How to travel from Cologne to Brussels

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from Cologne to Brussels

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

Our recommendation

To get from Cologne to Brussels on Wed Dec 01 2021 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time) we recommend taking a train because it's the best combination of price and speed.

07:43PMCologne Hbf1h52 09:35PMBrussels-Midi
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$301One-way
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11:00PMKöln, Köln Bonn Airport3h25 02:25AMBRUXELLES-Midi / Brussel Zuid, Rue de France
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$101One-way
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09:42AMCologne Hbf1h53 11:35AMBrussels-Midi
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$301One-way
05:43PMCologne Hbf1h52 07:35PMBrussels-Midi
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$321One-way
07:42AMCologne Hbf1h53 09:35AMBrussels-Midi
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$321One-way

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Tue
Nov 30
$38Deutsche Bahn
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Dec 1
$30Deutsche Bahn
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Thu
Dec 2
$28Deutsche Bahn
$10BlaBlaCar Bus
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Dec 3
$28Deutsche Bahn
$10BlaBlaCar Bus
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Dec 4
$26Deutsche Bahn
$10BlaBlaCar Bus
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Dec 5
$17Deutsche Bahn
$10BlaBlaCar Bus
Mon
Dec 6
$26Deutsche Bahn
$10BlaBlaCar Bus
Tue
Dec 7
$66Thalys
$10BlaBlaCar Bus
Wed
Dec 8
$19Deutsche Bahn
$10BlaBlaCar Bus
Thu
Dec 9
$19Deutsche Bahn
$10BlaBlaCar Bus
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Dec 10
$26Deutsche Bahn
$12BlaBlaCar Bus
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Dec 11
$19Deutsche Bahn
$9BlaBlaCar Bus
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Dec 12
$20Deutsche Bahn
$10BlaBlaCar Bus
Mon
Dec 13
$66Thalys
$10BlaBlaCar Bus
Tue
Dec 14
$66Thalys
$10BlaBlaCar Bus
Wed
Dec 15
$20Deutsche Bahn
$14BlaBlaCar Bus
Thu
Dec 16
$66Thalys
$12BlaBlaCar Bus
Fri
Dec 17
$24Deutsche Bahn
$14Flixbus
Sat
Dec 18
$20Deutsche Bahn
$14Flixbus
Sun
Dec 19
$20Deutsche Bahn
$17BlaBlaCar Bus
Mon
Dec 20
$20Deutsche Bahn
$14Flixbus

How to get from Cologne to Brussels

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Cologne to Brussels, 82,52% 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 Brussels 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
Am I allowed to travel from Cologne, Germany to Brussels, Belgium?

Travel between Cologne, Germany and Brussels, Belgium is: Partially open.

Can travelers from Germany enter Belgium?

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

Are there rules for self-quarantine when arriving to Brussels from Cologne?

Conditions of entry into 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

Are there COVID-19 safety rules for social distancing and wearing face masks in Brussels, Belgium?

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the government of Belgium has imposed the following measures:

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

This information was last checked on 11/29/21. As this information can change due to the nature of the pandemic, make sure to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your journey to Brussels from Cologne.

Are there restrictions on reentering Germany from Brussels, Belgium due to the coronavirus pandemic?

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

Am I allowed to reenter Cologne, Germany from Brussels, Belgium?

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

Do I need to self-quarantine when I arrive back to Cologne 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 10 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

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 11/29/21. 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 Brussels here.

How do I go from Cologne to Brussels?

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

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

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

A bus is generally $14 (€12) less than a train for the same route. Taking a train costs on average $31 (€26) from Cologne to Brussels.

What is the quickest way to get from Cologne to Brussels?

The fastest way from Cologne to Brussels is by train with an average journey time of 1 h 52 min.

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

In comparison, going by bus can take 3 h 5 min   on average.

How many miles from Cologne to Brussels would I travel?

The Cologne to Brussels distance is around 113 miles (182 km).

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

The average frequency per day from Cologne to Brussels is:

  • 8 trains a day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey to Brussels 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 Brussels?

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

  • Buses mostly leave from Köln, Köln Bonn Airport and tend to arrive in Brussels, Brussels South (Gare du Midi).
  • Trains mostly leave from Köln Hbf and tend to arrive in Bruxelles-Midi.
Who can get me from Cologne to Brussels?

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

  • You can travel from Cologne to Brussels by bus with Flixbus. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $17 (€14) with Flixbus from Cologne to Brussels.
  • You can go to Brussels from Cologne by train with Deutsche Bahn. You'll see cheap train tickets for $31 (€26) with Deutsche Bahn from Cologne to Brussels on Omio.
Can I find a direct route to Brussels from Cologne?

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

  • You can travel directly by train with Deutsche Bahn or Thalys with 8 direct trains per day.

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

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

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

  • Bus tickets cost on average $17 (€14) one way.
  • Train tickets are costing $31 (€26) one way on average.

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