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There are 8 ways to get from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Cologne by train, night train, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  4h 22m

  1. Take the train from S+U Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Köln Hbf 10 / ...

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Rideshare  •  6h 29m

  1. Take the rideshare from Berlin to Cologne 569.3 km

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Night train  •  4h 49m

  1. Take the night train from S+U Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Köln Hbf 10

Drive  •  5h 9m

  1. Drive from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Cologne 569.5 km

Fly Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Cologne Bonn  •  3h 5m

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

Fly Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Dusseldorf, train  •  3h 42m

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

Fly Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Frankfurt, train  •  3h 46m

  1. Fly from Berlin Brandenburg Apt (BER) to Frankfurt (FRA) BER - FRA
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

Train to Dresden, fly to Cologne Bonn  •  4h 33m

  1. Take the train from S+U Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Dresden Bahnhof Neustadt
  2. Fly from Dresden (DRS) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) DRS - CGN

Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Cologne by train

The train journey time between Berlin Hauptbahnhof and Cologne is around 4h 51m and covers a distance of around 548 km. The fastest train normally takes 4h 23m. Operated by DB Fernverkehr AG, Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, Flixtrain and others, the Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Cologne train service departs from S+U Berlin Hauptbahnhof and arrives in Köln Hbf. Typically 171 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Train route information

Average train time:
4h 51m
Fastest train time:
4h 23m
Train distance:
548 km
Trains per week:
171
Cheapest price:
-
Carbon emissions:
28 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
00:20
Last train departs at:
21:21

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Cologne train schedules

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The cheapest way to get from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Cologne is to rideshare which costs €23 - €35 and takes 6h 29m.

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The fastest way to get from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Cologne is to fly which takes 3h 5m and costs €40 - €240.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from S+U Berlin Hauptbahnhof and arriving at Köln Hbf. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 22m.

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The distance between Berlin Hauptbahnhof and Cologne is 476 km. The road distance is 569.5 km.

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The best way to get from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 4h 22m and costs €27 - €140.

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The train from S+U Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Köln Hbf takes 4h 22m including transfers and departs hourly.

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Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Cologne train services, operated by DB Fernverkehr AG, depart from S+U Berlin Hauptbahnhof station.

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The best way to get from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Cologne is to train which takes 4h 22m and costs €27 - €140. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs €40 - €240 and takes 3h 5m.

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

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Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Cologne train services, operated by DB Fernverkehr AG, arrive at Köln Hbf station.

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  • Distance: 476 km
  • Duration: 4h 22m

What companies run services between Berlin Hauptbahnhof, Germany and Cologne, Germany?

DB Fernverkehr AG operates a train from S+U Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Köln Hbf hourly, and the journey takes 4h 22m. Three other operators also service this route. Alternatively, Eurowings flies from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Cologne 3 times a day.

Airlines
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€65 - €320
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€35 - €360
Flights from Dresden to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€120 - €340
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€130 - €460
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €460
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€70 - €370
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€70 - €370
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Frankfurt via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
€110 - €300
Flights from Dresden to Cologne Bonn via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€120 - €340
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€120 - €550
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Frankfurt via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
€110 - €300
Train operators
DB Fernverkehr AG
Website
delfi.de
Train from S+U Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 22m
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
delfi.de
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
delfi.de
Train from Frankfurt to Köln Deutz Messe/Deutz Bf
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
delfi.de
Train from S+U Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Dresden Bahnhof Neustadt
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
delfi.de
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 Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€95 - €130
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€17 - €24
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€35 - €50
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Berlin central station to Cologne central station
Ave. Duration
5h 31m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€27 - €35
Website
Flixtrain
Deutsche Bahn Intercity

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
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Berlin Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€95 - €140
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€35 - €50
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
2h 17m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€50 - €70
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Berlin Hbf to Dresden-Neustadt
Ave. Duration
1h 49m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€50 - €75
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€11 - €14
Website
National Express Rail
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
ABELLIO Rail
Phone
0800 2235546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Düsseldorf Flughafen to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
ABELLIO Rail
ABELLIO Rail NRW GmbH
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio NRW
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€40 - €75
Website
Thalys
Standard
€40 - €55
Comfort
€50 - €70
Premium
€50 - €75
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Berlin Hbf to Dresden-Neustadt
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€21 - €30
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Railjet

Railjet trains operate domestically within Austria and also connect to major cities in Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland and Hungary. This premium service runs at speeds of up to 230km/h and offers three travel classes (economy, first and business), all with free Wi-Fi and power sockets. Other amenities include a bistro-restaurant car and family zones. Seat reservations can be made up to 90 days prior to the train's departure (compulsory for all cross-border trains but not for domestic routes).

Contact Details
Phone
+43 51717
Website
oebb.at
Train from Berlin Hbf to Dresden-Neustadt
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€26 - €40
Website
Railjet
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. 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 to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Berlin to Cologne
Ave. Duration
6h 4m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€23 - €35
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Cologne is 570 km. It takes approximately 5h 9m to drive from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Cologne.

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

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

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Berlin Hauptbahnhof 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 Hauptbahnhof to Berlin Brandenburg Apt Airport is to train which takes 31 min and costs €3 - €50.

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