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Train Information between Rotterdam and Cologne

distanceDistance126 miles (203 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 30 min
priceAverage train ticket price£23 (€26)
frequencyTrain frequency5 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 5 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesDeutsche Bahn or Deutsche Bahn with connection

Trains from Rotterdam to Cologne cover the 126 miles (203 km) long trip taking on average 3 h 30 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn or Deutsche Bahn with connection. Normally, there are 5 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around £23, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £17. Travellers depart most frequently from Rotterdam Centraal and arrive in Köln Hbf.

Train companies

Deutsche Bahn between Rotterdam and Cologne

For as little as £17 you can travel by train from Rotterdam to Cologne with Deutsche Bahn. Omio will show you the best deals, timetables and tickets available for this route.

Deutsche Bahn

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 Rotterdam to Cologne train.

    When you buy your Deutsche Bahn train tickets from Rotterdam to Cologne don't forget to keep the following COVID-19 related policies in mind:

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

    Trains from Rotterdam to Cologne

    Every day, approximately 21 trains from Rotterdam to Cologne depart. Passengers will benefit from a quick journey across over 500 miles, with an average journey time of only 4 hours. Those who would like to reach Cologne even faster can choose a service with 1 transfer, which arrives in the city in 3 hours and 33 minutes. In general, the majority of services on this line have 3 changes. As this is a cross-country service, all passengers should carry their passport or internationally recognized identification onboard, as there likely will be border checks. 

    Rotterdam to Cologne train times: daily departures

    Trains from Rotterdam to Cologne depart from 6:00 a.m. each morning until 2:00 a.m. each night. There are approximately 21 trains a day from Rotterdam to Cologne. There are no direct services on this line, but there are never more than 3 transfers.  Passengers who wish to catch a faster service can board a journey with only one transfer, which departs 8 times between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. 

    How long is the journey by train from Rotterdam to Cologne?

    Rotterdam is 504 miles from Cologne. Trains from Rotterdam to Cologne take 4 hours on average and typically have 3 transfers. However, passengers can choose to take a faster service which only has 1 transfer, and which only takes 3 hours and 33 minutes. This service departs from Rotterdam 8 times a day. 

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

    Departure station: All trains from Rotterdam to Cologne depart from Rotterdam Centraal Station in the heart of Rotterdam city center. 

    Arrival stations: Trains to Cologne arrive at Cologne Hauptbahnhof or Cologne Messe/Deutz. Cologne Hauptbahnhof is in Cologne city center, whereas Cologne Messe/Deutz is one mile from the city center, away across the Deutzer Bridge. 

    Which train companies travel from Rotterdam to Cologne?

    Deutsche Bahn provides high-speed trains from Rotterdam to Cologne. Deutsche Bahn is the German-owned rail company that operates throughout Europe. 

    Deutsche Bahn Rotterdam to Cologne

    Deutsche Bahn operates these high-speed trains from Rotterdam to Cologne. Passengers can board a Deutsche Bahn service from 6:00 a.m. each morning until 2:00 a.m. every night. Every train requires a transfer, with the majority of trains requiring that passengers change 3 times. However, each day there are 8 services which only require one change, from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 pm. The average journey time takes 4 hours and 10 minutes, but the services with only 1 transfer take only 3 hours and 33 minutes. 

    Rotterdam to Cologne​ trains: services on board

    Deutsche Bahn trains from Rotterdam to Cologne have first-class tickets and second-class tickets. First-class tickets are frequently affordable and provide passengers with great legroom, plus complimentary refreshments. There are ample luggage storage facilities on Deutsche Bahn trains, with designated luggage holding bays in close proximity to all carriages. Passengers will find space to store smaller bags above and below their seats. Deutsche Bahn trains are wholly accessible to travelers with limited mobility, but they are advised to call in advance with their specific access requirements.  All carriage interiors are modern and comfortable, with free WiFi available in all areas of the train. 

    How to find cheap train tickets from Rotterdam to Cologne​?​

    Passengers can find cheap trains from Rotterdam to Cologne by booking tickets in advance. Booking approximately 8 weeks before departure dates can help you secure the cheapest deals. A good thing to bear in mind is to look 2 days either side of your departure date. If you don't need to travel on one day in particular, this can be a great way to secure cheap tickets. If there is only one day you can travel on, look at different times across the day to secure the cheapest deal, as prices often vary across the day. 

