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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 $ 60 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 40.
Find all the dates and times for this journey
1 h 52 m
3 h 30 m
Trains per day
Of the 25 trains that leave Cologne for Brussels every day 7 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 3 h 30 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 1 h 52 m .
The slowest trains will take 10 h 45 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 52 min|
|Average train ticket price||$32 (€27)|
|Train frequency||8 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 8 direct trains a day|
|Train providers||Deutsche Bahn or Thalys|
Trains from Cologne to Brussels cover the 113 miles (182 km) long journey taking on average 1 h 52 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn or Thalys. Normally, there are 8 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around $32 (€27), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $29 (€24). Travelers depart most frequently from Köln Hbf and arrive in Bruxelles-Midi.
You can travel by train to Brussels from Cologne with Thalys and Deutsche Bahn for as low as $29 (€24). When you search for schedules and tickets, Omio will show you the best route.
Thalys is a French-Belgian high-speed train company that connects the main capital cities. For your next train from Cologne to Brussels with Thalys, you can choose from these different ticket fares: Standard Mini, Standard, Comfort and Premium.
Find cheap tickets for Thalys trains between Cologne and Brussels on Omio. Omio can help you find the best train deals and prices all in one place by showing you the most up-to-date Cologne to Brussels train schedule from Thalys, the latest train ticket offers available and other travel information for the 113 miles (182 km) journey from Cologne to Brussels, including information on baggage allowance and amenities offered onboard depending on the class fare you pick and choose. If you search for trains to Brussels from Cologne in the Omio app, you can check to see if the Thalys trains available are mobile tickets, which makes it even more convenient for you to go paperless when traveling. Check the Thalys train schedule for your ideal departure and arrival times, compare the best route available to get to Brussels from Cologne and then book a cheap train with ease. Sit back and enjoy your upcoming train from Cologne to Brussels with Thalys!
Please follow the recommendations outlined by Thalys when booking your train tickets to Brussels from Cologne due to the coronavirus:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Travel between Cologne, Germany and Brussels, Belgium by train is: Partially open.
International entry status: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany
Conditions of entry:
All travelers in Belgium must observe these coronavirus safety measures:
The information above was last checked on 12/7/21. Remember to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train between Cologne and Brussels as this information can change.
The current restriction level for your return trip by train from Brussels to Cologne is: Partially open
Reentry to Germany is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Belgium
What are the requirements?
The government of Germany has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
Last checked on 12/8/21. 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.
There are a few train stations in Cologne to start your trip from including Köln Hbf, Köln Messe/Deutz and Köln/Bonn Flughafen. In Brussels you have a few train station options to choose from for your arrival including Bruxelles-Midi, Bruxelles-Central and Brussels-Nord.
Omio customers traveling this route depart most frequently from Köln Hbf and arrive in Bruxelles-Midi.
Passengers booking this journey most frequently board their trains from Köln Hbf and need to travel around 0.7 miles (1.2 km) from the city center to get to this train station.
Passengers arriving in Brussels most often arrive at Bruxelles-Midi and need to travel around 1.1 miles (1.8 km) from this train station to the city center.
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