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from Cologne to Amsterdam

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

Our recommendation

To get from Cologne to Amsterdam on 17 May we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

05:56Cologne Hbf3h09 09:05Amsterdam Centraal
1 changes
£251One-way
Cheapest
08:05Köln, Köln Bonn Airport5h25 13:30Amsterdam
0 changes
£191One-way
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05:56Cologne Hbf3h18 09:14Amsterdam Centraal
0 changes
£251One-way
03:59Cologne Hbf4h06 08:05Amsterdam Centraal
4 changes
£201One-way
17:46Cologne Hbf2h43 20:29Amsterdam Centraal
0 changes
£401One-way

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Tue
17 May
£20Deutsche Bahn
£19STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Wed
18 May
£20Deutsche Bahn
£19STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Thu
19 May
£20Deutsche Bahn
£16Flixbus
Fri
20 May
£20Deutsche Bahn
£18Flixbus
Sat
21 May
£22Deutsche Bahn
£18Flixbus
Sun
22 May
£18Deutsche Bahn
£17STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Mon
23 May
£20Deutsche Bahn
£18Flixbus
Tue
24 May
£17Deutsche Bahn
£17STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Wed
25 May
£20Deutsche Bahn
£11STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Thu
26 May
£25Deutsche Bahn
£19STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Fri
27 May
£20Deutsche Bahn
£17STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Sat
28 May
£22Deutsche Bahn
£11STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Sun
29 May
£22Deutsche Bahn
£17STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Mon
30 May
£20Deutsche Bahn
£19STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Tue
31 May
£17Deutsche Bahn
£11STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Wed
1 Jun
£17Deutsche Bahn
£11STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Thu
2 Jun
£18Deutsche Bahn
£11STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Fri
3 Jun
£20Deutsche Bahn
£11STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Sat
4 Jun
£17Deutsche Bahn
£18Flixbus
Sun
5 Jun
£17Deutsche Bahn
£13Flixbus

Travel Information between Cologne and Amsterdam

distanceDistance133 miles (214 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach or train
priceTicket price range£11 - £17
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £11 • 3 h 45 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • £17 • 2 h 43 min
carriersPopular travel companiesSTUDENT AGENCY k. S. Or Deutsche Bahn with connection

Take a coach or train to travel 133 miles (214 km) between Cologne and Amsterdam. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 2 h 43 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a coach is the best option with prices starting as low as £11. The most popular travel providers which serve this route are STUDENT AGENCY k. S. Or Deutsche Bahn with connection among others. Travellers can even take a direct from Cologne to Amsterdam.

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 10/05/2022. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip to Amsterdam from Cologne closer to your planned date of departure here.

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?

  • Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test as either a RT-PCR performed within 3 hours prior to arrival, or an Antigen test performed within 2 hours prior to arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 9 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)

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 15/05/2022. 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 Cologne to Amsterdam travel options?

There are 2 ways to get from Cologne to Amsterdam: coach or train.

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

The cheapest way from Cologne to Amsterdam is by taking a coach. You can find average ticket prices around £11 compared to other travel options to Amsterdam:

A coach is £5 less than a train for this route with tickets for a train from Cologne to Amsterdam costing on average £17.

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

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 3 h 45 min.

How far is it from Cologne to Amsterdam?

The distance from Cologne to Amsterdam is approximately 133 miles (214 km).

How many services a day are there between Cologne and Amsterdam?

The average frequency per day from Cologne to Amsterdam is:

  • 8 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route to Amsterdam from Cologne as scheduled services by coach 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 catch their coach from Köln, Köln Bonn Airport and arrive in Amsterdam, Radarweg (Sloterdijk).
  • Most travellers who purchase a train ticket from Cologne to Amsterdam depart from Köln Hbf to Amsterdam Centraal.

Who 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 travel by coach from Cologne to Amsterdam with STUDENT AGENCY k. S. And you can find STUDENT AGENCY k. S. Cologne to Amsterdam tickets for £11 on Omio.
  • You can travel between Cologne and Amsterdam by train with Deutsche Bahn with connection. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for £17 with Deutsche Bahn with connection from Cologne to Amsterdam.

Where should I go next after I travel between Cologne and 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 book 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 buy and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Coach tickets cost £11 one way on average.
  • Train tickets cost on average £17 one way.

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.

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