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Cheap train tickets from Rotterdam to Cologne

Showing times and prices for 26 Jun

Cheapest

The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Rotterdam to Cologne is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid travelling at rush hour.

Cheapest
Deutsche Bahn with connection
08:203h52
Rotterdam Centraal
12:12Cologne Hbf
£221One-way
3 changes
Deutsche Bahn
08:143h21
Rotterdam Centraal
11:35Cologne Hbf
£481One-way
3 changes
Deutsche Bahn
09:143h21
Rotterdam Centraal
12:35Cologne Hbf
£481One-way
3 changes

Train timetableRotterdam to Cologne

Showing trains for tomorrow, Wednesday, 26 June
Deutsche Bahn
08:143h21
Rotterdam Centraal
11:35Cologne Hbf
3 changes
Deutsche Bahn with connection
08:203h52
Rotterdam Centraal
12:12Cologne Hbf
3 changes
Deutsche Bahn
09:143h21
Rotterdam Centraal
12:35Cologne Hbf
3 changes

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Train times from Rotterdam to Cologne

Showing times and prices for 26 Jun

Fastest Journey

3 h 21 m

Average

3 h 31 m

Trains per day

3

Distance

204 km

To travel from Rotterdam to Cologne you need to make at least 3 changes.

Fastest
Deutsche Bahn
08:143h21
Rotterdam Centraal
11:35Cologne Hbf
£481One-way
3 changes
Fastest
Deutsche Bahn
09:143h21
Rotterdam Centraal
12:35Cologne Hbf
£481One-way
3 changes
Deutsche Bahn with connection
08:203h52
Rotterdam Centraal
12:12Cologne Hbf
£221One-way
3 changes

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Overview: Train from Rotterdam to Cologne

distanceDistance126 miles
durationAverage train duration3 h 21 min
priceAverage train ticket price£45 (€51)
changesDirect trainNo
carriersTrain providersDeutsche Bahn or VIAS Rail GmbH

Trains from Rotterdam to Cologne cover the 126 miles long route taking on average 3 h 21 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn or VIAS Rail GmbH. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around £45, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £14. Travellers depart most frequently from Rotterdam Centraal and arrive in Cologne Hbf.

Train companies: Deutsche Bahn and VIAS Rail GmbH trains Rotterdam to Cologne

Find the best trains from Rotterdam to Cologne with Omio's travel partners Deutsche Bahn and VIAS Rail GmbH from £18. We can find you the best deals, timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the best journey.

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.

Deutsche Bahn from Rotterdam to Cologne train information:

  • Average Duration: 3 h 21 min
  • Cheapest Price: £18

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. 

FAQs: Rotterdam to Cologne train

FAQs: Travel by train from Rotterdam 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
Cheap train tickets from Rotterdam to Cologne can start from as little as £14 when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Rotterdam to Cologne is £45; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
On average the Rotterdam to Cologne train travel time is 3 h 21 min   for the 126 mile long journey, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Rotterdam to Cologne leaves at 06: 05. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Rotterdam to Cologne leaves at 20: 05.
For the best Rotterdam to Cologne train to book, you can travel safely and comfortably with Deutsche Bahn or VIAS Rail GmbH. However, it's always good to check all possible train companies with services from Rotterdam to Cologne to compare what amenities they may offer.
No, there are no night trains, the latest train for this route is 20: 05.

When departing from Rotterdam, you have various train station options to start your route from including Rotterdam Centraal, Rotterdam Blaak and Rotterdam Noord. When arriving in Cologne, you can end your trip in train stations like Cologne Hbf, Cologne Messe/Deutz and Cologne/Bonn Flughafen.

Passengers board the train most frequently from Rotterdam Centraal, which is located around 0.6 miles (876 m) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Cologne Hbf, located 1.6 miles (2.5 km) away from the city centre.

A trip to Cologne from Rotterdam is worth doing but not as a day trip with a journey time of 3 h 21 min each way. Check with Omio app   the best way to travel.
The cheapest month to travel from Rotterdam to Cologne by train is November.
It's helpful to compare your options as there are 3 ways to travel to Cologne from Rotterdam including taking a coach, train or flight.

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