There are 8 ways to get from Cologne to Darmstadt by train, 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 via Frankfurt(Main)Hbf  •  1h 27m

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

24€ - 121€

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  2h 16m

  1. Take the rideshare from Cologne to Darmstadt 198.9 km

4€ - 13€

6 alternative options

Train, line 751 bus  •  2h 28m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the line 751 bus from Frankfurt Airport T1 to Darmstadt Mathildenplatz 751

Train, line 751 bus #2  •  2h 28m

  1. Take the train from Koln Hbf to Frankfurt Flughafen Fernb ICE International
  2. Take the line 751 bus from Frankfurt Airport T1 to Darmstadt Mathildenplatz 751

Bus  •  3h 18m

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

14€ - 31€

Train  •  3h 29m

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

60€ - 85€

Drive  •  1h 50m

  1. Drive from Cologne to Darmstadt 198.6 km

23€ - 35€

Train, fly  •  3h 20m

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to D-Flughafen Bf
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Frankfurt (FRA) DUS - FRA

83€ - 368€

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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 via Frankfurt(Main)Hbf which costs 24€ - 130€ and takes 1h 27m.

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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 and Tuesday. The journey takes approximately 3h 29m.

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The distance between Cologne and Darmstadt is 169 km. The road distance is 198.6 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Darmstadt without a car is to train via Frankfurt(Main)Hbf which takes 1h 27m and costs 24€ - 130€.

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It takes approximately 1h 27m 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 via Frankfurt(Main)Hbf which takes 1h 27m and costs 24€ - 130€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 14€ - 35€ and takes 3h 18m.

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The quickest flight from Dusseldorf Airport to Frankfurt Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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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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  • Distance: 168.7 km
  • Duration: 1h 27m

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

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Cologne to Darmstadt hourly. Tickets cost 35€ - 55€ and the journey takes 1h 1m. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Cologne to Darmstadt twice a week. Tickets cost 11€ - 14€ and the journey takes 2h 10m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
75€ - 290€
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 1m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
35€ - 55€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koln Hbf to Frankfurt Flughafen Fernb
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
17€ - 24€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn Intercity
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 27m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
50€ - 75€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
2h 6m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
50€ - 70€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Darmstadt Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 29m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
60€ - 85€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
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 7m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
19€ - 45€
Website
NS
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
19€ - 27€
1st Class
30€ - 45€
Train from Koeln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
18€ - 45€
Website
NS
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
18€ - 26€
1st Class
30€ - 45€
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Köln Hbf to D-Flughafen Bf
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
11€ - 14€
Website
National Express Rail
Bus operators
BRH Viabus GmbH
Phone
+49 6232 6709-0
Email
info@viabus.de
Website
viabus.de
Bus from Frankfurt Airport T1 to Darmstadt Mathildenplatz
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
BRH Viabus GmbH
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
Twice a week
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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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Darmstadt is 199 km. It takes approximately 1h 50m to drive from Cologne to Darmstadt.

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Lufthansa offers flights from Dusseldorf Airport to Frankfurt Airport.

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There are 388+ hotels available in Darmstadt. Prices start at 51€ per night.

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

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