The cheapest trains from Cologne to Brussels

Showing times and prices for 18 Oct

Cheapest

£28

Average

£39

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 £ 39 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 28.

Cheapest
07:42Cologne Hbf1h53 09:35Brussels-Midi
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£281One-way
2nd Cheapest
19:43Cologne Hbf1h52 21:35Brussels-Midi
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£331One-way
2nd Cheapest
17:43Cologne Hbf1h52 19:35Brussels-Midi
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£331One-way
11:43Cologne Hbf1h52 13:35Brussels-Midi
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£371One-way
15:43Cologne Hbf1h52 17:35Brussels-Midi
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£371One-way

Timetable Cologne to Brussels

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01:40Cologne Hbf6h55 08:35Brussels-Midi
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05:47Cologne Hbf3h18 09:05Brussels-Midi
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06:48Cologne Hbf3h12 10:00Brussels-Midi
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07:42Cologne Hbf1h53 09:35Brussels-Midi
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07:47Cologne Hbf3h13 11:00Brussels-Midi
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08:48Cologne Hbf3h12 12:00Brussels-Midi
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09:42Cologne Hbf1h53 11:35Brussels-Midi
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09:47Cologne Hbf3h13 13:00Brussels-Midi
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10:47Cologne Hbf3h13 14:00Brussels-Midi
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11:43Cologne Hbf1h52 13:35Brussels-Midi
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11:47Cologne Hbf3h13 15:00Brussels-Midi
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12:47Cologne Hbf3h14 16:01Brussels-Midi
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13:43Cologne Hbf1h52 15:35Brussels-Midi
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13:50Cologne Hbf3h11 17:01Brussels-Midi
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14:47Cologne Hbf3h13 18:00Brussels-Midi
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15:43Cologne Hbf1h52 17:35Brussels-Midi
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15:50Cologne Hbf3h10 19:00Brussels-Midi
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16:00Cologne Hbf3h00 19:00Brussels-Midi
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16:47Cologne Hbf3h13 20:00Brussels-Midi
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17:43Cologne Hbf1h52 19:35Brussels-Midi
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17:46Cologne Hbf3h18 21:04Brussels-Midi
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18:48Cologne Hbf3h16 22:04Brussels-Midi
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19:43Cologne Hbf1h52 21:35Brussels-Midi
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19:46Cologne Hbf3h18 23:04Brussels-Midi
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21:18Cologne Hbf8h42 06:00Brussels-Midi
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Sun
17 Oct
£39Deutsche Bahn
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Mon
18 Oct
£28Deutsche Bahn
£22Flixbus
Tue
19 Oct
£25Deutsche Bahn
£18Flixbus
Wed
20 Oct
£37Thalys
£15Flixbus
Thu
21 Oct
£23Deutsche Bahn
£6BlaBlaCar Bus
Fri
22 Oct
£17Deutsche Bahn
£10BlaBlaCar Bus
Sat
23 Oct
£17Deutsche Bahn
£10BlaBlaCar Bus
Sun
24 Oct
£17Deutsche Bahn
£10BlaBlaCar Bus
Mon
25 Oct
£17Deutsche Bahn
£9Flixbus
Tue
26 Oct
£44Thalys
£6BlaBlaCar Bus
Wed
27 Oct
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£6BlaBlaCar Bus
Thu
28 Oct
£17Deutsche Bahn
£8BlaBlaCar Bus
Fri
29 Oct
£58Thalys
£10BlaBlaCar Bus
Sat
30 Oct
£17Deutsche Bahn
£6BlaBlaCar Bus
Sun
31 Oct
£17Deutsche Bahn
£10BlaBlaCar Bus
Mon
1 Nov
£17Deutsche Bahn
£6BlaBlaCar Bus
Tue
2 Nov
£17Deutsche Bahn
£6BlaBlaCar Bus
Wed
3 Nov
£17Deutsche Bahn
£6BlaBlaCar Bus
Thu
4 Nov
£17Deutsche Bahn
£6BlaBlaCar Bus
Fri
5 Nov
£17Deutsche Bahn
£6BlaBlaCar Bus
Sat
6 Nov
£44Thalys
£6BlaBlaCar Bus

The fastest trains from Cologne to Brussels

Showing times and prices for 18 Oct

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 42 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.

