How to travel from Cologne to Ghent

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from Cologne to Ghent

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

Our recommendation

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

08:25AMCologne Messe/Deutz3h55 12:20PMGhent St Pieters
1 transfer
08:25AMCologne Messe/Deutz3h55 12:20PMGhent St Pieters
1 transfer
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09:10AMCologne Hbf3h10 12:20PMGhent St Pieters
3 transfers
06:28AMCologne Messe/Deutz3h52 10:20AMGhent St Pieters
1 transfer
08:17AMCologne Hbf3h14 11:31AMGhent St Pieters
1 transfer

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Travel Information to Ghent from Cologne

distanceDistance140 miles (226 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$11 - $49
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $11 (€10) • 5 h 45 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $49 (€42) • 2 h 36 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or Deutsche Bahn

Travel 140 miles (226 km) by bus, ferry, flight or train to Ghent from Cologne. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 2 h 36 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $11 (€10). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Flixbus or Deutsche Bahn among others. Travelers can even take a direct from Cologne to Ghent.

Travel Tips: Travel from Cologne to Ghent

Travel Tips: Travel to Ghent easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Cologne to Ghent.

Travel between Cologne, Germany and Ghent, Belgium is: Unrestricted.

Can travelers from Germany enter Belgium?

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

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

Conditions of entry into Belgium:

  • There are no current restrictions

Are there COVID-19 safety rules for social distancing and wearing face masks in Ghent, 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: Recommended

This information was last checked on 1/9/23. 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 between Cologne and Ghent.

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 Ghent.

There are 4 ways to get from Cologne to Ghent: bus, ferry, flight or train.

The cheapest way to go to Ghent from Cologne is by taking a bus, which costs on average $11 (€10).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Ghent:

Taking a bus is about $37 (€33) less than taking a train, which costs on average $49 (€42) for this journey.

The quickest way to travel between Cologne and Ghent is by train, which takes on average 2 h 36 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, going by bus can take 5 h 45 min   on average.

The distance is approximately 140 miles (226 km) from Cologne to Ghent.

The average frequency per day from Cologne to Ghent is:

  • 1 bus a day.
  • Around 12 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route to Ghent 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 when traveling from Cologne to Ghent:

  • Most travelers take a bus from Köln, Köln Bonn Airport (Fernbusbahnhof) to Ghent.
  • Most travelers board their train from Köln Hbf and arrive in Gent St Pieters.

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

  • Travel with Flixbus to go to Ghent by bus. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Flixbus Cologne to Ghent tickets on Omio for $11 (€10).
  • Deutsche Bahn can take you to Ghent by train. If searching for a good deal on trains, you can find tickets for Deutsche Bahn from Cologne to Ghent for $49 (€42).
Many of our customers who book a trip from Cologne to Ghent often extend their vacation and travel to other popular destinations like Brussels, Bruges or Amsterdam. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Cologne and Ghent itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Ghent and any of these top destinations today!

Before traveling from Cologne to Ghent, it’s good to know what ticket you can book and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • A bus ticket is costing on average $11 (€10) one way for this journey.
  • A train ticket costs $49 (€42) one way on average for this trip.

But we recommend booking Cologne to Ghent tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

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