From € 20

To Cologne by train

With ICE International

Quickly to the city center

  • From € 20 one-way trip with ICE International
  • Travel time Amsterdam – Cologne 2.38 hrs
  • Board directly, no check-ins
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The earlier you book, the lower the price. The lowest fare from Amsterdam to Cologne is € 20 . If the € 20 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.

Cheering on the Dutch

Cheer the Dutch team to victory at the European Championship in Germany next summer! Travel comfortably to Hamburg, Leipzig and Berlin with NS International. Kick off your football party on the train

Book your train tickets from 180 days before the match

Cologne is known for the imposing Kölner Dom, which dominates the cityscape. This city on the Rhine combines rich history with a lively art and culture scene. Its numerous museums and galleries, cosy beer gardens and annual carnival make Cologne a versatile destination.

Travel information train to 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!

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Travel times to Cologne by train

Route Travel times Transfers Header Header
Amsterdam - Cologne 2.38 hours 0 Content Content
Schiphol - Cologne 2.56 hours 1 Content Content
Rotterdam - Cologne 2.58 hours 1 Content Content
Utrecht - Cologne 2.10 hours 0 Content Content

For a complete travel itinerary, consult our itinerary planner

Prices to Cologne with ICE International

ICE International offers different fare types for your journey. You can choose the Flexpreis (Plus), Sparpreis or Supersparpreis Europa rate. Each rate has its own conditions.


The price depends on

Options flexibility ICE International

Supersparpreis Europa
  • Always the lowest rates
  • Can be booked until departure
  • Changes and cancellations not possible

Sparpreis Europa
  • Low rates
  • Can be booked until departure
  • Changes and cancellations possible at a cost

Flexpreis Europa
  • Can be booked until departure
  • Changes or cancellations 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

Find out everything about ICE International and Intercity Berlin rates here

Cheap train tickets to Cologne

Do you already know what day and time you want to travel? Then choose for a Supersparpreis 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.

    Tips to get the best rates

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    Practical information

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

    Facilities on board

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

    View the itinerary planner and app

    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 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

    In summer 2024 from 1 June to 31 August, seat reservation is compulsory. This reservation is free if you select it during booking. At other times, reserving a seat is not compulsory. However, we do recommend it. You will receive a confirmation after booking that includes the carriage number and your seat number.
    Do you have a train ticket between the Netherlands and Germany without a seat reservation? And want to make sure you can sit down? Then you can reserve a seat online.

    Seat reservation 1st class

    When booking a first class full-flex ticket, the seat reservation costs are included in the price of your ticket.

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