How to travel from Cologne to Rotterdam

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from Cologne to Rotterdam

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

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To get from Cologne to Rotterdam on Dec 07 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

08:05AMKöln, Köln Bonn Airport4h10 12:15PMRotterdam, Conradstraat
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151One-way
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08:05AMKöln, Köln Bonn Airport4h10 12:15PMRotterdam, Conradstraat
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07:09AMCologne Hbf3h37 10:46AMRotterdam Centraal
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11:09AMCologne Hbf3h37 02:46PMRotterdam Centraal
3 transfers
271One-way
05:56AMCologne Hbf3h29 09:25AMRotterdam Centraal
1 transfer
251One-way

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Travel Information to Rotterdam from Cologne

distanceDistance126 miles (203 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$15 - $44
fastestFastest modeTrain • $22 (€20) • 3 h 9 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or Deutsche Bahn

Travel 126 miles (203 km) by bus, ferry, flight or train between Cologne and Rotterdam. The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are Flixbus 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

Travel between Cologne, Germany and Rotterdam, Netherlands is: Unrestricted.

Can travelers from Germany enter Netherlands?

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 Rotterdam from Cologne?

Conditions of entry into Netherlands:

  • There are no current restrictions

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: Recommended

This information was last checked on 11/17/22. 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 to Rotterdam from Cologne.

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

Is my journey back to Cologne from Rotterdam restricted?

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

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

Conditions of reentry into Germany:

  • There are no current restrictions

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 11/6/22. 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.

There are 4 ways to travel to Rotterdam from Cologne including taking a bus, ferry, flight or train.

The cheapest way to travel to Rotterdam from Cologne is by taking a flight with an average price of $15 (€13).

This is compared to other travel options to Rotterdam:

Taking a flight is usually $29 (€26) less than taking a bus to Rotterdam, which costs on average $44 (€39) for the same trip.

A flight is generally $8 (€7) less than a train for the same journey. Taking a train costs on average $22 (€20) from Cologne to Rotterdam.

The fastest way from Cologne to Rotterdam is by train with an average journey time of 3 h 9 min.

There are alternative travel options to Rotterdam that can usually take longer:

In comparison, going by bus can take 4 h 10 min   on average.

In comparison, taking a flight requires on average 0 h 0 min   of travel time.

You should expect to travel around 126 miles (203 km) between Cologne and Rotterdam.

The average frequency per day from Cologne to Rotterdam is:

  • Around 13 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route from Cologne to Rotterdam 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 Rotterdam:

  • Buses mostly leave from Köln, Köln Bonn Airport (Fernbusbahnhof) and tend to arrive in Rotterdam, Conradstraat (Centraal Station).
  • Flights mostly leave from Cologne/Bonn Airport and tend to arrive in Rotterdam The Hague Airport.
  • Trains from Cologne to Rotterdam most often leave from Köln Hbf and arrive in Rotterdam Centraal.

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

  • You can go to Rotterdam from Cologne by bus with Flixbus. You'll see cheap bus tickets for $44 (€39) with Flixbus from Cologne to Rotterdam on Omio.
  • You can travel by train between Cologne and Rotterdam with Deutsche Bahn, and you can find Deutsche Bahn Cologne to Rotterdam tickets for $22 (€20) on Omio.

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

  • You can travel directly by bus with Flixbus or STUDENT AGENCY k. S.
  • You can travel directly by train with.

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 between Cologne and Rotterdam.

Looking to extend your trip from Cologne to Rotterdam? Many Omio customers who go from Cologne to Rotterdam usually extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like Amsterdam, Brussels or Paris. If you're looking to explore Amsterdam, Brussels or Paris from Rotterdam, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.

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 $44 (€39) one way on average.
  • Plane tickets cost on average $15 (€13) one way.
  • Train tickets cost on average $22 (€20) one way.

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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