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Lille to Cologne by train

It takes an average of 17h 9m to travel from Lille to Cologne by train, over a distance of around 471 miles (758 km). There are normally 15 trains per day travelling from Lille to Cologne and tickets for this journey start from $102.59 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 12h 37m
PriceFrom $102.59
Distance471 miles (758 km)
Frequency15 trains per day
First train04:51
Last train19:58
Departure stationLille
Arrival stationCologne
Changes3 changes

Lille to Cologne train times

Check out the next trains departing from Lille to Cologne for Tuesday Jun 15th 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
06:12 19:19 13h 7m, 7 changes
07:42 20:19 12h 37m, 7 changes
07:42 20:39 12h 57m, 6 changes
10:42 04:19 17h 37m, 3 changes
13:42 07:19 17h 37m, 6 changes
15:12 07:19 16h 7m, 6 changes
16:16 12:39 20h 23m, 6 changes
17:42 11:39 17h 57m, 7 changes
18:08 13:57 19h 49m, 11 changes
18:08 14:39 20h 31m, 11 changes

Cheap train tickets from Lille to Cologne

The price of train tickets from Lille to Cologne starts at $102.59 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 Lille 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 Lille to Cologne

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

The average journey time by train between Lille and Cologne is 17 hours and 9 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 Lille and Cologne by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Lille to Cologne is 12 hours and 37 minutes.

How much does the train from Lille to Cologne cost?

Train tickets from Lille to Cologne can start from as little as $102.59 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 Lille to Cologne?

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

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

The first train from Lille to Cologne leaves at 04:51. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Lille to Cologne leaves at 19:58. 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 Lille and Cologne by train?

Trains travelling from Lille to Cologne cover a distance of around 471 miles (758 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Cologne to Lille.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Lille to Cologne for a typical week day using timetable data for 06/15/2021. 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 02/05/2021 for travel on 02/05/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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