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Train Information to Cologne from Brussels

distanceDistance113 miles (182 km)
durationAverage train duration1 h 50 min
priceAverage train ticket price£29 (€33)
frequencyTrain frequency10 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 10 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersDeutsche Bahn or Thalys

Trains from Brussels to Cologne cover the 113 miles (182 km) long trip taking on average 1 h 50 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn or Thalys. Normally, there are 10 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around £29, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £23. Travellers depart most frequently from Bruxelles-Midi and arrive in Köln Hbf.

Train companies

Thalys and Deutsche Bahn from Brussels to Cologne

You can travel by train between Brussels and Cologne with Thalys and Deutsche Bahn for as low as £23. When you search for timetables and tickets, Omio will show you the best trip.

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Deutsche Bahn

Looking to travel by train between Brussels and Cologne? Omio can help you find that perfect trip with Thalys. Check Omio to see current Thalys train timetables, tickets, travel information and prices for the best deals on the Brussels to Cologne train and book Thalys tickets online quickly and easily. When taking a train from Brussels to Cologne, you can expect to travel 113 miles (182 km) one-way with Thalys. If you search for trains from Brussels to Cologne in the Omio app, you can check if the Thalys ticket is a mobile ticket, which makes it easy for you to go paperless when travelling without needing to purchase tickets in person at the train station. Whether you’re looking for the cheapest, fastest or earliest train with Thalys, we do the work for you to get you safely to Cologne from Brussels. Book that perfect Brussels to Cologne train now with Omio and enjoy a smooth and comfortable journey with Thalys!

Thalys has updated its ticket policies due to the coronavirus. Keep these in mind when booking your Thalys tickets between Brussels and Cologne and when travelling by train:

  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended
  • Pre-reservation / seat allocation
  • Verification of ticket with valid ID
  • Exceptions to waive change or cancellation fees policy
  • If a ticket is nonrefundable, a Thalys e-voucher can still be issued for a 15€ fee to passengers requesting a refund up to 30 days after the departure date.

Trains from Brussels to Cologne

With at least a dozen departures and journey times of just under two hours, travelling between Brussels and Cologne by train is quick and easy. There are regular direct departures throughout the day. Services that involve one or two connections and have journey times of between two and four hours are also available all day. Trains depart from Brussels-Midi Station and arrive at Cologne Hbf.

Which train companies travel from Brussels to Cologne?

Two providers operate trains to Cologne from Brussels. One of these is DB or Deutsche Bahn, the German national train provider and the largest passenger carrier in the world. The other is Thalys, a high-speed train operator owned jointly by France and Belgian. All trains have comfortable seating, luggage storage, bistro-bars, power sockets and wifi access.

How long is the train from Brussels to Cologne?

Direct services from Brussels to Cologne take just under two hours while connecting services can take up to nine hours with some trains arriving the following morning. Journey times depend on the route taken and waiting times at transfer stations. Connections are made at Liege-Guillemins, Welkenraedt or Aachen.

How many trains are there from Brussels to Cologne?

There are nearly 30 daily departures of trains to Cologne from Brussels. 12 of these are direct services. The first departure is in the early morning and trains then run until late evening. A similar timetable operates seven days a week.

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

Departure station:All trains to Cologne depart from Brussels-Midi Station. Centrally located in the city, Brussels-Midi is a major transport hub served by local and regional trains as well as Metro trains and buses. There are also regular shuttle services to Brussels South Charleroi Airport. Station facilities include a taxi rank, car parking, wifi, luggage storage, shops, cafes and restaurants.

Arrival station:All trains from Brussels to Cologne arrive at Cologne Hbf. This large station is just a short walk away from Cologne's cultural and historic attractions. Transport services at the station include taxis, local buses and S-Bahn trains. Among the facilities at Cologne Hbf are car parking, left luggage lockers, shops, cafes and restaurants.


Thalys trains from Brussels to Cologne

The Thalys is a high-speed train in France which travels to over 17 cities throughout Europe, making it a very handy railway company to take if you’re looking to explore several European countries in one. The Thalys train map connects several destinations in France—the most popular being the Thalys train from Paris to Brussels and onwards to Cologne or Amsterdam. Picking up cheap Thalys tickets is easy in the app; just book Ticketless Journeys in advance or add discount cards to get deals on your next trip to France.

