How to travel from Cologne to Amsterdam

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from Cologne to Amsterdam

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

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To get from Cologne to Amsterdam on Dec 08 we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

04:46PMCologne Hbf3h49 08:35PMAmsterdam Centraal
2 transfers
221One-way
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08:05AMKöln, Köln Bonn Airport5h25 01:30PMAmsterdam
0 transfers
201One-way
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08:50AMCologne Messe/Deutz3h45 12:35PMAmsterdam Centraal
2 transfers
241One-way
03:19PMCologne Hbf3h46 07:05PMAmsterdam Centraal
3 transfers
301One-way
05:56AMCologne Hbf3h09 09:05AMAmsterdam Centraal
1 transfer
311One-way

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Travel Information to Amsterdam from Cologne

distanceDistance133 miles (214 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$22 - $467
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • $22 (€20) • 2 h 48 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $22 (€20) • 2 h 48 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or Deutsche Bahn with connection

Take a bus, ferry, flight or train to travel 133 miles (214 km) between Cologne and Amsterdam. The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Flixbus or Deutsche Bahn with connection among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Cologne to Amsterdam.

How to Travel from Cologne to Amsterdam

The distance between Cologne and Amsterdam is 263 kilometers. Numerous transport options will ensure a safe and quick trip between the two cities. Public transportation options include train, city bus, and air travel. Bus travel is an affordable and fast option. High-speed trains will arrive at your destination in under 3 hours, and are also affordable.

Trains from Cologne to Amsterdam | Buses from Cologne to Amsterdam | Flights from Cologne to Amsterdam

Cologne to Amsterdam Travel Comparison

Average Price

Travel Time

Cheapest Time to Book

buses

€23

3:55 h

1 Day Ahead

trains

€29

2:50 h

2 Months Ahead

flight

€262

0:50 h

2 Months Ahead



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

Cheapest way to travel from Cologne to Amsterdam


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Taking the bus is the cheapest way to travel from Cologne to Amsterdam. Buses traveling from Cologne to Amsterdam depart from either Köln ZOB (central bus station) or Köln Flughafen (airport) and take at least 4 hours to arrive at Amsterdam's Sloterdijk bus station. Over 10 buses travel from Berlin to Amsterdam per day, with the first bus departing Cologne at 2:50 a.m. Bus companies that travel from Cologne to Amsterdam include Flixbus, RegioJet, and Eurolines.


Fastest way to travel from Cologne to Amsterdam


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Taking a flight is technically the fastest way to travel from Cologne to Amsterdam; however, when travel time to and from Cologne and Amsterdam's airporst is taken into consideration, taking a high-speed train is actually the fastest way to travel from Cologne to Amsterdam. Flights depart from either Cologne/Bonn airport or Düsseldorf airport and arrive at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport after approximately 50 minutes of flight time. Usually 5 direct flights travel from Cologne to Amsterdam per day, with the first flight departing Cologne at 11:30 a.m. KLM is the main airline that offers direct flights from Cologne to Amsterdam.


Most popular way to travel from Cologne to Amsterdam


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Taking a train is the most popular way to travel from Cologne to Amsterdam. Taking a train is at least an hour faster than traveling from Cologne to Amsterdam by bus and approximately 1½ hours faster than taking a flight when travel time to and from Cologne and Amsterdam's airports is taken into consideration. Rrains traveling from Cologne to Amsterdam depart from Köln Haupbahnhof and take at least 2:50 h tro arrive at Amsterdam's Centraal train station. Approximately 8 direct Deutsche Bahn trains travel from Cologne to Amsterdam per day, with the first train departing Cologne at approximately 6:30 a.m.


How to get from Cologne to Amsterdam

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Cologne to Amsterdam, 89,33% 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 Cologne to Amsterdam 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

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

Can I enter Netherlands if coming from Germany?

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

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

Conditions of entry:

  • There are no current restrictions

What measures do I need to follow in Amsterdam, Netherlands due to the pandemic?

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

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

The information above was last checked on 11/17/22; 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 between Cologne and Amsterdam.

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

Is my journey back to Cologne from Amsterdam restricted?

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

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

Conditions of reentry into Germany:

  • There are no current restrictions

What are the coronavirus safety measures I need to follow in Cologne, Germany?

You should observe these safety measures in Germany 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 Germany was last checked on 11/6/22. We advise you to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip back to Cologne from Amsterdam closer to your date of departure here.

There are 4 ways that you can travel to Amsterdam from Cologne. You can take a bus, ferry, flight or train.

The cheapest way to go to Amsterdam from Cologne is by taking a train, which costs on average $22 (€20).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Amsterdam:

A train is generally $45 (€40) less than a bus for the same trip. Taking a bus costs on average $67 (€60) from Cologne to Amsterdam.

Taking a train is usually $445 (€400) less than taking a flight to Amsterdam, which costs on average $467 (€420) for the same trip.

The quickest way to travel from Cologne to Amsterdam is by train, which takes on average 2 h 48 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 2 h 55 min   of travel time.

In comparison, traveling by flight can take you on average 0 h 0 min.

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

The average frequency per day from Cologne to Amsterdam is:

  • Around 1 train per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route to Amsterdam from Cologne 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 from Cologne to Amsterdam:

  • Buses from Cologne to Amsterdam most often leave from Köln, Köln Bonn Airport (Fernbusbahnhof) and arrive in Amsterdam, Radarweg (Sloterdijk).
  • Flights from Cologne to Amsterdam most often leave from Cologne/Bonn Airport and arrive in Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
  • Trains mostly depart from Köln Hbf and arrive in Amsterdam Centraal.

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

  • You can go to Amsterdam from Cologne by bus with Flixbus. You'll see cheap bus tickets for $67 (€60) with Flixbus from Cologne to Amsterdam on Omio.
  • You can take a train from Cologne to Amsterdam with Deutsche Bahn with connection. Cheap tickets can be found for $22 (€20) with Deutsche Bahn with connection from Cologne to Amsterdam.

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

  • You can find 1 direct train per day to take to Amsterdam with Deutsche Bahn.

Direct services to Amsterdam 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 trip.

Looking to extend your trip from Cologne to Amsterdam? Many Omio customers who go from Cologne to Amsterdam usually extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like Paris, London or Brussels. If you're looking to explore Paris, London or Brussels from Amsterdam, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.

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

  • A bus ticket for this trip is costing $67 (€60) one way on average.
  • A plane ticket for this route costs on average $467 (€420) one way.
  • A train ticket for this route is costing $22 (€20) one way on average.

But we recommend booking Cologne to Amsterdam 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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