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Amsterdam-Centraal to Cologne by train

It takes an average of 19h 19m to travel from Amsterdam-Centraal to Cologne by train, over a distance of around 522 miles (840 km). There are normally 16 trains per day travelling from Amsterdam-Centraal to Cologne and tickets for this journey start from €69.70 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 14h 41m
Price€69.70 - €415.90
Distance522 miles (840 km)
Frequency16 trains per day
Departure stationAmsterdam-Centraal
Arrival stationCologne
Changes3 changes
Train and bus operatorsABR, SBB CFF FFS, DB, erb, Trenord

Amsterdam-Centraal to Cologne train times

Check out the next trains departing from Amsterdam-Centraal to Cologne for Tuesday 7th Jul 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
08:15 05:19 21h 04m, 3 changes
10:38 05:19 18h 41m, 5 changes
11:25 08:19 20h 54m, 3 changes
12:38 08:19 19h 41m, 5 changes
12:54 08:19 19h 25m, 8 changes
18:38 12:39 18h 01m, 4 changes
19:24 12:39 17h 15m, 6 changes
21:24 16:19 18h 55m, 8 changes
21:24 16:39 19h 15m, 7 changes
21:24 17:19 19h 55m, 6 changes

SBB, Deutsche Bahn, NS and Italo trains from Amsterdam-Centraal to Cologne

You can travel from Amsterdam-Centraal to Cologne on SBB, Deutsche Bahn, NS and Italo 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.

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.

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.

Italo is a high-speed train operator that runs services between many of the major cities across Italy. All Italo trains are modern, air conditioned, and have free WiFi available for all travellers. There are four comfort classes, or "ambiances", as Italo like to call them – Smart (the cheapest price), Comfort (with wider seats and extra legroom), Prima (with a welcome selection of food and drink, fast track boarding and extra space), and Executive Club (with all Prima services, extra-wide seats, access to Italo Club lounges and personal entertainment screens at your seat).

Cheap train tickets from Amsterdam-Centraal to Cologne

Train tickets from Amsterdam-Centraal to Cologne start at €69.70 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around €308.49.
lowest price found
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price112.70
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price219.10
on the day
avg. single price308.49

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 Amsterdam-Centraal 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 guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Amsterdam-Centraal 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 Amsterdam-Centraal to Cologne take?

The average journey time by train between Amsterdam-Centraal and Cologne is 19 hours and 19 minutes, with around 16 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 Amsterdam-Centraal and Cologne by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Amsterdam-Centraal to Cologne is 14 hours and 41 minutes.

How much does the train from Amsterdam-Centraal to Cologne cost?

Train tickets from Amsterdam-Centraal to Cologne can start from as little as €69.70 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 Amsterdam-Centraal to Cologne?

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

What time does the first train from Amsterdam-Centraal to Cologne leave?

The first train from Amsterdam-Centraal to Cologne leaves at 00:24. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Amsterdam-Centraal to Cologne leave?

The last train from Amsterdam-Centraal to Cologne leaves at 22:40. 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 Amsterdam-Centraal and Cologne by train?

Trains travelling from Amsterdam-Centraal to Cologne cover a distance of around 522 miles (840 km) during the journey.

Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Amsterdam-Centraal to Cologne for a typical week day using timetable data for 07/07/2020. 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 20/03/2020 for travel on 22/04/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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