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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 24 trains per day running between Cologne and Bruges (Brugge), which usually take 17 hours 25 minutes to complete the 797 km journey. It can take as little as 12 hours 50 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. 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

First train

6:01 am

Last train

9:40 pm

Departure station

Cologne

Arrival station

Bruges (Brugge)

Journey time

From 12h 50m

Distance

495 miles (797 km)

Frequency

24 trains per day

Changes

4 changes

Cologne to Bruges (Brugge) train times

Check out the next trains departing from Cologne to Bruges (Brugge) for mardi juin 4 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
7:40 am 11:10 pm 15h 30m, 5 changes
8:40 am 11:10 pm 14h 30m, 7 changes
11:40 am 7:35 am 19h 55m, 8 changes
11:40 am 7:53 am 20h 13m, 7 changes
3:40 pm 8:54 am 17h 14m, 5 changes
4:40 pm 10:51 am 18h 11m, 7 changes
4:40 pm 11:26 am 18h 46m, 7 changes
4:40 pm 11:52 am 19h 12m, 6 changes
4:40 pm 12:30 pm 19h 50m, 5 changes
5:40 pm 10:47 am 17h 7m, 9 changes

Cheap train tickets from Cologne to Bruges (Brugge)

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.

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 17 hours and 25 minutes, with around 24 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 50 minutes.

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 06:01. 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.


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