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You can get from Amsterdam to Cologne by train, bus or flight.
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People traveling from Amsterdam to Cologne can take a bus, catch a Deutsche Bahn train or take a quick flight straight to Cologne. The fastest way to travel is probably flying, although taking a train can get you there in just 4 hours, and buses aren't that much slower, while car pooling services from Bla Bla Car can be quicker still.
Return trips from Cologne to Amsterdam are also available.
Eurolines, Megabus, Semitimes and Regiojet all provide daily direct buses from Amsterdam to Cologne. Every day, there are 4 direct buses, and all of them leave in early afternoon between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The fastest buses take 5 hours 15 minutes, while some services take 7 hours, so there is quite a lot of variation. There are also indirect Flixbus buses that take 4 hours to reach Cologne with a stop in Leverkusen.
Deutsche Bahn operates frequent trains from Amsterdam to Cologne. Trains start departing as early as 5:20 a.m. and continue to leave almost every hour until a final departure at 8:30 p.m. There are no direct services to Cologne from Amsterdam and a change in Arnhem is usually required. Even then, the journey time is only around 3 hours with the change included.
KLM operates direct flights from Amsterdam to Cologne. The earliest flight leaves Amsterdam at 6:50 a.m. and there are four other departures throughout the day, concluding with a 4:50 p.m. take off time. All flights take 50 minutes to reach their destination, but when transit times are factored in, this can rise to around 4 hours, door to door.
International travel from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Cologne, Germany is: Restricted.
Entry into Germany is currently allowed for: Entry is restricted for citizens and permanent residents of Netherlands.
Conditions of entry:
All travelers in Germany must observe the following coronavirus safety measures:
The information above was last checked on 6/12/21; however, this can change before your date of travel so please make sure to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your upcoming trip to Cologne from Amsterdam.
The restriction level for your return to Amsterdam, Netherlands from Germany is: Partially open.
Entry into Netherlands is currently allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany.
Conditions of reentry into Netherlands:
You should observe these safety measures in Netherlands as imposed by the government to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
This information about your return travel to Netherlands was last checked on 6/9/21. We advise you to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip back to Amsterdam from Cologne closer to your date of departure here.
There are 2 ways to travel between Amsterdam and Cologne including taking a bus or train.
The distance is approximately 133 miles (214 km) from Amsterdam to Cologne.
These are the most popular departure and arrival points when traveling from Amsterdam to Cologne:
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Yes, there are direct routes from Amsterdam to Cologne with the following travel companies:
Direct services to Cologne tend to save you time and add more convenience as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking tickets for your journey.
When planning your trip from Amsterdam to Cologne, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to buy and their prices in the next 7 days:
However, we recommend buying tickets from Amsterdam to Cologne online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.
The cheapest way to go to Cologne from Amsterdam is by taking a bus, which costs on average $22 (€17).
This is compared to other ways of getting to Cologne:
A bus is $2 (€2) less than a train for this route with tickets for a train from Amsterdam to Cologne costing on average $24 (€19).
The fastest way from Amsterdam to Cologne is by flight with an average journey time of 50 min.
There are alternative travel options to Cologne that can usually take longer:
In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 3 h 45 min of travel time.
In comparison, taking a train requires on average 2 h 30 min of travel time.
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