There are 10 ways to get from Nuremberg to Cologne by train, car, bus, rideshare or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train  •  3 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from Nürnberg Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 Ice

$80 - $120

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Rideshare  •  4 h 30 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Nuremberg to Cologne 252.4 miles

$14 - $28

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Drive, train  •  3 h 24 min

  1. Drive from Nuremberg to Würzburg Hbf
  2. Take the train from Würzburg Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 Ice

$74 - $111

Bus Eurolines DE  •  6 h 14 min

  1. Take the bus from Nuremberg to Cologne

$40 - $70

Bus FlixBus  •  6 h 57 min

  1. Take the bus from Nuremberg to Bonn N84 / ...

$16 - $39

Drive  •  3 h 53 min

  1. Drive from Nuremberg to Cologne 253.2 miles

$50 - $80

Fly Nuremberg to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  4 h 23 min

  1. Fly from Nuremberg (NUE) to Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) NUE - CGN

$93 - $240

Fly Nuremberg to Dusseldorf, train  •  3 h 37 min

  1. Fly from Nuremberg (NUE) to Dusseldorf (DUS) NUE - DUS
  2. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

$54 - $233

Fly Nuremberg to Frankfurt, train  •  3 h 19 min

  1. Fly from Nuremberg (NUE) to Frankfurt (FRA) NUE - FRA
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

$112 - $237

Train to Munich, fly to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  6 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Nürnberg Hbf to München Hbf
  2. Fly from Munich (MUC) to Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) MUC - CGN

$119 - $304

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Nuremberg and arriving at Cologne. Services depart five times a day, and operate Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 6 h 14 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Nürnberg Hbf and arriving at Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 14 min.

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The distance between Nuremberg and Cologne is 337 km. The road distance is 405.2 km.

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The best way to get from Nuremberg to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 3 h 14 min and costs .

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The train from Nürnberg Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 takes 3 h 14 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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

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Nuremberg to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Nürnberg Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Nuremberg to Cologne is to train which takes 3 h 14 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 6 h 14 min, you could also fly, which costs and takes 4 h 23 min.

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There is no direct flight from Nuremberg Airport to Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport. The quickest flight takes 2 h 50 min and has one stopover.

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Nuremberg to Cologne bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, arrive at Cologne station.

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  • Distance: 210.4 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 14 min

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

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Nuremberg to Cologne hourly. Tickets cost $80 - $120 and the journey takes 3 h 14 min. Alternatively, Eurolines DE operates a bus from Nuremberg to Cologne 5 times a day. Tickets cost $40 - $70 and the journey takes 6 h 14 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Nuremberg to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $270
Flights from Nuremberg to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $270
Flights from Nuremberg to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $330
Flights from Nuremberg to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $360
Flights from Nuremberg to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$120 - $360
Flights from Nuremberg to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $300
Flights from Munich to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $480
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Nuremberg to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
3 h 36 min
When
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $500
Flights from Nuremberg to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
4 h 26 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $500
Flights from Nuremberg to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Split
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$170 - $500
Flights from Nuremberg to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
5 h 42 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$170 - $500
Flights from Nuremberg to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $330
Flights from Nuremberg to Dusseldorf via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
3 h 2 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$60 - $330
Flights from Munich to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Nuremberg to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $500
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Nuremberg to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Rome Ciampino
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $290
Cairo Aviation
Website
cairoaviation.com.eg
Flights from Nuremberg to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Nuremberg to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Skopje
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$85 - $320
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Nuremberg to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $900
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Nürnberg Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
3 h 14 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Website
bahn.de
Train from Würzburg Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
2 h 19 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
bahn.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
bahn.de
Train from Nürnberg Hbf to München Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
bahn.de
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Nuremberg to Cologne
Ave. Duration
6 h 14 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $70
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 Nuremberg to Bonn
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$22 - $40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Nuremberg, ZOB, Bahnhofstrasse - Will. - Br. Platz to Bonn, Marie-Kahle-Allee
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $17
Website
regiojet.com
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.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Nuremberg to Cologne
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$14 - $28
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Nuremberg to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Nuremberg to Cologne is 405 km. It takes approximately 3 h 53 min to drive from Nuremberg to Cologne.

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Ryanair, Cairo Aviation, Swiss and three other airlines offer flights from Nuremberg Airport to Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport.

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There are 930+ hotels available in Cologne. Prices start at $60 USD per night.

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

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The best way to get from Nuremberg to Nuremberg Airport is to subway which takes 11 min and costs .

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