How to travel from Amsterdam to Cologne

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from Amsterdam to Cologne

You can get from Amsterdam to Cologne by train, bus or flight.

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To get from Amsterdam to Cologne on Dec 01 we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

08:30PMAmsterdam Centraal3h13 11:43PMCologne Messe/Deutz
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02:00PMAmsterdam5h40 07:40PMKöln, Köln Bonn Airport
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08:08AMAmsterdam Centraal2h33 10:41AMCologne Messe/Deutz
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06:38PMAmsterdam Centraal2h38 09:16PMCologne Messe/Deutz
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06:38AMAmsterdam Centraal2h44 09:22AMCologne Messe/Deutz
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Travel Information from Amsterdam to Cologne

distanceDistance133 miles (214 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$54 - $77
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $54 (€49) • 3 h 30 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $77 (€70) • 2 h 35 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or Deutsche Bahn

Travel 133 miles (214 km) by bus, ferry, flight or train to Cologne from Amsterdam. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 2 h 35 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $54 (€49). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Flixbus or Deutsche Bahn among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Amsterdam to Cologne.

Travel from Amsterdam to Cologne: Journey Details

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.

How to get from Amsterdam to Cologne

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Amsterdam to Cologne, 89,73% of our customers choose the train as their preferred mode of transportation. By traveling by train on this route, you can enjoy the comfort of spacious seats, spectacular views—and in some cases free Wi-Fi—in both second and first class. Our customers have decided that the train is the best way to get from Amsterdam to Cologne and have chosen to enjoy this fast, safe and efficient way to arrive at their destination. Taking the train also avoids long lines or potential expenses for transfers to/from the station—especially since most main railway stations are located in the city center. Train companies in Europe vary from country to country, but most of them offer high-speed train routes, therefore when you add up at the end-to-end journey time, the train is often also the fastest way to get to your destination.

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Buses from Amsterdam to Cologne

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.

Trains from Amsterdam to Cologne

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.

Flights from Amsterdam to Cologne

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.

Travel Tips: Travel from Amsterdam to Cologne

Travel Tips: Travel to Cologne 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 Amsterdam to Cologne.

Travel between Amsterdam, Netherlands and Cologne, Germany is: Unrestricted.

Can travelers from Netherlands enter Germany?

International entry is allowed at this time for: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Netherlands.

Are there rules for self-quarantine when arriving to Cologne from Amsterdam?

Conditions of entry into Germany:

  • There are no current restrictions

Are there COVID-19 safety rules for social distancing and wearing face masks in Cologne, Germany?

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the government of Germany has imposed the following measures:

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

This information was last checked on 11/6/22. As this information can change due to the nature of the pandemic, make sure to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your journey from Amsterdam to Cologne.

The restriction level for your return to Amsterdam, Netherlands from Germany is: Unrestricted.

Is my journey back to Amsterdam from Cologne restricted?

Entry into Netherlands is currently allowed for: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Germany.

Do I need to self-quarantine upon arrival in Amsterdam from Cologne?

Conditions of reentry into Netherlands:

  • There are no current restrictions

What are the coronavirus safety measures I need to follow in Amsterdam, Netherlands?

You should observe these safety measures in Netherlands as imposed by the government to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

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

This information about your return travel to Netherlands was last checked on 11/17/22. 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 4 ways to travel from Amsterdam to Cologne including taking a bus, ferry, flight or train.

The cheapest way to go to Cologne from Amsterdam is by taking a bus, which costs on average $54 (€49).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Cologne:

Taking a bus is usually $10 (€9) less than taking a flight to Cologne, which costs on average $64 (€58) for the same trip.

Taking a bus is usually $23 (€21) less than taking a train to Cologne, which costs on average $77 (€70) for the same trip.

The quickest way to travel to Cologne from Amsterdam is by train, which takes on average 2 h 35 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, traveling by bus can take you on average 3 h 30 min.

In comparison, traveling by flight can take you on average 5 h 20 min.

The Amsterdam to Cologne distance is around 133 miles (214 km).

The average frequency per day from Amsterdam to Cologne is:

  • 5 trains a day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey to Cologne from Amsterdam as scheduled services by bus, ferry, flight or train can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when traveling from Amsterdam to Cologne:

  • Most travelers board their bus from Amsterdam, Radarweg (Sloterdijk) and arrive in Köln, Köln Bonn Airport (Fernbusbahnhof).
  • Most travelers board their plane from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and arrive in Cologne/Bonn Airport.
  • Most travelers catch their train from Amsterdam Centraal and arrive in Köln Hbf.

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Amsterdam to Cologne:

  • You can travel by bus to Cologne from Amsterdam with Flixbus, and you can find Flixbus Amsterdam to Cologne tickets for $54 (€49) on Omio.
  • You can travel by train from Amsterdam to Cologne with Deutsche Bahn, and you can find Deutsche Bahn Amsterdam to Cologne tickets for $77 (€70) on Omio.

Yes, there are direct routes from Amsterdam to Cologne with the following travel companies:

  • You can find 3 direct trains per day to Cologne with Deutsche Bahn.

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 route.

Many of our customers who book a trip from Amsterdam to Cologne often extend their vacation and travel to other popular destinations like Berlin, Brussels or Paris. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Amsterdam and Cologne itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Cologne and any of these top destinations today!

Before traveling from Amsterdam to Cologne, it’s good to know what ticket you can purchase and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • A bus ticket for this route is costing $54 (€49) one way on average.
  • A plane ticket for this journey costs on average $64 (€58) one way.
  • A train ticket for this trip costs on average $77 (€70) one way.

But we recommend booking Amsterdam to Cologne tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

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