There are 10 ways to get from Budapest to Cologne by plane, train, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly Budapest to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  4 h 45 min

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

$57 - $230

Cheapest option

Fly Budapest to Dusseldorf, train  •  5 h 24 min

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

$55 - $218

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Fly Budapest to Frankfurt, train  •  5 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Budapest (BUD) to Frankfurt (FRA) BUD - FRA
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf

$116 - $321

Fly Budapest to Dortmund, train  •  6 h 52 min

  1. Fly from Budapest (BUD) to Dortmund (DTM) BUD - DTM
  2. Take the train from Holzwickede Bf to Köln, Dom / Hbf

$70 - $351

Train to Vienna, fly to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  6 h 49 min

  1. Take the train from Kelenföld to Wien Hbf
  2. Fly from Vienna (VIE) to Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) VIE - CGN

$123 - $302

Train  •  11 h 30 min

  1. Take the train from Kelenföld to Wien Hbf Rj / ...
  2. Take the train from Wien Hbf to Nürnberg Hbf Ice
  3. Take the train from Nürnberg Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 Ice

$211 - $322

Bus FlixBus  •  18 h 49 min

  1. Take the bus from Budapest, Budapest Népliget to Cologne, Cologne South, Airport N161

$66 - $111

Bus Slovak Lines  •  20 h

  1. Take the bus from Budapest, Kelenföld vasútállomás M - Etele tér to Bratislava, Autobusová stanica Nivy RegioJet
  2. Take the bus from Bratislava to Bonn

$114 - $116

Drive, train  •  10 h 33 min

  1. Drive from Budapest to Würzburg Hbf
  2. Take the train from Würzburg Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf Ice / ...
  3. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf Ice

$182 - $271

Drive  •  10 h 27 min

  1. Drive from Budapest to Cologne 716.7 miles

$150 - $220

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The cheapest way to get from Budapest to Cologne is to fly which costs 15 000 Ft - 65 000 Ft and takes 4 h 45 min.

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The quickest way to get from Budapest to Cologne is to fly which costs 15 000 Ft - 65 000 Ft and takes 4 h 45 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Budapest to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Kelenföld and arriving at Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 via Wien Hbf and Nürnberg Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 30 min.

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The distance between Budapest and Cologne is 956 km. The road distance is 1146.7 km.

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The best way to get from Budapest to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 11 h 30 min and costs 55 000 Ft - 90 000 Ft.

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It takes approximately 4 h 45 min to get from Budapest to Cologne, including transfers.

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Budapest to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Kelenföld station.

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The best way to get from Budapest to Cologne is to fly which takes 4 h 45 min and costs 15 000 Ft - 65 000 Ft. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 55 000 Ft - 90 000 Ft and takes 11 h 30 min, you could also bus, which costs 18 000 Ft - 31 000 Ft and takes 18 h 49 min.

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

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

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Map of how to get from Budapest to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 597.6 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 45 min

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

Eurowings, Lufthansa and four other airlines fly from Budapest to Cologne every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Budapest to Cologne via Wien Hbf and Nürnberg Hbf in around 11 h 30 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Budapest to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 23 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Flights from Budapest to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $320
Flights from Budapest to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Budapest to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Budapest to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Budapest to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Budapest to Frankfurt via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $270
Flights from Budapest to Dortmund via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $850
Flights from Vienna to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $430
Flights from Vienna to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $480
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Budapest to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $450
Flights from Budapest to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $320
Flights from Budapest to Dusseldorf via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$60 - $320
Flights from Budapest to Dusseldorf via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$60 - $320
Flights from Vienna to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $340
Flights from Vienna to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$70 - $340
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Budapest to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $450
Flights from Budapest to Dusseldorf via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $650
Flights from Budapest to Frankfurt via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Vienna to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $380
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Budapest to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Budapest to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $650
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Budapest to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $280
Flights from Budapest to Frankfurt via Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $230
Flights from Vienna to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $270
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Budapest to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$24 - $140
Flights from Budapest to Dortmund
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $260
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Budapest to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Berlin Schoenefeld
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$30 - $200
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Budapest to Dusseldorf via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
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 Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
22 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Kelenföld to Wien Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 26 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
bahn.de
Train from Nürnberg Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
3 h 14 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Website
bahn.de
Train from Würzburg Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
bahn.de
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Düsseldorf to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $35
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$16 - $35
1st Class
$30 - $40
Flixtrain
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf central station to Cologne, Cologne central station
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
National Express Rail
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Holzwickede Bf to Köln, Dom / Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $30
Website
nationalexpress.de
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

The national railway system of Austria, the OBB carried 209 million passengers on local and regional trains, and 35 million on long-distance trains in 2016 alone. The OBB’s 4865 km network covers 570 trains simultaneously at peak times, with one train leaving every 12 seconds, making it a supremely efficient way to travel around the country and surrounding region. The company’s extensive network connects cities in Austria, and adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia.

Contact Details
Website
oebb.at
Train from Wien Hbf to Nürnberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
4 h 12 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$80 - $130
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
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.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Budapest, Budapest Népliget to Cologne, Cologne South, Airport
Ave. Duration
17 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$65 - $110
Website
flixbus.co.uk
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.sk
Bus from Budapest, Kelenföld vasútállomás M - Etele tér to Bratislava, Autobusová stanica Nivy
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$7 - $9
Schedules at
regiojet.sk
Slovak Lines
Phone
+421 2 55422734
Email
info@slovaklines.sk
Website
slovaklines.sk
Bus from Bratislava to Bonn
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$103
Schedules at
slovaklines.sk

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