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How to travel from Bruges (Brugge) to Cologne by train

Want to find out more about taking the train from Bruges (Brugge) to Cologne? Look no further.

You'll usually find 28 trains per day running between Bruges (Brugge) and Cologne, which usually take 15 hours 52 minutes to complete the 797 km journey. It can take as little as 12 hours 27 minutes on the fastest services though, if you want to get there as quickly as possible. Although there aren't any direct services on this line, it's still easy to travel to Cologne from Bruges (Brugge), you'll just need to make 4 changes along the way.

You can save money on train tickets from Bruges (Brugge) to Cologne if you book in advance, as tickets usually start from $181.81. Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to compare ticket prices and get the cheapest fares.

Want to book your train tickets now? Just start a search with us today. If you want to find out more about the journey, read on for train schedules (including first and last train times), FAQs and tips on how to book cheap train tickets.

Bruges (Brugge) to Cologne by train

It takes an average of 15h 52m to travel from Bruges (Brugge) to Cologne by train, over a distance of around 495 miles (797 km). There are normally 28 trains per day traveling from Bruges (Brugge) to Cologne and tickets for this journey start from $181.81 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 12h 27m
PriceFrom $181.81
Distance495 miles (797 km)
Frequency28 trains per day
First train05:08
Last train20:16
Departure stationBruges (Brugge)
Arrival stationCologne
Changes4 changes

Bruges (Brugge) to Cologne train times

Check out the next trains departing from Bruges (Brugge) to Cologne for Tuesday Dec 13th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
06:25 19:19 12h 54m, 8 changes
06:25 20:39 14h 14m, 7 changes
06:58 21:19 14h 21m, 6 changes
06:58 21:29 14h 31m, 5 changes
07:58 21:19 13h 21m, 6 changes
07:58 21:29 13h 31m, 5 changes
08:31 21:29 12h 58m, 7 changes
11:08 04:19 17h 11m, 4 changes
12:58 07:19 18h 21m, 7 changes
13:16 07:19 18h 3m, 8 changes

Cheap train tickets from Bruges (Brugge) to Cologne

The price of train tickets from Bruges (Brugge) to Cologne starts at $181.81 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Bruges (Brugge) to Cologne by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Bruges (Brugge) to Cologne

Want to know more about your journey from Bruges (Brugge) to Cologne? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Bruges (Brugge) to Cologne take?

The average journey time by train between Bruges (Brugge) and Cologne is 15 hours and 52 minutes, with around 28 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Bruges (Brugge) and Cologne by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Bruges (Brugge) to Cologne is 12 hours and 27 minutes.

How much does the train from Bruges (Brugge) to Cologne cost?

Train tickets from Bruges (Brugge) to Cologne can start from as little as $181.81 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Bruges (Brugge) to Cologne?

No, there are no direct train services from Bruges (Brugge) to Cologne. Travelling from Bruges (Brugge) to Cologne by train will require a minimum of 4 changes.

What time does the first train from Bruges (Brugge) to Cologne leave?

The first train from Bruges (Brugge) to Cologne leaves at 05:08. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Bruges (Brugge) to Cologne leave?

The last train from Bruges (Brugge) to Cologne leaves at 20:16. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Bruges (Brugge) and Cologne by train?

Trains travelling from Bruges (Brugge) to Cologne cover a distance of around 495 miles (797 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Cologne to Bruges (Brugge).
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Bruges (Brugge) to Cologne for a typical week day using timetable data for 12/13/2022. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 03/25/2020 for travel on 03/25/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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