How to travel from Cologne to Utrecht

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from Cologne to Utrecht

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

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To get from Cologne to Utrecht on Jun 30 we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

05:56AMCologne Hbf2h37 08:33AMUtrecht Centraal
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03:59AMCologne Hbf3h36 07:35AMUtrecht Centraal
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06:45AMCologne Messe/Deutz2h14 08:59AMUtrecht Centraal
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08:33PMCologne Messe/Deutz2h26 10:59PMUtrecht Centraal
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08:36AMCologne Messe/Deutz2h23 10:59AMUtrecht Centraal
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Travel Information between Cologne and Utrecht

distanceDistance112 miles (180 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight, ferry or train
fastestFastest modeTrain • $21 (€19) • 2 h 14 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or Deutsche Bahn with connection

Take a bus, flight, ferry or train to travel 112 miles (180 km) between Cologne and Utrecht. The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Flixbus or Deutsche Bahn with connection among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Cologne to Utrecht.

How to get from Cologne to Utrecht

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Cologne to Utrecht, 82,86% 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 Utrecht 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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Travel Tips: Travel from Cologne to Utrecht

Travel to Utrecht 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 Utrecht.

Travel between Cologne, Germany and Utrecht, 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 Utrecht 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 Utrecht, 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 6/27/22. 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 between Cologne and Utrecht.

Return travel to Cologne, Germany from Netherlands is: Fully open.

Are there any travel restrictions on reentering Germany from Netherlands?

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

Are there requirements to self-quarantine on arrival into Germany from Netherlands?

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 6/28/22. 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 Utrecht.

There are 4 ways that you can travel between Cologne and Utrecht. You can take a bus, flight, ferry or train.

The cheapest way to go to Utrecht from Cologne is by taking a ferry, which costs on average $1 (€1).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Utrecht:

Taking a ferry is about $28 (€25) less than taking a bus, which costs on average $28 (€25) for this route.

Taking a ferry is usually $336 (€300) less than taking a flight to Utrecht, which costs on average $336 (€300) for the same trip.

A ferry is generally $21 (€19) less than a train for the same journey. Taking a train costs on average $21 (€19) from Cologne to Utrecht.

The fastest way to get to Utrecht from Cologne is by train with an average travel time of 2 h 14 min.

Other travel options to Utrecht can usually take longer:

In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 3 h 39 min   of travel time.

In comparison, traveling by flight can take you on average 0 h 0 min.

In comparison, going by ferry can take 0 h 0 min   on average.

Utrecht is approximately 112 miles (180 km) away from Cologne.

The average frequency per day from Cologne to Utrecht is:

  • 15 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route from Cologne to Utrecht as scheduled services by bus, flight, ferry or train can vary by season or day of the week.

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

  • Buses mostly depart from Köln, Köln Bonn Airport (Fernbusbahnhof) and arrive in Utrecht, Jaarbeursplein.
  • Trains from Cologne to Utrecht most often leave from Köln Hbf and arrive in Utrecht Centraal.

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

  • You can travel by bus from Cologne to Utrecht with Flixbus, and you can find Flixbus Cologne to Utrecht tickets for $28 (€25) on Omio.
  • You can travel from Cologne to Utrecht by train with Deutsche Bahn with connection. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $21 (€19) with Deutsche Bahn with connection from Cologne to Utrecht.

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

  • You'll find 3 direct trains a day to Utrecht with Deutsche Bahn.

Direct services to Utrecht 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.

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

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

  • Bus tickets are costing on average $28 (€25) one way.
  • Plane tickets are costing on average $336 (€300) one way.
  • Ferry tickets cost $1 (€1) one way on average.
  • Train tickets cost on average $21 (€19) one way.

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

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