|Distance||126 miles (203 km)|
|Average train duration||3 h 1 min|
|Average train ticket price||$34 (€28)|
|Train frequency||5 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 5 direct trains a day|
|Train companies||Deutsche Bahn or Deutsche Bahn with connection|
Trains from Rotterdam to Cologne cover the 126 miles (203 km) long journey taking on average 3 h 1 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn or Deutsche Bahn with connection. Normally, there are 5 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around $34 (€28), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $23 (€19). Travelers depart most frequently from Rotterdam Centraal and arrive in Köln Hbf.
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Deutsche Bahn (DB) is the main provider of train services in Germany, making on average 40, 000 journeys per day. A special feature of Deutsche Bahn is its wide range of ticket types, savings offers including Super Saver, Saver, and Flexible fares and discount cards like the Bahncard 25, 50 and 100, which you can also use for your train between Rotterdam and Cologne. DB uses different types of trains such as the ICE (Intercity Express), IC (Intercity), EC (Eurocity), IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional Express) and RB (Regionalbahn) on its routes, which differ in terms of comfort and the time required to travel. For example, while bathrooms are standard amenities, services like an onboard restaurant or free WiFi are only available on certain trains.
These are Deutsche Bahn's ticket policies for COVID-19 for the train from Rotterdam to Cologne:
Every day, approximately 21 trains from Rotterdam to Cologne depart. Passengers will benefit from a quick journey across over 500 miles, with an average journey time of only 4 hours. Those who would like to reach Cologne even faster can choose a service with 1 transfer, which arrives in the city in 3 hours and 33 minutes. In general, the majority of services on this line have 3 changes. As this is a cross-country service, all passengers should carry their passport or internationally recognized identification onboard, as there likely will be border checks.
Trains from Rotterdam to Cologne depart from 6:00 a.m. each morning until 2:00 a.m. each night. There are approximately 21 trains a day from Rotterdam to Cologne. There are no direct services on this line, but there are never more than 3 transfers. Passengers who wish to catch a faster service can board a journey with only one transfer, which departs 8 times between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
Rotterdam is 504 miles from Cologne. Trains from Rotterdam to Cologne take 4 hours on average and typically have 3 transfers. However, passengers can choose to take a faster service which only has 1 transfer, and which only takes 3 hours and 33 minutes. This service departs from Rotterdam 8 times a day.
Departure station: All trains from Rotterdam to Cologne depart from Rotterdam Centraal Station in the heart of Rotterdam city center.
Arrival stations: Trains to Cologne arrive at Cologne Hauptbahnhof or Cologne Messe/Deutz. Cologne Hauptbahnhof is in Cologne city center, whereas Cologne Messe/Deutz is one mile from the city center, away across the Deutzer Bridge.
Deutsche Bahn provides high-speed trains from Rotterdam to Cologne. Deutsche Bahn is the German-owned rail company that operates throughout Europe.
Deutsche Bahn operates these high-speed trains from Rotterdam to Cologne. Passengers can board a Deutsche Bahn service from 6:00 a.m. each morning until 2:00 a.m. every night. Every train requires a transfer, with the majority of trains requiring that passengers change 3 times. However, each day there are 8 services which only require one change, from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 pm. The average journey time takes 4 hours and 10 minutes, but the services with only 1 transfer take only 3 hours and 33 minutes.
Deutsche Bahn trains from Rotterdam to Cologne have first-class tickets and second-class tickets. First-class tickets are frequently affordable and provide passengers with great legroom, plus complimentary refreshments. There are ample luggage storage facilities on Deutsche Bahn trains, with designated luggage holding bays in close proximity to all carriages. Passengers will find space to store smaller bags above and below their seats. Deutsche Bahn trains are wholly accessible to travelers with limited mobility, but they are advised to call in advance with their specific access requirements. All carriage interiors are modern and comfortable, with free WiFi available in all areas of the train.
Passengers can find cheap trains from Rotterdam to Cologne by booking tickets in advance. Booking approximately 8 weeks before departure dates can help you secure the cheapest deals. A good thing to bear in mind is to look 2 days either side of your departure date. If you don't need to travel on one day in particular, this can be a great way to secure cheap tickets. If there is only one day you can travel on, look at different times across the day to secure the cheapest deal, as prices often vary across the day.
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 Rotterdam, Netherlands and Cologne, Germany by train is: Partially open.
International entry status: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Netherlands
Conditions of entry:
When traveling in Germany, you must follow these COVID-19 safety rules:
The information above was last checked on 10/26/21. This can change before your date of travel so please review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train to Cologne from Rotterdam before traveling.
The current restriction level for your return trip by train from Cologne to Rotterdam is: Partially open
Reentry to Netherlands is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany
What are the requirements?
The government of Netherlands has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
Last checked on 10/24/21. 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 Rotterdam from Cologne here.
When taking a train from Rotterdam, you have a couple of train stations you can depart from including Rotterdam Centraal, Rotterdam Central Station and Rotterdam Noord. When you arrive in Cologne, your train can arrive in train stations including Köln Hbf, Köln Messe/Deutz and Köln/Bonn Flughafen.
Omio customers traveling this route book their trains from Rotterdam Centraal to Köln Hbf.
Passengers booking this journey most frequently board their trains from Rotterdam Centraal and need to travel around 0 mile (s) / 0 km from the city center to get to this train station.
Passengers arriving in Cologne most often arrive at Köln Hbf and need to travel around 1 mile (s) / 1 km from this train station to the city center.
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