Germany adult date free
It's centre to centre, with no baggage fees, no airport taxes, no expensive journeys to and from airports, children under 4 go free, and you can bring your own bottle of wine for the journey if you like (try doing that on Ryanair).
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Getting to Cologne from London is really easy by train: Hop on a high-speed Eurostar train from London to Brussels in just 1 hour 55 minutes, then travel from Brussels to Cologne by high-speed Thalys train or German high-speed ICE train in just 1 hour 57 minutes more.
Frequent regional trains then link Cologne with Dsseldorf, Essen, Bochum & Dortmund. It's very simple, you read downwards, each column is a journey you can take. Always check times online for your date of travel as times can vary, especially the Eurostar connection.
By all means choose an earlier Eurostar outbound or a later morning one westbound.
From Brussels, ICE high-speed trains run to Frankfurt in just over 3 hours, watch the video guide.
Incidentally, note that when using de, you often need to put 'Brussels South Stn' in the 'via' box and either or in the 'stopover' box to force the journey planner to find the ICE connection (and so offer the cheap Sparpreis London fares) rather than a more immediate Thalys connection.
I've set up the 'check for cheap tickets' links above to include the necessary fiddle factor for each specific departure, so you don't need to worry about it, as long as you use the right link for the right departure.
These tickets are only available via the ICE between Brussels & Cologne, not Thalys.
Check for cheap print-at-home tickets outward from London to Cologne (click a link, enter date of travel, if necessary change 'Cologne' to 'Dsseldorf' or 'Dortmund'): Departing London at or on Mondays-Fridays or Saturdays Departing London at Fridays or Sundays Departing London at every day Departing London at Saturdays Departing London at Sundays Departing London at Mondays-Fridays & Sundays Departing London at every day (often cheapest departure, overnight hotel in Brussels required, suggest Ibis Brussels Midi) Departing London at every day (same as above, but with more leisurely departure from Brussels next morning) Check for cheap print-at-home tickets inward from Cologne to London: (click a link, enter date of travel, if necessary change 'Cologne' to 'Dsseldorf' or 'Dortmund'): Departing Cologne at on Mondays-Saturdays Departing Cologne at on Sundays Departing Cologne at any day Departing Cologne at any day Departing Cologne at on Fridays or Sundays Departing Cologne at on weekdays Departing Cologne at on Saturdays Departing Cologne at on Sundays About these Sparpreis London tickets: These excellent Sparpreis London tickets start at 59.90 each way 2nd class or 109.90 1st class from London to anywhere in Germany.