How to travel from Rotterdam to Cologne

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from Rotterdam to Cologne

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

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To get from Rotterdam to Cologne on Sep 29 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

03:15PMRotterdam, Conradstraat4h25 07:40PMKöln, Köln Bonn Airport
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03:15PMRotterdam, Conradstraat4h25 07:40PMKöln, Köln Bonn Airport
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08:14AMRotterdam Centraal3h21 11:35AMCologne Hbf
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541One-way
06:14PMRotterdam Centraal3h21 09:35PMCologne Hbf
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541One-way
07:50AMRotterdam Centraal2h55 10:45AMCologne Hbf
1 transfer
611One-way

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Travel Information from Rotterdam to Cologne

distanceDistance126 miles (203 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight, ferry or train
priceTicket price range$47 - $60
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $47 (€44) • 4 h 25 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $53 (€49) • 2 h 56 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or Deutsche Bahn

Take a bus, flight, ferry or train to travel 126 miles (203 km) to Cologne from Rotterdam. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 2 h 56 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $47 (€44). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Flixbus or Deutsche Bahn among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Rotterdam to Cologne.

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

Can travelers from Netherlands enter Germany?

International entry is allowed at this time for: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Netherlands.

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

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 9/25/22. 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 from Rotterdam to Cologne.

Return travel to Rotterdam, Netherlands from Germany is: Unrestricted.

Are there any travel restrictions on reentering Netherlands from Germany?

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

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

Requirements for reentering Netherlands:

  • There are no current restrictions

What are the requirements for social distancing and wearing face masks in Netherlands?

All travelers must abide by the following measures in Netherlands to reduce the spread of coronavirus in the country:

  • Social distance: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face masks: Recommended

The above information about your return travel to Rotterdam, Netherlands was last verified on 9/26/22. 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 Rotterdam from Cologne.

There are 4 travel options from Rotterdam to Cologne: bus, flight, ferry or train.

The cheapest way to travel from Rotterdam to Cologne is by taking a bus with an average price of $47 (€44).

This is compared to other travel options to Cologne:

Taking a bus is usually $13 (€12) less than taking a flight to Cologne, which costs on average $60 (€56) for the same trip.

A bus is $5 (€5) less than a train for this route with tickets for a train from Rotterdam to Cologne costing on average $53 (€49).

The quickest way to travel from Rotterdam to Cologne is by train, which takes on average 2 h 56 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, going by bus can take 4 h 25 min   on average.

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

The Rotterdam to Cologne distance is around 126 miles (203 km).

The average frequency per day from Rotterdam to Cologne is:

  • Around 12 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey between Rotterdam 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 when traveling from Rotterdam to Cologne:

  • Most travelers take a bus from Rotterdam, Conradstraat (Centraal Station) to Köln, Köln Bonn Airport (Fernbusbahnhof).
  • Most travelers who purchase a plane ticket from Rotterdam to Cologne depart from Rotterdam The Hague Airport to Cologne/Bonn Airport.
  • Most travelers catch their train from Rotterdam Centraal and arrive in Köln Hbf.

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

  • You can go to Cologne from Rotterdam by bus with Flixbus. You'll see cheap bus tickets for $47 (€44) with Flixbus from Rotterdam to Cologne on Omio.
  • You can travel to Cologne from Rotterdam by train with Deutsche Bahn. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $53 (€49) with Deutsche Bahn from Rotterdam to Cologne.

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

  • You can book a direct bus with Flixbus.
  • You can book a direct train with.

Direct services to Cologne 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.

Many of our customers who book a trip from Rotterdam to Cologne often extend their vacation and travel to other popular destinations like Berlin, Amsterdam or Brussels. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Rotterdam and Cologne itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Cologne and any of these top destinations today!

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

  • A bus ticket costs $47 (€44) one way on average for this journey.
  • A plane ticket for this route is costing $60 (€56) one way on average.
  • A train ticket costs $53 (€49) one way on average for this route.

But we recommend booking Rotterdam 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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