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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.

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FAQs
What are the COVID-19 travel restrictions for Cologne, Germany if I’m coming from Amsterdam, Netherlands?

International travel from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Cologne, Germany is: Restricted.

Can I enter Germany if coming from Netherlands?

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

Am I required to self-quarantine upon arrival to Cologne if traveling from Amsterdam?

Conditions of entry:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival for all travellers by air
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 5
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Pre-arrival health declaration
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Arrivals vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempted from compulsory quarantine
  • Quarantine is not required if the traveller has recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months (certificate needed)

What measures do I need to follow in Cologne, Germany due to the pandemic?

All travelers in Germany must observe the following coronavirus safety measures:

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

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.

Are there restrictions on my return trip to Amsterdam, Netherlands from Cologne, Germany due to COVID-19?

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

Is my journey back to Amsterdam from Cologne restricted?

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

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

Conditions of reentry into Netherlands:

  • 10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 1 days before arrival
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 5

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: Mandatory

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.

How do I get from Amsterdam to Cologne?

There are 2 ways to travel between Amsterdam and Cologne including taking a bus or train.

What is the distance between Amsterdam and Cologne?

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

Where do people depart from and arrive in when traveling from Amsterdam to Cologne?

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

  • Most travelers catch their bus from Amsterdam, Sloterdijk and arrive in Köln, Köln Bonn Airport.
  • Most travelers take a train from Amsterdam Centraal to Köln Hbf.
Who can get me from Amsterdam to Cologne?

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

  • You can travel by bus from Amsterdam to Cologne with Flixbus, and you can find Flixbus Amsterdam to Cologne tickets for $22 (€17) on Omio.
  • You can travel to Cologne from Amsterdam by train with Deutsche Bahn. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $24 (€19) with Deutsche Bahn from Amsterdam to Cologne.
Is there a way to travel directly from Amsterdam to Cologne?

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

  • You can check for a direct bus to Cologne with Flixbus.
  • You can find direct trains to take 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 journey.

Where else should I travel to after my journey from Amsterdam to Cologne ends?
Your trip from Amsterdam to Cologne doesn't have to end in Cologne. Many of our customers like to extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like Berlin, Brussels or Paris. If you’d like to add Berlin, Brussels or Paris to your Amsterdam to Cologne tour, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Cologne today!
How early should I buy tickets from Amsterdam to Cologne online for the best deals?

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:

  • Bus tickets cost on average $22 (€17) one way.
  • Train tickets cost on average $24 (€19) one way.

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.

What is the cheapest way to travel from Amsterdam to Cologne?

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).

What is the fastest way to get from Amsterdam to Cologne?

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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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is within walking distance of the city centre and is connected to other parts of the city by public transport.<br>Metro lines 51, 52, 53, 54<br>Bus lines 18, 21, 22, 32, 33, 34, 35, 42, 43<br>Tram lines 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 13, 16, 17, 24, 26
How long does it take to get from the train station to the city centre?
This station is a 5-10 minute walk from the city centre.
Amsterdam Sloterdijk
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