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

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

You'll usually find 26 trains per day running between Cologne and Bruges (Brugge), which usually take 16 hours 23 minutes to complete the 797 km journey. It can take as little as 12 hours 43 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 Bruges (Brugge) from Cologne, you'll just need to make 4 changes along the way.

You can save money on train tickets from Cologne to Bruges (Brugge) if you book in advance, as tickets usually start from $165.69. 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.

Cologne to Bruges (Brugge) by train

It takes an average of 16h 23m to travel from Cologne to Bruges (Brugge) by train, over a distance of around 495 miles (797 km). There are normally 26 trains per day traveling from Cologne to Bruges (Brugge) and tickets for this journey start from $165.69 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 12h 43m
PriceFrom $165.69
Distance495 miles (797 km)
Frequency26 trains per day
First train06:20
Last train21:40
Departure stationCologne
Arrival stationBruges (Brugge)
Changes4 changes

Cologne to Bruges (Brugge) train times

Check out the next trains departing from Cologne to Bruges (Brugge) for Tuesday Oct 4th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
07:40 21:50 14h 10m, 6 changes
08:20 21:45 13h 25m, 7 changes
08:20 22:01 13h 41m, 5 changes
08:40 22:01 13h 21m, 6 changes
09:20 23:51 14h 31m, 7 changes
12:40 08:01 19h 21m, 4 changes
13:20 08:01 18h 41m, 5 changes
15:20 08:54 17h 34m, 5 changes
15:40 08:54 17h 14m, 6 changes
16:40 12:01 19h 21m, 4 changes

Cheap train tickets from Cologne to Bruges (Brugge)

The price of train tickets from Cologne to Bruges (Brugge) starts at $165.69 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 Cologne to Bruges (Brugge) 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 Cologne to Bruges (Brugge)

Want to know more about your journey from Cologne to Bruges (Brugge)? 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 Cologne to Bruges (Brugge) take?

The average journey time by train between Cologne and Bruges (Brugge) is 16 hours and 23 minutes, with around 26 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 Cologne and Bruges (Brugge) by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Cologne to Bruges (Brugge) is 12 hours and 43 minutes.

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

Train tickets from Cologne to Bruges (Brugge) can start from as little as $165.69 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 Cologne to Bruges (Brugge)?

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

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

The first train from Cologne to Bruges (Brugge) leaves at 06:20. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Cologne to Bruges (Brugge) leaves at 21:40. 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 Cologne and Bruges (Brugge) by train?

Trains travelling from Cologne to Bruges (Brugge) 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 Bruges (Brugge) to Cologne.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Cologne to Bruges (Brugge) for a typical week day using timetable data for 10/04/2022. 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 04/15/2020 for travel on 04/15/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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