Trains from Rotterdam to Cologne

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Trip Summary

There are 36 daily trains from Rotterdam to Cologne. Traveling by train from Rotterdam to Cologne usually takes around 4 hours and 27 minutes, but the fastest Deutsche Bahn train can make the trip in 2 hours and 44 minutes.

Distance127 mi (204 km)
Fastest train2h 44m
Lowest price€18.44
Most frequent serviceDeutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company
Train lines4

Which train should you take from Rotterdam to Cologne?

There are 4 train lines with service from Rotterdam to Cologne. Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 17 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Intercity33h 45m€46.62
DB Intercity-Express14h 46m€39.67
Deutsche Bahn234h 8m€54.32
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company174h 44m€45.62
  • DB Intercity

    DB Intercity

    DB Intercity train tickets from Rotterdam to Cologne start from €24, and on average cost . Daily there are 3 DB Intercity schedules to Cologne. DB Intercity in Rotterdam leaves from Rotterdam Blaak and 2 other stations. And in Cologne trains arrive at Central Station .

    From Rotterdam to Cologne train travel on DB Intercity takes 3 hours and 45 minutes. If you are looking to get to Cologne faster, DB Intercity offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 44 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, DB Intercity offers 4 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Cologne.

  • DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express train tickets from Rotterdam to Cologne start from €40, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 DB Intercity-Express schedules to Cologne. DB Intercity-Express in Rotterdam leaves from Rotterdam Noord . And in Cologne trains arrive at Central Station .

    From Rotterdam to Cologne train travel on DB Intercity-Express takes 4 hours and 46 minutes. If you are looking to get to Cologne faster, DB Intercity-Express offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 44 minutes.

  • Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn EuroCity, or Deutsche Bahn EC, is a train service in Germany with regular service to Frankfurt, Hamburg, Zurich, Copenhagen, Berlin, Warsaw, and Munich. Deutsche Bahn Eurocity trains can be single or double-decker, but all are air conditioned.

  • Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company

    Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company

    Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company train tickets from Rotterdam to Cologne start from €18, and on average cost . Daily there are 17 Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company schedules to Cologne. Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company in Rotterdam leaves from Rotterdam Blaak and 5 other stations. And in Cologne trains arrive at Central Station and one other train station.

    From Rotterdam to Cologne train travel on Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company takes 4 hours and 44 minutes. If you are looking to get to Cologne faster, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 44 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers 76 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Cologne.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Rotterdam to Cologne during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

Can you take a train all the way from Rotterdam to Cologne?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Rotterdam to Cologne. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

How long is the train journey from Rotterdam to Cologne?

The distance between Rotterdam and Cologne is approximately 127 miles, or 204 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 27 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 44 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Rotterdam to Cologne are the most crowded on Friday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Thursday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Rotterdam at 00:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 23:00. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Rotterdam to Cologne?

There are 36 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 Cologne to Rotterdam.

City Information

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.

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Rotterdam?

Main departure station: Rotterdam Blaak

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 6 stops and stations in Rotterdam where you can board the train.

All train stations in Rotterdam:

  • Rotterdam Blaak

  • Rotterdam Noord

  • Centraal Station

  • Rotterdam Alexander

  • Rotterdam Zuid

  • Rotterdam Lombardijen

Where is the train station in Cologne?

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Main arrival station: Central Station

Cologne receives travelers from Rotterdam at its two active train stations.

Train stations in Cologne:

  • Central Station

  • Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

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