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from Cologne to Rotterdam

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Travel Information between Cologne and Rotterdam

distanceDistance126 miles (203 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or train
priceTicket price range$21 - $23
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $21 (€18) • 4 h 10 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $23 (€19) • 2 h 55 min
carriersPopular travel companiesSTUDENT AGENCY k. S. Or Deutsche Bahn

Take a bus or train to travel 126 miles (203 km) from Cologne to Rotterdam. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 2 h 55 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $21 (€18). 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 or train from Cologne to Rotterdam.

How to get from Cologne to Rotterdam

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Cologne to Rotterdam, 79,71% 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 Rotterdam 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

Does Netherlands have any COVID-19 travel restrictions for people traveling from Cologne to Rotterdam?

Travel between Cologne, Germany and Rotterdam, Netherlands is: Partially open.

Can travelers from Germany enter Netherlands?

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 Rotterdam from Cologne?

Conditions of entry into Netherlands:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • 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 Rotterdam, 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 1/13/22. 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 from Cologne to Rotterdam.

What travel restrictions, such as quarantine measures, should I be aware of for my journey back to Cologne, Germany from Rotterdam, Netherlands?

The restriction level for your return to Cologne, Germany from Netherlands is: Partially open.

Is my journey back to Cologne from Rotterdam restricted?

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

Do I need to self-quarantine upon arrival in Cologne from Rotterdam?

Conditions of reentry into Germany:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self 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)
  • 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

What are the coronavirus safety measures I need to follow in Cologne, Germany?

You should observe these safety measures in Germany as imposed by the government to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

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

This information about your return travel to Germany was last checked on 1/16/22. We advise you to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip back to Cologne from Rotterdam closer to your date of departure here.

What are the ways to get from Cologne to Rotterdam?

There are 2 ways to get from Cologne to Rotterdam: bus or train.

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

The cheapest way to go to Rotterdam from Cologne is by taking a bus, which costs on average $21 (€18).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Rotterdam:

A bus is generally $1 (€1) less than a train for the same route. Taking a train costs on average $23 (€19) from Cologne to Rotterdam.

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

The fastest way to get to Rotterdam from Cologne is by train with an average travel time of 2 h 55 min.

Other travel options to Rotterdam can usually take longer:

In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 4 h 10 min   of travel time.

How many miles from Cologne to Rotterdam would I travel?

Rotterdam is approximately 126 miles (203 km) away from Cologne.

Where do people depart from and arrive in when traveling from Cologne to Rotterdam?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when traveling from Cologne to Rotterdam:

  • Most travelers take a bus from Köln, Köln Bonn Airport to Rotterdam, Conradstraat (Centraal Station).
  • Most travelers who purchase a train ticket from Cologne to Rotterdam depart from Köln Hbf to Rotterdam Centraal.

Which travel companies can help me find a way to get from Cologne to Rotterdam?

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

  • STUDENT AGENCY k. S. Can take you to Rotterdam by bus. If searching for a good deal on buses, you can find tickets for STUDENT AGENCY k. S. From Cologne to Rotterdam for $21 (€18).
  • Deutsche Bahn can take you to Rotterdam by train. If searching for a good deal on trains, you can find tickets for Deutsche Bahn from Cologne to Rotterdam for $23 (€19).

Is there a way to travel directly from Cologne to Rotterdam?

Yes, there are direct routes from Cologne to Rotterdam with the following travel companies:

  • You can book a direct bus with.
  • You can travel directly by train with.

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

What other popular destinations should I add to my itinerary for my trip from Cologne to Rotterdam?

Your trip from Cologne to Rotterdam doesn't have to end in Rotterdam. Many of our customers like to extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like Amsterdam, Brussels or Paris. If you’d like to add Amsterdam, Brussels or Paris to your Cologne to Rotterdam tour, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Rotterdam today!

How early should I book Cologne to Rotterdam tickets online to score the best deals?

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

  • Bus tickets cost $21 (€18) one way on average.
  • Train tickets are costing $23 (€19) one way on average.

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

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