How to get from Cologne to Rotterdam by train, bus or flight.
The best way to travel from Cologne to Rotterdam is by taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.
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|Distance||126 miles (203 km)|
|Available travel modes||Bus or train|
|Ticket price range||$23 - $70|
|Cheapest mode||Bus • $23 (€20) • 4 h 25 min|
|Fastest mode||Train • $70 (€60) • 3 h 37 min|
|Popular travel companies||STUDENT AGENCY k. S. Or Deutsche Bahn|
Take a bus or train to travel 126 miles (203 km) between Cologne and Rotterdam. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 3 h 37 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $23 (€20). The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are STUDENT AGENCY k. S. Or Deutsche Bahn among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Cologne to Rotterdam.
You can travel by train or bus for as low as $17 (€15). When you search for schedules and tickets, Omio will show you the best journey.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) is Germany’s main provider of travel services and makes on average about 40,000 domestic and international journeys per day. Deutsche Bahn’s fleet of travel includes the high-speed ICE (Intercity Express) as well as the IC (Intercity), EC (Eurocity), IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional Express) and RB (Regionalbahn), which differ in terms of comfort and the time needed to travel. For example, while toilets are standard amenities, services like onboard restaurants or free WiFi are only available on certain train types and routes. Deutsche Bahn is well-known for its wide range of fares like Super Saver, Saver, and Flexible and discount cards like the Bahncard 25, 50 and 100, which you can also use for your Cologne to Rotterdam travel.
FlixBus is one of the most popular low-cost travel companies in Europe. Founded in Germany, FlixBus has expanded its services throughout Europe and even to the United States, giving travelers in both continents the option to take a long-distance travel at an affordable price. FlixBus also operates overnight travel on select routes throughout Europe. FlixBus offers only the Standard ticket for all its routes, which allows you to bring one carry-on bag and one checked bag per person. Additional fees apply for bringing extra luggage and making specific seat reservations, such as if you want to book an Extra Seat, Table Seat or the Panorama Seat. Standard amenities onboard include free Wi-Fi, power outlets to charge your phone, tablet or laptop during long travel journeys, extra legroom, luggage space and toilets.
There are 2 travel options between Cologne and Rotterdam. You can take a bus or train.
The cheapest way to go to Rotterdam from Cologne is by taking a bus, which costs on average $23 (€20).
This is compared to other ways of getting from Cologne to Rotterdam:
Taking a bus costs $47 (€40) less than taking a train, which average ticket prices of $70 (€60).
The fastest way to get to Rotterdam from Cologne is by train with an average travel time of 3 h 37 min.
Other travel options to Rotterdam take longer:
Taking a bus requires on average 4 h 25 min of travel time.
The Cologne to Rotterdam distance is around 126 miles (203 km).
The average frequency per day from Cologne to Rotterdam is:
However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey to Rotterdam from Cologne as scheduled services by bus or train can vary by season or day of the week.
These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Cologne to Rotterdam:
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Yes, there are direct services available from Cologne to Rotterdam with the following travel companies:
Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Rotterdam 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 Rotterdam.
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