h 43 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
11:43AMCologne Hbf1h52 01:35PMBrussels-Midi
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$521One-way
Fastest
07:43PMCologne Hbf1h52 09:35PMBrussels-Midi
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$521One-way
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01:43PMCologne Hbf1h52 03:35PMBrussels-Midi
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$601One-way
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09:43PMCologne Hbf1h52 11:35PMBrussels-Midi
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$401One-way
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03:43PMCologne Hbf1h52 05:35PMBrussels-Midi
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$601One-way

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Thalys and Deutsche Bahn Cologne – Brussels

Buy your official Thalys and Deutsche Bahn train tickets from Cologne to Brussels from $29 (€24) with Omio. Find train times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies to compare and book the most popular route.

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

Book your Thalys Cologne to Brussels train with Omio and enjoy a smooth and relaxing journey! Check Thalys’s up-to-date train schedules for the ideal departure and arrival times, compare the fastest Cologne to Brussels routes as well as the amenities offered in the class fare you choose and buy the most affordable Thalys train tickets online that fit your budget. The distance between Cologne and Brussels is 113 miles (182 km), and the best price for a one-way Cologne - Brussels Thalys train ticket starts at $29 (€24) if you book in advance. If you would rather search for your Thalys ticket in the Omio app, you can quickly see if it's a mobile ticket so that you can go paperless when traveling by train. Waiting in a line at the train station to purchase your train ticket will become yesterday's news. So, book your train tickets online quickly and easily and enjoy your trip with Thalys!

Thalys has updated its ticket policies due to the coronavirus. Keep these in mind when booking your Thalys tickets from Cologne to Brussels and when traveling by train:

  • 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 Cologne to Brussels

Passengers wishing to visit the Belgian capital from Cologne will find rail travel a great choice. Frequent, direct departures leave the German city, heading for Brussels, with journey times of under two hours. Passengers can expect 11 direct departures, with over a dozen indirect services, though these can take closer to 9 hours. All trains depart from Cologne Hbf and arrive at Brussels-Midi Station, with departures spread throughout the day giving travelers flexibility when making plans.

Which train companies travel from Cologne to Brussels?

Two main providers offer routes from Cologne to Brussels. German-owned Deutsche Bahn (DB) and high-speed service Thalys share the route. Both companies provide modern carriages with comfortable seating, luggage space, power sockets, wifi access, and onboard dining options.

How long is the train from Cologne to Brussels?

The route from Cologne to Brussels is not a long one. The fastest direct trains from Cologne to Brussels take just one hour 50 minutes to complete the journey. Connecting services can take significantly longer, with some routes taking up to nine hours depending on the number of connections required and transfer times. Connecting routes require from one to three connections at stations such as Cologne-Ehrenfeld, Aachen, and Welkenraedt.

How many trains are there from Cologne to Brussels?

Whenever passengers decide to travel, they can expect 11 direct trains a day to Brussels from Cologne with a further range of connecting services. Departures are spread throughout the day, beginning in the early hours of the morning, with at least one departure an hour until mid-evening. Some evening departures travel overnight to arrive in Brussels the following morning.

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

Departure train station: Trains between the two cities all depart from Cologne Hbf. This is the city's main station and it is conveniently located close to Cologne's historic and cultural attractions. To arrive at the airport, passengers can use S-Bahn trains, local buses, and taxis. Facilities at Cologne Hbf include car parking, wifi, left luggage lockers, toilets, cafes, restaurants, and food kiosks.

Arrival train station: All trains to Brussels from Cologne arrive at Brussels-Midi Station. Centrally located in the city the station is a large and busy hub for international train services, including high-speed Eurostar services. Onward travel is easy, thanks to the great links to metro trains, local buses, and taxis as well as a frequent shuttle service to Brussels South Charleroi Airport. Station facilities include car parking, wifi, left luggage storage, toilets shops, cafes, and restaurants.

