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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1 h 52 m
1 h 53 m
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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.
|Distance||113 miles (182 km)|
|Average train duration||1 h 53 min|
|Average train ticket price||£37 (€41)|
|Train frequency||9 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 9 direct trains a day|
|Train providers||Thalys, 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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 by train between Cologne, Germany and Brussels, Belgium is: Fully open.
International entry is allowed for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany
The government of Belgium has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
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.
International entry is allowed for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Belgium
Conditions of reentry:
The government of Germany has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
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.
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.
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