Cheap train tickets from Cologne to Brussels

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Cheapest

$40

Average

$60

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.

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07:42AMCologne Hbf1h53 09:35AMBrussels-Midi
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11:43AMCologne Hbf1h52 01:35PMBrussels-Midi
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01:43PMCologne Hbf1h52 03:35PMBrussels-Midi
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03:43PMCologne Hbf1h52 05:35PMBrussels-Midi
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Train schedule from Cologne to Brussels

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01:40AMCologne Hbf6h55 08:35AMBrussels-Midi
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05:47AMCologne Hbf3h18 09:05AMBrussels-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 Hbf3h14 04:01PMBrussels-Midi
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01:43PMCologne Hbf1h52 03:35PMBrussels-Midi
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01:50PMCologne Hbf3h11 05:01PMBrussels-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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04:04PMCologne Hbf2h56 07:00PMBrussels-Midi
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05:43PMCologne Hbf1h52 07:35PMBrussels-Midi
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07:43PMCologne Hbf1h52 09:35PMBrussels-Midi
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07:46PMCologne Hbf3h18 11:04PMBrussels-Midi
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09:15PMCologne Hbf8h47 06:02AMBrussels-Midi
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10:15PMCologne Hbf10h45 09:00AMBrussels-Midi
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$34Deutsche Bahn
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$31Deutsche Bahn
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$34Deutsche Bahn
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$29Deutsche Bahn
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$29Deutsche Bahn
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Dec 22
$36Deutsche Bahn
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Dec 23
$34Deutsche Bahn
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Dec 24
$19Thalys
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Dec 25
$24Deutsche Bahn
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$29Deutsche Bahn
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$34Deutsche Bahn
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$31Deutsche Bahn
$42Flixbus
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$31Deutsche Bahn
$30Flixbus

Fastest train times from Cologne to Brussels

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Fastest Journey

1 h 52 m

Average

3 h 30 m

Trains per day

25

Distance

183 km

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.

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03:43PMCologne Hbf1h52 05:35PMBrussels-Midi
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$561One-way
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05:43PMCologne Hbf1h52 07:35PMBrussels-Midi
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07:43PMCologne Hbf1h52 09:35PMBrussels-Midi
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11:43AMCologne Hbf1h52 01:35PMBrussels-Midi
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$431One-way
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01:43PMCologne Hbf1h52 03:35PMBrussels-Midi
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$511One-way

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Overview: Train from Cologne to Brussels

distanceDistance113 miles (182 km)
durationAverage train duration1 h 52 min
priceAverage train ticket price$32 (€27)
frequencyTrain frequency8 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 8 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersDeutsche 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.

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

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
Deutsche Bahn

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:

    • 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.

    Travel Tips: 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 any COVID-19 restrictions for international travel by train between Cologne and Brussels?

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

    Can I enter Belgium from Germany?

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

    Do I need to 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
    • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing

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

    All travelers in Belgium must observe these coronavirus safety measures:

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

    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.

    Are there restrictions on returning to Germany from Belgium by train?

    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 3 days before arrival
    • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 14 day mandatory self-quarantine
    • 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 providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
    • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 5 in quarantine
    • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival
    • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state

    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 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.

    How much do cheap trains between Cologne and Brussels cost?

    Omio customers have found the cheapest trains from Cologne to Brussels to cost as little as $29 (€24)  in the next 7 days.

    How much is a train ticket to Brussels from Cologne?

    The train price to Brussels from Cologne is on average $32 (€27)  if you are looking to purchase your tickets for this trip in the next 7 days.

    How far is it from Cologne to Brussels by train?

    When traveling this route you should expect the distance between Cologne and Brussels by train to be approximately 113 miles (182 km).

    How long is a train to Brussels from Cologne on average?

    On average the Cologne to Brussels train time is 1 h 52 min  covering the 113 miles (182 km) long trip, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or traveling on weekends and holidays.

    When traveling by train from Cologne to Brussels, which train station in Cologne do I depart from and which train station in Brussels do I arrive in?

    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.

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

    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.

    What train companies offer a service to Brussels from Cologne?

    Take the Cologne to Brussels train with Deutsche Bahn or Thalys. However, it's always good to check out all possible train providers for the journey to Brussels from Cologne as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.

    Are there any nonstop train services from Cologne to Brussels?

    Yes, there are 8 direct trains per day from Cologne to Brussels with Deutsche Bahn, and you won’t need to transfer at another stop in between. Direct train services tend to offer more convenience and save you time when traveling to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to before you buy your train ticket.

    How many train services per day are there to Brussels from Cologne?

    The average number of trains departing Cologne for Brussels is 8 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.

    When can I take the first train from Cologne to Brussels? When can I take the last train for the day?

    The earliest train for this route departs from Cologne at 6: 40 AM. The last train leaves from Cologne at 8: 42 PM. Check Omio for the latest train schedule from Cologne to Brussels and book the best time to depart on your chosen travel date.

    How far in advance should I buy a train ticket from Cologne to Brussels to get the best deals?

    You can find trains from Cologne to Brussels to cost on average $32 (€27) one way if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend buying train tickets in advance to score the best deals and save money on your route. You’ll see tickets for the Cologne to Brussels train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.

    Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

    Cologne
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    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