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Cheap train tickets from Cologne to Brussels

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42

The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

The average ticket from Cologne to Brussels will cost around € 42 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only € 32.

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Train schedule Cologne to Brussels

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01:40AMCologne Hbf6h55 08:35AMBrussels-Midi
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02:47PMCologne Hbf3h13 06:00PMBrussels-Midi
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03:50PMCologne Hbf3h10 07:00PMBrussels-Midi
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Dec 2
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Dec 15
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20Deutsche Bahn
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Fastest train times from Cologne to Brussels

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Fastest Journey

1 h 52 m

Average

3 h 12 m

Trains per day

25

Distance

183 km

Of the 25 trains that leave Cologne for Brussels every day 7 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

These direct trains cover the 183 km distance in an average of 3 h 12 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 1 h 52 m .

The slowest trains will take 8 h 45 m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.

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Train Information from Cologne to Brussels

distanceDistance113 miles (182 km)
durationAverage train duration1 h 52 min
priceAverage train ticket price€28 (€28)
frequencyTrain frequency8 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 8 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersDeutsche Bahn or Thalys

Trains from Cologne to Brussels cover the 113 miles (182 km) long journey taking on average 1 h 52 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn or Thalys. Normally, there are 8 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around €28, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as €19. Travellers depart most frequently from Köln Hbf and arrive in Bruxelles-Midi.

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Deutsche Bahn trains from Cologne to Brussels

Find the best trains from Cologne to Brussels with Omio's travel partners Deutsche Bahn from €19. We can find you the best deals, timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the best journey.

Deutsche Bahn

Find your perfect journey between Cologne and Brussels with Deutsche Bahn (DB)! Check out the DB train timetables between Cologne and Brussels and then book cheap DB tickets with Omio. The distance from Cologne to Brussels by DB is 113 miles (182 km) and the cheapest price for a DB ticket from Cologne to Brussels is €19.

DB is the main operator of train services in Germany, making on average 40, 000 train journeys per day. A special feature of DB is its wide range of ticket types, savings offers including Super Saver, Saver, and Flexible fares and discount cards like the Bahncard 25, 50 and 100, which you can also use at Omio.

DB uses different types of trains such as the ICE (Intercity Express), IC (Intercity), EC (Eurocity), IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional Express) and RB (Regionalbahn) on its routes, which differ in terms of comfort and the time required to travel. For example, while WCs are standard amenities, services like an onboard restaurant or free WiFi are only available on certain trains.

Operator ticket policies for COVID

  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended
  • Normal conditions apply

Trains from Cologne to Brussels

Passengers wishing to visit the Belgian capital from Cologne will find rail travel a great choice. Frequent, direct departures leave the German city, heading for Brussels, with journey times of under two hours. Passengers can expect 11 direct departures, with over a dozen indirect services, though these can take closer to 9 hours. All trains depart from Cologne Hbf and arrive at Brussels-Midi Station, with departures spread throughout the day giving travelers flexibility when making plans.

Which train companies travel from Cologne to Brussels?

Two main providers offer routes from Cologne to Brussels. German-owned Deutsche Bahn (DB) and high-speed service Thalys share the route. Both companies provide modern carriages with comfortable seating, luggage space, power sockets, wifi access, and onboard dining options.

How long is the train from Cologne to Brussels?

The route from Cologne to Brussels is not a long one. The fastest direct trains from Cologne to Brussels take just one hour 50 minutes to complete the journey. Connecting services can take significantly longer, with some routes taking up to nine hours depending on the number of connections required and transfer times. Connecting routes require from one to three connections at stations such as Cologne-Ehrenfeld, Aachen, and Welkenraedt.

How many trains are there from Cologne to Brussels?

Whenever passengers decide to travel, they can expect 11 direct trains a day to Brussels from Cologne with a further range of connecting services. Departures are spread throughout the day, beginning in the early hours of the morning, with at least one departure an hour until mid-evening. Some evening departures travel overnight to arrive in Brussels the following morning.

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Cologne to Brussels?

Departure train station: Trains between the two cities all depart from Cologne Hbf. This is the city's main station and it is conveniently located close to Cologne's historic and cultural attractions. To arrive at the airport, passengers can use S-Bahn trains, local buses, and taxis. Facilities at Cologne Hbf include car parking, wifi, left luggage lockers, toilets, cafes, restaurants, and food kiosks.

