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There are 7 ways to get from Berlin Central Station to Cologne by train, night train, rideshare, car or plane

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  1. Take the train from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Köln Hbf

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Rideshare

  1. Take the rideshare from Berlin to Cologne

Night train

  1. Take the night train from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Köln Hbf

Drive

  1. Drive from Berlin Central Station to Cologne

Fly to Cologne Bonn

  1. Fly from Berlin Brandenburg (BER) to Cologne Bonn (CGN)

Fly to Dusseldorf, train

  1. Fly from Berlin Brandenburg (BER) to Dusseldorf (DUS)
  2. Take the train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf

Fly to Frankfurt, train

  1. Fly from Berlin Brandenburg (BER) to Frankfurt (FRA)
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt to Köln Hbf

Berlin Central Station to Cologne by train

182 Weekly Trains
4h 23m Average Duration
€27 Cheapest Price
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Berlin Central Station → Cologne
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Cologne is 116 117.

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Berlin Central Station to Cologne is to rideshare which costs €22 - €35 and takes 6h 28m.

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The quickest way to get from Berlin Central Station to Cologne is to fly which costs €40 - €210 and takes 3h 3m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Berlin Hauptbahnhof and arriving at Köln Hbf. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 23m.

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The distance between Berlin Central Station and Cologne is 476 km. The road distance is 569.3 km.

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The best way to get from Berlin Central Station to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 4h 23m and costs €27 - €130.

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The train from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Köln Hbf takes 4h 23m including transfers and departs hourly.

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Berlin Central Station to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Berlin Hauptbahnhof station.

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The best way to get from Berlin Central Station to Cologne is to train which takes 4h 23m and costs €27 - €130. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs €40 - €210 and takes 3h 3m.

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The quickest flight from Berlin Brandenburg Airport to Cologne Bonn Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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Berlin Central Station to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Köln Hbf station.

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Map of how to get from Berlin Central Station to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 476 km
  • Duration: 4h 23m

What companies run services between Berlin Central Station, Germany and Cologne, Germany?

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Köln Hbf hourly. Tickets cost €95 - €130 and the journey takes 4h 23m. Flixtrain also services this route 3 times a day. Alternatively, Eurowings flies from Berlin Central Station to Cologne 3 times a day.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €390
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €390
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€90 - €270
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€90 - €270
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€40 - €180
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€45 - €190
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€160 - €850
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

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 Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 23m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€95 - €130
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€18 - €26
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Frankfurt to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€35 - €50
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
5h 28m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€27 - €35
Website
Flixtrain
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
€12 - €16
Website
National Express Rail
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€40 - €75
Website
Thalys
Standard
€40 - €55
Comfort
€50 - €70
Premium
€55 - €75
Other operators
BlaBlaCar
Phone
+3 318 576 2228
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Berlin to Cologne
Ave. Duration
6h 4m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€22 - €35
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Berlin Central Station to Cologne is 569 km. It takes approximately 5h 10m to drive from Berlin Central Station to Cologne.

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Eurowings offers flights from Berlin Brandenburg Airport to Cologne Bonn Airport.

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Book your Berlin Central Station to Cologne train tickets online with Omio and FlixBus.

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There are 325+ hotels available in Cologne. Prices start at €87 per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Berlin Central Station 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 Berlin Central Station to Berlin Brandenburg Airport is to train which takes 27 min and costs €2 - €21.

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