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from Cologne to Amsterdam

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

Our recommendation

To get from Cologne to Amsterdam on Sep 20 we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

07:14PMCologne Hbf2h44 09:58PMAmsterdam Centraal
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$501One-way
Cheapest
08:05AMKöln, Köln Bonn Airport5h25 01:30PMAmsterdam
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$251One-way
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08:38PMCologne Messe/Deutz2h50 11:28PMAmsterdam Centraal
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$431One-way
06:45AMCologne Messe/Deutz2h43 09:28AMAmsterdam Centraal
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$501One-way
08:46PMCologne Messe/Deutz4h05 12:51AMAmsterdam Centraal
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$311One-way

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Sun
Sep 19
$37Deutsche Bahn
$25STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Mon
Sep 20
$31Deutsche Bahn
$25STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Tue
Sep 21
$23Deutsche Bahn
$25STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Wed
Sep 22
$23Deutsche Bahn
$16STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Thu
Sep 23
$23Deutsche Bahn
$16STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Fri
Sep 24
$23Deutsche Bahn
$16STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Sat
Sep 25
$23Deutsche Bahn
$25STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Sun
Sep 26
$23Deutsche Bahn
$16STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Mon
Sep 27
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$21STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Tue
Sep 28
$23Deutsche Bahn
$16STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Wed
Sep 29
$23Deutsche Bahn
$16STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Thu
Sep 30
$23Deutsche Bahn
$16STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Fri
Oct 1
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$25STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Sat
Oct 2
$23Deutsche Bahn
$16STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Sun
Oct 3
$23Deutsche Bahn
$16STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Mon
Oct 4
$23Deutsche Bahn
$16STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Tue
Oct 5
$23Deutsche Bahn
$16STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Wed
Oct 6
$23Deutsche Bahn
$16STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Thu
Oct 7
$23Deutsche Bahn
$16STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Fri
Oct 8
$23Deutsche Bahn
$16STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
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Oct 9
$23Deutsche Bahn
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Travel Information from Cologne to Amsterdam

distanceDistance133 miles (214 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight or train
priceTicket price range$24 - $143
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • $24 (€19) • 2 h 43 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $24 (€19) • 2 h 43 min
carriersPopular travel companiesSTUDENT AGENCY k. S. Eurowings or Deutsche Bahn

Travel 133 miles (214 km) by bus, flight or train from Cologne to Amsterdam. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 2 h 43 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a train is the best option with prices starting as low as $24 (€19). The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are STUDENT AGENCY k. S. Eurowings 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
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: Fully open.

Can I enter Netherlands if coming from Germany?

Entry into Netherlands is currently allowed for: Entry is fully 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:

  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
  • Health declaration required

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 9/14/21; 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 travel restrictions, such as quarantine measures, should I be aware of for my journey back to Cologne, Germany from Amsterdam, Netherlands?

The current restriction level for returning to Cologne, Germany from Netherlands is: Partially open.

Am I allowed to reenter Cologne, Germany from Amsterdam, Netherlands?

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

Do I need to self-quarantine when I arrive back to Cologne from Amsterdam?

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 10 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 5 in 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)
  • Pre-arrival health declaration
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival

Which rules do I need to follow in Cologne, Germany regarding COVID-19?

All travelers returning to Germany must observe the following safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the country:

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

The information above was last checked on 9/18/21. We do our best to keep this information up-to-date, but regulations can change due to the nature of the coronavirus pandemic, so please double check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations ahead of your trip back to Cologne from Amsterdam here.

How do I reach Amsterdam from Cologne?

You can travel from Cologne to Amsterdam 3 different ways: bus, flight or train.

What is the cheapest way from Cologne to Amsterdam?

The cheapest way to travel to Amsterdam from Cologne is by taking a train with an average price of $24 (€19).

This is compared to other travel options to Amsterdam:

Taking a train is usually $1 (€1) less than taking a bus to Amsterdam, which costs on average $25 (€20) for the same trip.

A train is $120 (€96) less than a flight for this trip with tickets for a flight from Cologne to Amsterdam costing on average $143 (€115).

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

The fastest way to get to Amsterdam from Cologne is by train with an average travel time of 2 h 43 min.

Other travel options to Amsterdam can usually take longer:

In comparison, traveling by bus can take you on average 4 h 20 min.

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

What is the distance between Cologne and Amsterdam?

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

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 between Cologne and Amsterdam as scheduled services by bus, flight or train can vary by season or day of the week.

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 most often depart from Cologne at Köln, Köln Bonn Airport and arrive in Amsterdam at Amsterdam, Sloterdijk.
  • Flights most often depart from Cologne at Cologne/Bonn Airport and arrive in Amsterdam at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
  • Trains most often depart from Cologne at Köln Hbf and arrive in Amsterdam at Amsterdam Centraal.
Who can get me from Cologne to Amsterdam?

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

  • STUDENT AGENCY k. S. Can get you to Amsterdam by bus. You can find a good deal for bus tickets with STUDENT AGENCY k. S. From Cologne to Amsterdam for $25 (€20) on Omio.
  • Eurowings can take you to Amsterdam by plane. If searching for a good deal on flights, you can find tickets for Eurowings from Cologne to Amsterdam for $143 (€115).
  • Travel with Deutsche Bahn for trains to Amsterdam. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Deutsche Bahn Cologne to Amsterdam tickets on Omio for $24 (€19).
Is it possible to travel directly between Cologne and Amsterdam?

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

  • You can book a direct bus with Flixbus or STUDENT AGENCY k. S.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Amsterdam as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets from Cologne to Amsterdam.

What is another destination I should add to my tour from Cologne to Amsterdam?
Many of our customers who book a trip from Cologne to Amsterdam often extend their vacation and travel to other popular destinations like Paris, London or Brussels. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Cologne and Amsterdam itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Amsterdam and any of these top destinations today!
How early should I book tickets from Cologne to Amsterdam online for the best deals?

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

  • Bus tickets are costing $25 (€20) one way on average.
  • Plane tickets are costing $143 (€115) one way on average.
  • Train tickets cost $24 (€19) one way on average.

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.

Stations

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Cologne
Amsterdam
Köln Hbf
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