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Trip Summary

3 trains operate daily from Cologne to Rotterdam. The train trip from Cologne to Rotterdam is usually about 5 hours and 43 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest FlixTrain train can get you there in as little as 4 hours and 51 minutes.

Distance127 mi (204 km)
Fastest train4h 51m
Lowest price€11.80
Most frequent serviceFlixTrain
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Price trends for trains from Cologne to Rotterdam

Monthly average prices

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Which train should you take from Cologne to Rotterdam?

FlixTrain is the one and only train line which connects Cologne to Rotterdam. However, there are 3 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixTrain35h 44m€25.72
  • Part of the FlixBus family, FlixTrain launched in 2018 to offer affordable and sustainable train travel in Germany. Its trains provide Wi-Fi, power outlets, air conditioning, onboard restrooms, and access to an entertainment portal full of movies, games, and music. In addition, each passenger gets a guaranteed seat, so you don't have to worry about standing in any aisles. FlixTrain operates 3 daily trips to Rotterdam from Cologne. The train usually departs from Cologne Central Station in Cologne and arrives at Conradstraat in Rotterdam after about 5 hours and 44 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Cologne and Rotterdam is approximately 127 miles, or 204 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 43 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 51 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Cologne to Rotterdam on Tuesday. Tickets for Tuesday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Wednesday. Wednesday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

The earliest train departs Cologne at 05:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 16:00. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Rotterdam to Cologne.

City Information

Cologne

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There's no shortage of sights, culture, history, and adventure in Cologne, an alluring city on the Rhine. One of the most famous landmarks of the city is the Cologne Cathedral. This Gothic building and UNESCO World Heritage site remains the most iconic structure in the city. In fact, the Cologne Cathedral is the most visited landmark in Germany. Next door, the Museum Ludwig contrasts the cathedral's sense of history with an impressive collection of modern art, including works by Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol.

Cologne's breadth of museums also caters to a younger crowd. Families with children should head to the Cologne Chocolate Museum along the river or the Cologne Zoological Garden for memorable, kid-friendly experiences.

Foodies, rejoice! Cologne is home to mouthwatering German delicacies and upscale restaurants. Start your day with breakfast at Café Sehnsucht. For lunch, visit Herings Im Martinswinkel, and for dinner, head over to Bei Oma Kleinmann to feel like you're visiting your long-lost German grandmother.

Trains like Deutsche Bahn, DB Intercity, and FlixTrain connect Cologne to other major European cities, including Munich, Paris, and Vienna. You can also catch a bus from Cologne on FlixBus, BlaBlaCar Bus, Sindbad, Union Ivkoni, or Columbuzz. Plus, the Cologne Bonn Airport is a large, well-outfitted airport with daily international flights for travelers coming from afar.

Rotterdam

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With origins as a small fishing village in the 13th century, Rotterdam is now the largest port in Europe. The city's unique architecture attracts visitors from all over the world, with its many angular and glass buildings standing out among much of Europe's old-world architectural style. Rotterdam is worth visiting on its own, or travel on an entire tour of 8 Dutch cities.

The exciting contemporary feel of Rotterdam extends into its art and design scene, home to many modern art galleries and Groos, a vast and eclectic concept store selling pieces by Rotterdam-based designers. For a more traditional art museum, visit the Museum van Boijmans Beuningen, one of Europe's finest art galleries displaying works by Van Gogh, Monet, and Magritte.

Rotterdam is also home to a growing food scene, and visitors can experience this in the impressive Markthal. With over 100 stalls and restaurants, the Markthal is the best place for visitors to sample authentic local cuisine.

Getting to Rotterdam is simple, whether by sea, air, rail, or road. Several airlines fly to Rotterdam The Hague Airport, and a convenient shuttle bus offers frequent transport to the city. Rotterdam's Centraal Station also provides international train services across Europe, and FlixBus offers convenient travel from various locations throughout the continent. In addition, you can take a ferry to Rotterdam from Hull in the UK and experience the city's famous port first-hand.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Cologne?

Main departure station: Cologne Central Station

There is one train station in Cologne.

All train stations in Cologne:

  • Cologne Central Station

Where is the train station in Rotterdam?

Main arrival station: Conradstraat

Rotterdam Central Station is the main railway station and major transport hub for Rotterdam. The station is an iconic building, shaped like a triangle stretching into the sky, with a modern glass front and many amenities. It's one of the four main train stations in the Netherlands, and major destinations include Amsterdam, Brussels, and Paris, plus stations across the country. There are also Eurostar services from Amsterdam to London that stop here. The station has lots of shops and cafes, including Starbucks, and is in the heart of the city close to major attractions, hotels, restaurants, and stops for onward travel.

Train stations in Rotterdam:

  • Conradstraat

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