    Travel Tips

    Trains from Rotterdam 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 Rotterdam to Cologne.
    FAQs
    Are there COVID-19 travel restrictions for trains to Cologne from Rotterdam?

    Travel between Rotterdam, Netherlands and Cologne, Germany by train is: Partially open.

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

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

    Do I need to self-quarantine on arrival in Germany from Rotterdam?

    Conditions of entry:

    • 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?

    When travelling in Germany, 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 03/12/2021. This can change before your date of travel so please review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your train from Rotterdam to Cologne before travelling.

    Are there restrictions on returning to Netherlands from Germany by train?

    Return travel from Germany to Netherlands is: Partially open.

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

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

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

    Requirements for reentering:

    • 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
    • Health declaration required

    What are the safety rules to follow in Rotterdam, Netherlands?

    The government of Netherlands 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 01/12/2021. Please check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   closer to the travel date of your train to Rotterdam from Cologne.

    What is the cost of cheap trains from Rotterdam to Cologne?
    You can find a cheap train from Rotterdam to Cologne for some dates and times for as low as £17  one way in the next 7 days.
    How much is a train ticket from Rotterdam to Cologne?
    In the next 7 days you’ll find that the average cost of a train ticket from Rotterdam to Cologne is £23  one way.
    What is the distance by train from Rotterdam to Cologne?
    When travelling this route you should expect the distance between Rotterdam and Cologne via train to be approximately 126 miles (203 km).
    What is the average Rotterdam to Cologne train duration?
    On average the train from Rotterdam to Cologne duration is 3 h 30 min  for the 126 miles (203 km) long journey, but the travel time can vary if you depart on weekends and holidays.
    Which train station from Rotterdam to Cologne do I depart from? Which Cologne train station from Rotterdam do I arrive in?

    Some of the Rotterdam train stations to Cologne you can start your journey from include Rotterdam Centraal, Rotterdam Noord and Rotterdam Blaak. Similarly, some of the arrival train stations in Cologne include Köln Hbf, Köln Messe/Deutz and Köln/Bonn Flughafen.

    When travelling this route, Omio customers are departing most frequently from Rotterdam Centraal   and arriving in Köln Hbf.

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

    Passengers board the train most frequently from Rotterdam Centraal, which is located around 0.4 miles (659 m) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Köln Hbf, located 0.7 miles (1.2 km) away from the city centre.

    What train companies go from Rotterdam to Cologne?
    For the journey from Rotterdam to Cologne you can take a train with Deutsche Bahn or Deutsche Bahn with connection. Be sure to check out all possible train providers that offer services from Rotterdam to Cologne on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.
    How many trains per day are there between Rotterdam and Cologne?
    On average, there are 5 trains a day from Rotterdam to Cologne. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
    What are the first and last departure train times from Rotterdam to Cologne?
    The first train from Rotterdam to Cologne leaves at 05: 20   and the last train for this leaves at 23: 05. Omio shows you the latest train from Rotterdam to Cologne timetable to help you book the best departure time for this trip.
    When should I purchase Rotterdam Cologne train tickets to score the best deals?
    You can find a train from Rotterdam to Cologne to cost on average £23 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 Rotterdam to Cologne train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.

    Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

    Rotterdam
    Cologne
    Rotterdam Centraal is the most popular Rotterdam 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 Rotterdam for your journey to Cologne.
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    WifiWifi
    LockersLockers
    ParkingParking
    ATMATM
    TaxisTaxis
    AccessibilityAccessibility
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    +31 302357822
    ticketOfficeHours
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    Mon - Sun: 00: 00 - 24: 00
    Public transport options for Rotterdam Centraal
    Subway lines: D, E
    Bus lines: 33, 34, 38, 39, 40, 44, 48
    Tram lines: 4, 7, 8, 12, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25
    Train lines: NS Intercity, NS Intercity Direct, NS Sprinter, NS Nachtnet, Thalys, Eurostar