There are 5 ways to get from Cologne to Aachen by train, bus, rideshare, taxi or car

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Train  •  47 min

  1. Take the train from Köln, Dom / Hbf to Aachen, Rothe Erde Bf Re1 / ...

$21 - $45

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Rideshare  •  1 h 6 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Cologne to Aachen 44.5 miles

$1 - $8

3 alternative options

Bus  •  1 h 16 min

  1. Take the bus from Köln ZOB to Aachen Hauptbahnhof

$35 - $55

Taxi  •  44 min

  1. Take a taxi from Cologne to Aachen 44.4 miles

$160 - $200

Drive  •  44 min

  1. Drive from Cologne to Aachen 44.4 miles

$9 - $14

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The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Aachen is to rideshare which costs 1€ - 7€ and takes 1 h 6 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Aachen is to taxi which costs 140€ - 170€ and takes 44 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Köln ZOB and arriving at Aachen Hauptbahnhof. Services depart once daily, and operate Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 1 h 16 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Köln, Dom / Hbf and arriving at Aachen, Rothe Erde Bf. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 47 min.

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The distance between Cologne and Aachen is 63 km. The road distance is 71 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Aachen without a car is to train which takes 47 min and costs 18€ - 35€.

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The train from Köln, Dom / Hbf to Aachen, Rothe Erde Bf takes 47 min including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.

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Cologne to Aachen bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, depart from Köln ZOB station.

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Cologne to Aachen train services, operated by Bahn DE, depart from Köln, Dom / Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Aachen is to train which takes 47 min and costs 18€ - 35€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 30€ - 45€ and takes 1 h 16 min.

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  • Distance: 39.5 miles
  • Duration: 47 min

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

Bahn DE operates a train from Cologne to Aachen hourly. Tickets cost $23 - $27 and the journey takes 47 min. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, Eurolines DE operates a bus from Cologne to Aachen once daily. Tickets cost $35 - $55 and the journey takes 1 h 16 min.

Train operators
Bahn DE
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln, Dom / Hbf to Aachen, Rothe Erde Bf
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $27
Schedules at
bahn.de
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 Köln Hauptbahnhof to Aachen Central Station
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Aachen Central Station
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$24 - $45
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$24 - $45
1st Class
$40 - $55
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Köln ZOB to Aachen Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 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.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Cologne to Aachen
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $8
Book at
blablacar.co.uk
Taxi from Cologne to Aachen
Ave. Duration
44 min
Estimated price
$160 - $200
Taxi Cologne
Phone
+49 151 51082191
Website
taxicologne.de
Taxi Call Cologne
Phone
+49 221/2882
Website
taxiruf.de
Cologne Taxi
Phone
+49 221/88884455
Website
cologne-taxi.com

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Cologne to Aachen bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, arrive at Aachen Hauptbahnhof station.

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Cologne to Aachen train services, operated by Bahn DE, arrive at Aachen, Rothe Erde Bf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Aachen is 71 km. It takes approximately 44 min to drive from Cologne to Aachen.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Cologne and Aachen. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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