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.

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To get from Cologne to Brussels on Feb 05 we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

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Travel Information to Brussels from Cologne

distanceDistance113 miles (182 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$16 - $83
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $16 (€14) • 4 h 30 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $83 (€72) • 1 h 50 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or Thalys

Take a bus, ferry, flight or train to travel 113 miles (182 km) to Brussels from Cologne. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 50 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $16 (€14). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Flixbus or Thalys among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Cologne to Brussels.

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

Travel from Cologne, Germany to Brussels, Belgium is: Unrestricted.

Is international entry into Brussels from Cologne restricted?

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

Do I need to self-quarantine upon arrival to Brussels, Belgium from Cologne?

  • There are no current restrictions

What are the COVID-19 safety measures to follow in Brussels, Belgium?

The government of Belgium has imposed the following measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

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

The above information was last verified on 1/9/23. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip between Cologne and Brussels closer to your planned date of departure here.

Return travel to Cologne, Germany from Belgium is: Unrestricted.

Are there any travel restrictions on reentering Germany from Belgium?

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

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

Requirements for reentering Germany:

  • There are no current restrictions

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 1/24/23. 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 Brussels.

There are 4 ways to travel between Cologne and Brussels including taking a bus, ferry, flight or train.

The cheapest way to travel between Cologne and Brussels is by taking a bus with an average price of $16 (€14).

This is compared to other travel options to Brussels:

A bus is $67 (€58) less than a train for this route with tickets for a train from Cologne to Brussels costing on average $83 (€72).

The quickest way to travel from Cologne to Brussels is by train, which takes on average 1 h 50 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, going by bus can take 4 h 30 min   on average.

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

The average frequency per day from Cologne to Brussels is:

  • 12 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route to Brussels 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 Brussels:

  • Buses mostly depart from Köln, Köln Bonn Airport (Fernbusbahnhof) and arrive in Brussels, Brussels South (Gare du Midi).
  • Trains mostly depart from Köln Hbf and arrive in Bruxelles-Midi.

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

  • Travel with Flixbus for buses to Brussels. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Flixbus Cologne to Brussels tickets on Omio for $16 (€14).
  • Thalys can get you to Brussels by train. You can find a good deal for train tickets with Thalys from Cologne to Brussels for $83 (€72) on Omio.

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

  • You can take a direct train with Deutsche Bahn or Thalys with 12 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.

Many of our customers traveling from Cologne to Brussels don't make Brussels their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after Brussels are Paris, Amsterdam or London, either of which you could add to your trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Brussels to any of these top destinations today!

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 are costing $16 (€14) one way on average.
  • Train tickets are costing on average $83 (€72) one way.

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.

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