Cologne to Rotterdam by train

  • First train
    04:00
  • Last train
    00:42
  • Avg changes
    1
  • Fastest journey
    3hr 9m
  • Distance
    205 kilometres
  • Trains per day
    27
  • Avg. journey time
    4hr 39m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Cologne to Rotterdam by train

Fast trains from Cologne to Rotterdam take around 3 hours and 9 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 205 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Cologne and Rotterdam.

1. Are there direct trains from Cologne to Rotterdam?

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

We usually find around 32 departures on the route from Cologne to Rotterdam 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 39 departures.

2. How long is the train journey from Cologne to Rotterdam?

The Cologne to Rotterdam train travel time is normally about 3 hours and 9 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the Cologne to Rotterdam train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest train to Rotterdam is usually scheduled to depart Cologne around 04:00 and the last train is around 00:25. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Cologne around 05:25, and the last at 00:42.

When to book Cologne to Rotterdam 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 Cologne to Rotterdam by train.

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Which train companies operate between Cologne and Rotterdam?

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

  • ABELLIO Rail NRW
  • Euro City
  • Eurobahn
  • Eurocity (EC)
  • IC Direct
  • Inter City
  • Intercity
  • Intercity-Express (ICE)
  • Regional Express
  • Regional-Express
  • Regionalbahn
  • Regionalzug
  • S-Bahn

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 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.