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Rotterdam to Cologne bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$18.03
Shortest Duration4h 20m
Trips per day10
Bus lines2
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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Rotterdam 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 Rotterdam to Cologne?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $24.94 was the low point for bus fares from Rotterdam to Cologne. Buses from Cologne to Rotterdam are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $24.94 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 $17.38 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 5 hours and 36 minutes to cover the 127 miles (204 kilometers) from Rotterdam, ZH to Cologne, NW. However, the fastest bus only takes 4 hours and 20 minutes. The trip is definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable on the bus. It's a good idea to bring water and snacks.

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

Because many passengers travel from Rotterdam 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, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Rotterdam?

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 6:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Rotterdam to Cologne, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 10 scheduled buses that travel from Rotterdam to Cologne every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 5 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 Rotterdam to Cologne; ticket prices start at $27.98.

What bus companies travel from Rotterdam to Cologne?

There are a couple of bus lines that have daily service from Rotterdam, South Holland to Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia. Of these two services, FlixBus usually offers more choice, with 10 bus trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus105h 36m$27.81
Union Ivkoni15h 30m$30.73

Where does the bus leave from in Rotterdam?

Buses to Cologne leave from multiple locations in Rotterdam, South Holland. These are the 5 most popular bus stations:

  • Conradstraat
  • Zuidplein

Where does the bus arrive in Cologne?

Buses arrive in Cologne at 5 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
  • Central Station
  • Bonn Airport Bus Terminal

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