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

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Train  •  3h 4m

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

17€ - 95€

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Rideshare  •  3h 23m

  1. Take the rideshare from Bremen to Cologne 310.8 km

12€ - 23€

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Train via Dortmund  •  3h 26m

  1. Take the train from Bremen Hbf to Dortmund Hbf Ic / ...
  2. Take the train from Dortmund Hbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Re / ...

42€ - 144€

Drive  •  2h 45m

  1. Drive from Bremen to Cologne 311.4 km

30€ - 50€

Fly Bremen to Dusseldorf, train  •  4h 49m

  1. Fly from Bremen (BRE) to Dusseldorf (DUS) BRE - DUS
  2. Take the train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf

137€ - 400€

Train to Hamburg, fly to Cologne Bonn  •  3h 47m

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

44€ - 477€

Fly Bremen to Frankfurt, train  •  3h 18m

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

88€ - 322€

Train to Hamburg, fly to Dusseldorf, train  •  4h 31m

  1. Take the train from Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
  2. Fly from Hamburg (HAM) to Dusseldorf (DUS) HAM - DUS
  3. Take the train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf

67€ - 465€

Bremen to Cologne by trains

The train journey time between Bremen and Cologne is around 3h 7m and covers a distance of around 321 km. The fastest train normally takes 3h 2m. Operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity, Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, Deutsche Bahn Eurocity and others, the Bremen to Cologne train service departs from Bremen Hbf and arrives in Koeln Hbf. Typically 145 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
3h 7m
Fastest train time:
3h 2m
Trains per week:
145
Cheapest price:
17€
Carbon emissions:
16 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
05:40
Last train departs at:
23:44

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Bremen to Cologne train schedules

Bremen → Cologne
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Questions & Answers

The most affordable way to get from Bremen to Cologne is to rideshare, which costs 12€ - 23€ and takes 3h 23m.

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The quickest way to get from Bremen to Cologne is to drive which costs 30€ - 50€ and takes 2h 45m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Bremen Hbf and arriving at Koeln Hbf. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 4m.

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The distance between Bremen and Cologne is 270 km. The road distance is 311.4 km.

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The best way to get from Bremen to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 3h 4m and costs 17€ - 95€.

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The train from Bremen Hbf to Koeln Hbf takes 3h 4m including transfers and departs hourly.

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

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There is no direct flight from Bremen Airport to Dusseldorf Airport. The quickest flight takes 2h 35m and has one stopover.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Bremen to Cologne is 311 km. It takes approximately 2h 45m to drive from Bremen to Cologne.

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  • Distance: 270 km
  • Duration: 3h 4m

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

Deutsche Bahn Intercity operates a train from Bremen Hbf to Koeln Hbf every 3 hours. Tickets cost 65€ - 95€ and the journey takes 3h 4m. Three other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Bremen to Dusseldorf via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
140€ - 420€
Flights from Hamburg to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
30€ - 650€
Flights from Hamburg to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
70€ - 320€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Bremen to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 480€
Flights from Bremen to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 550€
Flights from Bremen to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 550€
Flights from Bremen to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
70€ - 330€
Flights from Hamburg to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
150€ - 390€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Bremen to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
120€ - 330€
Train operators
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 Bremen Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 4m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
65€ - 95€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Bremen Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 49m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
55€ - 80€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Dortmund Hbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
40€ - 65€
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 Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
40€ - 65€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
50€ - 70€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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 Bremen Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
60€ - 85€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Bremen Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 52m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
45€ - 65€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Dortmund Hbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
27€ - 40€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
17€ - 24€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
27€ - 40€
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 Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Bremen Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 6m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
30€ - 45€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Bremen Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 47m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
25€ - 35€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Dortmund Hbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
16€ - 23€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
16€ - 23€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Bremen central station to Cologne central station
Ave. Duration
3h 9m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
17€ - 22€
Website
Flixtrain
Train from Bremen central station to Hamburg central station
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
8€ - 10€
Website
Flixtrain
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Dortmund Hbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
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 Dortmund Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
ABELLIO Rail
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 Dortmund Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio NRW
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio NRW
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Dortmund Hbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
25€ - 35€
Website
National Express Rail
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
11€ - 14€
Website
National Express Rail
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
40€ - 75€
Website
Thalys
Standard
40€ - 55€
Comfort
50€ - 70€
Premium
50€ - 75€
metronom
Phone
+49 581 97164164
Email
presse@der-metronom.de
Website
der-metronom.de
Train from Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Website
metronom
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
35€ - 65€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Urlaubs-Express
Phone
+49 (0) 221 800 20 820
Email
info@urlaubs-express.de
Website
urlaubs-express.de
Train from Bremen Hauptbahnhof to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
90€ - 110€
Book at
Urlaubs-Express
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 6m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
29€ - 40€
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
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 Bremen to Cologne
Ave. Duration
3h 23m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
12€ - 23€
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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