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How to Travel from Cologne to Amsterdam

The distance between Cologne and Amsterdam is 263 kilometers. Numerous transport options will ensure a safe and quick trip between the two cities. Public transportation options include train, city bus, and air travel. Bus travel is an affordable and fast option. High-speed trains will arrive at your destination in under 3 hours, and are also affordable.

What is the best way to travel from Cologne to Amsterdam?

Cheapest way to travel from Cologne to Amsterdam

Taking the bus is the cheapest way to travel from Cologne to Amsterdam. Coaches traveling from Cologne to Amsterdam depart from either Köln ZOB (central bus station) or Köln Flughafen (airport) and take at least 4 hours to arrive at Amsterdam's Sloterdijk bus station. Over 10 coaches travel from Berlin to Amsterdam per day, with the first bus departing Cologne at 2:50 a.m. Bus companies that travel from Cologne to Amsterdam include Flixbus, RegioJet, and Eurolines.

Fastest way to travel from Cologne to Amsterdam

Taking a flight is technically the fastest way to travel from Cologne to Amsterdam; however, when travel time to and from Cologne and Amsterdam's airporst is taken into consideration, taking a high-speed train is actually the fastest way to travel from Cologne to Amsterdam. Flights depart from either Cologne/Bonn airport or Düsseldorf airport and arrive at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport after approximately 50 minutes of flight time. Usually 5 direct flights travel from Cologne to Amsterdam per day, with the first flight departing Cologne at 11:30 a.m. KLM is the main airline that offers direct flights from Cologne to Amsterdam.

Most popular way to travel from Cologne to Amsterdam

Taking a train is the most popular way to travel from Cologne to Amsterdam. Taking a train is at least an hour faster than traveling from Cologne to Amsterdam by bus and approximately 1½ hours faster than taking a flight when travel time to and from Cologne and Amsterdam's airports is taken into consideration. Rrains traveling from Cologne to Amsterdam depart from Köln Haupbahnhof and take at least 2:50 h tro arrive at Amsterdam's Centraal train station. Approximately 8 direct Deutsche Bahn trains travel from Cologne to Amsterdam per day, with the first train departing Cologne at approximately 6:30 a.m.

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FAQs
Is international travel between Cologne, Germany and Amsterdam, Netherlands allowed?

Travel between Cologne, Germany and Amsterdam, Netherlands is: Partially open.

Can travellers from Germany enter Netherlands?

International entry is allowed at this time for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany.

Are there rules for self-quarantine when arriving to Amsterdam from Cologne?

Conditions of entry into Netherlands:

  • 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

Are there COVID-19 safety rules for social distancing and wearing face masks in Amsterdam, Netherlands?

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the government of Netherlands has imposed the following measures:

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

This information was last checked on 29/11/2021. As this information can change due to the nature of the pandemic, make sure to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your trip between Cologne and Amsterdam.

What travel restrictions, such as quarantine measures, should I be aware of for my journey back to Cologne, Germany from Amsterdam, Netherlands?

The current restriction level for returning to Cologne, Germany from Netherlands is: Partially open.

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

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

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

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 10 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

Which rules do I need to follow in Cologne, Germany regarding COVID-19?

All travellers returning to Germany 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 29/11/2021. 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 Cologne from Amsterdam here.

What are my travel options from Cologne to Amsterdam?

There are 3 travel options from Cologne to Amsterdam: coach, flight or train.

What is the cheapest way to travel between Cologne and Amsterdam?

The cheapest way from Cologne to Amsterdam is by taking a train. You can find average ticket prices around £17 compared to other travel options to Amsterdam:

A train is generally £1 less than a coach for the same journey. A coach costs on average £18 from Cologne to Amsterdam.

A train journey is usually £85 less than a journey to Amsterdam by plane, which costs on average £102 for the same trip.

What is the quickest way from Cologne to Amsterdam?

The fastest way to get to Amsterdam from Cologne is by train with an average travel time of 2 h 43 min.

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

In comparison, getting to Amsterdam by coach can take on average 4 h 20 min.

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How far is Amsterdam from Cologne?

Amsterdam is approximately 133 miles (214 km) away from Cologne.

How many scheduled departures are there a day from Cologne to Amsterdam?

The average frequency per day from Cologne to Amsterdam is:

  • 7 trains a day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route from Cologne to Amsterdam as scheduled services by coach, flight or train can vary by season or day of the week.

Where do people depart from and arrive in when travelling from Cologne to Amsterdam?

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

  • Most travellers take a coach from Köln, Köln Bonn Airport to Amsterdam, Radarweg (Sloterdijk).
  • Most travellers take a flight from Cologne/Bonn Airport to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
  • Most travellers board their train from Köln Hbf and arrive in Amsterdam Centraal.
Which travel companies can get me from Cologne to Amsterdam?

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

  • You can go to Amsterdam from Cologne by coach with STUDENT AGENCY k. S. You'll see cheap coach tickets for £18 with STUDENT AGENCY k. S. From Cologne to Amsterdam on Omio.
  • You can take a flight from Cologne to Amsterdam with Eurowings. Cheap tickets can be found for £102 with Eurowings from Cologne to Amsterdam.
  • You can travel by train to Amsterdam from Cologne with Deutsche Bahn, and you can find Deutsche Bahn Cologne to Amsterdam tickets for £17 on Omio.
Can I travel directly between Cologne and Amsterdam?

Yes, there are direct routes from Cologne to Amsterdam with the following travel companies:

  • You can find direct coaches to take to Amsterdam with Flixbus or STUDENT AGENCY k. S.

As you won't need to change at another stop in between, direct services to Amsterdam tend to save you time and add more convenience, so it's worth paying attention to before you book tickets for this journey.

What other destinations are worth visiting after travelling from Cologne to Amsterdam?
Looking to extend your trip from Cologne to Amsterdam? Many Omio customers who go from Cologne to Amsterdam usually extend their holiday to explore other popular destinations like Paris, London or Brussels. If you're looking to explore Paris, London or Brussels from Amsterdam, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.
How far in advance should I purchase my Cologne to Amsterdam ticket online to get the best deals?

When planning your trip between Cologne and Amsterdam, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to book and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Coach tickets cost on average £18 one way.
  • Plane tickets are costing £102 one way on average.
  • Train tickets are costing £17 one way on average.

However, we recommend buying tickets to Amsterdam from Cologne online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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