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Taking the train from Cologne (Germany) to Brussels-Airport-Zaventem in 2 hours 4 minutes

Thinking about taking the train from Cologne (Germany) to Brussels-Airport-Zaventem? We’ve got you covered.

It usually takes around 4 hours 53 minutes to travel the 108 miles (174 km) from Cologne (Germany) to Brussels-Airport-Zaventem by train, although you can get there in as little as 2 hours 4 minutes on the fastest services. You’ll normally find around 28 trains per day running on this route. You’ll need to make 1 change along the way as there aren't any direct services on this line.

Train tickets from Cologne (Germany) to Brussels-Airport-Zaventem start from €27.10 when you book in advance, which can be cheaper than buying them on the day. Start a search in our Journey Planner to check out the latest prices.

Keen to book your train tickets to Brussels-Airport-Zaventem? No need to wait, start a search with us today! If you want to find out a bit more about the journey first, you can find our train timetable below, tips on booking cheap tickets and our FAQs, including first and last train times.

Cologne (Germany) to Brussels-Airport-Zaventem by train

It takes an average of 4h 53m to travel from Cologne (Germany) to Brussels-Airport-Zaventem by train, over a distance of around 108 miles (174 km). There are normally 28 trains per day travelling from Cologne (Germany) to Brussels-Airport-Zaventem and tickets for this journey start from €27.10 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 4m
PriceFrom €27.10
Distance108 miles (174 km)
Frequency28 trains per day
First train01:40
Last train21:25
Departure stationCologne (Germany)
Arrival stationBrussels-Airport-Zaventem
Changes1 change
Train and bus operatorsFlixbus

Cologne (Germany) to Brussels-Airport-Zaventem train times

Check out the next trains departing from Cologne (Germany) to Brussels-Airport-Zaventem for Tuesday 24th May 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
10:43 12:47 2h 4m, 1 change
11:42 14:08 2h 26m, 2 changes
11:42 14:24 2h 42m, 1 change
12:42 14:47 2h 5m, 1 change
12:46 16:09 3h 23m, 3 changes
14:40 16:47 2h 7m, 1 change
15:43 18:08 2h 25m, 2 changes
15:43 18:24 2h 41m, 1 change
16:41 18:47 2h 6m, 1 change
16:45 20:21 3h 36m, 3 changes

Cheap train tickets from Cologne (Germany) to Brussels-Airport-Zaventem

The price of train tickets from Cologne (Germany) to Brussels-Airport-Zaventem starts at €27.10 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 Cologne (Germany) to Brussels-Airport-Zaventem 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.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Cologne (Germany) to Brussels-Airport-Zaventem? 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 Cologne (Germany) to Brussels-Airport-Zaventem take?

The average journey time by train between Cologne (Germany) and Brussels-Airport-Zaventem is 4 hours and 53 minutes, with around 28 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 Cologne (Germany) and Brussels-Airport-Zaventem by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Cologne (Germany) to Brussels-Airport-Zaventem is 2 hours and 4 minutes.

How much does the train from Cologne (Germany) to Brussels-Airport-Zaventem cost?

Train ticket prices from Cologne (Germany) to Brussels-Airport-Zaventem can start from as little as €27.10 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.

Is there a direct train from Cologne (Germany) to Brussels-Airport-Zaventem?

No, there are no direct train services from Cologne (Germany) to Brussels-Airport-Zaventem. Travelling from Cologne (Germany) to Brussels-Airport-Zaventem by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

What time does the first train from Cologne (Germany) to Brussels-Airport-Zaventem leave?

The first train from Cologne (Germany) to Brussels-Airport-Zaventem leaves at 01:40. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Cologne (Germany) to Brussels-Airport-Zaventem leave?

The last train from Cologne (Germany) to Brussels-Airport-Zaventem leaves at 21:25. 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 Cologne (Germany) and Brussels-Airport-Zaventem by train?

Trains travelling from Cologne (Germany) to Brussels-Airport-Zaventem cover a distance of around 108 miles (174 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Brussels-Airport-Zaventem to Cologne (Germany).
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Cologne (Germany) to Brussels-Airport-Zaventem for a typical week day using timetable data for 05/24/2022. 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 12/20/2021 for travel on 12/20/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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