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from Amsterdam to Cologne

You can get from Amsterdam to Cologne by train, bus or flight.

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To get from Amsterdam to Cologne on 25 Jul we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

14:00Amsterdam5h40 19:40Köln, Köln Bonn Airport
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£181One-way
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14:00Amsterdam5h40 19:40Köln, Köln Bonn Airport
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£181One-way

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31 Jul
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Travel from Amsterdam to Cologne: Journey Details

People traveling from Amsterdam to Cologne can take a bus, catch a Deutsche Bahn train or take a quick flight straight to Cologne. The fastest way to travel is probably flying, although taking a train can get you there in just 4 hours, and coaches aren't that much slower, while car pooling services from Bla Bla Car can be quicker still.

Return trips from Cologne to Amsterdam are also available.

Coaches from Amsterdam to Cologne

Eurolines, Megabus, Semitimes and Regiojet all provide daily direct coaches from Amsterdam to Cologne. Every day, there are 4 direct coaches, and all of them leave in early afternoon between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The fastest coaches take 5 hours 15 minutes, while some services take 7 hours, so there is quite a lot of variation. There are also indirect Flixbus coaches that take 4 hours to reach Cologne with a stop in Leverkusen.

Trains from Amsterdam to Cologne

Deutsche Bahn operates frequent trains from Amsterdam to Cologne. Trains start departing as early as 5:20 a.m. and continue to leave almost every hour until a final departure at 8:30 p.m. There are no direct services to Cologne from Amsterdam and a change in Arnhem is usually required. Even then, the journey time is only around 3 hours with the change included.

Flights from Amsterdam to Cologne

KLM operates direct flights from Amsterdam to Cologne. The earliest flight leaves Amsterdam at 6:50 a.m. and there are four other departures throughout the day, concluding with a 4:50 p.m. take off time. All flights take 50 minutes to reach their destination, but when transit times are factored in, this can rise to around 4 hours, door to door.

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FAQs
Does Germany have any COVID-19 travel restrictions for people travelling to Cologne from Amsterdam?

Travel from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Cologne, Germany is: Partially open.

Is international entry into Cologne from Amsterdam restricted?

International entry is currently allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Netherlands.

Do I need to self-quarantine upon arrival to Cologne, Germany from Amsterdam?

Entry Requirements:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival for all travellers by air
  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 5 in quarantine
  • Pre-arrival health declaration
  • 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 compulsory quarantine (certificate needed)
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required

What are the COVID-19 safety measures to follow in Cologne, Germany?

The government of Germany has imposed the following measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

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

The above information was last verified on 23/07/2021. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip between Amsterdam and Cologne closer to your planned date of departure here.

Are there restrictions on my return trip to Amsterdam, Netherlands from Cologne, Germany due to COVID-19?

The current restriction level for returning to Amsterdam, Netherlands from Germany is: Fully open.

Am I allowed to reenter Amsterdam, Netherlands from Cologne, Germany?

Reentering Netherlands is currently allowed for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany

Do I need to self-quarantine when I arrive back to Amsterdam from Cologne?

  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
  • Health declaration required
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test

Which rules do I need to follow in Amsterdam, Netherlands regarding COVID-19?

All travellers returning to Netherlands must observe the following safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the country:

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

The information above was last checked on 18/07/2021. We do our best to keep this information up-to-date, but regulations can change due to the nature of the coronavirus pandemic, so please double check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations ahead of your trip back to Amsterdam from Cologne here.

How do you get from Amsterdam to Cologne?

There are 2 travel options from Amsterdam to Cologne: coach or train.

How many miles are between Amsterdam and Cologne

You should expect to travel around 133 miles (214 km) from Amsterdam to Cologne.

What are the departure and arrival points when travelling from Amsterdam to Cologne?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when travelling from Amsterdam to Cologne:

  • Most travellers who buy a coach ticket from Amsterdam to Cologne depart from Amsterdam, Sloterdijk to Köln, Köln Bonn Airport.
  • Most travellers catch their train from Amsterdam Centraal and arrive in Köln Hbf.
Who can get me from Amsterdam to Cologne?

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Amsterdam to Cologne:

  • You can travel by coach from Amsterdam to Cologne with Flixbus, and you can find Flixbus Amsterdam to Cologne tickets for £16 on Omio.
  • You can go to Cologne from Amsterdam by train with Deutsche Bahn. You'll see cheap train tickets for £17 with Deutsche Bahn from Amsterdam to Cologne on Omio.
Can I travel directly between Amsterdam and Cologne?

Yes, there are direct services available to Cologne from Amsterdam with the following travel operators:

  • You can travel directly by coach with Flixbus.
  • You can take a direct train with Deutsche Bahn.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Cologne as you won't need to change in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets from Amsterdam to Cologne.

What other destinations are worth visiting after travelling from Amsterdam to Cologne?
Many of our customers travelling from Amsterdam to Cologne don't make Cologne their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after are Berlin, Brussels or Paris, either of which you could add to your Amsterdam and Cologne trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Cologne to any of these top destinations today!
How far in advance should I book my Amsterdam to Cologne ticket online to get the best deals?

Before travelling from Amsterdam to Cologne, it’s good to know what ticket you can purchase and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • The price of a coach ticket for this trip is £16 one way on average.
  • The price of a train ticket for this trip is £17 one way on average.

But we recommend booking Amsterdam to Cologne tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

What is the cheapest way to go to Cologne from Amsterdam?

A coach service offers the cheapest way to travel from Amsterdam to Cologne, which costs on average £16.

This is compared to other ways of getting to Cologne:

A coach is generally £2 less than a train for the same trip. A train costs on average £17 from Amsterdam to Cologne.

What is the fastest way to get from Amsterdam to Cologne?

The fastest way to get to Cologne from Amsterdam is by flight with an average travel time of 50 min.

There are alternative travel options to Cologne that can usually take longer:

In comparison, getting to Cologne by coach can take on average 3 h 45 min.

In comparison, travelling by train can take you on average 2 h 30 min.

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Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Amsterdam
Cologne
Amsterdam City Centre
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is within walking distance of the city centre and is connected to other parts of the city by public transport.<br>Metro lines 51, 52, 53, 54<br>Bus lines 18, 21, 22, 32, 33, 34, 35, 42, 43<br>Tram lines 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 13, 16, 17, 24, 26
How long does it take to get from the train station to the city centre?
This station is a 5-10 minute walk from the city centre.
Amsterdam Sloterdijk
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