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Duration 2h 19m
Distance 252.1 km
Average price 70€
Frequency 21/day

Trip overview

The average train between Cologne and Heidelberg takes 2h 19m and the fastest train takes 1h 59m. There is a train service every few hours from Cologne to Heidelberg. 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 via Frankfurt Airport (FRA)

  1. Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
  2. Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  3. Heidelberg
2h
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32€ - 143€

Cologne to Heidelberg train times

Trains run hourly between Cologne and Heidelberg. The earliest departure is at 17:44 in the afternoon, and the last departure from Cologne is at 23:48 which arrives into Heidelberg at 04:28. All services require a transfer, and take on average 2h 19m. The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Frequently asked questions

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Koeln Hbf and arriving at Heidelberg Hbf. Services depart every three hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 47m.

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The distance between Cologne and Heidelberg is 210 km. The road distance is 252.1 km.

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Cologne to Heidelberg train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 station.

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Cologne to Heidelberg train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Mannheim Hbf station.

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What companies run services between Cologne and Heidelberg?

You can take a train from Cologne to Heidelberg via Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf and Mannheim Hbf in around 2h.
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
35€ - 50€

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 Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
21€ - 29€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 47m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
50€ - 70€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Dutch Railways (NS)
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
18€ - 45€

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
18€ - 45€
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
18€ - 26€
1st Class
30€ - 45€
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
11€ - 27€
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
11€ - 16€
1st Class
19€ - 27€
Deutsche Bahn Intercity
Ave. Duration
2h 47m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
60€ - 90€

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
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 47m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
60€ - 90€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de

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