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Travelling from Brussels to Cologne by train

Brussels is a fabulous city to visit if you’re seeking some culture, delicious food or just a capital city that still enjoys a laid-back vibe. But we really don’t think any city break is complete without a train journey, after all, Brussels has a great train station too and we think it’s worth a visit. But where to? Well, if you’re looking for chilled-out yet vibrant cities, then we think Cologne is a great accompaniment to a Belgian escape. It’s just under 2 hours away as well, so there’s no reason not to enjoy a speedy train trip over the border. Thalys and Deutsche Bahn trains do the honours, with spacious seating and free Wi-Fi to ensure a great experience.

Grab a box of Belgian chocolates before starting your train journey. Not that you’ll be lacking chocolate in Cologne - it has its own chocolate museum! Cologne Cathedral will give you a grand welcome and the Belgian District is a fantastically fitting place to toast your journey across the border, with hip bars and restaurants aplenty. Get ready for an unforgettable trip, start with our FAQs below!

Brussels to Köln Hbf by train

It takes an average of 3h 13m to travel from Brussels to Köln Hbf by train, over a distance of around 114 miles (183 km). There are normally 15 trains per day travelling from Brussels to Köln Hbf and tickets for this journey start from $20.37 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 48m
PriceFrom $20.37
Distance114 miles (183 km)
Frequency15 trains per day
First train07:23
Last train21:57
Departure stationBrussels
Arrival stationKöln Hbf
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsDeutsche Bahn, Thalys

Brussels to Köln Hbf train times

Check out the next trains departing from Brussels to Köln Hbf for Tuesday Jun 22nd 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
09:25 11:15 1h 50m, direct
10:25 12:16 1h 51m, direct
11:25 13:15 1h 50m, direct
11:55 15:12 3h 17m, 2 changes
13:25 15:15 1h 50m, direct
13:55 17:12 3h 17m, 2 changes
15:22 17:15 1h 53m, direct
16:27 18:15 1h 48m, direct
17:25 19:15 1h 50m, direct
17:55 21:09 3h 14m, 2 changes

Deutsche Bahn, Thalys and ICE (Intercity Express) trains from Bruxelles to Köln Hbf

You can travel from Bruxelles to Köln Hbf on Deutsche Bahn, Thalys and ICE (Intercity Express) trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

PhotoJoachimKohlerBremen, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

The Deutsche Bahn Group is owned by the German State and controls the majority of rail traffic in Germany as well as in many border regions of the country. Every year, Deutsche Bahn transports several million passengers and many stations in Germany are served exclusively by DB trains, including the ICE, IC and EC fleet.

Thalys is the railway company connecting four European countries – France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Thalys trains run at a speed of up to 186 mph (300 km/h) and have three comfort classes on all services called – Standard, Comfort and Premium (equivalent to the First Class, with access to the Thalys Lounge). All Thalys trains have a car restaurant (called Thalys Welcome Bar) and a free WiFi connection.

PhotoNelso Silva, under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The high-speed train of Deutsche Bahn, with a maximum speed of 205 mph (330 km/h), the ICE connects major cities and is also used for international travel to neighbouring countries such as Austria, France and Denmark. This train is equipped with air conditioning, a dining car, a children's compartment and power sockets. Passengers enjoy a free WiFi connection throughout the duration of the ICE trip.

Cheap train tickets from Brussels to Köln Hbf

The price of train tickets from Brussels to Köln Hbf starts at $20.37 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 Brussels to Köln Hbf 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 Brussels to Köln Hbf

Want to know more about your journey from Brussels to Köln Hbf? 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 Brussels to Köln Hbf take?

The average journey time by train between Brussels and Köln Hbf is 3 hours and 13 minutes, with around 15 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 Brussels and Köln Hbf by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Brussels to Köln Hbf is 1 hour and 48 minutes.

How much does the train from Brussels to Köln Hbf cost?

Train tickets from Brussels to Köln Hbf can start from as little as $20.37 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 Brussels to Köln Hbf?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Brussels to Köln Hbf without having to change trains. There are 8 direct trains from Brussels to Köln Hbf each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Brussels to Köln Hbf leave?

The first train from Brussels to Köln Hbf leaves at 07:23. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Brussels to Köln Hbf leave?

The last train from Brussels to Köln Hbf leaves at 21:57. 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 Brussels and Köln Hbf by train?

Trains travelling from Brussels to Köln Hbf cover a distance of around 114 miles (183 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Köln Hbf to Brussels.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Brussels to Köln Hbf for a typical week day using timetable data for 06/22/2021. 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 08/25/2021 for travel on 08/25/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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