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Travel Information from Cologne to Leiden

distanceDistance135 miles (217 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or train
priceTicket price range$24 - $25
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • $24 (€19) • 4 h 21 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $24 (€19) • 4 h 21 min
carriersPopular travel companiesSTUDENT AGENCY k. S. Or Deutsche Bahn

Take a bus or train to travel 135 miles (217 km) to Leiden from Cologne. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 4 h 21 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 route are STUDENT AGENCY k. S. Or Deutsche Bahn among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus from Cologne to Leiden.

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Travel from Cologne to Leiden
Travel to Leiden 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 Leiden.
Is cross-border travel to Leiden, Netherlands from Cologne, Germany currently allowed?

Travel between Cologne, Germany and Leiden, Netherlands is: Fully open.

Can travelers from Germany enter Netherlands?

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

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

Conditions of entry into Netherlands:

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

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

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

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

This information was last checked on 9/26/21. 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 Leiden from Cologne.

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

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

Am I allowed to reenter Cologne, Germany from Leiden, 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 Leiden?

  • 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 9/26/21. 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 Leiden here.

How do I reach Leiden from Cologne?

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

How do I get from Cologne to Leiden the cheapest way?

The cheapest way to go to Leiden from Cologne is by taking a train, which costs on average $24 (€19).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Leiden:

A train is generally $1 (€1) less than a bus for the same trip. Taking a bus costs on average $25 (€20) from Cologne to Leiden.

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

The quickest way to travel to Leiden from Cologne is by train, which takes on average 4 h 21 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, traveling by bus can take you on average 4 h 40 min.

How many miles from Cologne to Leiden would I travel?

The distance is approximately 135 miles (217 km) from Cologne to Leiden.

How many services a day are there between Cologne and Leiden?

The average frequency per day from Cologne to Leiden is:

  • 10 trains per day.

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

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

  • Trains most often depart from Cologne at Köln Hbf and arrive in Leiden at Leiden Centraal.
Which travel operators can get me to Leiden from Cologne?

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

  • You can go to Leiden from Cologne by bus with STUDENT AGENCY k. S. You'll see cheap bus tickets for $25 (€20) with STUDENT AGENCY k. S. From Cologne to Leiden on Omio.
  • You can travel by train from Cologne to Leiden with Deutsche Bahn, and you can find Deutsche Bahn Cologne to Leiden tickets for $24 (€19) on Omio.
Can I find a direct route between Cologne and Leiden?

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

  • You can take a direct bus with STUDENT AGENCY k. S.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Leiden 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 Leiden.

Where else should I travel to after my journey from Cologne to Leiden ends?
Looking to extend your trip from Cologne to Leiden? Many Omio customers who go from Cologne to Leiden usually extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like Amsterdam, Brussels or The Hague. If you're looking to explore Amsterdam, Brussels or The Hague from Leiden, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.
When should I purchase a ticket from Cologne to Leiden online to score the best deals?

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

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

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

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