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How to travel from Cologne to Utrecht by train

Want to find out more about taking the train from Cologne to Utrecht? Look no further.

You'll usually find 22 trains per day running between Cologne and Utrecht, which usually take 16 hours 18 minutes to complete the 804 km journey. It can take as little as 12 hours 49 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 Utrecht from Cologne, you'll just need to make 3 changes along the way. During your journey, you're likely to be traveling with ICE, Trenitalia or DB, as these are the main train operators on this route.

You can save money on train tickets from Cologne to Utrecht if you book in advance, as tickets usually start from $90.94. 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 Utrecht by train

It takes an average of 16h 18m to travel from Cologne to Utrecht by train, over a distance of around 500 miles (804 km). There are normally 22 trains per day traveling from Cologne to Utrecht and tickets for this journey start from $90.94 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 12h 49m
PriceFrom $90.94
Distance500 miles (804 km)
Frequency22 trains per day
First train05:20
Last train21:40
Departure stationCologne
Arrival stationUtrecht
Changes3 changes
Train and bus operatorsDeutsche Bahn, Trenord, Trenitalia, SBB CFF FFS

Cologne to Utrecht train times

Check out the next trains departing from Cologne to Utrecht for Tuesday Dec 6th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
07:40 20:29 12h 49m, 4 changes
08:20 21:59 13h 39m, 3 changes
08:40 21:59 13h 19m, 6 changes
09:20 23:08 13h 48m, 7 changes
11:40 06:35 18h 55m, 7 changes
11:40 07:06 19h 26m, 6 changes
12:20 06:35 18h 15m, 8 changes
12:20 07:06 18h 46m, 7 changes
15:20 07:33 16h 13m, 3 changes
15:40 07:33 15h 53m, 4 changes

Trenitalia, SBB, Deutsche Bahn and ICE (Intercity Express) trains from Cologne to Utrecht

You can travel from Cologne to Utrecht on Trenitalia, SBB, Deutsche Bahn 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.

Trenitalia is the national railway company of Italy, with a fleet including high-speed trains (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento and Frecciabianca), Intercity and Intercity night trains and regional trains. Trenitalia offers discounts and special promotions on selected routes, two types of discounted tickets for young people under 30 and people over 60.

The Swiss rail network is operated by SBB. SBB train ticket prices are based on travel and not on the type of trains. You will find available return tickets (standard price, one way or round trip), Multiple journey tickets (for six individual trips on a pre-determined itinerary) and the City-Ticket (including a one-day transportation pass from the city of departure or arrival).

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.

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 Cologne to Utrecht

The price of train tickets from Cologne to Utrecht starts at $90.94 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 Utrecht 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 Utrecht

Want to know more about your journey from Cologne to Utrecht? 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 Utrecht take?

The average journey time by train between Cologne and Utrecht is 16 hours and 18 minutes, with around 22 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 Utrecht by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Cologne to Utrecht is 12 hours and 49 minutes.

How much does the train from Cologne to Utrecht cost?

Train tickets from Cologne to Utrecht can start from as little as $90.94 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 Utrecht?

No, there are no direct train services from Cologne to Utrecht. Travelling from Cologne to Utrecht by train will require a minimum of 3 changes.

What time does the first train from Cologne to Utrecht leave?

The first train from Cologne to Utrecht leaves at 05:20. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Cologne to Utrecht leave?

The last train from Cologne to Utrecht 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 Utrecht by train?

Trains travelling from Cologne to Utrecht cover a distance of around 500 miles (804 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Utrecht to Cologne.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Cologne to Utrecht for a typical week day using timetable data for 12/06/2022. 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 11/03/2022 for travel on 11/03/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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