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from Cologne to Amsterdam

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

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To get from Cologne to Amsterdam on 20 Jun we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

10:50Köln, Flughafen3h45 14:35Amsterdam, Sloterdijk
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£231One-way
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14:40Köln, Flughafen4h40 19:20Amsterdam, Sloterdijk
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£181One-way
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10:59Köln, Hbf3h36 14:35Amsterdam, Sloterdijk
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£251One-way
08:15Köln, Hbf3h30 11:45Amsterdam, Sloterdijk
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£321One-way
11:30Köln, Flughafen7h30 19:00Amsterdam, Sloterdijk
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£321One-way

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Sun
20 Jun
£18Deutsche Bahn
£18Flixbus
Mon
21 Jun
£17Deutsche Bahn
£15Flixbus
Tue
22 Jun
£17Deutsche Bahn
£18STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Wed
23 Jun
£17Deutsche Bahn
£18Flixbus
Thu
24 Jun
£17Deutsche Bahn
£15Flixbus
Fri
25 Jun
£17Deutsche Bahn
£20Flixbus
Sat
26 Jun
£23Deutsche Bahn
£15Flixbus
Sun
27 Jun
£17Deutsche Bahn
£18Flixbus
Mon
28 Jun
£17Deutsche Bahn
£18Flixbus
Tue
29 Jun
£17Deutsche Bahn
£18STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Wed
30 Jun
£17Deutsche Bahn
£18STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Thu
1 Jul
£17Deutsche Bahn
£15Flixbus
Fri
2 Jul
£17Deutsche Bahn
£18STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Sat
3 Jul
£17Deutsche Bahn
£15Flixbus
Sun
4 Jul
£17Deutsche Bahn
£17Deutsche Bahn
Mon
5 Jul
£17Deutsche Bahn
£15Flixbus
Tue
6 Jul
£17Deutsche Bahn
£18STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Wed
7 Jul
£17Deutsche Bahn
£18STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Thu
8 Jul
£17Deutsche Bahn
£15Flixbus
Fri
9 Jul
£17Deutsche Bahn
£12STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
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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
What are the COVID-19 travel restrictions for Amsterdam, Netherlands if I’m coming from Cologne, Germany?

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

Is international entry into Amsterdam from Cologne restricted?

International entry is currently allowed for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany.

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

Entry Requirements:

  • There are no current restrictions

What are the COVID-19 safety measures to follow in Amsterdam, Netherlands?

The government of Netherlands 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 16/06/2021. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip between Cologne and Amsterdam closer to your planned date of departure here.

Are there COVID-19 restrictions on returning to Cologne, Germany from Amsterdam, Netherlands?

The restriction level for your return to Cologne, Germany from Netherlands is: Restricted.

Is my journey back to Cologne from Amsterdam restricted?

Entry into Germany is currently allowed for: Entry is restricted for citizens and permanent residents of Netherlands.

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

Conditions of reentry into Germany:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival for all travellers by air
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 5
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Pre-arrival health declaration
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Arrivals vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempted from compulsory quarantine
  • Quarantine is not required if the traveller has recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months (certificate needed)

What are the coronavirus safety measures I need to follow in Cologne, Germany?

You should observe these safety measures in Germany as imposed by the government to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

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

This information about your return travel to Germany was last checked on 18/06/2021. We advise you to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip back to Cologne from Amsterdam closer to your date of departure here.

What are my Cologne to Amsterdam travel options?

There are 2 ways to travel from Cologne to Amsterdam including taking a coach or train.

How many miles from Cologne to Amsterdam would I travel?

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

Where do I depart from Cologne? Where do I arrive in 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, Sloterdijk.
  • Most travellers board their train from Köln Hbf and arrive in Amsterdam Centraal.
Who can get me from Cologne to Amsterdam?

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Cologne to Amsterdam, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Flixbus can get you to Amsterdam by coach. You can find a good deal for coach tickets with Flixbus from Cologne to Amsterdam for £15 on Omio.
  • Travel with Deutsche Bahn to go to Amsterdam by train. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Deutsche Bahn Cologne to Amsterdam tickets on Omio for £18.
Can I travel directly between Cologne and Amsterdam?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Coach tickets are costing on average £15 one way.
  • Train tickets cost £18 one way on average.

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

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

The cheapest way from Cologne to Amsterdam is by taking a coach. You can find average ticket prices around £15 compared to other travel options to Amsterdam:

A coach is about £3 less than a train, which costs on average £18 for this trip.

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

The quickest way to travel from Cologne to Amsterdam is by flight, which takes on average 50 min  compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, travelling by coach can take you on average 3 h 45 min.

In comparison, taking a train requires on average 2 h 44 min  of travel time.

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