How to take a thrilling high speed rail journey from Koln/Cologne to London

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Köln / Cologne / Koeln to London by train

The journey by train from Cologne/Köln to London involves making a transfer between high speed trains at Bruxelles-Midi station.
Eurostar provides the services on to London from the Belgian capital, but ICE and Thalys trains share the route between Köln and Bruxelles.
The split between these two services impacts on the end-to-end journey times and the ticketing; in terms of price, availability and if a delayed arrival into Bruxelles causes a missed connection into the booked Eurostar.

Routes you can take to go from Köln / Cologne / Koeln to London

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

Via stations: Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel Zuid

Travel Time (approx)

from 5hr 15min (approx) to 6hr 25min (approx)



Travel Info

Change trains in: Bruxelles/Brussels

Taking a combination of ICE + Eurostar trains:
Mon-Fri = 5 connections per day
Saturday = 4 x connections
Sunday = 5 x connections

Taking a combination of Thalys + Eurostar trains:
4 x connections per day

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