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from Rotterdam to Cologne

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

Our recommendation

To get from Rotterdam to Cologne on Dec 6 we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

06:21PMRotterdam Centraal3h31 09:52PMCologne Hbf
2 changes
$301One-way
Cheapest
03:15PMRotterdam, Conradstraat4h25 07:40PMKöln, Köln Bonn Airport
0 changes
$191One-way
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06:20PMRotterdam Centraal3h32 09:52PMCologne Hbf
1 changes
$301One-way
04:51PMRotterdam Centraal3h30 08:21PMCologne Hbf
2 changes
$331One-way
04:50PMRotterdam Centraal3h31 08:21PMCologne Hbf
1 changes
$331One-way

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Mon
Dec 6
$30Deutsche Bahn
$19STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Tue
Dec 7
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$14STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Wed
Dec 8
$30Deutsche Bahn
$35Flixbus
Thu
Dec 9
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$19STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Fri
Dec 10
$33Deutsche Bahn
$19STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Sat
Dec 11
$24Deutsche Bahn
$24Flixbus
Sun
Dec 12
$23Deutsche Bahn
$19STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Mon
Dec 13
$23Deutsche Bahn
$25Flixbus
Tue
Dec 14
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$14STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Wed
Dec 15
$23Deutsche Bahn
$14STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Thu
Dec 16
$23Deutsche Bahn
$14STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Fri
Dec 17
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$24STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Sat
Dec 18
$23Deutsche Bahn
$24STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Sun
Dec 19
$23Deutsche Bahn
$24STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Mon
Dec 20
$23Deutsche Bahn
$24STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Tue
Dec 21
$23Deutsche Bahn
$24STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Wed
Dec 22
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$24STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Thu
Dec 23
$23Deutsche Bahn
$24STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Fri
Dec 24
$23Deutsche Bahn
$34Flixbus
Sat
Dec 25
$23Deutsche Bahn
$35Flixbus

Travel Information from Rotterdam to Cologne

distanceDistance126 miles (203 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or train
priceTicket price range$22 - $23
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $22 (€18) • 4 h 25 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $23 (€19) • 2 h 52 min
carriersPopular travel companiesSTUDENT AGENCY k. S. Or Deutsche Bahn

Travel 126 miles (203 km) by bus or train between Rotterdam and Cologne. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 2 h 52 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $22 (€18). 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 Rotterdam to Cologne.

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How to get from Rotterdam to Cologne

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Rotterdam to Cologne, 81,40% 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 Rotterdam to Cologne 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
What COVID-19 safety information and travel restrictions should I be aware of before I go to Cologne, Germany from Rotterdam, Netherlands?

Travel from Rotterdam, Netherlands to Cologne, Germany is: Partially open.

Is international entry into Cologne from Rotterdam restricted?

International entry is currently allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Netherlands.

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

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 14 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
  • 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 COVID-19 safety measures to follow in Cologne, Germany?

The government of Germany has imposed the following measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

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

The above information was last verified on 12/5/21. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip to Cologne from Rotterdam closer to your planned date of departure here.

Are there COVID-19 restrictions on returning to Rotterdam, Netherlands from Cologne, Germany?

The current restriction level for returning to Rotterdam, Netherlands from Germany is: Partially open.

Am I allowed to reenter Rotterdam, Netherlands from Cologne, Germany?

Reentering Netherlands 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 Rotterdam from Cologne?

  • 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

Which rules do I need to follow in Rotterdam, Netherlands regarding COVID-19?

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

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

The information above was last checked on 12/1/21. 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 Rotterdam from Cologne here.

What are the ways to get from Rotterdam to Cologne?

You can travel between Rotterdam and Cologne 2 different ways: bus or train.

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

The cheapest way to go to Cologne from Rotterdam is by taking a bus, which costs on average $22 (€18).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Cologne:

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

What is the fastest way to travel from Rotterdam to Cologne?

The fastest way from Rotterdam to Cologne is by train with an average journey time of 2 h 52 min.

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

In comparison, getting to Cologne by bus can take on average 4 h 25 min.

How far is it from Rotterdam to Cologne?

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

How many scheduled departures are there a day from Rotterdam to Cologne?

The average frequency per day from Rotterdam to Cologne is:

  • 5 trains a day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip between Rotterdam and Cologne as scheduled services by bus or train can vary by season or day of the week.

When traveling from Rotterdam to Cologne, where do I depart from Rotterdam and where do I arrive in Cologne?

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

  • Buses most often depart from Rotterdam at Rotterdam, Conradstraat (Centraal Station) and arrive in Cologne at Köln, Köln Bonn Airport.
  • Trains most often depart from Rotterdam at Rotterdam Centraal and arrive in Cologne at Köln Hbf.
Which travel companies can get me from Rotterdam to Cologne?

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

  • Travel with STUDENT AGENCY k. S. For buses to Cologne. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for STUDENT AGENCY k. S. Rotterdam to Cologne tickets on Omio for $22 (€18).
  • Deutsche Bahn can take you to Cologne by train. If searching for a good deal on trains, you can find tickets for Deutsche Bahn from Rotterdam to Cologne for $23 (€19).
Is it possible to travel directly from Rotterdam to Cologne?

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

  • You can travel directly by train with with 5 direct trains per day.

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 to Cologne from Rotterdam.

What other popular destinations should I add to my itinerary for my trip from Rotterdam to Cologne?
Omio customers who travel from Rotterdam 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.
How early should I purchase Rotterdam to Cologne tickets online to score the best deals?

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

  • Bus tickets are costing on average $22 (€18) one way.
  • Train tickets are costing on average $23 (€19) one way.

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

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