From € 19

To Cologne by train

Quickly to the city center

  • From € 19* one-way trip with ICE International
  • Travel time Amsterdam – Cologne 2:38 hours
  • Board directly, no check-ins

The earlier you book, the lower the price. The lowest fare from Amsterdam to Cologne is € 19. If the € 19 tickets have run out on a particular time and day, the price will increase to between € 25 and € 72. You pay extra if you want a flexible ticket.
  • Travel information

    Travel information Cologne

    With the international train ICE International you can travel from Amsterdam Central Station directly to Cologne. Now that's relaxing!

    Cologne has something for everyone: a rich history, excellent restaurants, medieval architecture, and charming shops. The Cathedral is the most famous landmark, but not the only one! The city is adorned with parks, lively pubs, botanical gardens, museums, and a zoo. In February, the largest carnival parade in Europe is organised for the enthusiast. Time for a Kölsch beer!

    Engineerings works on bridge Cologne

    Until December 2021, work is underway on the bridge at Cologne Hbf station. As a result, some trains do not run directly to Cologne Hbf but to Cologne Messe / Deutz. That station is a 15-minute walk from Cologne Hbf, there is also a metro between the stations.
    Travel times to Cologne by train
    Route Travel times Change train
    Amsterdam - Cologne 2h38m 0
    Schiphol Airport - Cologne 2h56m 1
    Rotterdam - Cologne 3h07m 1
    Utrecht - Cologne 2h10m 0

  • Prices

    Rates to Cologne with ICE International

    Based on one-way trips, 2nd class


    The price depends on

    • The moment of booking - Early booking means lowest prices
    • Travel class - 1st or 2nd class
    • Flexibility - Regarding rebooking and cancellations

    Options flexibility ICE International

    Supersparpreis Europa

    • Always the lowest rates
    • Can be booked until departure
    • Can't be rebooked or cancelled (for a charge)

    Sparpreis Europa

    • Can be booked until departure
    • Can be rebooked or cancelled until a day before departure (for a charge)
    • City Ticket included*

    Flexpreis Europa

    • Can be booked until departure
    • Cancellation and rebooking up to 1 day before departure free of charge (except for reservation costs)
    • City Ticket included*
    *City Ticket: In a significant number of German cities free tickets from/to station with local transport

  • Lowest rates

    Book in advance and save money!

    Do you want to and can you book far in advance? Then choose for a Sparpreis Europa rate: the best rate for the price-conscious travellers. You will not be able to cancel or rebook the ticket.

    General tips for getting the cheapest tickets

    • Book as early as possibly to have the most chance of getting the cheapest tickets.
    • Travelling in the evening is often cheaper.
    • For a weekend getaway, travel Sat-Sun-Mon instead of Fri-Sat-Sun.
    • Book online to avoid booking fee.

  • Practical information

    Practical information

    To make your trip that much easier, we have summed up certain practical issues for you.

    ICE International facilities

    Read more about all the facilities on board ICE international, so that you can make your trip as comfortable as possible.

    View the itinerary planner

    Please keep in mind that there could be delays or engineering works and check your trip with the itinerary planner. That way, you will never get an unpleasant surprise!

    Download the app

    Download our app so that you will be kept informed of the possible changes.

    Free access to the lounges

    If you have a 1st class ticket, you can enjoy a free drink at the NS International Lounge in Amsterdam, Schiphol Airport and Rotterdam. You also have access to the 1st class lounge of Deutsche Bahn at Berlin Hauptbahnhof, where you can enjoy a free snack and drink (excluding the Supersparpreis rate (Europe) and the Sparpreis Europe rate).

    Seat reservation

    It is not mandatory to reserve a seat with ICE International. We do, however, advise you to do so. You will receive a confirmation of your seat reservation stating the carriage number and seat number.

    Seat reservation 1st class

    When booking a first class ticket, the seat reservation costs are included in the price of your ticket. The seat reservation is not done automatically. After booking you will have to reserve a seat.


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* This price is based on the lowest price from Amsterdam Central Station, one-way, 2nd class,. All rates are subject to availability and applicable fare conditions.