By Train from Köln / Cologne / Koeln (Germany) to London (United Kingdom) - Option 2: taking a Thalys 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 20 mins
Mon-Sat = 4 x connections per day
Sunday = 3 x connections

Change trains in: Bruxelles/Brussels

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  Thalys + Eurostar trains.

Outside of the summer months, usually the only option for departing Koln/Cologne in THE AFTERNOON is to take this Thalys + Eurostar journey

The journey times of 5hr 20 mins allow more than 1hr 10 mins* to make the connection at Bruxelles-Midi/Zuid station between the arrival of the Thalys train and the departure of the Eurostar

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

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

Although some of these Thalys + Eurostar combinations have journey times of more than 6 hours - and if you take those trains you are scheduled to be at Bruxelles-Midi for more than two hours.

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

Train 1

  • Depart: Köln / Cologne / Koeln (Germany)
  • Arrive: Bruxelles / Brussels (Belgium)
  • Journey time: 1hr 47min

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Train 2

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

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