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There are 12 ways to get from Cologne to Florence by plane, train, car train, bus or car

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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Fly Cologne Bonn to Florence  •  5 h 39 min

  1. Fly from Cologne Bonn (CGN) to Florence (FLR) CGN - FLR

$112 - $771

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Fly Cologne Bonn to Bologna, train  •  5 h 2 min

  1. Fly from Cologne Bonn (CGN) to Bologna (BLQ) CGN - BLQ
  2. Take the train from Bologna C.Le to Firenze S.Maria Novella

$80 - $313

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Fly Dusseldorf to Florence  •  5 h 18 min

  1. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Florence (FLR) DUS - FLR

$93 - $363

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Florence  •  4 h 37 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Florence (FLR) FRA - FLR

$125 - $398

Fly Cologne Bonn to Pisa, train  •  5 h 15 min

  1. Fly from Cologne Bonn (CGN) to Pisa (PSA) CGN - PSA
  2. Take the train from Pisa C.Le to Firenze Smn

$107 - $212

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Bologna, train  •  5 h 30 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Bologna (BLQ) FRA - BLQ
  3. Take the train from Bologna C.Le to Firenze S.Maria Novella

$128 - $420

Train  •  10 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Basel SBB Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Milano Centrale Ece / ...
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Firenze S.Maria Novella Fr / ...

$222 - $367

Car train, train  •  15 h 50 min

  1. Take the car train from Köln Hbf to Verona Porta Nuova
  2. Take the train from Verona Porta Nuova to Bologna C.Le Fa / ...
  3. Take the train from Bologna C.Le to Firenze S.Maria Novella Fr / ...

$91 - $179

Bus FlixBus  •  18 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from Cologne, Cologne South, Airport to Florence, Florence N537

$83 - $140

Bus Eurolines FR  •  22 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Köln to Strasbourg
  2. Take the bus from Strasbourg to Firenze

$141 - $236

Train, drive  •  10 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Augsburg Hbf Ice
  2. Drive from Augsburg Hbf to Florence

$203 - $296

Drive  •  10 h 46 min

  1. Drive from Cologne to Florence 711.8 miles

$170 - $250

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The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Florence is to bus which costs 70€ - 130€ and takes 18 h 12 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Florence is to train and fly which costs 100€ - 350€ and takes 4 h 37 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cologne to Florence. However, there are services departing from Köln and arriving at Firenze via Strasbourg. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 22 h 15 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Cologne to Florence. However, there are services departing from Köln Hbf and arriving at Firenze S.Maria Novella via Basel SBB and Milano Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 58 min.

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The distance between Cologne and Florence is 858 km. The road distance is 1138.8 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Florence without a car is to train which takes 10 h 58 min and costs 190€ - 320€.

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It takes approximately 5 h 39 min to get from Cologne to Florence, including transfers.

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Cologne to Florence bus services, operated by Eurolines FR, depart from Köln station.

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

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The best way to get from Cologne to Florence is to fly which takes 5 h 39 min and costs 95€ - 700€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 190€ - 320€ and takes 10 h 58 min, you could also bus, which costs 70€ - 130€ and takes 18 h 12 min.

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Map of how to get from Cologne to Florence.
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  • Distance: 536.5 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 39 min

What companies run services between Cologne, Germany and Florence, Italy?

Austrian Airlines, Eurowings and five other airlines fly from Cologne to Florence hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Cologne to Florence via Basel SBB and Milano Centrale in around 10 h 58 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Florence via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $490
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Florence via Munich, Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Dusseldorf to Florence via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from Frankfurt to Florence
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Frankfurt to Florence via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $340
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Bologna via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,000
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Pisa via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$400 - $700
Flights from Frankfurt to Bologna
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Frankfurt to Bologna via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $310
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Florence via Zurich
Ave. Duration
5 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Flights from Dusseldorf to Florence via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Frankfurt to Florence via Geneva
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Florence via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Florence via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,000
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Florence via Klagenfurt, Vienna
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Dusseldorf to Florence via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,300
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Florence
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $310
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Bologna
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $430
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Pisa
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $430
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Florence via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Florence via Rome
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $550
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Florence via London City
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,300
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Bologna
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$45 - $310
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 Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
3 h 52 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$100 - $170
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Augsburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 58 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$100 - $150
Website
bahn.de
Trenitalia Frecce

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Bologna C.Le to Firenze S.Maria Novella
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Firenze S.Maria Novella
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Verona Porta Nuova to Bologna C.Le
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $26
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Bologna Centrale Station to Firenze Santa Maria Novella Station
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Milano Centrale Station to Firenze Santa Maria Novella Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 58 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Verona Porta Nuova Station to Bologna Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$19 - $27
Website
italotreno.it
Trenitalia

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Bologna C.Le to Firenze Smn
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7 - $16
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$13 - $16
Train from Pisa C.Le to Firenze Smn
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $14
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$11 - $14
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. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$85 - $150
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Trenitalia Eurocity

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Urlaubs-Express
Phone
+49 (0) 221 800 20 820
Email
info@urlaubs-express.de
Website
urlaubs-express.de
Car train from Köln Hbf to Verona Porta Nuova
Ave. Duration
13 h 44 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$65 - $140
Schedules at
urlaubs-express.de
Passenger
$68
Motorcycle
$114
Vehicle
$126
Bus operators
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.

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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 Florence, Florence
Ave. Duration
16 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $120
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Köln to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
Bus from Strasbourg to Firenze
Ave. Duration
13 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$80 - $150
Schedules at
eurolines.fr

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There is no direct flight from Cologne Bonn Airport to Florence Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 10 min and has one stopover.

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Cologne to Florence bus services, operated by Eurolines FR, arrive at Firenze station.

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Cologne to Florence train services, operated by Trenitalia Frecce, arrive at Firenze S.Maria Novella station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Florence is 1139 km. It takes approximately 10 h 46 min to drive from Cologne to Florence.

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Swiss, Air Dolomiti, Austrian Airlines and two other airlines offer flights from Cologne Bonn Airport to Florence Airport.

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Book your Cologne to Florence train tickets online with Loco2, Loco2 and Loco2.

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Book your Cologne to Florence bus tickets online with Busbud and Busbud.

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There are 5417+ hotels available in Florence. Prices start at $63 USD per night.

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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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