Train from London to Cologne, Germany

Updated: Oct 5, 2020

Greentraveller's Guide to taking the train from London St Pancras International Railway Station to Cologne, Germany.

ICE train leaving Cologne railway station
Photo: Kohn Tourism

Journey Time: from 4 hours 52 mins

Sample timetable: Depart London 12.58pm, arrive Cologne 18.15

Changes: 1

Transfer: Quick same-station change of platform within Brussels Midi station

Frequency of Departures: 5/day

Carbon emissions: 12.7kg (flight would be 45kg)*

Car hire at Cologne Railway Station: Yes

What's the journey like?

Take the Eurostar to Brussels Midi station where there's an easy same-station platform change to board the high-speed Thalys or ICE trains to Cologne. Keep an eye out on the platform at Brussels for the handy guide to the layout of incoming trains, which shows you where your carriage will arrive into the station so you can make your way to the correct part of the platform before the train arrives. 

Stopover hotels to break the journey in Brussels

If you want to break the journey and stay overnight to see a bit more of Brussels while you're travelling through, there are lots of lovely places to stay near Brussels Midi. Here are some examples of hotels that are conveniently nearby: Hotels near Brussels Midi

Miss your connection?

Don’t panic. Railteam’s ‘Hop on the Next Available Train’ service means that if you have missed your connection because of a delay on the preceding leg of your journey, you’ll automatically be put on the next available high-speed train. NB Remember to get your ticket stamped by your Train Manager.

Twin beds at Hostel Kohn, Cologne
Hostel Kohn, one of several eco-friendly places to stay in Cologne

On arrival

Willkommen in Köln! Sheltering on the banks of the Rhine, Cologne is one of Germany’s oldest cities, founded by the Romans in 38 BC. A vast Gothic cathedral, the city’s best-known landmark and most visited site in the country, presides over an architectural patchwork of Roman towers, medieval churches and post-war office blocks. Around the cathedral is the Altstadt, or Old Town, where hops-loving visitors indulge in Kölsch, the distinctive local brew. With over one million inhabitants, and a lively student population, Cologne is a vibrant metropolis: The Cologne Opera, Cologne Philharmonic Orchestra and numerous theatres are just some of the cultural events and attractions on offer. For more information on great restaurants, hotels, museums as well as how to get around the city by public transport, see Green Traveller's Guide to Cologne.

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* Data for carbon emissions