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Trip Summary

There are 40 daily trains from Brussels to Cologne. Traveling by train from Brussels to Cologne usually takes around 4 hours and 14 minutes, but the fastest Deutsche Bahn train can make the trip in one hour and 59 minutes.

Distance114 mi (183 km)
Fastest train1h 59m
Lowest price$31.12
Most frequent serviceDeutsche Bahn
Train lines3

Which train should you take from Brussels to Cologne?

There are 3 train lines with service from Brussels, Bruxelles-Capitale, Région de;Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest to Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 35 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Intercity-Express32h 13m$34.32
Deutsche Bahn354h 24m$49.82
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company104h 4m$55.40

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Brussels 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.

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

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Brussels 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 Brussels to Cologne?

The distance between Brussels and Cologne is approximately 114 miles, or 183 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 14 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 59 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Brussels to Cologne are the most crowded on Thursday. 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 Brussels at 5:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 10:00pm. 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 Brussels to Cologne?

There are 40 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 Brussels. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Brussels to Cologne for $20.24.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Brussels?

Departure stations

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 5 stops and stations in Brussels where you can board the train:

Other train stations in Brussels:

  • Bruxelles Tour-et-Taxis

  • Bruxelles-Schuman

  • Schaarbeek

  • Haren-Zuid/Haren-Sud

  • Bockstael

Where is the train station in Cologne?

Arrival stations

Cologne has one train station:

Other train stations in Cologne:

  • Central Station

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