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There are 9 ways to get from Budapest to Cologne by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly Budapest to Cologne Bonn  •  4h 50m

  1. Fly from Budapest (BUD) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) BUD - CGN

77€ - 291€

Cheapest option

Fly Budapest to Dortmund, train  •  6h 36m

  1. Fly from Budapest (BUD) to Dortmund (DTM) BUD - DTM
  2. Take the train from Holzwickede to Koeln Hbf

51€ - 190€

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Fly Budapest to Dusseldorf, train  •  5h 38m

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

55€ - 309€

Fly Budapest to Frankfurt, train  •  5h 27m

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

98€ - 384€

Train to Vienna, fly to Cologne Bonn  •  6h 57m

  1. Take the train from Budapest-Kelenfoeld to Wien Hbf
  2. Fly from Vienna (VIE) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) VIE - CGN

54€ - 255€

Train  •  11h 51m

  1. Take the train from Budapest-Keleti to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf Rj
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 Ice / ...

84€ - 133€

Bus, train  •  13h 54m

  1. Take the bus from Budapest, Kelenföld, Somogyi utca MHD stop to Vienna, Hbf RegioJet
  2. Take the train from Wien Hbf to Koeln Hbf Ice

168€ - 232€

Bus  •  22h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Budapest Nepliget to Cologne / Bonn Airport Busterminal Varna - Dortmund / ...

69€ - 108€

Drive  •  9h 57m

  1. Drive from Budapest to Cologne 1145.4 km

120€ - 180€

Budapest to Cologne by trains

The train journey time between Budapest and Cologne is around 18h 34m and covers a distance of around 1292 km. The fastest train normally takes 18h 34m. Operated by Hungarian Railways (MÁV), Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, Deutsche Bahn Intercity and others, the Budapest to Cologne train service departs from Budapest-Keleti and arrives in Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12. Typically only one train runs weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
18h 34m
Fastest train time:
18h 34m
Trains per week:
1
Cheapest price:
90€
Carbon emissions:
68 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
13:40
Last train departs at:
13:40

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Budapest to Cologne train schedules

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  • Pre-arrival health declaration
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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Cologne is 116 117.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Cologne is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Cologne is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 116 117.

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Budapest to Cologne is to bus which costs 24 000 Ft - 39 000 Ft and takes 22h 15m.

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The quickest way to get from Budapest to Cologne is to fly which costs 27 000 Ft - 110 000 Ft and takes 4h 50m.

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No, there is no direct train from Budapest to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Budapest-Keleti and arriving at Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 via Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11h 51m.

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The distance between Budapest and Cologne is 956 km. The road distance is 1145.4 km.

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The best way to get from Budapest to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 11h 51m and costs 30 000 Ft - 48 000 Ft.

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It takes approximately 4h 50m to get from Budapest to Cologne, including transfers.

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Budapest to Cologne train services, operated by Hungarian Railways (MÁV), depart from Budapest-Keleti station.

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The best way to get from Budapest to Cologne is to fly which takes 4h 50m and costs 27 000 Ft - 110 000 Ft. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 30 000 Ft - 48 000 Ft and takes 11h 51m, you could also bus, which costs 24 000 Ft - 39 000 Ft and takes 22h 15m.

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The quickest flight from Budapest Airport to Cologne Bonn Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 50m.

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Budapest to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 station.

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Map of how to get from Budapest to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 956.2 km
  • Duration: 4h 50m

What companies run services between Budapest, Hungary and Cologne, Germany?

Eurowings, Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines fly from Budapest to Cologne twice daily. Alternatively, you can take a train from Budapest to Cologne via Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf in around 11h 51m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Budapest to Cologne Bonn via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
100€ - 490€
Flights from Budapest to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
210€ - 490€
Flights from Budapest to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
210€ - 490€
Flights from Budapest to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
90€ - 480€
Flights from Budapest to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 17m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
90€ - 480€
Flights from Budapest to Dortmund via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
120€ - 600€
Flights from Vienna to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
70€ - 290€
Flights from Vienna to Cologne Bonn via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
110€ - 1400€
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Budapest to Cologne Bonn via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
70€ - 270€
Flights from Budapest to Dusseldorf via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
30€ - 230€
Flights from Budapest to Frankfurt via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
90€ - 480€
Flights from Vienna to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
70€ - 320€
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Budapest to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
70€ - 270€
Flights from Budapest to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
30€ - 230€
Flights from Budapest to Dusseldorf via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
30€ - 230€
Flights from Vienna to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
65€ - 350€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Budapest to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
270€ - 550€
Flights from Budapest to Frankfurt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
160€ - 320€
Flights from Vienna to Cologne Bonn via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
110€ - 290€
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Budapest to Dortmund
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
26€ - 160€
Flights from Budapest to Dortmund via Tirgu Mures
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
40€ - 210€
Flights from Vienna to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
15€ - 100€
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from Budapest to Frankfurt via Warsaw Chopin
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
90€ - 480€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Vienna to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
14€ - 150€
Train operators
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
11€ - 14€
Website
National Express Rail
Train from Holzwickede to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
21€ - 26€
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
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 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 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 Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Twice daily
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
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€
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
Train from Wien Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
8h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
160€ - 220€
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
Hungarian Railways (MÁV)
Phone
+36 (1) 3 49 49 49
Website
mavcsoport.hu
Train from Budapest-Kelenfoeld to Wien Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 26m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
12€ - 14€
Website
mavcsoport.hu
Train from Budapest-Keleti to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
10h 43m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
55€ - 65€
Website
mavcsoport.hu
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Train from Budapest-Kelenfoeld to Wien Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
7€ - 22€
Website
RegioJet
2nd Class
7€ - 10€
1st Class
14€ - 22€
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Bus operators
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Budapest, Kelenföld, Somogyi utca MHD stop to Vienna, Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
7€ - 11€
Website
RegioJet
Karat-S
Phone
+359 2 8120810
Email
operations@eurolines.bg
Website
karat-s.com
Bus from Budapest Nepliget to Cologne / Bonn Airport Busterminal
Ave. Duration
20h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
65€ - 90€
Website
Karat-S

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