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There are 9 ways to get from Berlin to Cologne by train, 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 18m

  1. Take the train from Berlin Hbf (tief) to Köln Hbf Ice

$100 - $160

Cheapest option

Fly Berlin Schoenefeld to Cologne Bonn  •  3h 16m

  1. Fly from Berlin Schoenefeld (SXF) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) SXF - CGN

$26 - $166

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Night bus, train  •  10h 17m

  1. Take the night bus from Berlin, Berlin Wannsee to Wuppertal N38
  2. Take the train from Wuppertal, Barmen Oberbarmen Bf to Köln, Dom / Hbf Rb48 / ...

$45 - $90

Rideshare  •  6h 4m

  1. Take the rideshare from Berlin to Cologne 356.1 miles

$26 - $40

Drive, train  •  6h 1m

  1. Drive from Berlin to Hannover Hbf
  2. Take the train from Hannover Hbf to Köln Hbf Ic / ...

$98 - $144

Drive  •  5h 29m

  1. Drive from Berlin to Cologne 357.9 miles

$75 - $110

Fly Berlin Tegel to Cologne Bonn  •  2h 54m

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

$49 - $152

Fly Berlin Tegel to Dusseldorf, train  •  3h 56m

  1. Fly from Berlin Tegel (TXL) to Dusseldorf (DUS) TXL - DUS
  2. Take the train from Dusseldorf Hbf to Koln Messe/Deutz

$54 - $155

Fly Berlin Tegel to Frankfurt, train  •  3h 55m

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

$83 - $209

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 40€ - 140€ and takes 2h 54m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Berlin Hbf (tief) and arriving at Köln Hbf. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 18m.

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The distance between Berlin and Cologne is 479 km. The road distance is 572.7 km.

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The best way to get from Berlin to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 4h 18m and costs 90€ - 140€.

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The train from Berlin Hbf (tief) to Köln Hbf takes 4h 18m including transfers and departs hourly.

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Berlin to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Berlin Hbf (tief) station.

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The best way to get from Berlin to Cologne is to train which takes 4h 18m and costs 90€ - 140€. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs 40€ - 140€ and takes 2h 54m.

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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 train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Köln Hbf station.

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Map of how to get from Berlin to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 299.1 miles
  • Duration: 4h 18m

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

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Berlin to Cologne hourly. Tickets cost $100 - $160 and the journey takes 4h 18m. Alternatively, Eurowings, easyJet and Lufthansa fly from Berlin to Cologne hourly.

Airlines
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $240
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $200
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Cologne Bonn via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $200
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $390
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $280
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$80 - $280
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $170
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $150
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $140
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Berlin Schoenefeld to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$14 - $180
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Dusseldorf via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$110 - $1,400
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 Berlin Hbf (tief) to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 18m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$100 - $160
Website
bahn.de
Train from Hannover Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 6m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
bahn.de
Train from Dusseldorf Hbf to Koln Messe/Deutz
Ave. Duration
25m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
48m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
bahn.de
National Express Rail
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Wuppertal, Barmen Oberbarmen Bf to Köln, Dom / Hbf
Ave. Duration
52m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$13 - $17
Website
nationalexpress.de
Bus operators
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
Night bus from Berlin, Berlin Wannsee to Wuppertal
Ave. Duration
7h 40m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Berlin to Cologne
Ave. Duration
6h 4m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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More Questions & Answers

Yes, the driving distance between Berlin to Cologne is 573 km. It takes approximately 5h 29m to drive from Berlin to Cologne.

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

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There are 997+ hotels available in Cologne. Prices start at $57 USD 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 22m and costs 2€ - 4€.

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