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

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Train  •  4h 26m

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

27€ - 140€

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Rideshare  •  6h 4m

  1. Take the rideshare from Berlin to Cologne 569.3 km

23€ - 35€

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Bus  •  9h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Berlin central bus station to Leverkusen 1338 / ...

29€ - 35€

Drive  •  5h 9m

  1. Drive from Berlin Hbf to Cologne 569.5 km

60€ - 90€

Fly to Cologne Bonn  •  3h 3m

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

41€ - 224€

Fly to Dusseldorf, train  •  3h 46m

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

57€ - 315€

Fly to Frankfurt, train  •  3h 50m

  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

82€ - 217€

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The cost-effective way to get from Berlin to Cologne is to rideshare, which costs 23€ - 35€ and takes 6h 4m.

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The quickest way to get from Berlin to Cologne is to fly which costs 40€ - 230€ and takes 3h 3m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Berlin station to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Berlin central bus station and arriving at Köln Heumarkt via Leverkusen Leverkusen Mitte Bf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 45m.

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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 26m.

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The distance between Berlin and Cologne is 479 km. The road distance is 569.5 km.

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The best way to get from Berlin to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 4h 26m and costs 27€ - 140€.

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The train from Berlin Hbf to Koeln Hbf takes 4h 26m including transfers and departs hourly.

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Berlin to Cologne bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Berlin central bus 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 26m and costs 27€ - 140€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 29€ - 35€ and takes 9h 45m, you could also fly, which costs 40€ - 230€ and takes 3h 3m.

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Map of how to get from Berlin to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 478.6 km
  • Duration: 4h 26m

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 26m. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Berlin central bus station to Leverkusen once daily. Tickets cost 29€ - 35€ and the journey takes 8h 25m.

Airlines
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
55€ - 200€
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
75€ - 240€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 330€
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
60€ - 220€
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
60€ - 220€
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Frankfurt via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
130€ - 250€
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Frankfurt via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
130€ - 250€
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 26m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
95€ - 130€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
3 times a day
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
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 23m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
50€ - 70€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Berlin Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
5h 18m
Frequency
Twice daily
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
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
44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
ABELLIO Rail
Phone
0800 2235546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Düsseldorf Flughafen to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
44 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
35 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
40€ - 75€
Website
Thalys
Standard
40€ - 55€
Comfort
50€ - 70€
Premium
50€ - 75€
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 12m
Frequency
Twice 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).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Berlin central bus station to Leverkusen
Ave. Duration
8h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
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.

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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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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 to Cologne bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Leverkusen 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 9m to drive from Berlin 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 to Cologne train tickets online with Omio and FlixBus.

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

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There are 1545+ hotels available in Cologne. Prices start at 75€ 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 Brandenburg Apt Airport is to train which takes 25 min and costs 2€ - 8€.

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