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Cologne-Rotterdam Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 230 daily trains from Cologne to Rotterdam. Traveling by train from Cologne to Rotterdam usually takes around 4 hours and 9 minutes, but the fastest Deutsche Bahn train can make the trip in 3 hours and 11 minutes.

Distance127 mi (204 km)
Fastest train3h 11m
Lowest price$22.39
Most frequent serviceDeutsche Bahn
Train lines2

Which train should you take from Cologne to Rotterdam?

2 train services operate from Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia to Rotterdam, South Holland. Deutsche Bahn usually has more trains scheduled, with 220 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Deutsche Bahn2204h 7m$56.62
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company105h 11m$47.17

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

The distance between Cologne and Rotterdam is approximately 127 miles, or 204 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 9 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 11 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Cologne to Rotterdam are the most crowded on Sunday. 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 Sunday 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 1:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 11:00pm. 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 Rotterdam?

There are 230 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 Rotterdam to Cologne. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Cologne to Rotterdam for $19.39.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Cologne?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Cologne.

Where is the train station in Rotterdam?

Arrival stations

There are more train stations and stops in Rotterdam than most cities. Most trains from Cologne will stop at one (or more) of the 6 following stations in Rotterdam:

Train stations in Rotterdam:

  • Rotterdam Centraal

  • Rotterdam Alexander

  • Rotterdam Blaak

  • Rotterdam Lombardijen

  • Rotterdam Zuid

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