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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 Jun 15 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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$261One-way
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08:05AMKöln, Köln Bonn Airport5h25 01:30PMAmsterdam
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$261One-way

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Mon
Jun 14
$59Deutsche Bahn
$26Flixbus
Tue
Jun 15
$26Deutsche Bahn
$26STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Wed
Jun 16
$24Deutsche Bahn
$28Flixbus
Thu
Jun 17
$24Deutsche Bahn
$26STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Fri
Jun 18
$24Deutsche Bahn
$28Flixbus
Sat
Jun 19
$24Deutsche Bahn
$26STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Sun
Jun 20
$24Deutsche Bahn
$28Flixbus
Mon
Jun 21
$24Deutsche Bahn
$22Flixbus
Tue
Jun 22
$24Deutsche Bahn
$26STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Wed
Jun 23
$24Deutsche Bahn
$26Flixbus
Thu
Jun 24
$24Deutsche Bahn
$26STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Fri
Jun 25
$24Deutsche Bahn
$26STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Sat
Jun 26
$24Deutsche Bahn
$26STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Sun
Jun 27
$24Deutsche Bahn
$26Flixbus
Mon
Jun 28
$24Deutsche Bahn
$26STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Tue
Jun 29
$24Deutsche Bahn
$26STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Wed
Jun 30
$24Deutsche Bahn
$26STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Thu
Jul 1
$24Deutsche Bahn
$17STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Fri
Jul 2
$24Deutsche Bahn
$26STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Sat
Jul 3
$24Deutsche Bahn
$22Flixbus
Sun
Jul 4
$24Deutsche Bahn
$17STUDENT AGENCY k.s.

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

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

Can I enter Netherlands if coming from Germany?

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

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

Conditions of entry:

  • 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 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: Mandatory

The information above was last checked on 6/9/21; 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 between Cologne and Amsterdam.

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

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

Is my journey back to Cologne from Amsterdam restricted?

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

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

Conditions of reentry into Germany:

  • 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 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 6/13/21. 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.

How do I travel from Cologne to Amsterdam?

There are 2 travel options from Cologne to Amsterdam: bus or train.

How far is it from Cologne to Amsterdam?

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

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

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

  • Buses mostly leave from Köln, Köln Bonn Airport and tend to arrive in Amsterdam, Sloterdijk.
  • Trains most often depart from Cologne at Köln Hbf and arrive in Amsterdam at Amsterdam Centraal.
Which travel companies can take me from Cologne to Amsterdam?

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

  • You can travel from Cologne to Amsterdam by bus with Flixbus. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $22 (€17) with Flixbus from Cologne to Amsterdam.
  • You can travel to Amsterdam from Cologne by train with Deutsche Bahn. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $26 (€20) with Deutsche Bahn from Cologne to Amsterdam.
Is it possible to travel directly to Amsterdam from Cologne?

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

  • You can find a direct bus to Amsterdam with Flixbus or Union Ivkoni International.
  • You can find direct trains 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 journey.

Where else should I travel to after my journey to Amsterdam from Cologne ends?
Many of our customers traveling from Cologne to Amsterdam don't make Amsterdam their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after Amsterdam are, either of which you could add to your trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Amsterdam to any of these top destinations today!
How far in advance should I buy my Cologne to Amsterdam one way ticket online to get the best deals?

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

  • Bus tickets cost $22 (€17) one way on average.
  • Train tickets cost on average $26 (€20) 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.

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 $22 (€17).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Amsterdam:

A bus is $4 (€3) less than a train for this route with tickets for a train from Cologne to Amsterdam costing on average $26 (€20).

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

The fastest way from Cologne to Amsterdam is by flight with an average journey time of 50 min.

There are alternative travel options to Amsterdam that can usually take longer:

In comparison, getting to Amsterdam by bus can take on average 3 h 45 min.

In comparison, getting to Amsterdam by train can take on average 2 h 44 min.

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Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Cologne
Amsterdam
Köln Hbf
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