Train tickets from Cologne to Brussels: when to book to save $

Time Price Savings
1 week earlier 39 €
2 weeks earlier 29 €34%
3 weeks earlier 31 €26%
1 month before 31 €26%
2 months earlier 28 €39%
3 months earlier 27 €44%


Train companies often offer promotional prices and offers—by buying in advance—you can get access the best prices for trains in the U.S., Canada, and the major European railroad operators. Search on Omio to check prices and cheap train tickets from Cologne - Brussels. Easily find the most attractive rates and choose the your preferred route for your journey. Book and choose your mobile ticket: avoid the queues at the station and the added stress of printing your ticket.

The rule of buying in advance to save money is not only valid when booking a flight but also for train travel. Train tickets are generally on sale 6 months before the departure date. Some train booking tips from us:

  • Buying your train ticket from Cologne - Brussels 3 weeks in advance means you can save on average up to 26% compared to the price available on the day of departure.
  • If you book a ticket Cologne - Brussels with 2 months in advance you save up to about 39% compared to the initial price.
  • By booking 3 months in advance, you could save up to 44%.
  • On Omio you can find all offers, train times and prices for train travel in Europe, the U.S., and Canada.

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Trains from Cologne to Brussels
Travel by train to Brussels 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 Cologne to Brussels.
FAQs
Are there COVID-19 travel restrictions for trains to Brussels from Cologne?

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

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

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

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

Conditions of entry:

  • 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 with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test

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

When traveling in Belgium, 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 7/18/21. This can change before your date of travel so please review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your train from Cologne to Brussels before traveling.

What COVID restrictions are there for my return journey by train to Cologne, Germany from Brussels, Belgium?

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

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

Reentry to Germany 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?

What are the requirements?

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival for all travellers by air
  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 5 in quarantine
  • Pre-arrival health declaration
  • 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 compulsory quarantine (certificate needed)
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required

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

Last checked on 7/23/21. 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 Cologne from Brussels here.

How much do cheap train tickets between Cologne and Brussels cost?
Looking to save money on your route? Omio customers have found the cheapest train from Cologne to Brussels for the next 7 days starting from $29 (€24)  one way.
How much is the train between Cologne and Brussels on average?
If you are looking to buy your train ticket in the next 7 days, you can expect the Cologne to Brussels train to cost on average $38 (€30)  one way.
How far is Cologne to Brussels by train?
When traveling this route you should expect the distance from Cologne to Brussels by train to be approximately 113 miles (182 km).
How many hours is the train time to Brussels from Cologne?
The Cologne to Brussels train duration is on average 1 h 52 min, which is to be expected when traveling 113 miles (182 km) between Cologne and Brussels. However, the time it takes can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays.
Which train station from Cologne to Brussels do I depart from? Which Brussels train station from Cologne do I arrive in?

When taking the train from Cologne to Brussels, you can choose to depart from train stations like Köln Hbf, Köln Messe/Deutz and Köln/Bonn Flughafen. Your route can end in train stations such as Bruxelles-Midi, Bruxelles-Central and Brussels-Nord.

Omio customers who travel this route most frequently depart from Köln Hbf   and arrive in Bruxelles-Midi.

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

Passengers board the train most frequently from Köln Hbf, which is located around 0 mile (s) / 0 km away from the city center, and they get off the train at Bruxelles-Midi, located 0 mile (s) / 0 km away from the city center.

Which train companies can get me from Cologne to Brussels?
For the best Cologne to Brussels train to book, you can travel safely and comfortably with Deutsche Bahn or Thalys. However, it's always good to check all possible train companies with services between Cologne and Brussels to compare what amenities they may offer.
When is the earliest train from Cologne to Brussels? When is the last train from Cologne to Brussels?
The first Cologne to Brussels train departs at 5: 42 AM   and the last train from Cologne to Brussels leaves at 7: 43 PM. Check out the most up-to-date train schedule from Cologne to Brussels on Omio and find the best time to travel to your destination.
How early should I buy train tickets from Cologne to Brussels to score the best deals?
If you purchase a train ticket from Cologne to Brussels within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average $38 (€30) one way. However, we recommend booking your train in advance to get access to the best prices. Train tickets from Cologne to Brussels are generally on sale a few months before the planned departure date.
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