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Trip Summary

There are 44 daily trains from Rotterdam to Cologne. Traveling by train from Rotterdam to Cologne usually takes around 4 hours and 22 minutes, but the fastest Deutsche Bahn train can make the trip in 3 hours and 21 minutes.

Distance127 mi (204 km)
Fastest train3h 21m
Lowest price€20.06
Most frequent serviceDeutsche Bahn
Train lines2

Which train should you take from Rotterdam to Cologne?

2 train services operate from Rotterdam, South Holland to Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia. Deutsche Bahn usually has more trains scheduled, with 42 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Deutsche Bahn424h 29m€55.85
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company104h 9m€45.12

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.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

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.

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 22 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 21 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.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Rotterdam to Cologne are the most crowded on Tuesday. 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 05:00 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 44 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. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Rotterdam to Cologne for €15.98.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Rotterdam?

Departure stations

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

Train stations in Rotterdam:

  • Rotterdam Noord

  • Centraal Station

  • Rotterdam Alexander

  • Rotterdam Lombardijen

  • Rotterdam Zuid

Where is the train station in Cologne?

Arrival stations

Cologne has one train station.

Need a return trip from Cologne to Rotterdam?

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