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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1 h 53 m
1 h 53 m
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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.
|Distance||113 miles (182 km)|
|Average train duration||1 h 52 min|
|Average train ticket price||$51 (€49)|
|Train frequency||7 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 5 direct trains a day|
|Train providers||Thalys, 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.
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.
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!
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:
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:
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: Unrestricted.
International entry status: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Germany
Conditions of entry:
When traveling in Belgium, you must follow these COVID-19 safety rules:
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.
Entry into Germany is allowed for: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Belgium
Requirements for reentering:
The government of Germany has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
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.
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.
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