Cologne to Brussels train

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74

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.

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09:42PMCologne Hbf1h53 11:35PMBrussels-Midi
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07:42AMCologne Hbf1h53 09:35AMBrussels-Midi
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Fastest train times from Cologne to Brussels

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Fastest Journey

1 h 53 m

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1 h 53 m

Trains per day

3

Distance

183 km

Of the 3 trains that leave Cologne for Brussels every day 3 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

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07:42AMCologne Hbf1h53 09:35AMBrussels-Midi
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941One-way
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12:42PMCologne Hbf1h53 02:35PMBrussels-Midi
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09:42PMCologne Hbf1h53 11:35PMBrussels-Midi
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Overview: Train from Cologne to Brussels

distanceDistance113 miles (182 km)
durationAverage train duration1 h 52 min
priceAverage train ticket price$51 (€49)
frequencyTrain frequency7 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 5 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersThalys, Deutsche Bahn, SNCB | Euronight or National Express

Trains from Cologne to Brussels cover the 113 miles (182 km) long route taking on average 1 h 52 min with our travel partners like Thalys, Deutsche Bahn, SNCB | Euronight or National Express. Normally, there are 7 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this route for as low as $36 (€35), but the average price of train tickets is $51 (€49). Travelers depart most frequently from Köln Hbf and arrive in Bruxelles-Midi.

Train providers: Thalys, Deutsche Bahn and National Express from Cologne to Brussels trains

Thalys, Deutsche Bahn and National Express trains will get you to Brussels from Cologne from $36 (€35). With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best train times and tickets for your trip.

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National Express

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.

Omio helps you compare and book the perfect train with Thalys from Cologne to Brussels for a smooth and relaxing journey. Check the latest Thalys train schedules for the ideal departure and arrival times, take a look at the travel information for the Cologne to Brussels train with Thalys (such as baggage allowance and amenities offered onboard), compare the best connections for your Cologne - Brussels trip and then book a cheap train ticket with ease. The distance to Brussels from Cologne by train is 113 miles (182 km). You can book tickets for this Thalys train for as low as $78 (€75) one-way if you book in advance. When you search for Thalys tickets to Brussels from Cologne in the Omio app, you can also check whether they are mobile tickets quickly and easily. If they are mobile tickets, then you can go paperless when taking a train. Book that perfect Thalys Cologne - Brussels train ticket online and enjoy your trip!

  • Average Price: $78

Deutsche Bahn (DB) is Germany’s main provider of train services and makes on average about 40, 000 domestic and international journeys per day. Deutsche Bahn’s fleet of trains includes the high-speed ICE (Intercity Express) as well as the IC (Intercity), EC (Eurocity), IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional Express) and RB (Regionalbahn), which differ in terms of comfort and the time needed to travel. For example, while toilets are standard amenities, services like onboard restaurants or free WiFi are only available on certain train types and routes. Deutsche Bahn is well-known for its wide range of fares like Super Saver, Saver, and Flexible and discount cards like the Bahncard 25, 50 and 100, which you can also use for your Cologne to Brussels train.

Cologne to Brussels train information with Deutsche Bahn:

  • Average Duration: 2 h 9 min
  • Average Price: $36
  • Deutsche Bahn frequency: 5 a day

National Express is the UK’s leading long-distance train company operating over 550 trains per day and serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express also operates train services to all major UK airports, such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and Bristol, 24 hours a day. All National Express trains have air conditioning and provide free WiFi access along with onboard entertainment. Most trains come with seat belts and power outlets at every seat, so you can charge your phone or laptop during a long journey. For your train from Cologne to Brussels, you can select from three ticket fares: Restricted Fare, Standard Fare, and Fully Flexible Fare.

Train information from Cologne to Brussels with National Express:

  • Average Duration: 2 h 11 min
  • National Express frequency: 5 a day

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.

Travel Tips: Trains from Cologne to Brussels

Travel Tips: 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

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

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

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

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

Conditions of entry:

  • There are no current restrictions

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: Recommended

The information above was last checked on 9/12/22. This can change before your date of travel so please review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your train to Brussels from Cologne before traveling.

Return travel from Belgium to Germany is: Unrestricted.

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

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

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

Requirements for reentering:

  • There are no current restrictions

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

Last checked on 9/30/22. Please check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   closer to the travel date of your train to Cologne from Brussels.

If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find cheap Cologne to Brussels trains for as little as $36 (€35)  in the next 7 days.
The train price from Cologne to Brussels is on average $51 (€49)  if you are looking to book your tickets for this journey in the next 7 days.
When traveling this route you should expect the distance to Brussels from Cologne by train to be approximately 113 miles (182 km).
On average the Cologne to Brussels train time is 1 h 52 min  covering the 113 miles (182 km) long route, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or traveling on weekends and holidays.

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

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

Passengers board the train most frequently from Köln Hbf, which is located around 1.1 miles (1.7 km) away from the city center, and they get off the train at Bruxelles-Midi, located 2 miles (3.2 km) away from the city center.

If you're looking for trains from Cologne to Brussels, you can rely on Thalys, Deutsche Bahn, SNCB | Euronight or National Express to get you to Brussels. It's also good to check out all possible train companies for the Cologne to Brussels journey to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
Yes, there are 5 direct trains per day from Cologne to Brussels. You can look to travel with Deutsche Bahn or 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 Cologne for Brussels is 7 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
You can take the earliest train from Cologne to Brussels at 4: 44 AM   or take the last train from Cologne to Brussels leaving at 7: 42 PM. Look for the latest Cologne to Brussels train schedules on Omio and book the best time to take the train for this trip.
The price of a one way train ticket from Cologne to Brussels is on average $51 (€49) if you buy 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 providers offering this journey. In general, you can find train tickets between Cologne and Brussels available a few months in advance.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

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Brussels
Köln Hbf is the most popular Cologne 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 Cologne for your trip to Brussels.
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Mon - Fri: 06: 00 - 21: 00 | Sat - Sun: 07: 00 - 21: 00
Public transit options for Köln Hbf
U-Bahn lines: U5, U16, U18
S-Bahn lines: S6, S11, S12, S19
Bus lines: 172, 173
Train lines: ICE, IC, EC, FLX, RE, RB
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At a Travel Center you will receive the following services with personal consultation: Tickets and reservations up to shortly before departure, season tickets and DB monthly season tickets on subscription as well as DB BahnCard related offers. Furthermore, national and international timetable and fare information is available in addition to supplementary services and offers for your rail journey.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
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ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
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AccessibilityAccessibility
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
At a Travel Center you will receive the following services with personal consultation: Tickets and reservations up to shortly before departure, season tickets and DB monthly season tickets on subscription as well as DB BahnCard related offers. Furthermore, national and international timetable and fare information is available in addition to supplementary services and offers for your rail journey.
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ParkingParking
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ParkingParking
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ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
At a Travel Center you will receive the following services with personal consultation: Tickets and reservations up to shortly before departure, season tickets and DB monthly season tickets on subscription as well as DB BahnCard related offers. Furthermore, national and international timetable and fare information is available in addition to supplementary services and offers for your rail journey.
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