There’s something in the air in Amsterdam, or should that be the water, something cool, something artsy, something old yet new. We’re not sure what it is, but we think Cologne might know because it’s got the same thing going. Of course, the only way for you to discover this magic is by going yourself, and with modern ICE trains easily connecting the two, you have no reason not to!
A journey time of just 2.5 hours will take you from the stunning capital of the Netherlands to the beautiful city of Cologne. Here is where you can compare Cologne’s galleries with those of Amsterdam, stroopwafels with schnitzel, and German beer with Dutch beer, all in the name of research, of course. Get double the dose of charm with this fab train route, just read our FAQs below!
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.
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.
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.
ÖBB is the major railway company for Austria, subdivided into several subsidiaries, responsible for certain areas of transport, such as long distance and local transport, the operation of postal buses and the transport of goods. Railjet is ÖBB's high-speed train, which travels at speeds of up to 143 mph (230 km/h) and connects the main Austrian cities with Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Italy.
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 Köln Hbf by booking early.§
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.
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!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Amsterdam-Centraal and Köln Hbf is 3 hours and 47 minutes, with around 31 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Amsterdam-Centraal to Köln Hbf is 2 hours and 37 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Amsterdam-Centraal to Köln Hbf can start from as little as €18.90 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Amsterdam-Centraal to Köln Hbf without having to change trains. There are 3 direct trains from Amsterdam-Centraal to Köln Hbf each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Amsterdam-Centraal to Köln Hbf leaves at 00:24. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Amsterdam-Centraal to Köln Hbf 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.
Trains travelling from Amsterdam-Centraal to Köln Hbf cover a distance of around 133 miles (214 km) during the journey.