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Amsterdam to Cologne by train

It takes an average of 19h 02m to travel from Amsterdam to Cologne by train, over a distance of around 522 miles (840 km). There are normally 20 trains per day travelling from Amsterdam to Cologne and tickets for this journey start from €67.70 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 14h 41m
Price€67.70 - €442.90
Distance522 miles (840 km)
Frequency20 trains per day
Departure stationAmsterdam
Arrival stationCologne
Changes3 changes
Train and bus operatorsABR, SBB CFF FFS, DB, erb, Meridian, Trenord

Amsterdam to Cologne train times

Check out the next trains departing from Amsterdam to Cologne for martedì 7º lug 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
10:42 05:19 18h 37m, 6 changes
11:25 08:19 20h 54m, 3 changes
11:28 08:19 20h 51m, 4 changes
12:38 08:19 19h 41m, 5 changes
12:42 08:19 19h 37m, 6 changes
13:02 08:19 19h 17m, 7 changes
13:03 08:19 19h 16m, 8 changes
18:38 12:39 18h 01m, 4 changes
18:42 12:39 17h 57m, 5 changes
19:33 12:39 17h 06m, 6 changes

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

You can travel from Amsterdam 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 to Cologne

Train tickets from Amsterdam to Cologne start at €67.70 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 €249.30.
lowest price found
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price221.37
on the day
avg. single price249.30

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 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 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 to Cologne take?

The average journey time by train between Amsterdam and Cologne is 19 hours and 2 minutes, with around 20 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 and Cologne by train?

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

How much does the train from Amsterdam to Cologne cost?

Train tickets from Amsterdam to Cologne can start from as little as €67.70 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 to Cologne?

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

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

The first train from Amsterdam to Cologne leaves at 00:33. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Amsterdam to Cologne leaves at 22:48. 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 and Cologne by train?

Trains travelling from Amsterdam 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 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 10/03/2020 for travel on 26/05/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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