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

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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Train  •  5h 21m

  1. Take the train from Brescia to Roma Termini Fr / ...

€38 - €143

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Bus  •  10h 16m

  1. Take the bus from Brescia to Verona N431 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Verona to Rome Tiburtina Bus station N531 / ...

€32 - €42

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Train via Milan  •  5h 46m

  1. Take the train from Brescia to Milano Centrale Fr / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Roma Termini Fr / ...

€35 - €163

Train via Desenzano del Garda  •  6h 21m

  1. Take the train from Rovato to Desenzano Del Garda-Sirmione Re6
  2. Take the train from Desenzano del Garda to Roma Termini 8967 / ...

€33 - €91

Drive  •  5h 23m

  1. Drive from Cologne to Rome 573.9 km

€70 - €110

Train to Milan Linate, fly  •  5h 22m

  1. Take the train from Cologne to Bergamo
  2. Fly from Milan Linate (LIN) to Rome (FCO) LIN - FCO

€72 - €264

Train to Verona, fly  •  4h 54m

  1. Take the train from Cologne to Brescia
  2. Fly from Verona (VRN) to Rome (FCO) VRN - FCO

€66 - €218

Train, train to Milan Malpensa, fly  •  6h 10m

  1. Take the train from Rovato to Milano Centrale
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Malpensa Aeroporto T.1
  3. Fly from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Rome (FCO) MXP - FCO

€35 - €168

Train, train to Bologna, fly  •  6h 29m

  1. Take the train from Brescia to Verona Porta Nuova
  2. Take the train from Verona Porta Nuova to Bologna Centrale
  3. Fly from Bologna (BLQ) to Rome (FCO) BLQ - FCO

€46 - €243

Cologne to Rome by train

The train journey time between Cologne and Rome is around 7h 1m and covers a distance of around 668 km. The fastest train normally takes 5h 3m. Operated by Trenord, Trenitalia Frecce and ItaloTreno, the Cologne to Rome train service departs from Cologne and arrives in Roma Termini. Typically 27 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
7h 1m
Fastest train time:
5h 3m
Trains per week:
27
Cheapest price:
€38
Carbon emissions:
35 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
07:40
Last train departs at:
21:40

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Cologne to Rome train schedules

Cologne → Rome
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The cost-effective way to get from Cologne to Rome is to bus, which costs €30 - €45 and takes 10h 16m.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Rome is to train and fly which costs €65 - €220 and takes 4h 54m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cologne to Rome station. However, there are services departing from Cologne and arriving at Rome Tiburtina Bus station via Brescia and Verona. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10h 16m.

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No, there is no direct train from Cologne to Rome. However, there are services departing from Cologne and arriving at Roma Termini via Brescia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 21m.

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The distance between Cologne and Rome is 458 km. The road distance is 573.9 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Rome without a car is to train which takes 5h 21m and costs €35 - €150.

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It takes approximately 5h 21m to get from Cologne to Rome, including transfers.

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

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Cologne to Rome train services, operated by Trenitalia Frecce, depart from Brescia station.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Rome is to train which takes 5h 21m and costs €35 - €150. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €30 - €45 and takes 10h 16m.

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Map of how to get from Cologne to Rome.
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  • Distance: 457.9 km
  • Duration: 5h 21m

What companies run services between Cologne, Italy and Rome, Italy?

Trenitalia Frecce operates a train from Brescia to Roma Termini twice daily. Tickets cost €45 - €140 and the journey takes 3h 58m. ItaloTreno also services this route once daily. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cologne to Rome via Brescia and Verona in around 10h 16m.

Airlines
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Milan Linate to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€60 - €160
Flights from Milan Linate to Rome via Naples
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€60 - €160
Flights from Verona to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€40 - €130
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€140 - €800
Flights from Bologna to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€55 - €150
Neos
Website
neosair.it
Flights from Verona to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
€21 - €280
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€18 - €220
Ethiopian Airlines
Website
ethiopianairlines.com
Flights from Verona to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€40 - €130
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €500
Train operators
Trenitalia Frecce

