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There are 10 ways to get from Cologne to Berlin by train, bus, night bus, rideshare, 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  •  4 h 19 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Berlin Hbf (tief) Ice

$100 - $160

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  6 h 7 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Cologne to Berlin 356.1 miles

$24 - $40

8 alternative options

Bus  •  10 h 57 min

  1. Take the bus from Köln ZOB to Berlin ZOB

$35 - $86

Train, night bus  •  10 h 5 min

  1. Take the train from Köln, Dom / Hbf to Wuppertal, Barmen Oberbarmen Bf Rb48 / ...
  2. Take the night bus from Wuppertal to Berlin, Berlin Wannsee N38

$46 - $91

Train, drive  •  5 h 28 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Hannover Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Drive from Hannover Hbf to Berlin

$97 - $143

Drive  •  5 h 23 min

  1. Drive from Cologne to Berlin 358 miles

$75 - $110

Fly Cologne Bonn to Berlin Tegel  •  2 h 46 min

  1. Fly from Cologne Bonn (CGN) to Berlin Tegel (TXL) CGN - TXL

$53 - $152

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Berlin Tegel  •  3 h 21 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Düsseldorf Hbf
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Berlin Tegel (TXL) DUS - TXL

$54 - $154

Fly Cologne Bonn to Berlin Schoenefeld  •  3 h 8 min

  1. Fly from Cologne Bonn (CGN) to Berlin Schoenefeld (SXF) CGN - SXF

$31 - $167

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

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Berlin Tegel (TXL) FRA - TXL

$86 - $209

Questions & Answers

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

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Berlin is to fly which costs 45€ - 140€ and takes 2 h 46 min.

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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 57 min.

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

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The distance between Cologne and Berlin is 479 km. The road distance is 572.8 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Berlin without a car is to train which takes 4 h 19 min and costs 90€ - 140€.

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

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

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Cologne to Berlin train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Köln Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Berlin is to train which takes 4 h 19 min and costs 90€ - 140€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 30€ - 75€ and takes 10 h 57 min, you could also fly, which costs 45€ - 140€ and takes 2 h 46 min.

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  • Distance: 299.1 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 19 min

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

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Cologne to Berlin hourly. Tickets cost $100 - $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 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 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $200
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Berlin Tegel via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Flights from Dusseldorf to Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $200
Flights from Dusseldorf to Berlin Tegel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 57 min
When
Every day
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 to Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $220
Flights from Dusseldorf to Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $160
Flights from Frankfurt to Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $160
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Berlin Schoenefeld
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$14 - $180
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Berlin Tegel via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
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 Köln Hbf to Berlin Hbf (tief)
Ave. Duration
4 h 19 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$100 - $160
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Hannover Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Düsseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
bahn.de
National Express Rail
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Köln, Dom / Hbf to Wuppertal, Barmen Oberbarmen Bf
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$13 - $17
Website
nationalexpress.de
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

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
Night bus from Wuppertal to Berlin, Berlin Wannsee
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Cologne to Berlin
Ave. Duration
6 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $40
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Cologne Bonn Airport to Berlin Tegel Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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Cologne to Berlin bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, arrive at Berlin ZOB station.

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Cologne to Berlin train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Berlin Hbf (tief) station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Berlin is 573 km. It takes approximately 5 h 23 min to drive from Cologne to Berlin.

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Lufthansa, easyJet and Eurowings offer flights from Cologne Bonn Airport to Berlin Tegel Airport.

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There are 1378+ hotels available in Berlin. Prices start at $55 USD per night.

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

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The best way to get from Cologne to Cologne Bonn Airport is to train which takes 11 min and costs 13€ - 16€.

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