Buses from Brussels to Cologne

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Brussels - Cologne Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 3 intercity buses per day from Brussels to Cologne. Traveling by bus from Brussels to Cologne usually takes around 3 hours and 37 minutes, but the fastest BlaBlaCar Bus bus can make the trip in 3 hours and 15 minutes.

Distance114 mi (183 km)
Shortest duration3h 15m
Cheapest price$10.02
Trips per day3
Most frequent serviceBlaBlaCar Bus
Bus lines2

How much is a bus ticket from Brussels to Cologne?

$12.17 is the average price of a bus ticket from Brussels to Cologne. This is currently one of the best deals in bus travel. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in February. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $15 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Brussels to Cologne in August, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $22 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you can still score a ticket at a lower price.

What bus companies travel from Brussels to Cologne?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Brussels to Cologne that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, BlaBlaCar Bus usually offers more choice, with 2 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
BlaBlaCar Bus23h 20m$27.64
FlixBus14h 20m$30.61
  • BlaBlaCar Bus

    BlaBlaCar Bus

    BlaBlaCar Bus is a bus service provider focused on reducing carbon emissions without breaking the bank. With rides to cities and towns across Europe, including Brussels and Cologne, BlaBlaCar Bus has a variety of routes to get you to your chosen destination. Coaches in the BlaBlaCar Bus fleet are equipped with extra legroom, free Wi-Fi, clean toilets, and power outlets throughout.

  • FlixBus

    FlixBus

    First launched in Germany in 2013, FlixBus has become one of the largest intercity bus companies in Europe. Its fleet travels through nearly every country in Europe, including the U.K. FlixBus operates an average of 1 trips from Brussels to Cologne, and usually makes the trip in about 4 hours and 20 minutes. On your trip, you'll enjoy Wi-Fi and live GPS, as well as restrooms, air conditioning, and power outlets.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Brussels to Cologne during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our bus 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, bus 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 bus 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.

How long is the bus ride from Brussels to Cologne?

The bus takes an average of 3 hours and 37 minutes to cover the 114 miles from Brussels to Cologne. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 15 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Tuesday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Tuesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Thursday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Thursday ticket is the way to go.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Brussels?

The first bus leaves at 1:00am and the last bus leaves at 2:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Brussels to Cologne, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus trips to Cologne are there per day?

There are 3 scheduled buses that travel from Brussels to Cologne every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from Brussels to Cologne without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Brussels to Cologne; ticket prices start at $20.19.

City Information

Brussels

The center of European activities, Brussels is a cosmopolitan hub that features many cultural elements, making it one of the top destinations for international travelers. Sitting at the heart of Brussels is the famous Grand-Place, a world heritage site that boasts many nearby Gothic and Baroque architectural marvels. During the holiday season, the square hosts the Winter Wonders light show, as well as a giant Christmas tree. If you enjoy museums, don’t miss out on the Musical Instruments Museum, which is housed in an Art Nouveau building. Featuring as many as 1,200 instruments from around the world, the museum is every music fan’s dream. If you want to go on a shopping spree while in Brussels, head for the Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, which is housed in a stunning Renaissance-style arcade.

Brussels is the home to many Michelin-starred restaurants, and its food scene is among the top-rated in the country. For those wishing to enjoy a contemporary twist on Belgian classics, head towards La Quincaillerie. If seafood is your go-to, Noordzee Mer du Nord will definitely satisfy your palate.

Brussels’ three main rail stations are Brussels-South, Brussels-Central, and Brussels-North, all of which are the busiest in the country. Gare du Midi, located in the Brussels-South station, is the main hub for bus travel in and out of Brussels. The city is served by several airports, the most prominent of which is the Brussels-National Airport, located 10 miles east of the city.

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 does the bus leave from in Brussels?

Main departure station: Gare du Midi

Also known as Brussels-South railway station, the Gare du Midi is the primary train station serving Brussels. The station is technically located in Saint-Gilles, a city south of Brussels, but the Gare du Midi metro stop connects travelers to all of Brussels' sights and attractions. Many high-speed train services, including international train lines, run through the Gare du Midi. Brussels is connected to the famous Eurostar line through this station, along with Thalys and Deutsche Bahn lines. The large indoor station includes many retail shops, restaurants, and services like information desks and restrooms.

All bus stations in Brussels:

  • Gare du Midi

Where does the bus arrive in Cologne?

Main arrival station: Köln-Deutz Station

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Cologne.

All bus stations in Cologne:

  • Köln-Deutz Station

  • Leverkusen

Need a return trip from Cologne to Brussels?

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