Arrival train station: All trains to Brussels from Cologne arrive at Brussels-Midi Station. Centrally located in the city the station is a large and busy hub for international train services, including high-speed Eurostar services. Onward travel is easy, thanks to the great links to metro trains, local buses, and taxis as well as a frequent shuttle service to Brussels South Charleroi Airport. Station facilities include car parking, wifi, left luggage storage, toilets shops, cafes, and restaurants.

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FAQs
What are the travel restrictions for Brussels, Belgium if I'm coming from Cologne, Germany by train?

Travel by train between Cologne, Germany and Brussels, Belgium is: Partially open.

Is international entry into Brussels from Cologne restricted?

International entry is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in Belgium from Cologne?

Entry Requirements:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition for subsequent release from quarantine. It is tested in quarantine on days 1 and 7
  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing

What are the safety rules to follow in Brussels, Belgium?

The government of Belgium has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Physical distance required: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask required: Mandatory

The above information was last checked on 11/29/21. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train from Cologne to Brussels closer to your date of departure here.

What is the restriction level for the return leg of a round trip journey from Brussels, Belgium to Cologne, Germany?

Return travel from Belgium to Germany is: Partially open.

Are there any international entry restrictions on returning to Cologne from Brussels?

Entry into Germany is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Belgium

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in Germany from Brussels?

Requirements for reentering:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 14 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 5 in quarantine
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state

What are the safety rules to follow in Cologne, Germany?

The government of Germany has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Physical distance requirement: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Mandatory

Last checked on 11/30/21. Please check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   closer to the travel date of your train to Cologne from Brussels.

How much do cheap trains from Cologne to Brussels cost?
Omio customers have found the cheapest trains between Cologne and Brussels to cost as little as €19  in the next 7 days.
What is the average price of train tickets to Brussels from Cologne?
In the next 7 days you’ll find that the average cost of a train ticket to Brussels from Cologne is €28  one way.
What is the distance between Cologne and Brussels by train?
The distance between Cologne and Brussels by train is approximately 113 miles (182 km).
What is the average Cologne to Brussels train duration?
On average the Cologne to Brussels train time is 1 h 52 min  covering the 113 miles (182 km) long route, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and bank holidays.
When travelling by train from Cologne to Brussels, which train station in Cologne do I depart from and which train station in Brussels do I arrive in?

When taking the train to Brussels from Cologne, you can choose to depart from train stations like Köln Hbf, Köln Messe/Deutz and Köln/Bonn Flughafen. Your route can end in train stations such as Bruxelles-Midi, Bruxelles-Central and Brussels-Nord.

Omio customers who travel this route most frequently depart from Köln Hbf   and arrive in Bruxelles-Midi.

Where is the Cologne train station located? Where is the Brussels train station located?

Passengers board the train most frequently from Köln Hbf, which is located around 0.7 miles (1.2 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Bruxelles-Midi, located 1.1 miles (1.8 km) away from the city centre.

Which train companies can get me from Cologne to Brussels?
Take the Cologne to Brussels train with Deutsche Bahn or Thalys. However, it's always good to check out all possible train providers for the trip to Brussels from Cologne as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
Can I buy a direct train from Cologne to Brussels?
Yes, there are 8 direct trains per day from Cologne to Brussels. You can look to travel with Deutsche Bahn  without needing to change in between. Taking a direct train tends to save you time getting you to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to this when booking a ticket for this journey.
How many trains per day are there from Cologne to Brussels?
The average number of trains departing Cologne for Brussels is 8 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
What are the first and last departure train times from Cologne to Brussels?
The first train from Cologne to Brussels leaves at 06: 42   and the last train for this leaves at 18: 40. Omio shows you the latest train from Cologne to Brussels times to help you book the best departure time for this route.
How far in advance should I book a train ticket to Brussels from Cologne to get the best deals?
If you buy a train ticket from Cologne to Brussels within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average €28 one way. However, we recommend booking your train in advance to get access to the best prices. Train tickets between Cologne and Brussels are generally on sale a few months before the planned departure date.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

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Köln Hbf is the most popular Cologne railway station for Omio travellers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Cologne for your journey to Brussels.
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Public transport options for Köln Hbf
U-Bahn lines: U5, U16, U18
S-Bahn lines: S6, S11, S12, S19
Bus lines: 172, 173
Train lines: ICE, IC, EC, FLX, RE, RB