How to travel from Amsterdam to Cologne

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Travel Information between Amsterdam and Cologne

distanceDistance133 miles (214 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, train or flight
priceTicket price range$12 - $189
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $12 (€11) • 3 h 40 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $189 (€163) • 45 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixBus, KLM Cityhopper or Deutsche Bahn

Travel 133 miles (214 km) by bus, train or flight from Amsterdam to Cologne. The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are FlixBus, KLM Cityhopper or Deutsche Bahn among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus, flight or train from Amsterdam to Cologne.

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from Amsterdam to Cologne

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

Our recommendation

The best way to travel from Amsterdam to Cologne is by taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

Amsterdam, Piarcoplein (Amsterdam Sloterdijk)
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Amsterdam, Piarcoplein (Amsterdam Sloterdijk)
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Deutsche Bahn
Amsterdam Centraal
01:15PMCologne Hbf
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Deutsche Bahn with connection
Amsterdam Centraal
12:12PMCologne Hbf
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Deutsche Bahn
Amsterdam Centraal
12:35PMCologne Hbf
3 transfers
Deutsche Bahn with connection
Amsterdam Centraal
01:12PMCologne Hbf
2 transfers
Union Ivkoni International
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Amsterdam, Piarcoplein (Amsterdam Sloterdijk)
01:30PMKöln, Flughafen
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Amsterdam, Piarcoplein (Amsterdam Sloterdijk)
09:05PMKöln, Flughafen
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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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All travel companies: Train and Bus from Amsterdam to Cologne

VIAS Rail GmbH, Deutsche Bahn and BlaBlaCar Bus will get you from Amsterdam to Cologne at great prices. With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best travel times, prices and tickets for your trip.

    BlaBlaCar Bus (formerly known as Ouibus or iDBUS) is a popular French travel company from France operating long-distance services in 10 countries in Europe and connecting over 300 destinations. It is a subsidiary of the French carpooling service, BlaBlaCar. Standard amenities on BlaBlaCar Bus include toilets, air conditioning, USB and power outlets for charging phones, tablets and laptops during long travel journeys, extra legroom and adjustable seats. There is also free Wi-Fi available on select routes. The only ticket type from BlaBlaCar Bus is the Standard ticket, which allows each traveler to bring one carry-on bag and up to two checked bags.

      FAQs: Travel from Amsterdam to Cologne

      FAQs: 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.

      There are 3 travel options to Cologne from Amsterdam. You can take a bus, train or flight.

      The cheapest way to go to Cologne from Amsterdam is by taking a bus, which costs on average $12 (€11).

      This is compared to other ways of getting from Amsterdam to Cologne:

      A bus is $177 (€152) less than a flight with an average ticket price of $189 (€163) from Amsterdam to Cologne.

      A bus is $9 (€8) less than a train with an average ticket price of $22 (€19) from Amsterdam to Cologne.

      The fastest way from Amsterdam to Cologne is by flight with an average journey time of 45 min.

      There are alternative travel options to Cologne that take longer:

      Getting to Cologne by bus takes 3 h 40 min on average.

      Train takes 3 h 1 min on average.

      You should expect to travel around 133 miles (214 km) between Amsterdam and Cologne.

      The average frequency per day from Amsterdam to Cologne is:

      • Around 6 buses per day.

      However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip between Amsterdam and Cologne as scheduled services by bus, train or flight 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, Piarcoplein (Amsterdam Sloterdijk) and arrive in Cologne, Siegburger Street (Access Tankstelle).
      • Most travelers who purchase a plane ticket from Amsterdam to Cologne depart from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Cologne Bonn Airport.
      • Most travelers take a train from Amsterdam Centraal to Cologne Hbf.

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

      • You can take a bus from Amsterdam to Cologne with FlixBus, STUDENT AGENCY k. S. Ourbus or BlaBlaCar Bus. Cheap tickets can be found for $12 (€11) with Ourbus from Amsterdam to Cologne.
      • You can travel by plane between Amsterdam and Cologne with KLM Cityhopper, and you can find KLM Cityhopper Amsterdam to Cologne tickets for $207 (€178) on Omio.
      • You can travel to Cologne from Amsterdam by train with Deutsche Bahn or VIAS Rail GmbH. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $23 (€20) with Deutsche Bahn from Amsterdam to Cologne.

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

      • You'll find direct buses with FlixBus, STUDENT AGENCY k. S. Or Ourbus.
      • You can take a direct flight with.
      • You can book a direct train 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 traveling from Amsterdam to Cologne don't make Cologne their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after Cologne are Paris, Berlin, Brussels or Frankfurt am Main, either of which you could add to your trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Cologne to any of these top destinations today!
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