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

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Train  •  3 h 2 min

  1. Take the train from Bremen Hbf to Köln Hbf Ic / ...

$65 - $95

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Rideshare  •  3 h 23 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Bremen to Cologne 194.3 miles

$14 - $25

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Bus  •  6 h 9 min

  1. Take the bus from Bremen to Münster N71 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Munster Hbf to Köln ZOB

$45 - $71

Drive  •  2 h 50 min

  1. Drive from Bremen to Cologne 194.7 miles

$40 - $60

Fly Bremen to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  4 h 37 min

  1. Fly from Bremen (BRE) to Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) BRE - CGN

$52 - $246

Fly Bremen to Dusseldorf  •  5 h 6 min

  1. Fly from Bremen (BRE) to Dusseldorf (DUS) BRE - DUS

$80 - $298

Fly Bremen to Frankfurt, train  •  3 h 28 min

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

$126 - $330

Train to Hamburg, fly to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  4 h 32 min

  1. Take the train from Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Dammtor
  2. Fly from Hamburg (HAM) to Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) HAM - CGN

$86 - $206

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Bremen to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Bremen and arriving at Köln ZOB via Munster Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 9 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Bremen Hbf and arriving at Köln Hbf. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 2 min.

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The distance between Bremen and Cologne is 270 km. The road distance is 311.5 km.

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The best way to get from Bremen to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 3 h 2 min and costs .

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The train from Bremen Hbf to Köln Hbf takes 3 h 2 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Bremen to Cologne bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Bremen station.

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Bremen to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Bremen Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Bremen to Cologne is to train which takes 3 h 2 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 6 h 9 min, you could also fly, which costs and takes 4 h 37 min.

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There is no direct flight from Bremen Airport to Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 5 min and has one stopover.

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

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Map of how to get from Bremen to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 168.7 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 2 min

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

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Bremen to Cologne hourly. Tickets cost $65 - $95 and the journey takes 3 h 2 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Bremen to Cologne via Münster and Munster Hbf in around 6 h 9 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Bremen to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Bremen to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Bremen to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $460
Flights from Bremen to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Bremen to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$75 - $470
Flights from Bremen to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Hamburg to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$45 - $280
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Bremen to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Bremen to Dusseldorf via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
3 h 33 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$60 - $270
Flights from Bremen to Dusseldorf via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Monday, Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Hamburg to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $280
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Bremen to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
4 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Bremen to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$90 - $550
Flights from Bremen to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$75 - $470
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Bremen to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Kyiv Zhuliany
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$95 - $350
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Bremen to Cologne/Bonn Apt via London Stansted
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$40 - $230
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Bremen to Dusseldorf via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $470
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 Bremen Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
bahn.de
Train from Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Dammtor
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
bahn.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
Bus from Bremen to Münster
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $16
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Munster Hbf to Köln ZOB
Ave. Duration
2 h 53 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
eurolines.de
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.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Bremen to Cologne
Ave. Duration
3 h 23 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $25
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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More Questions & Answers

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Bremen to Cologne is 311 km. It takes approximately 2 h 50 min to drive from Bremen to Cologne.

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Swiss, Wizz Air, Ryanair and two other airlines offer flights from Bremen Airport to Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport.

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There are 930+ hotels available in Cologne. Prices start at $60 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Bremen 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 Bremen to Bremen Airport is to line 6 tram which takes 10 min and costs .

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