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Amsterdam to Cologne bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$14.68
Shortest Duration2h 55m
Trips per day12
Bus lines2
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the distance between Amsterdam and Cologne?

The distance between Amsterdam and Cologne is between 268 and 272 kilometers (between 166 and 169 miles), depending on which route you go. All routes travel southeast from The Netherlands into Germany, with long stretches on motorways A2, A3 or A73.

What is the travel time from Amsterdam to Cologne by bus?

Taking a bus from Amsterdam to Cologne can be as fast as 2 hours and 55 minutes, but most bus trips take at least 4 hours with traffic. FlixBus is the fastest, with an average travel time of 4 hours and 19 minutes. Ouibus is a bit longer, with an average travel time of 4 hours and 40 minutes. RegioJet Bus tends to take a little longer, with an average travel time of 6 hours and 30 minutes. Union Ivkoni is the slowest of the bunch, with an average travel time of 7 hours and 29 minutes.

What is the earliest bus that goes from Amsterdam to Cologne?

Out of the 16 buses that take this route each day, the earliest bus departs Amsterdam for Cologne at 7:00 am. This first trip of the day is operated by Ouibus, and takes an average of 5 hours as it passes through against morning traffic.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Amsterdam to Cologne right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most bus companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, bus companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

How much is a bus ticket from Amsterdam to Cologne?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $24.52 was the low point for bus fares from Amsterdam to Cologne. Buses from Cologne to Amsterdam are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $24.52 could be considered a great deal.

The best way to find cheap deals on bus tickets is by booking as early as possible, since most bus companies increase the price as the travel date approaches. You should book at least 29 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $13.24 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 4 hours and 27 minutes to cover the 133 miles (214 kilometers) from Amsterdam, NH to Cologne, NW. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours and 55 minutes. In other words, you'll have plenty of time to rest and relax on the bus.

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

Because many passengers travel from Amsterdam to Cologne at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for buses. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, 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 Amsterdam?

The first bus leaves at 1:00am and the last bus leaves at 10:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Amsterdam to Cologne, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 12 scheduled buses that travel from Amsterdam to Cologne every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 11 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Amsterdam to Cologne; ticket prices start at $21.43.

What bus companies travel from Amsterdam to Cologne?

There are a couple of bus lines that have daily service from Amsterdam, North Holland to Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia. Of these two services, FlixBus usually offers more choice, with 12 bus trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus124h 27m$26.90
RegioJet Bus15h 40m$15.25

Where does the bus leave from in Amsterdam?

Buses to Cologne leave from multiple locations in Amsterdam, North Holland. These are the 3 most popular bus stations:

  • Sloterdijk Station Piarcoplein
  • Hoogoorddreef 54
  • Amsterdam Sloterdijk

Where does the bus arrive in Cologne?

Buses arrive in Cologne at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia:

  • Bonn Airport Terminal 2
  • Leverkusen
  • Wickenpfädchen 11

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