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from Brussels to Cologne

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

Our recommendation

To get from Brussels to Cologne on Dec 6 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

02:10PMBRUXELLES-Midi / Brussel Zuid, Rue de France3h25 05:35PMKöln, Köln Bonn Airport
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$121One-way
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02:10PMBRUXELLES-Midi / Brussel Zuid, Rue de France3h25 05:35PMKöln, Köln Bonn Airport
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$121One-way
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09:30AMBruxelles, Gare du Nord4h15 01:45PMKöln, Köln Bonn Airport
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$231One-way
09:25AMBrussels-Midi1h51 11:16AMCologne Hbf
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$791One-way
11:25AMBrussels-Midi1h51 01:16PMCologne Hbf
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$791One-way

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Sun
Dec 5
$54Deutsche Bahn
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Mon
Dec 6
$38Deutsche Bahn
$12BlaBlaCar Bus
Tue
Dec 7
$33Deutsche Bahn
$12BlaBlaCar Bus
Wed
Dec 8
$33Deutsche Bahn
$12BlaBlaCar Bus
Thu
Dec 9
$31Deutsche Bahn
$12BlaBlaCar Bus
Fri
Dec 10
$33Deutsche Bahn
$12BlaBlaCar Bus
Sat
Dec 11
$31Deutsche Bahn
$12BlaBlaCar Bus
Sun
Dec 12
$19Thalys
$12BlaBlaCar Bus
Mon
Dec 13
$33Deutsche Bahn
$11BlaBlaCar Bus
Tue
Dec 14
$29Deutsche Bahn
$12BlaBlaCar Bus
Wed
Dec 15
$19Thalys
$17Flixbus
Thu
Dec 16
$29Deutsche Bahn
$14BlaBlaCar Bus
Fri
Dec 17
$29Deutsche Bahn
$14BlaBlaCar Bus
Sat
Dec 18
$33Deutsche Bahn
$20Flixbus
Sun
Dec 19
$31Deutsche Bahn
$14BlaBlaCar Bus
Mon
Dec 20
$33Deutsche Bahn
$12BlaBlaCar Bus
Tue
Dec 21
$33Deutsche Bahn
$20Flixbus
Wed
Dec 22
$29Deutsche Bahn
$14BlaBlaCar Bus
Thu
Dec 23
$33Deutsche Bahn
$24Flixbus
Fri
Dec 24
$31Deutsche Bahn
$17Flixbus
Sat
Dec 25
$19Thalys
$17Flixbus

Travel Information to Cologne from Brussels

distanceDistance113 miles (182 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or train
priceTicket price range$17 - $23
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $17 (€14) • 3 h 30 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $23 (€19) • 1 h 50 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or Deutsche Bahn

Travel 113 miles (182 km) by bus or train to Cologne from Brussels. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 50 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $17 (€14). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Flixbus or Deutsche Bahn among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Brussels to Cologne.

How to get from Brussels to Cologne

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Brussels to Cologne, 79,92% 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 Brussels 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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FAQs
Does Germany have any COVID-19 travel restrictions for people traveling to Cologne from Brussels?

Travel from Brussels, Belgium to Cologne, Germany is: Partially open.

Is international entry into Cologne from Brussels restricted?

International entry is currently allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Belgium.

Do I need to self-quarantine upon arrival to Cologne, Germany from Brussels?

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 14 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 5 in quarantine
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state

What are the COVID-19 safety measures to follow in Cologne, Germany?

The government of Germany has imposed the following measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

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

The above information was last verified on 12/5/21. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip from Brussels to Cologne closer to your planned date of departure here.

What travel restrictions, such as quarantine measures, should I be aware of for my journey back to Brussels, Belgium from Cologne, Germany?

Return travel to Brussels, Belgium from Germany is: Partially open.

Are there any travel restrictions on reentering Belgium from Germany?

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

Are there requirements to self-quarantine on arrival into Belgium from Germany?

Requirements for reentering Belgium:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition for subsequent release from quarantine. It is tested in quarantine on days 1 and 7
  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing

What are the requirements for social distancing and wearing face masks in Belgium?

All travelers must abide by the following measures in Belgium to reduce the spread of coronavirus in the country:

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

The above information about your return travel to Brussels, Belgium was last verified on 12/1/21. As this information can change due to the nature of the pandemic, please check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   closer to your planned date of travel to Brussels from Cologne.

How do I get from Brussels to Cologne?

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

What is the cheapest way to go from Brussels to Cologne?

The cheapest way to get from Brussels to Cologne is by taking a bus. You can find average ticket prices around $17 (€14) compared to other travel options to Cologne:

Taking a bus is usually $6 (€5) less than taking a train to Cologne, which costs on average $23 (€19) for the same trip.

What is the fastest way from Brussels to Cologne?

The fastest way to get to Cologne from Brussels is by train with an average travel time of 1 h 50 min.

Other travel options to Cologne can usually take longer:

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

What is the distance between Brussels and Cologne?

Cologne is approximately 113 miles (182 km) away from Brussels.

How many services a day are there from Brussels to Cologne?

The average frequency per day from Brussels to Cologne is:

  • Around 10 trains per day.

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

When traveling from Brussels to Cologne, what are the departure and arrival points in Brussels and Cologne?

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

  • Most travelers board their bus from Brussels, Brussels South (Gare du Midi) and arrive in Köln, Köln Bonn Airport.
  • Most travelers take a train from Bruxelles-Midi to Köln Hbf.
Which travel companies can take me from Brussels to Cologne?

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Brussels to Cologne, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Flixbus can take you to Cologne by bus. If searching for a good deal on buses, you can find tickets for Flixbus from Brussels to Cologne for $17 (€14).
  • Travel with Deutsche Bahn to go to Cologne by train. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Deutsche Bahn Brussels to Cologne tickets on Omio for $23 (€19).
Can I find a direct route between Brussels and Cologne?

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

  • You can find 10 direct trains per day to Cologne with Deutsche Bahn or Thalys.

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.

What is another destination I should add to my tour from Brussels to Cologne?
Many of our customers traveling from Brussels to Cologne don't make Cologne their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after Cologne are Berlin, Amsterdam or Paris, 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!
How early should I book tickets from Brussels to Cologne online for the best deals?

When planning your trip from Brussels to Cologne, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to purchase and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Bus tickets are costing $17 (€14) one way on average.
  • Train tickets are costing $23 (€19) one way on average.

However, we recommend buying tickets from Brussels to Cologne online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.