How to travel from Lille to Cologne

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from Lille to Cologne

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

Our recommendation

To get from Lille to Cologne on Jun 28 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

03:40PMLille, Gare Europe5h20 09:00PMKöln, Flughafen
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03:40PMLille, Gare Europe5h20 09:00PMKöln, Flughafen
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04:35AMLille, Gare Europe5h55 10:30AMKöln, Flughafen
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08:30AMLille, Gare Europe6h05 02:35PMKöln, Flughafen
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Travel Tips: Travel from Lille to Cologne

Travel to Cologne 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 Lille to Cologne.

Travel between Lille, France and Cologne, Germany is: Fully open.

Can travelers from France enter Germany?

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

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

Conditions of entry into Germany:

  • There are no current restrictions

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

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

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

This information was last checked on 6/26/22. 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 Cologne from Lille.

The current restriction level for returning to Lille, France from Germany is: Partially open.

Am I allowed to reenter Lille, France from Cologne, Germany?

Reentering France is currently allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany

Do I need to self-quarantine when I arrive back to Lille from Cologne?

  • Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test as either a RT-PCR performed within 72 hours prior to arrival, or an Antigen test performed within 48 hours prior to arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Health declaration required

Which rules do I need to follow in Lille, France regarding COVID-19?

All travelers returning to France must observe the following safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the country:

  • Physical distance: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
  • Face masks: Recommended

The information above was last checked on 6/26/22. 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 Lille from Cologne here.

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

The cheapest way to travel from Lille to Cologne is by taking a flight with an average price of $1 (€1).

This is compared to other travel options to Cologne:

A flight is $45 (€40) less than a bus for this trip with tickets for a bus from Lille to Cologne costing on average $45 (€40).

A flight is generally $1 (€1) less than a ferry for the same journey. Taking a ferry costs on average $1 (€1) from Lille to Cologne.

Taking a flight is usually $52 (€47) less than taking a train to Cologne, which costs on average $52 (€47) for the same trip.

The quickest way to travel from Lille to Cologne is by train, which takes on average 2 h 45 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, going by bus can take 5 h   on average.

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

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

The Lille to Cologne distance is around 171 miles (275 km).

The average frequency per day from Lille to Cologne is:

  • 8 trains a day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route between Lille and Cologne 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 Lille to Cologne:

  • Buses mostly leave from Lille, Gare Lille Europe and tend to arrive in Köln, Köln Bonn Airport (Fernbusbahnhof).
  • Flights most often depart from Lille at Lille Airport and arrive in Cologne at Cologne/Bonn Airport.
  • Trains from Lille to Cologne most often leave from Lille Flandres and arrive in Köln Hbf.

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

  • BlaBlaCar Bus can get you to Cologne by bus. You can find a good deal for bus tickets with BlaBlaCar Bus from Lille to Cologne for $45 (€40) on Omio.
  • Travel with Deutsche Bahn to go to Cologne by train. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Deutsche Bahn Lille to Cologne tickets on Omio for $52 (€47).

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

  • You can take a direct bus with Flixbus or BlaBlaCar.
  • You can take a direct train with.

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

Omio customers who travel from Lille to Cologne often also extend their vacation to go to Berlin, Amsterdam or Brussels. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Cologne and these popular destinations at a great price.

Before traveling from Lille to Cologne, it’s good to know what ticket you can book and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • A bus ticket is costing on average $45 (€40) one way for this trip.
  • A plane ticket for this trip is costing $1 (€1) one way on average.
  • A ferry ticket is costing on average $1 (€1) one way for this route.
  • A train ticket for this route costs on average $52 (€47) one way.

But we recommend booking Lille to Cologne tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

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