Trains Cologne to Brussels

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Facts

Trains Brussels <> Cologne  

Booking horizon  4-6 months
Duration 1h47
Distance  201km 
Direct trains Yes
First train Brussels 06h25
Last train Brussels 22h56
First train Cologne 06h44
Last train Cologne 21h25
Trains per day 11
Train company Thalys / ICE
Station Brussels Brussel-Midi/Zuid
Station Cologne Koln Hbf

Timetable

Train times - Use our journey planner to find all trains from Cologne to Brussels

The first train leaves at 06h44 from Koln Hbf to Brussel-Midi/Zuid, the last train leaves at 21h25. The journey time is 1 hour and 47 minutes between the two cities. Each day around 11 trains run between Cologne and Brussels. Here, at HappyRail, you can buy all cheap train tickets from Cologne to Brussels!

Travel by Thalys

Routes: 

2nd class

  • Comfortable seats
  • Reservation included
  • Bistro coach where drinks, snacks and small meals are available for sale
  • Free wifi for holders 
  • Power sockets at all seats

1st class 

  • Comfortable seats with more leg room
  • Reservation included
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • Power points at all seats 
  • Free wifi 
  • A light cold meal served at your seat is included in the price
  • Use of the NS International lounges in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Schiphol Airport. Holders of the Thalys
  • ThePass and TheCard can use the Thalys-lounges in Brussels, Paris and Cologne.

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Tips and tricks to book cheap train tickets France

  • Book as early as possible, tickets are available three months in advance (tickets for the summer can be booked from February) Train tickets can be three times as cheap if they are booked in advance

  • If possible, avoid trains during rush hour and TGV's used by Parisians for "weekend breaks" to travel to the country side

  • If tickets are sold out or very expensive, you could try to buy tickets to a destination nearby and from there to your final destination

  • Sometimes regionals trains are much cheaper than TGV-trains, but often the travel time is much longer

  • Travel on very early trains or late in the evening is often the cheapest option, except for some busy routes, like Paris to London

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Köln Hbf - Info

Railway Station Cologne

The main station in Cologne is Köln Hauptbahnhof. The station is located next to the Dom, the beautiful cathedral of Cologne. The centre is at a walking distance. The train enters the station after a long travers along the long and impressive Hohenzollernbrücke over the Rhine.  

Info

  • Wifi: yes, free for 30 minutes
  • Lockers: yes, 24h
  • Restaurants: yes
  • Parking: yes, paid

To the city centre

  • Walking: 5 minutes
  • Bike: no city bikes
  • Tram: - 
  • Bus: possible, best to walk 
  • Taxi: yes

Köln Hbf - Hotels near the station

Find cheap hotels with good ratings near Koln Hbf Train Station

  •  Walking distance from the train station   •  Rating: 8+ 
Cheap hotels near Koln Hbf - Trains to Cologne

Savoy Hotel****

5 minutes by foot from the station. Classic, modern, stylish. Very high ratings. 
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Ibis Hotel Köln am Dom***

Next to the train station and the Dom. Perfect location. Fine hotel with good ratings.
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Cheap hotels near Koln Hbf - Trains to Cologne

TRYP by Windham Koln City Centre****

Convenient 4-star hotel, 300 meters from the station.      
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Köln Hbf - Rental cars

Cheap rental cars at Koln Hbf train station

Cheap rental cars near Koln Hauptbahnhof - Rent a car in Cologne

Rental Cars

3 rental car companies: Avis, Flizzr, Sixt.   

Brussel Midi/Zuid - Info

Railway Station Brussels 

The Thalys and the Intercity arrive and depart from Brussels Midi/Zuid, the main station in Brussels. From here also the Eurostar to London departs and the ICE and Thalys to Cologne and Frankfurt. You can also take from here domestic trains to Bruges, Ghent and Ypres. 

Other major stations in Brussels are Brussels Centraal and Brussels Schuman. Brussels Centraal is the best station to get off if you want to visit the old city centre. You can walk to the main square and fine restaurants. Brussels Schuman is the railway station for the European Parliament. 

Info

  • Wifi: no
  • Lockers: yes
  • Restaurants: yes
  • Parking: yes, paid

To the city centre

Brussel Midi/Zuid - Hotels near the station

Find cheap hotels with good ratings near Brussel Midi/Zuid Train Station 

  •  Walking distance from the train station   •  Rating: 8+ 
Cheap hotels near Brussel Midi/Zuid - Trains to Brussels

Novotel Brussels South****

Located next to Brussel-Midi/Zuid. Great views, spacious room, stylish. Very convenient.   
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Cheap hotels near Brussel Midi/Zuid - Trains to Brussels

Hotel Park Inn by Radisson Brussels South****

Opposite Brussels South. Fitness, spacious rooms, great views. High ratings.    
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Cheap hotels near Brussel Midi/Zuid - Trains to Brussels

Midi Station Hotel**

5 minutes by foot from the station. 15-minute walk to the city centre. Typical Belgian hotel. Basic, but clean.   
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Brussel Midi/Zuid - Rental cars

Cheap rental cars at Brussel Midi train station

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Rental Cars

6 rental car companies: Avis, Bugdet, Europcar, Hertz, Interrent, Thrifty.