Trenitalia’s high-speed Frecce trains run on specialised tracks and have a greater level of service and comfort than InterCity and regional trains. There are three types of Frecce trains: Frecciarossa, (the fastest; connects major Italian cities); Frecciargento (mostly connect Rome to other Italian cities); and Frecciabianca (the slowest Frecce trains). Frecciarossa trains offer four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Standard, Premium, Business and Executive. All Frecce tickets include a seat reservation and must be purchased before boarding the train.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Brescia to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
3h 58m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€45 - €140
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€45 - €65
Base Standard
€75 - €110
Base Premium
€95 - €140
Train from Brescia to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€10 - €45
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€10 - €14
Base Standard
€24 - €35
Base Premium
€30 - €45
Train from Milano Centrale to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
3h 39m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€35 - €90
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€35 - €50
Base Standard
€55 - €75
Base Premium
€60 - €90
Train from Brescia to Verona Porta Nuova
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€9 - €40
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€9 - €13
Base Standard
€22 - €30
Base Premium
€28 - €40
Train from Verona Porta Nuova to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€7 - €19
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€7 - €10
Base Standard
€11 - €15
Base Premium
€13 - €19
ItaloTreno

Private train company Italotreno operates high-speed trains in Italy on the same tracks as Trenitalia. The routes service 21 stations across the country, including popular routes Milan-Florence, Rome-Venice and Bologna-Naples. Choose from four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Smart, Comfort, Prima and Club Executive. Italo also operates Italobus – an integrated train-bus service that takes passengers from the main train stations to other Italian cities.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Brescia to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
4h 14m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€35 - €100
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€35 - €55
Smart Low Cost
€35 - €50
Smart Flex
€70 - €100
Train from Brescia to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€11 - €35
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€14 - €20
Smart Low Cost
€11 - €17
Smart Flex
€25 - €35
Train from Milano Centrale Station to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
3h 39m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€22 - €65
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€22 - €35
Smart Low Cost
€23 - €35
Smart Flex
€45 - €65
Train from Desenzano del Garda to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€29 - €85
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€30 - €45
Smart Low Cost
€29 - €40
Smart Flex
€60 - €85
Train from Brescia to Verona Porta Nuova
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€11 - €35
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€13 - €19
Smart Low Cost
€11 - €16
Smart Flex
€24 - €35
Train from Verona Porta Nuova to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€4 - €13
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€4 - €7
Smart Low Cost
€4 - €7
Smart Flex
€9 - €13
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 Brescia to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€28 - €50
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Brescia to Verona Porta Nuova
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€23 - €45
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Trenitalia Eurocity

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Brescia to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€25 - €70
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
€25 - €35
1st Class
€50 - €70
Trenord

Trenord operates regional and suburban lines throughout Italy’s Lombardy region, including the Malapensa Express from Milan’s Malapensa Airport and local lines around Lake Como and the Italian Lakes. Trenord train tickets can be purchased from machines at any train station and don’t need to be booked in advance.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 02 7249 4494
Email
my-link@trenord.it
Website
trenord.it
Train from Rovato to Desenzano Del Garda-Sirmione
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€2 - €4
Website
Trenord
Train from Cologne to Bergamo
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€3 - €4
Website
Trenord
Train from Cologne to Brescia
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€2 - €4
Website
Trenord
Train from Rovato to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€4 - €5
Website
Trenord
Train from Milano Centrale to Malpensa Aeroporto T.1
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€4 - €6
Website
Trenord
Train from Brescia to Verona Porta Nuova
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€5 - €7
Website
Trenord
Malpensa Express
Phone
02 72 49 49 49
Website
malpensaexpress.it
Train from Milano Centrale to Malpensa Aeroporto T.1
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€11 - €16
Website
Malpensa Express
2nd Class
€11 - €16
Trenitalia

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Brescia to Verona Porta Nuova
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€4 - €10
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€9 - €10
Train from Verona Porta Nuova to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€7 - €15
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€13 - €15
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 Verona Porta Nuova to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€9 - €13
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.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 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Brescia to Verona
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€6 - €9
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Verona to Rome Tiburtina Bus station
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€25 - €31
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Baltour
Phone
+39 0861 1991900
Email
info@baltour.it
Website
global.flixbus.com
Bus from Brescia - Autostazione Via Solferino -22 - 23 to VERONA - Staz. FS P. NUOVA Autostaz. stallo 141/143 DIETRO CHIESA
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€5 - €7
Website
Baltour

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Cologne to Rome train services, operated by Trenitalia Frecce, arrive at Roma Termini station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Rome is 574 km. It takes approximately 5h 23m to drive from Cologne to Rome.

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