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Duration 1h 2m
Distance 78.7 km
Average price 30€
Frequency 15/day

Trip overview

The average train between Cologne and Gelsenkirchen takes 1h 2m and the fastest train takes 58 min. There is a train service every few hours from Cologne to Gelsenkirchen. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays; use the search form on this page to search for a specific travel date.

Train

  1. Koeln Hbf
  2. Gelsenkirchen
1h 3m
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1€ - 60€

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Koeln Hbf and arriving at Gelsenkirchen Hbf. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 3m.

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The distance between Cologne and Gelsenkirchen is 64 km. The road distance is 78.7 km.

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Cologne to Gelsenkirchen train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity, depart from Koeln Hbf station.

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Cologne to Gelsenkirchen train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity, arrive at Gelsenkirchen Hbf station.

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What companies run services between Cologne and Gelsenkirchen?

Deutsche Bahn Intercity operates a train from Koeln Hbf to Gelsenkirchen Hbf hourly. Tickets cost 40€ - 60€ and the journey takes 1h 3m. Four other operators also service this route.
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Intercity
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
40€ - 60€

Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed InterCity (IC) trains connect cities within Germany. They’re a popular way to travel as they’re faster than Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains and offer a frequent, fast service. All IC trains have first and second class carriages, power sockets and toilets, and most have a bistro cafe or restaurant. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Gelsenkirchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
30€ - 55€

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Koeln Hbf to Gelsenkirchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
30€ - 55€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
23€ - 35€

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It offers many different types of rail transportation, including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Gelsenkirchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
23€ - 35€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
ABELLIO Rail NRW GmbH
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Twice a week
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Gelsenkirchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Twice a week
Website
Abellio NRW
Deutsche Bahn Regional
Ave. Duration
1h 37m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
13€ - 18€

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Köln Hansaring to Essen Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1h 37m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
13€ - 18€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de

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