Duration 4h 49m
Distance 496 km
Average price 120€
Frequency 6/day

Trip overview

The average train between Cologne and Leipzig takes 4h 49m and the fastest train takes 4h 29m. The train service runs several times per day from Cologne to Leipzig. 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 Hbf
  2. Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  3. Leipzig
5h 10m
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Cologne to Leipzig train times

Trains run every four hours between Cologne and Leipzig. The earliest departure is at 10:43 in the morning, and the last departure from Cologne is at 17:41 which arrives into Leipzig at 22:28. All services require a transfer at FRANKFURT(M) FLUGHAFEN FERNBF and take an average of 4h 49m. 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 Leipzig Hbf. Services depart every three hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h 1m.

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The distance between Cologne and Leipzig is 381 km. The road distance is 496 km.

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

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

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What companies run services between Cologne and Leipzig?

You can take a train from Cologne to Leipzig via Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf in around 5h 10m.
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
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 Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Leipzig Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 23m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
65€ - 95€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn Intercity
Ave. Duration
6h 1m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
95€ - 140€

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 Leipzig Hbf
Ave. Duration
6h 1m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
95€ - 140€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de

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