Rotterdam to Cologne by train Find train times and tickets

  • First train
    04:00
  • Last train
    00:05
  • Avg changes
    1
  • Fastest journey
    2hr 52m

Travelling from Rotterdam to Cologne by train

The fastest trains from Rotterdam to Cologne take around 2 hours and 52 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 204 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Rotterdam and Cologne.

Journeys between Rotterdam and Cologne usually involve one change of train.

We usually find around 38 departures on the route from Rotterdam to Cologne every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.

Trains are typically more frequent on weekends, when we found around 42 departures. The duration is normally about 2 hours and 52 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

On weekdays the earliest train to Cologne is usually scheduled to depart Rotterdam around 05:48 and the last train is around 00:05. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Rotterdam around 04:00, and the last at 23:18.

Route map is indicative only and may differ from the optimal route. Actual routes will be displayed when searching.

When to book Rotterdam to Cologne train tickets?

Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 6 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Rotterdam to Cologne by train.

Which trains operate between Rotterdam and Cologne?

More than one type of train operates on the route from Rotterdam to Cologne, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • IC Direct
  • ICE
  • Intercity
  • Intercity-Express (ICE)
  • Intercités
  • Thalys

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and rail operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.

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