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There are 6 ways to get from Cologne to Darmstadt by train, bus, rideshare or car

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Train  •  1h 25m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf Ice / ...

24€ - 121€

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Rideshare  •  2h 16m

  1. Take the rideshare from Cologne to Darmstadt 199.2 km

4€ - 13€

4 alternative options

Train via Wiesbaden  •  2h 39m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Mainz Hbf Ic / ...
  2. Take the train from Mainz Hbf to Darmstadt Hbf Re / ...

52€ - 121€

Train #2  •  3h 18m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Darmstadt Hbf Ic

60€ - 85€

Bus  •  3h 18m

  1. Take the bus from Cologne, Cologne South, Airport to Darmstadt 027 / ...

14€ - 31€

Drive  •  1h 45m

  1. Drive from Cologne to Darmstadt 198.9 km

22€ - 35€

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The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Darmstadt is to rideshare which costs 4€ - 13€ and takes 2h 16m.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Darmstadt is to train which costs 24€ - 130€ and takes 1h 25m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Koeln Hbf and arriving at Darmstadt Hbf. Services depart once a week, and operate Monday. The journey takes approximately 3h 18m.

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The distance between Cologne and Darmstadt is 169 km. The road distance is 198.9 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Darmstadt without a car is to train which takes 1h 25m and costs 24€ - 130€.

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It takes approximately 1h 25m to get from Cologne to Darmstadt, including transfers.

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Cologne to Darmstadt train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 station.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Darmstadt is to train which takes 1h 25m and costs 24€ - 130€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 14€ - 35€ and takes 3h 18m.

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Cologne to Darmstadt train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Frankfurt(Main)Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Darmstadt is 199 km. It takes approximately 1h 45m to drive from Cologne to Darmstadt.

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  • Distance: 168.7 km
  • Duration: 1h 25m

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

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf hourly. Tickets cost 35€ - 55€ and the journey takes 1h 4m. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Cologne, Cologne South, Airport to Darmstadt 5 times a day. Tickets cost 11€ - 14€ and the journey takes 2h 10m.

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 Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
35€ - 55€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Hbf to Mainz Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
35€ - 55€
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
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
50€ - 75€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Mainz Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
50€ - 75€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Mainz Hbf to Darmstadt Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
30€ - 50€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Darmstadt Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 18m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
60€ - 85€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
19€ - 45€
Website
NS
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
19€ - 27€
1st Class
30€ - 45€
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
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Mainz Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
22€ - 30€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
TRANS REGIO Deutsche Regionalbahn GmbH
Phone
+49-261-98887070
Email
service@trans-regio.de
Website
mittelrheinbahn.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Mainz Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 2m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
30€ - 40€
Website
TRANS REGIO Deutsche Regionalbahn GmbH
HLB Hessische Landesbahn GmbH
Phone
0800 44 33 700
Website
hlb-online.de
Train from Mainz Hbf to Darmstadt Hbf
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
HLB Hessische Landesbahn GmbH
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 Cologne, Cologne South, Airport to Darmstadt
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
11€ - 14€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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 Darmstadt
Ave. Duration
2h 16m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
4€ - 13€
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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