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Travelling from Brussels to Cologne by train

Brussels is a fabulous city to visit if you’re seeking some culture, delicious food or just a capital city that still enjoys a laid-back vibe. But we really don’t think any city break is complete without a train journey, after all, Brussels has a great train station too and we think it’s worth a visit. But where to? Well, if you’re looking for chilled-out yet vibrant cities, then we think Cologne is a great accompaniment to a Belgian escape. It’s just under 2 hours away as well, so there’s no reason not to enjoy a speedy train trip over the border. Thalys and Deutsche Bahn trains do the honours, with spacious seating and free Wi-Fi to ensure a great experience.

Grab a box of Belgian chocolates before starting your train journey. Not that you’ll be lacking chocolate in Cologne - it has its own chocolate museum! Cologne Cathedral will give you a grand welcome and the Belgian District is a fantastically fitting place to toast your journey across the border, with hip bars and restaurants aplenty. Get ready for an unforgettable trip, start with our FAQs below!

Journey timeFrom 1h 41m
Price$21.70 - $198.70
Distance183km (114 miles)
Frequency12 trains per day
Departure stationBrussels
Arrival stationKöln Hbf
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operators

Brussels to Köln Hbf train times

Check out the next trains departing from Brussels to Köln Hbf for Sunday 20th Oct 2019. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDurationTrainOperated by
06:0709:113h 04m, 3 changesIntercity 504, Regionalzug 5006+2SNCB, Nahreisezug+1
07:0710:123h 05m, 3 changesIntercity 505, Regionalzug 5007+2SNCB, Nahreisezug+1
08:3211:042h 32m, directIntercity-Express 13Deutsche Bahn (DB)
09:2512:122h 47m, 2 changesThalys 9413, SEV-Bus 1063+1Thalys, Nahreisezug+1
09:2512:313h 06m, directThalys 9413Thalys
10:3413:122h 38m, 2 changesIntercity-Express 15, SEV-Bus 1065+1Deutsche Bahn (DB), Nahreisezug
10:3413:212h 47m, directIntercity-Express 15Deutsche Bahn (DB)
11:0714:123h 05m, 3 changesIntercity 509, Regionalzug 5011+2SNCB, Nahreisezug+1
12:3415:042h 30m, directIntercity-Express 211Deutsche Bahn (DB)
13:2516:122h 47m, 2 changesThalys 9437, SEV-Bus 1071+1Thalys, Nahreisezug+1

Deutsche Bahn, Thalys and ICE (Intercity Express) trains from Brussels to Köln Hbf

You can travel from Brussels to Köln Hbf on Deutsche Bahn, Thalys 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.

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 billion passengers and many stations in Germany are served exclusively by DB trains, including the ICE, IC and EC fleet.

Thalys is the railway company connecting four European countries – France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Thalys trains run at a speed of up to 300km/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.

PhotoNelso Silva, under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The high-speed train of Deutsche Bahn, with a maximum speed of 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 Brussels to Köln Hbf

Train tickets from Brussels to Köln Hbf start at €18.50 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 €50.80.
lowest price found
from18.50
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price44.55
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price46.32
on the day
avg. single price50.80

Ahorra comprando tus billetes con la mayor antelación posible

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 Brussels to Köln Hbf by booking early.§

Descubre cómo encontrar billetes de tren más baratos

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.

Consulta (¡y obtén!) los descuentos y ofertas de tren del momento

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!

Utiliza tu tarjeta de descuento al comprar tus billetes de tren

Take a look at Tarjetas de descuento Renfe 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 Brussels 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 Brussels to Köln Hbf take?

The average journey time by train between Brussels and Köln Hbf is 3 hours and 5 minutes, with around 18 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 Brussels and Köln Hbf by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Brussels to Köln Hbf is 1 hour and 41 minutes.

How much does the train from Brussels to Köln Hbf cost?

Train tickets from Brussels to Köln Hbf can start from as little as €18.50 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 Brussels to Köln Hbf?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Brussels to Köln Hbf without having to change trains. There are 12 direct trains from Brussels to Köln Hbf. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Brussels to Köln Hbf leaves at 06:33. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Brussels to Köln Hbf leaves at 23:08. 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 Brussels and Köln Hbf by train?

Trains travelling from Brussels to Köln Hbf cover a distance of around 183km during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Köln Hbf to Brussels.
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 Brussels to Köln Hbf for a typical week day using timetable data for 20/10/2019. 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 01/04/2019 for travel on 01/04/2019 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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