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Trip Summary

There are 70 daily trains from Cologne to Amsterdam. Traveling by train from Cologne to Amsterdam usually takes around 4 hours and 17 minutes, but the fastest DB Intercity-Express train can make the trip in 2 hours and 42 minutes.

Distance133 mi (214 km)
Fastest train2h 42m
Lowest price$23.11
Trains per day8
Most frequent serviceDeutsche Bahn
Train lines3

Which train should you take from Cologne to Amsterdam?

There are 3 train lines with service from Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia to Amsterdam, North Holland. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 64 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Intercity-Express63h 5m$28.04
Deutsche Bahn644h 24m$48.13
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company84h 27m$64.13

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Cologne to Amsterdam 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 Cologne to Amsterdam?

The distance between Cologne and Amsterdam is approximately 133 miles, or 214 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 17 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 42 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Cologne to Amsterdam 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 Saturday 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 Cologne at 3:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 9:00pm. 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 Cologne to Amsterdam?

There are 70 scheduled trains on most days. 8 of these are direct connections to Amsterdam. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Amsterdam to Cologne. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Cologne to Amsterdam for $15.69.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Cologne?

Departure stations

There are two stations in Cologne where you can board the train to Amsterdam.

Train stations in Cologne:

  • Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

Where is the train station in Amsterdam?

Arrival stations

There are more train stations and stops in Amsterdam than most cities. Most trains from Cologne will stop at one (or more) of the 5 following stations in Amsterdam:

Train stations in Amsterdam:

  • Amsterdam Zuid

  • Amsterdam Lelylaan

  • Amsterdam Sloterdijk

  • Amsterdam Centraal

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