Fastest
11:43Cologne Hbf1h52 13:35Brussels-Midi
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£371One-way
Fastest
19:43Cologne Hbf1h52 21:35Brussels-Midi
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£331One-way
Fastest
15:43Cologne Hbf1h52 17:35Brussels-Midi
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£371One-way
Fastest
13:43Cologne Hbf1h52 15:35Brussels-Midi
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£371One-way
Fastest
17:43Cologne Hbf1h52 19:35Brussels-Midi
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£331One-way

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Train Information between Cologne and Brussels

distanceDistance113 miles (182 km)
durationAverage train duration1 h 52 min
priceAverage train ticket price£26 (€30)
frequencyTrain frequency8 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 8 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesDeutsche Bahn or Thalys

Trains from Cologne to Brussels cover the 113 miles (182 km) long route 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. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this trip for as low as £17, but the average price of train tickets is £26. Travellers depart most frequently from Köln Hbf and arrive in Bruxelles-Midi.

Train companies

Travel with Thalys and Deutsche Bahn from Cologne to Brussels

Thalys and Deutsche Bahn trains will get you between Cologne and Brussels from £17. With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best train times and tickets for your trip.

Deutsche Bahn
Thalys

Deutsche Bahn (DB) is Germany’s main operator of train services and makes on average about 40, 000 domestic and international journeys per day. Deutsche Bahn’s fleet of trains includes the high-speed ICE (Intercity Express) as well as the IC (Intercity), EC (Eurocity), IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional Express) and RB (Regionalbahn), which differ in terms of comfort and the time needed to travel. For example, while toilets are standard amenities, services like onboard restaurants or free WiFi are only available on certain train types and routes. Deutsche Bahn is well-known for its wide range of fares like Super Saver, Saver, and Flexible and discount cards like the Bahncard 25, 50 and 100, which you can also use for your Cologne to Brussels train.

  • Average Price: £17

Deutsche Bahn 's current ticket policies due to COVID-19 for your train between Cologne and Brussels are the following:

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

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.

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Trains from Cologne to Brussels
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FAQs
What COVID-19 travel safety information and restrictions should I be aware of for my train to Brussels from Cologne?

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

What is the status of international entry into Belgium from Germany?

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

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

Conditions of entry:

  • 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?

When travelling in Belgium, you must follow these COVID-19 safety rules:

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

The information above was last checked on 17/10/2021. This can change before your date of travel so please review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your train to Brussels from Cologne before travelling.

What restrictions are there on reentering Germany from Brussels, Belgium?

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

Is my return train 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?

Conditions of reentry:

  • 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:

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

Last checked on 16/10/2021. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train to Cologne from Brussels closer to your date of departure here.

What is the price of the cheapest train from Cologne to Brussels?
Omio customers have found the cheapest trains from Cologne to Brussels to cost as little as £17  in the next 7 days.
What is the cost of a train ticket from Cologne to Brussels on average?
The Cologne to Brussels train ticket price is on average £26  if you are looking to buy your tickets for this route in the next week.
What is the distance from Cologne to Brussels via train?
When travelling this route you should expect the distance to Brussels from Cologne via train to be approximately 113 miles (182 km).
How many hours does it take from Cologne to Brussels by train?
On average the train from Cologne to Brussels duration is 1 h 52 min  for the 113 miles (182 km) long trip, but the travel time can vary if you depart on weekends and holidays.
Which train station in Cologne goes to Brussels? Which train station do I come into Brussels from Cologne?

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.

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

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

What train companies go from Cologne to Brussels?
For the route from Cologne to Brussels you can take a train with Deutsche Bahn or Thalys. Be sure to check out all possible train companies that offer services from Cologne to Brussels on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.
How many train services are there from Cologne to Brussels a day?
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 time is the earliest train from Cologne to Brussels? What time is the last train from Cologne to Brussels?
The first train from Cologne to Brussels leaves at 05: 42   and the last train for this leaves at 19: 43. Omio shows you the latest train from Cologne to Brussels schedule to help you book the best departure time for this journey.
How early should I buy train tickets between Cologne and Brussels to score the best deals?
You can find a train to Brussels from Cologne to cost on average £26 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 Cologne to Brussels train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.

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.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxiTaxi
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket office hours
Sat - Sun: 07: 00 - 21: 00 | Mon - Fri: 06: 00 - 21: 00
Connections to/from station
Bus lines: 172, 173
Train lines: ICE, IC, EC, FLX, RE, RB
U-Bahn lines: U5, U16, U18
S-Bahn lines: S6, S11, S12, S19