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Recommended option

Train  •  4 h 19 min

  1. Ic / ...

$110 - $160

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  6 h 7 min

  1. 356.1 miles

$25 - $40

7 alternative options

Bus Eurolines DE  •  10 h 59 min

$36 - $87

Bus FlixBus  •  12 h 28 min

  1. 035

$39 - $66

Drive  •  5 h 23 min

  1. 358 miles

$75 - $110

Fly Cologne/Bonn Apt to Berlin Tegel  •  2 h 41 min

  1. CGN - TXL

$49 - $152

Fly Cologne/Bonn Apt to Berlin Schoenefeld  •  3 h

  1. CGN - SXF

$27 - $167

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Berlin Tegel  •  3 h 17 min

  1. DUS - TXL

$53 - $156

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Berlin Tegel  •  3 h 29 min

  1. FRA - TXL

$87 - $210

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

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Cologne to Berlin hourly. Tickets cost $110 - $160 and the journey takes 4 h 19 min. Alternatively, Eurolines DE operates a bus from Cologne to Berlin 5 times a week. Tickets cost $30 - $80 and the journey takes 10 h 10 min.

Airlines
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $240
Flights from Dusseldorf to Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $200
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $240
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Berlin Tegel via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Flights from Dusseldorf to Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $200
Flights from Dusseldorf to Berlin Tegel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $390
Flights from Frankfurt to Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $280
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$50 - $220
Flights from Dusseldorf to Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $160
Flights from Frankfurt to Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $160
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Berlin Schoenefeld
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$14 - $180
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Köln Hbf to Berlin Hbf (tief)
Ave. Duration
4 h 19 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$110 - $160
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
22 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 Cologne, Cologne central station to Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf central station
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Köln ZOB to Berlin ZOB
Ave. Duration
10 h 10 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $80
Website
eurolines.de
FlixBus
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Cologne, Cologne East, Refrath to Berlin, Berlin central bus station
Ave. Duration
10 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Other operators
BlaBlaCar
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Cologne to Berlin
Ave. Duration
6 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Cologne and Berlin is 479 km. The road distance is 573 km.

The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Berlin is to rideshare which costs 21€ - 35€ and takes 6 h 7 min.

The quickest way to get from Cologne to Berlin is to fly which takes 2 h 41 min and costs 40€ - 130€.

Yes, there is a direct train departing from Köln Hbf and arriving at Berlin Hbf (tief). Services depart hourly. The journey takes approximately 4 h 19 min.

No, there is no direct bus from Cologne to Berlin. However, there are services departing from Köln ZOB and arriving at Berlin, S+U Alexanderplatz Bhf/Memhardstr. via Berlin, Masurenallee/ZOB and S+U Zoologischer Garten Bhf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 59 min.

The train from Köln Hbf to Berlin Hbf (tief) takes 4 h 19 min including transfers and departs hourly.