How to take the rail journey from Brussels/Bruxelles to Cologne/Köln

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Bruxelles / Brussels to Köln / Cologne / Koeln by train

What's fairly unusual about taking the journey by train from Brussels/Bruxelles to Cologne/Köln is that alternative services operate on this route; the Thalys trains, which are now managed by Eurostar, and the ICE trains operated by Germany's national rail company.

They depart from Bruxelles/Brussels in different hours so if you need to depart from Brussels/Bruxelles or arrive in Cologne/Köln at a specific time, you'll be travelling on an ICE or a Eurostar (formerly Thalys) train.

Though if travelling at the cheapest price is your key criteria, be guided by that; it is timings rather than the type of train, which have a bigger impact on prices, -the cheapest tickets inevitably sell out faster on the more popular departures.

SMTJ prefers the on the board ambience of the ICE trains, but it's not worth paying more to travel by them, particularly on such a comparatively short route.

Though rail pass users should take the ICE trains and ignore the Thalys trains.

Routes you can take to go from Bruxelles / Brussels to Köln / Cologne / Koeln

When travelling between most cities by train there is only one logical option, though on other journeys there is a choice between different trains or alternative routes. If different options are available you can use the info to decide which is best for you.

Choose one of the following options:

Route Information

Travel Time (approx)

1hr 47min - 1hr 51 min



Travel Info

Usual service is:
up to 7 x ICE trains per day (Mon-Sat)
up to 8 x ICE trains per day (Sunday)
5 x Thalys trains per day (Mon-Fri)
4 x Thalys trains per day (Sat/Sun)

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