Thalys Standard, Thalys Comfort or Thalys Premium fare types are available; you to compare prices for high-speed trains from Brussels to Cologne on Omio. The differences between each class is WiFi speed, seat comfort and more quiet zones. With Premium tickets you get served a meal and drinks throughout the journey with access to the Thalys lounge and newspapers. Pick up a cheap Thalys ticket by travelling during off-peak, mid-week hours and by planning in advance. The cheapest day to travel by train on tends to be on a Tuesday or Wednesday.

By booking your train from Brussels to Cologne with Omio, you can pay in GBP and receive travel updates in English, so if your Thalys train is cancelled, Omio will suggest alternatives—we are with you all the way.


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Thalys Trains from Antwerp to Cologne

The Thalys is a high-speed railroad company in France connecting the France to the rest of Europe and beyond. Perfect for multi-city train journeys in Europe.

When planning trips to Thalys destinations, consider checking back for offers on train tickets. Speak to the Customer Care team at the Omio help centre for cancellations or changes to your ticket from Antwerp to Cologne.

Travel Tips

Trains from Brussels to Cologne
Travel by train to Cologne easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Brussels to Cologne.
FAQs
What are the travel restrictions for Cologne, Germany if I'm coming from Brussels, Belgium by train?

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

Is international entry into Cologne from Brussels restricted?

International entry 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?

Entry Requirements:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Pre-arrival health declaration
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival

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

The above information was last checked on 25/10/2021. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train from Brussels to Cologne closer to your date of departure here.

What are the COVID-19 restrictions for my return trip to Belgium from Cologne, Germany?

The restriction level for your return train to Brussels, Belgium from Cologne is: Partially open.

Is my return train 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?

Conditions of reentry:

  • 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
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • 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:

  • Social distancing required: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask required: Mandatory

Last checked on 24/10/2021. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train to Brussels from Cologne closer to your date of departure here.

How much does a cheap train between Brussels and Cologne cost?
You can find a cheap train from Brussels to Cologne for some dates and times for as low as £23  one way in the next 7 days.
What is the average price of train tickets to Cologne from Brussels?
If you’re looking to book your train tickets in the next week, you can expect the Brussels to Cologne train price to come in at an average of £29  one way.
How far is it from Brussels to Cologne by train?
You should expect to travel around 113 miles (182 km)  to Cologne from Brussels by train.
What is the average Brussels to Cologne train duration?
On average the Brussels to Cologne train time is 1 h 50 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.
What is the departure train station in Brussels and arrival train station in Cologne?

When departing from Brussels, you have various train station options to start your trip from including Bruxelles-Midi, Bruxelles-Central and Brussels-Nord. When arriving in Cologne, you can end your journey in train stations like Köln Hbf, Köln Messe/Deutz and Köln/Bonn Flughafen.

Omio customers book a train from Bruxelles-Midi   to Köln Hbf   most frequently for this route.

Where is the train station in Brussels to go to Cologne? Where is the train station in Cologne located?

The most popular departure train station with passengers for this journey, called Bruxelles-Midi, is located 1 mile (s) / 1 km from the city centre of Brussels.

The most popular arrival train station, Köln Hbf, is located 1 mile (s) / 1 km away from the city centre of Cologne.

What train providers go from Brussels to Cologne?
If you're looking for trains from Brussels to Cologne, you can rely on Deutsche Bahn or Thalys to get you to Cologne. It's also good to check out all possible train providers for the Brussels to Cologne trip to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
Can I purchase a direct train from Brussels to Cologne?
Yes, there are 10 direct trains to Cologne from Brussels per day with Deutsche Bahn or Thalys  on Omio. This is worth paying attention to when you buy your train ticket as direct services tend to offer more convenience and help save you time travelling to your destination.
How many train services per day are there between Brussels and Cologne?
On average, there are 10 trains a day from Brussels to Cologne. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
When does the first train depart from Brussels to Cologne? When does the last train depart from Brussels to Cologne?
You can take the first train from Brussels to Cologne at 05: 24   or take the last train from Brussels to Cologne leaving at 19: 25. Look for the latest Brussels Cologne train times on Omio and book the best time to take the train for this route.
How early should I buy train tickets to Cologne from Brussels to score the best deals?
You can find a train to Cologne from Brussels to cost on average £29 one way if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend buying train tickets in advance to score the best deals and save money on your journey. You’ll see tickets for the Brussels to Cologne train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Brussels
Cologne
Bruxelles-Midi is the most popular Brussels 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 Brussels for your journey to Cologne.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxiTaxi
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket office hours
Mon - Sun: 06: 15 - 22: 00
Connections to/from station
Train lines: IC, Intercity Direct 9200, RER (S1, S2, S3, S6, S8, S10)
Metro lines: 1, 5