Trains to Cologne from London

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Infants can travel for free on an adult’s lap and just need a passport. You can only take one infant per adult.

Take the train to Cologne

Eurostar trains leave from St Pancras International.  Get to the station 30mins before your train leaves to go through security checks and get settled on board.

There’s a quick change at Brussels-Midi/Zuid, but your ticket will cover the entire journey. If you have to travel to London first, you can also book the domestic trip as part of your ticket.

What’s on board?

Eurostar trains have comfortable seats and lots of legroom, baggage racks at the entrance to carriages and above the seats. Food and drinks are available in Café Metropole, the bar buffet. Standard Premier passenger have a meal served at their seat.

Connecting trains have continental sockets at the seats and some have wi-fi. This is usually free in 1st class.

Connecting at Brussels-Midi/Zuid

On arrival at Brussels-Midi/Zuid, take the exit at the end of the platform down to the main hall and check the departure boards for your connecting Thalys train to Cologne.

Be charmed by Cologne

With its gloriously Gothic Kölner Dom and pretty mosaic of colourful houses and Romanesque churches, Cologne is a charming city bursting with history, culture and festivals.

What’s on in Cologne?

Feb: Cologne Carnival

July: Light Festival

July-Aug: Summer Festival

Aug: C/O Pop Festival

Nov-Dec: Christmas markets

Free and cheap in Cologne

  • Stroll through the gorgeous botanical gardens.
  • Get a combined ticket for the cathedral tower and treasury.
  • Visit the birthplace of Eau de Cologne at the 4711 House of Fragrance.

Save room for dinner

Schweinshaxe is an utterly delectable crispy pork knuckle.

If you’re daring, try Mettbrötchen – raw minced pork served on a bun.

Wash it all down with a cold Kölsch beer.