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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 Jan 25 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

08:05AMKöln, Köln Bonn Airport5h25 01:30PMAmsterdam
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$241One-way
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08:05AMKöln, Köln Bonn Airport5h25 01:30PMAmsterdam
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$241One-way

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Tue
Jan 25
$42Deutsche Bahn
$24STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Wed
Jan 26
$23Deutsche Bahn
$24STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Thu
Jan 27
$23Deutsche Bahn
$20STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Fri
Jan 28
$23Deutsche Bahn
$24Flixbus
Sat
Jan 29
$23Deutsche Bahn
$24STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Sun
Jan 30
$23Deutsche Bahn
$22Flixbus
Mon
Jan 31
$23Deutsche Bahn
$20STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Tue
Feb 1
$23Deutsche Bahn
$24Flixbus
Wed
Feb 2
$23Deutsche Bahn
$24Flixbus
Thu
Feb 3
$23Deutsche Bahn
$20STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Fri
Feb 4
$23Deutsche Bahn
$24Flixbus
Sat
Feb 5
$23Deutsche Bahn
$20STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Sun
Feb 6
$23Deutsche Bahn
$20Flixbus
Mon
Feb 7
$23Deutsche Bahn
$24STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Tue
Feb 8
$23Deutsche Bahn
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Wed
Feb 9
$23Deutsche Bahn
$24Flixbus
Thu
Feb 10
$23Deutsche Bahn
$15STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Fri
Feb 11
$23Deutsche Bahn
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Sat
Feb 12
$23Deutsche Bahn
$15STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
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Feb 13
$23Deutsche Bahn
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Travel Information from Cologne to Amsterdam

distanceDistance133 miles (214 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or train
priceTicket price range$16 - $23
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $16 (€13) • 3 h 36 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $23 (€19) • 2 h 44 min
carriersPopular travel companiesSTUDENT AGENCY k. S. Or Deutsche Bahn

Travel 133 miles (214 km) by bus or train to Amsterdam from Cologne. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 2 h 44 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $16 (€13). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are STUDENT AGENCY k. S. Or Deutsche Bahn among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus from Cologne to Amsterdam.

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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

Is cross-border travel to Amsterdam, Netherlands from Cologne, Germany currently allowed?

Travel from Cologne, Germany to Amsterdam, Netherlands is: Partially open.

Is international entry into Amsterdam from Cologne restricted?

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

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

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
  • Health declaration required

What are the COVID-19 safety measures to follow in Amsterdam, Netherlands?

The government of Netherlands 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 1/20/22. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip from Cologne to Amsterdam closer to your planned date of departure here.

What are the COVID-19 restrictions on returning to Germany from Amsterdam, Netherlands?

Return travel to Cologne, Germany from Netherlands is: Partially open.

Are there any travel restrictions on reentering Germany from Netherlands?

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

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

Requirements for reentering Germany:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from compulsory quarantine
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from compulsory quarantine (certificate needed)
  • 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 requirements for social distancing and wearing face masks in Germany?

All travelers must abide by the following measures in Germany 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 Cologne, Germany was last verified on 1/23/22. 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 Cologne from Amsterdam.

What are the ways to get from Cologne to Amsterdam?

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

What is the cheapest way from Cologne to Amsterdam?

The cheapest way to go to Amsterdam from Cologne is by taking a bus, which costs on average $16 (€13).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Amsterdam:

A bus is generally $7 (€6) less than a train for the same journey. Taking a train costs on average $23 (€19) from Cologne to Amsterdam.

What is the quickest way from Cologne to Amsterdam?

The fastest way to get to Amsterdam from Cologne is by train with an average travel time of 2 h 44 min.

Other travel options to Amsterdam can usually take longer:

In comparison, getting to Amsterdam by bus can take on average 3 h 36 min.

How far is it from Cologne to Amsterdam?

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

How many scheduled departures are there a day from Cologne to Amsterdam?

The average frequency per day from Cologne to Amsterdam is:

  • Around 7 trains per day.

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

What are the departure and arrival points in Cologne and in Amsterdam?

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

  • Most travelers catch their bus from Köln, Köln Bonn Airport and arrive in Amsterdam, Radarweg (Sloterdijk).
  • Most travelers take a train from Köln Hbf to Amsterdam Centraal.

Which travel operators can get me to Amsterdam from Cologne?

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

  • You can take a bus from Cologne to Amsterdam with STUDENT AGENCY k. S. Cheap tickets can be found for $16 (€13) with STUDENT AGENCY k. S. From Cologne to Amsterdam.
  • You can travel from Cologne to Amsterdam by train with Deutsche Bahn. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $23 (€19) with Deutsche Bahn from Cologne to Amsterdam.

Is it possible to travel directly between Cologne and Amsterdam?

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

  • You'll find direct buses with Flixbus.

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 route.

What other popular destinations should I add to my itinerary for my trip from Cologne to Amsterdam?

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.

How early should I book tickets between Cologne and Amsterdam online for the best deals?

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

  • Bus tickets are costing $16 (€13) one way on average.
  • Train tickets cost on average $23 (€19) one way.

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