Cologne to Brussels train

Cheap train tickets from Cologne to Brussels

Showing times and prices for 04 Jul

Cheapest

£38

Average

£60

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.

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07:42Cologne Hbf1h53 09:35Brussels-Midi
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£381One-way
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19:40Cologne Hbf1h55 21:35Brussels-Midi
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£451One-way
12:42Cologne Hbf1h53 14:35Brussels-Midi
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£621One-way
06:44Cologne Hbf1h52 08:36Brussels-Midi
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£621One-way
08:43Cologne Hbf1h52 10:35Brussels-Midi
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£621One-way

Train schedule Cologne to Brussels

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06:44Cologne Hbf1h52 08:36Brussels-Midi
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07:42Cologne Hbf1h53 09:35Brussels-Midi
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08:43Cologne Hbf1h52 10:35Brussels-Midi
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12:42Cologne Hbf1h53 14:35Brussels-Midi
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17:41Cologne Hbf1h54 19:35Brussels-Midi
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19:40Cologne Hbf1h55 21:35Brussels-Midi
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Fastest train times from Cologne to Brussels

Showing times and prices for 04 Jul

Fastest Journey

1 h 52 m

Average

1 h 53 m

Trains per day

6

Distance

183 km

Of the 6 trains that leave Cologne for Brussels every day 6 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Fastest
06:44Cologne Hbf1h52 08:36Brussels-Midi
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£621One-way
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08:43Cologne Hbf1h52 10:35Brussels-Midi
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£621One-way
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12:42Cologne Hbf1h53 14:35Brussels-Midi
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£621One-way
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07:42Cologne Hbf1h53 09:35Brussels-Midi
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£381One-way
17:41Cologne Hbf1h54 19:35Brussels-Midi
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£921One-way

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Overview: Train from Cologne to Brussels

distanceDistance113 miles (182 km)
durationAverage train duration1 h 53 min
priceAverage train ticket price£37 (€41)
frequencyTrain frequency9 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 9 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersThalys, Deutsche Bahn or SNCB | Euronight

Trains from Cologne to Brussels cover the 113 miles (182 km) long route taking on average 1 h 53 min with our travel partners like Thalys, Deutsche Bahn or SNCB | Euronight. Normally, there are 9 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this trip for as low as £29, but the average price of train tickets is £37. Travellers depart most frequently from Köln Hbf and arrive in Bruxelles-Midi.

Train companies: Thalys and Deutsche Bahn trains Cologne to Brussels

Travel between Cologne and Brussels from £29 with Omio’s train partners Thalys and Deutsche Bahn! You can find the best timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the most popular trip for you.

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Thalys

Deutsche Bahn (DB) is the main operator of train services in Germany, making on average 40, 000 journeys per day. A special feature of Deutsche Bahn 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 for your train from Cologne to Brussels. 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 toilets are standard amenities, services like an onboard restaurant or free WiFi are only available on certain trains.

Cologne to Brussels train information with Deutsche Bahn:

  • Average Duration: 1 h 44 min
  • Average Price: £29
  • Deutsche Bahn frequency: 6 a day

Thalys is a French-Belgian high-speed train company that connects the main capital cities. For your next train to Brussels from Cologne with Thalys, you can choose from these different ticket fares: Standard Mini, Standard, Comfort and Premium.

It’s easy to book your Thalys train ticket between Cologne and Brussels online with Omio! Simply check the current Thalys train timetables for your ideal departure and arrival times, compare the best route to Brussels from Cologne as well as relevant travel information (such as luggage policy and amenities offered onboard) for that train and book cheap Thalys train tickets online. Prices for Thalys trains between Cologne and Brussels start at £62 one-way if you book in advance, and you can expect to travel around 113 miles (182 km). If you search for Thalys trains in the Omio app, you can check straight away if the Thalys tickets are mobile tickets, which makes it easier than ever to go paperless when travelling by train to Brussels from Cologne. Let Omio do all the work for you finding the best Cologne to Brussels Thalys train ticket so you can enjoy a smooth and comfortable journey!

Train information from Cologne to Brussels with Thalys:

  • Average Duration: 1 h 52 min
  • Average Price: £62
  • Thalys frequency: 4 a day

Trains from Cologne to Brussels

With a fast journey time of just under two hours and 11 direct departures a day, travelling by train from Cologne to Brussels is quick and easy. There are also over a dozen connecting services between the two cities that can take up to nine hours. A similar service operates seven days a week with all trains departing from Cologne Hbf and arriving at Brussels-Midi Station.

Which train companies travel from Cologne to Brussels?

