There are 7 ways to get from Cologne to Heidelberg by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train via Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf  •  2 h 17 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Mannheim Hbf Ice / ...

$73 - $109

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Rideshare  •  2 h 45 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Cologne to Heidelberg 157.3 miles

$11 - $21

5 alternative options

Train  •  2 h 46 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf Ic / ...

$55 - $85

Bus  •  4 h 57 min

  1. Take the bus from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main
  2. Take the bus from Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station to Heidelberg 108 / ...

$43 - $66

Train, drive  •  2 h 55 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf Ice / ...
  2. Drive from Frankfurt(Main)Süd to Heidelberg

$61 - $89

Drive  •  2 h 18 min

  1. Drive from Cologne to Heidelberg 157.2 miles

$30 - $50

Train, fly  •  3 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Düsseldorf Hbf
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Frankfurt (FRA) DUS - FRA
  3. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Mannheim Hbf
  4. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf

$121 - $324

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No, there is no direct bus from Cologne to Heidelberg. However, there are services departing from Cologne and arriving at Heidelberg via Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 57 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Köln Hbf and arriving at Heidelberg Hbf. Services depart every four hours, and operate Monday to Saturday. The journey takes approximately 2 h 46 min.

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The distance between Cologne and Heidelberg is 210 km. The road distance is 251.4 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Heidelberg without a car is to train which takes 2 h 17 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 2 h 17 min to get from Cologne to Heidelberg, including transfers.

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Cologne to Heidelberg bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, depart from Cologne station.

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Cologne to Heidelberg train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Köln Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Heidelberg is to train which takes 2 h 17 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 4 h 57 min.

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The quickest flight from Dusseldorf Airport to Frankfurt Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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Cologne to Heidelberg bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Heidelberg station.

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Map of how to get from Cologne to Heidelberg.
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  • Distance: 131.3 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 17 min

What companies run services between Cologne, Germany and Heidelberg, Germany?

You can take a train from Cologne to Heidelberg via Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf and Mannheim Hbf in around 2 h 17 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cologne to Heidelberg via Frankfurt am Main and Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station in around 4 h 57 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $320
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and 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.

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Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 46 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Düsseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
13 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Website
bahn.de
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main
Ave. Duration
2 h 44 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
eurolines.de
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station to Heidelberg
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility you’ll get to your destination – often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Cologne to Heidelberg
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $21
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Heidelberg is 251 km. It takes approximately 2 h 18 min to drive from Cologne to Heidelberg.

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Lufthansa offers flights from Dusseldorf Airport to Frankfurt Airport.

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There are 549+ hotels available in Heidelberg. Prices start at $63 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Cologne and Heidelberg. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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