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

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Train  •  21 min

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Hbf Ice / ...

€3 - €70

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Rideshare  •  48 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Cologne to Düsseldorf 40.8 km

€3

3 alternative options

Bus  •  38 min

  1. Take the bus from Cologne to Dusseldorf Hbf

€30 - €50

Taxi  •  26 min

  1. Take a taxi from Cologne to Düsseldorf 39.4 km

€85 - €110

Drive  •  26 min

  1. Drive from Cologne to Düsseldorf 39.4 km

€4 - €7

Cologne to Düsseldorf by train

The train journey time between Cologne and Düsseldorf is around 47 min and covers a distance of around 40 km. The fastest train normally takes 21 min. Operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, Deutsche Bahn Intercity, National Express and others, the Cologne to Düsseldorf train service departs from Koeln Hbf and arrives in Duesseldorf Hbf. Typically 1242 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
47 min
Fastest train time:
21 min
Train distance:
40 km
Trains per week:
1242
Cheapest price:
€3
Carbon emissions:
2 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
00:07
Last train departs at:
23:49

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Cologne to Düsseldorf train schedules

Cologne → Düsseldorf
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If you need help, visit the national COVID-19 website or call the COVID-19 Helpline 116 117

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Düsseldorf is 116 117.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Düsseldorf is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Düsseldorf is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 116 117.

Last updated: 2 Aug 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Düsseldorf is to rideshare which costs €3 and takes 48 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Düsseldorf is to train which costs €3 - €70 and takes 21 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cologne and arriving at Dusseldorf Hbf. Services depart twice a week, and operate Wednesday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 38 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Koeln Hbf and arriving at Duesseldorf Hbf. Services depart every five minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 21 min.

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The distance between Cologne and Düsseldorf is 34 km. The road distance is 39.4 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Düsseldorf without a car is to train which takes 21 min and costs €3 - €70.

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The train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Hbf takes 21 min including transfers and departs every five minutes.

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Cologne to Düsseldorf bus services, operated by Autokar Polska, depart from Cologne station.

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Cologne to Düsseldorf train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Koeln Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Düsseldorf is to train which takes 21 min and costs €3 - €70. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €30 - €50 and takes 38 min.

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Map of how to get from Cologne to Düsseldorf.
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  • Distance: 34.3 km
  • Duration: 21 min

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

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Hbf hourly. Tickets cost €16 - €22 and the journey takes 21 min. 13 other operators also service this route. Alternatively, Autokar Polska operates a bus from Cologne to Dusseldorf Hbf twice a week. Tickets cost €30 - €50 and the journey takes 38 min.

Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It 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 (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€16 - €22
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn Intercity

Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed InterCity (IC) trains connect cities within Germany. They’re a popular way to travel as they’re faster than Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains and offer a frequent, fast service. All IC trains have first and second class carriages, power sockets and toilets, and most have a bistro cafe or restaurant. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
22 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€35 - €50
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€9 - €12
Website
National Express Rail
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
ABELLIO Rail
Phone
0800 2235546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
ABELLIO Rail
ABELLIO Rail NRW GmbH
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio NRW
Deutsche Bahn Regional

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
€7 - €10
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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 Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
22 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€17 - €35
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
ÖBB EuroCity
Website
oebb.at
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€29 - €40
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Cologne central station to Düsseldorf central station
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€5 - €6
Website
Flixtrain
ÖBB Intercity
Website
oebb.at
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€17 - €25
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
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 Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
22 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
€10 - €15
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Bus operators
Autokar Polska
Phone
48/796 473 308
Email
biuro@autokarpolska.com.pl
Website
autokarpolska.com.pl
Bus from Cologne to Dusseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€30 - €50
Schedules at
autokarpolska.com.pl
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. 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 to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Cologne to Düsseldorf
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€3
Book at
blablacar.co.uk
Taxi from Cologne to Düsseldorf
Ave. Duration
26 min
Estimated price
€85 - €110
TaxiCologne
Phone
+49 172 5225454
Website
taxicologne.de
Taxi Zentrale Köln
Phone
+49 162 4164152
Website
cologne-cab.com
Taxi Cologne
Phone
+49 151 51082191
Taxi Call Cologne
Phone
+49 221/2882
Website
taxiruf.de

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Cologne to Düsseldorf bus services, operated by Autokar Polska, arrive at Dusseldorf Hbf station.

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Cologne to Düsseldorf train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Duesseldorf Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Düsseldorf is 39 km. It takes approximately 26 min to drive from Cologne to Düsseldorf.

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There are 433+ hotels available in Düsseldorf. Prices start at €87 per night.

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

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