By Train from Köln / Cologne / Koeln (Germany) to London (United Kingdom) - Option 1: taking an ICE train to Bruxelles and connecting there for a Eurostar on to London

Journey Summary

Depart Köln / Cologne / Koeln (Germany)

Köln/Cologne Hbf

Arrive London (United Kingdom)

London St Pancras International
Journey Time
from 5hr 15min
Mon-Thurs = 2 -3* x connections per day
Friday  =  3- 4* x connections
Saturday = 2 - 3* x connections
Sunday = 2 connections

Change trains in: Bruxelles/Brussels

*There are more connections available in the summer months when Eurostar adds additional services.

On this journey option the connecting time in Bruxelles-Midi/Zuid station between the arrival of the ICE train and departure of the Eurostar trains will be a minimum of 1hr 10 mins - 1hr 20 mins.

So this will allow sufficient time to check-in for the Eurostar, even if the ICE train from Koln/Cologne arrives in Bruxelles/Brussels more than 45 mins late.

(Hence the journey time being longer than when travelling from the UK - in that direction the connecting time between trains at Bruxelles-Midi station is shorter).

This guide has more information re: making the connection into the Eurostar train at Bruxellles-Midi station.

The high speed train service between Koln/Cologne and Bruxelles/Brussels is split between ICE trains and Thalys trains.

This journey option is the combination of ICE + Eurostar trains

Though outside of the summer months, usually the only option for departing Koln/Cologne in the afternoon is to take the Thalys + Eurostar journey - see option 2.

Rail Pass Users:

This combination of ICE + Eurostar trains will save money.

Reservations are optional on the ICE trains, but comparatively expensive reservation fees are compulsory on the Thalys trains.

Click the Eurostar buttons below for info on how to book rail pass reservations on the Eurostar.

Train 1

  • Depart: Köln / Cologne / Koeln (Germany)
  • Arrive: Bruxelles / Brussels (Belgium)
  • Journey time: 1hr 51min

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Train 2

  • Depart: Bruxelles / Brussels (Belgium)
  • Arrive: London (United Kingdom)
  • Journey time: 2hr 1min - 2hr 20min

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