Train services between the two cities of Cologne and Brussels are operated by either Deutsche Bahn (DB) or Thalys. Deutsche Bahn is a large, German-owned passenger provider while Thalys is a high-speed service jointly operated by Belgium and France. Both companies provide modern carriages with comfortable seating, luggage space, power sockets, WiFi access and bistro-bars.

How long is the train from Cologne to Brussels?

Direct trains from Cologne to Brussels take just one hour 50 minutes to complete the journey while other routes can take 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?

There are 11 direct trains a day to Brussels from Cologne and over two dozen connecting services. Trains start departing in the early hours of the morning followed by at least one departure an hour until the mid-evening. Some evening departures 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 for Cologne's historic and cultural attractions. Among its transport links are 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. Its transport network includes 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.


Thalys trains from Cologne to Brussels

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 Cologne to Brussels 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 Cologne to Brussels 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 Cologne to Brussels

Travel by train to Brussels 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 Cologne to Brussels.
FAQs

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

Is international entry into Brussels from Cologne restricted?

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

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

Entry Requirements:

  • There are no current restrictions

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: Recommended

The above information was last checked on 27/06/2022. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train to Brussels from Cologne closer to your date of departure here.

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

Is my return train into Cologne from Brussels restricted?

International entry is allowed for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Belgium

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

Conditions of reentry:

  • There are no current restrictions

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:

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

Last checked on 01/07/2022. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train to Cologne from Brussels closer to your date of departure here.

If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find a cheap train from Cologne to Brussels for as little as £29  in the next 7 days.
If you’re looking to book your train tickets in the next week, you can expect the Cologne to Brussels train price to come in at an average of £37  one way.
The distance from Cologne to Brussels by train is approximately 113 miles (182 km).
On average the Cologne to Brussels train time is 1 h 53 min  covering the 113 miles (182 km) long trip, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and bank holidays.

When taking a train from Cologne, you have a couple of train stations you can depart from including Köln Hbf, Köln Messe/Deutz and Köln/Bonn Flughafen. When you arrive in Brussels, your train can arrive in train stations including Bruxelles-Midi, Bruxelles-Central and Brussels-Nord.

Omio customers travelling this route book their trains from Köln Hbf   to Bruxelles-Midi.

Passengers booking this journey most frequently board their trains from Köln Hbf and need to travel around 1 mile (1.6 km) from the city centre to get to this train station.

Passengers arriving in Brussels most often arrive at Bruxelles-Midi and need to travel around 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from this train station to the city centre.

For the best Cologne to Brussels train to buy, you can travel safely and comfortably with Thalys, Deutsche Bahn or SNCB | Euronight. However, it's always good to check all possible train companies with services to Brussels from Cologne to compare what amenities they may offer.
Yes, there are 9 direct trains to Brussels from Cologne per day with Deutsche Bahn or Thalys  on Omio. This is worth paying attention to when you book your train ticket as direct services tend to offer more convenience and help save you time travelling to your destination.
On average, there are 9 trains a day from Cologne to Brussels. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
You can take the first train from Cologne to Brussels at 05: 42   or take the last train from Cologne to Brussels leaving at 19: 42. Look for the latest Cologne Brussels train times on Omio and book the best time to take the train for this journey.
The price of a one way train ticket from Cologne to Brussels is on average £37 if you buy within the next 7 days. But we recommend booking tickets before your planned travel date to find the best prices for trains from all possible train companies offering this route. In general, you can find train tickets from Cologne to Brussels available a few months in advance.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Cologne
Brussels
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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+49 2211411055
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Mon - Fri: 06: 00 - 21: 00 | Sat - Sun: 07: 00 - 21: 00
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
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At a Travel Center you will receive the following services with personal consultation: Tickets and reservations up to shortly before departure, season tickets and DB monthly season tickets on subscription as well as DB BahnCard related offers. Furthermore, national and international timetable and fare information is available in addition to supplementary services and offers for your rail journey.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
At a Travel Center you will receive the following services with personal consultation: Tickets and reservations up to shortly before departure, season tickets and DB monthly season tickets on subscription as well as DB BahnCard related offers. Furthermore, national and international timetable and fare information is available in addition to supplementary services and offers for your rail journey.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
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WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
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WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
At a Travel Center you will receive the following services with personal consultation: Tickets and reservations up to shortly before departure, season tickets and DB monthly season tickets on subscription as well as DB BahnCard related offers. Furthermore, national and international timetable and fare information is available in addition to supplementary services and offers for your rail journey.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
TaxisTaxis
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LockersLockers
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AccessibilityAccessibility
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ParkingParking
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