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

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Train

  1. Take the train from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Köln Hbf

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Rideshare

  1. Take the rideshare from Berlin to Cologne

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Bus via Leverkusen Wiesdorf Mitte Bf

  1. Take the bus from Berlin ZOB [Fernbus] to Leverkusen Wiesdorf Mitte Bf

Bus

  1. Take the bus from Berlin Am Nußbaum to Cologne Unter Kaster

Drive

  1. Drive from Berlin Hbf 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 Deutz Messe/Deutz Bf

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The cost-effective 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 €45 - €300 and takes 3h 10m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Berlin Am Nußbaum and arriving at Cologne Unter Kaster. Services depart twice a week, and operate Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 10h 45m.

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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 36m.

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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 36m and costs €27 - €130.

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The train from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Köln Hbf takes 4h 36m including transfers and departs hourly.

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Berlin to Cologne bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Berlin ZOB [Fernbus] station.

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Berlin 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 to Cologne is to train which takes 4h 36m and costs €27 - €130. Alternatively, you can bus via Leverkusen Wiesdorf Mitte Bf, which costs €29 - €35 and takes 9h 22m, you could also fly, which costs €45 - €300 and takes 3h 10m.

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Map of how to get from Berlin to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 478.6 km
  • Duration: 4h 36m

What companies run services between Berlin, 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 36m. Flixtrain also services this route 3 times a day. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Berlin ZOB [Fernbus] to Leverkusen Wiesdorf Mitte Bf 3 times a day. Tickets cost €29 - €35 and the journey takes 8h 25m.

Airlines
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€50 - €320
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€55 - €280
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg to Cologne Bonn via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€180 - €600
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 2m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€190 - €550
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€190 - €550
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €440
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €440
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg to Frankfurt via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€150 - €350
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€160 - €1000
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€40 - €250
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg to Frankfurt via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€150 - €350
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 36m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€95 - €130
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€18 - €26
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Frankfurt to Köln Deutz Messe/Deutz Bf
Ave. Duration
48 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 21m
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
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Website
Abellio
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€40 - €75
Website
Thalys
Standard
€40 - €55
Comfort
€50 - €70
Premium
€55 - €75
Train Rental International
Website
vrr.de
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Schedules at
vrr.de
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 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Berlin ZOB [Fernbus] to Leverkusen Wiesdorf Mitte Bf
Ave. Duration
8h 25m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€29 - €35
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
For more information, please visit this page
East West Eurolines
Phone
+380 98 815 4444
Email
support@ewe.ua
Website
ewe.ua
Bus from Berlin Am Nußbaum to Cologne Unter Kaster
Ave. Duration
10h 45m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€60 - €70
Website
East West Eurolines
Other operators
Blablacar
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Berlin to Cologne
Ave. Duration
6h 4m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€22 - €35
Schedules at
blablacar.com

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The quickest flight from Berlin Brandenburg Airport to Cologne Bonn Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 5m.

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Berlin to Cologne bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Leverkusen Wiesdorf Mitte Bf station.

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Berlin to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Köln 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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easyJet, Lufthansa and Eurowings offer flights from Berlin Brandenburg 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 Distribusion.

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There are 340+ hotels available in Cologne. Prices start at €100 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 Airport is to train which takes 32 min and costs €3 - €22.

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