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Travel from Rotterdam Centraal to Köln Hbf by train in 2 hours 52 minutes

If you want to know more about the journey from Rotterdam Centraal to Köln Hbf by train, look no further!

The average journey time from Rotterdam Centraal to Köln Hbf by train is 3 hours 58 minutes, although on the fastest services it can take just 2 hours 52 minutes. You'll usually find 33 trains per day traveling the 204 km between these two destinations. You'll need to make 1 change along the way as there are no direct services to Köln Hbf. You're likely to be traveling with Eurostar, Thalys or ICE to Köln Hbf. As the main train operators on this route, all offer plenty of space for luggage and comfortable seating as standard.

Book train tickets from Rotterdam Centraal to Köln Hbf in advance instead of buying them on the day and they can start from $19.50. We'll always highlight the cheapest prices when you search in our Journey Planner.

Ready to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information, including our train schedule where you can view first and last train times, as well as tips on how to find cheap train tickets.

Rotterdam Centraal to Köln Hbf by train

It takes an average of 3h 58m to travel from Rotterdam Centraal to Köln Hbf by train, over a distance of around 127 miles (204 km). There are normally 33 trains per day traveling from Rotterdam Centraal to Köln Hbf and tickets for this journey start from $19.50 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 52m
PriceFrom $19.50
Distance127 miles (204 km)
Frequency33 trains per day
First train00:05
Last train23:14
Departure stationRotterdam Centraal
Arrival stationKöln Hbf
Changes1 change
Train and bus operatorsDeutsche Bahn, SNCB, BlaBlaCar Bus, Eurostar, ÖBB, Thalys, NS, Flixbus

Rotterdam Centraal to Köln Hbf train times

Check out the next trains departing from Rotterdam Centraal to Köln Hbf for Tuesday Oct 11th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
10:14 13:35 3h 21m, 3 changes
10:58 14:15 3h 17m, 1 change
11:20 14:29 3h 9m, 2 changes
11:58 15:15 3h 17m, 1 change
12:14 15:35 3h 21m, 3 changes
13:11 17:16 4h 5m, 1 change
13:20 16:29 3h 9m, 2 changes
14:14 17:35 3h 21m, 3 changes
14:58 18:15 3h 17m, 1 change
15:20 18:29 3h 9m, 2 changes

NS, Thalys, Deutsche Bahn and ICE (Intercity Express) trains from Rotterdam Centraal to Köln Hbf

You can travel from Rotterdam Centraal to Köln Hbf on NS, Thalys, 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.

PhotoNicky Boogaard, under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

NS is the main railway operator in the Netherlands. It connects the four corners of the country with regional, medium-distance and high-speed trains. It's also possible for you to travel at night thanks to multi-line night trains, including Schiphol and Eindhoven airports. All trains are equipped with two comfort classes – First Class and Second Class.

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.

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 Rotterdam Centraal to Köln Hbf

The price of train tickets from Rotterdam Centraal to Köln Hbf starts at $19.50 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 Rotterdam Centraal 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.
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FAQs for Rotterdam Centraal to Köln Hbf

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

The average journey time by train between Rotterdam Centraal and Köln Hbf is 3 hours and 58 minutes, with around 33 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 Rotterdam Centraal and Köln Hbf by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Rotterdam Centraal to Köln Hbf is 2 hours and 52 minutes.

How much does the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Köln Hbf cost?

Train tickets from Rotterdam Centraal to Köln Hbf can start from as little as $19.50 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 Rotterdam Centraal to Köln Hbf?

No, there are no direct train services from Rotterdam Centraal to Köln Hbf. Travelling from Rotterdam Centraal to Köln Hbf by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

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

The first train from Rotterdam Centraal to Köln Hbf leaves at 00:05. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Rotterdam Centraal to Köln Hbf leaves at 23:14. 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 Rotterdam Centraal and Köln Hbf by train?

Trains travelling from Rotterdam Centraal to Köln Hbf cover a distance of around 127 miles (204 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Köln Hbf to Rotterdam Centraal.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Rotterdam Centraal to Köln Hbf for a typical week day using timetable data for 10/11/2022. 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 08/19/2022 for travel on 08/19/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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