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There are 5 ways to get from Aachen to Cologne by train, bus, rideshare, taxi or car

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Train  •  49 min

  1. Take the train from Aachen, Rothe Erde Bf to Köln, Dom / Hbf Re1 / ...

$21 - $40

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Rideshare  •  1 h 6 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Aachen to Cologne 44.8 miles

$3 - $8

3 alternative options

Bus  •  1 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Aachen Hauptbahnhof to Köln ZOB

$35 - $50

Taxi  •  44 min

  1. Take a taxi from Aachen to Cologne 44.5 miles

$160 - $200

Drive  •  44 min

  1. Drive from Aachen to Cologne 44.5 miles

$9 - $14

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The cheapest way to get from Aachen to Cologne is to rideshare which costs 3€ - 7€ and takes 1 h 6 min.

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The quickest way to get from Aachen to Cologne is to taxi which costs 140€ - 180€ and takes 44 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Aachen Hauptbahnhof and arriving at Köln ZOB. Services depart once daily, and operate Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 1 h 15 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Aachen, Rothe Erde Bf and arriving at Köln, Dom / Hbf. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 49 min.

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The distance between Aachen and Cologne is 63 km. The road distance is 71.3 km.

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The best way to get from Aachen to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 49 min and costs 18€ - 35€.

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The train from Aachen, Rothe Erde Bf to Köln, Dom / Hbf takes 49 min including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.

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

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Aachen to Cologne train services, operated by Bahn DE, depart from Aachen, Rothe Erde Bf station.

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The best way to get from Aachen to Cologne is to train which takes 49 min and costs 18€ - 35€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 30€ - 45€ and takes 1 h 15 min.

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  • Distance: 39.5 miles
  • Duration: 49 min

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

Bahn DE operates a train from Aachen to Cologne hourly. Tickets cost $23 - $27 and the journey takes 49 min. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, Eurolines DE operates a bus from Aachen to Cologne once daily. Tickets cost $35 - $50 and the journey takes 1 h 15 min.

Train operators
Bahn DE
Website
bahn.de
Train from Aachen, Rothe Erde Bf to Köln, Dom / Hbf
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $27
Schedules at
bahn.de
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 Aachen Central Station to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
bahn.de
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Aachen Central Station to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$23 - $40
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$23 - $40
1st Class
$40 - $55
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Aachen Hauptbahnhof to Köln ZOB
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
eurolines.de
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 Aachen to Cologne
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $8
Book at
blablacar.co.uk
Taxi from Aachen to Cologne
Ave. Duration
44 min
Estimated price
$160 - $200
Taxi-Mini-Car GmbH
Phone
+49 241/900700
Website
taxi-minicar-aachen.de
Central Car Autovermietung
Phone
+49 241/406487
Website
central-car.de
Alfa Funkzentrale GmbH
Phone
+49 241/22222
Website
alfataxi.de

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Aachen to Cologne bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, arrive at Köln ZOB station.

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Aachen to Cologne train services, operated by Bahn DE, arrive at Köln, Dom / Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Aachen to Cologne is 71 km. It takes approximately 44 min to drive from Aachen to Cologne.

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

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