There are 9 ways to get from Berlin to Cologne by train, bus, night bus, rideshare, car 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  •  4h 20m

  1. Take the train from Berlin Hbf to Koeln Hbf Ice / ...

95€ - 140€

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Rideshare  •  6h 4m

  1. Take the rideshare from Berlin to Cologne 569.7 km

22€ - 35€

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Bus  •  10h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Berlin ZOB to Köln ZOB

28€ - 70€

Night bus, train  •  9h 11m

  1. Take the night bus from Berlin, Berlin central bus station to Wuppertal N38
  2. Take the train from W-Oberbarmen Bf to Köln Hbf Re7 / ...

41€ - 50€

Drive  •  5h 23m

  1. Drive from Berlin Hbf to Cologne 569.9 km

65€ - 100€

Fly Berlin Tegel to Cologne Bonn  •  2h 51m

  1. Fly from Berlin Tegel (TXL) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) TXL - CGN

34€ - 190€

Fly Berlin Tegel to Dusseldorf, train  •  3h 29m

  1. Fly from Berlin Tegel (TXL) to Dusseldorf (DUS) TXL - DUS
  2. Take the train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf

37€ - 226€

Fly Berlin Tegel to Frankfurt, train  •  3h 44m

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

82€ - 203€

Train to Leipzig, fly to Cologne Bonn  •  4h

  1. Take the train from Berlin Hbf to Halle(Saale)Hbf
  2. Fly from Leipzig (LEJ) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) LEJ - CGN

90€ - 311€

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Berlin to Cologne is to rideshare which costs 22€ - 35€ and takes 6h 4m.

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The quickest way to get from Berlin to Cologne is to fly which costs 30€ - 190€ and takes 2h 51m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Berlin ZOB and arriving at Köln ZOB. Services depart five times a week, and operate Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 10h 10m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Berlin Hbf and arriving at Koeln Hbf. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 20m.

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The distance between Berlin and Cologne is 479 km. The road distance is 569.9 km.

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The best way to get from Berlin to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 4h 20m and costs 95€ - 140€.

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The train from Berlin Hbf to Koeln Hbf takes 4h 20m including transfers and departs hourly.

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

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

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The best way to get from Berlin to Cologne is to train which takes 4h 20m and costs 95€ - 140€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 28€ - 70€ and takes 10h 10m, you could also fly, which costs 30€ - 190€ and takes 2h 51m.

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Map of how to get from Berlin to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 478.6 km
  • Duration: 4h 20m

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

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Berlin Hbf to Koeln Hbf hourly. Tickets cost 95€ - 130€ and the journey takes 4h 20m. Deutsche Bahn Intercity also services this route twice daily. Alternatively, Eurolines DE operates a bus from Berlin ZOB to Köln ZOB 5 times a week. Tickets cost 28€ - 70€ and the journey takes 10h 10m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Cologne Bonn via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 400€
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 180€
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 650€
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
50€ - 220€
Flights from Leipzig to Cologne Bonn via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 330€
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
30€ - 250€
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 180€
Flights from Leipzig to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
60€ - 300€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 160€
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 120€
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
50€ - 180€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
160€ - 650€
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 Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
95€ - 130€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
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
Train from Berlin Hbf to Halle(Saale)Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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
Website
bahn.com
Train from Berlin Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
6h 46m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
95€ - 140€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 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 23m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
50€ - 70€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Berlin Hbf to Halle(Saale)Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 19m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
50€ - 70€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from W-Oberbarmen Bf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
12€ - 15€
Website
National Express Rail
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
11€ - 14€
Website
National Express Rail
Deutsche Bahn Regional

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
8€ - 12€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Berlin Hbf to Halle(Saale)Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 21m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
26€ - 40€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
VRR
Phone
+49 209 1584-0
Email
info@vrr.de
Website
vrr.de
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
2€
Website
VRR
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

Austria's national railway system is not only punctual, reliable and efficient, but offers free wifi to boot. Choose from high-speed intercity Railjet trains, overnight Nightjet trains and regional services such as Cityjet. ÖBB also operates international routes that connect cities in Austria with adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia. If you're planning to be in Austria for a while, consider the ÖBB Vorteilscard, an annual railcard that offers discounts on routes within Austria and in neighbouring countries.

Contact Details
Phone
05 17 17
Website
oebb.at
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
2h 19m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
29€ - 40€
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Night bus from Berlin, Berlin central bus station to Wuppertal
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
29€ - 35€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
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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The quickest flight from Berlin Tegel Airport to Cologne Bonn Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Berlin to Cologne is 570 km. It takes approximately 5h 23m to drive from Berlin to Cologne.

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easyJet, Lufthansa and Eurowings offer flights from Berlin Tegel Airport to Cologne Bonn Airport.

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There are 1127+ 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 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 to Berlin Tegel Airport is to bus which takes 22 min and costs 2€ - 3€.

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