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There are 9 ways to get from Cologne to France 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.

Recommended option

Train  •  3h 26m

  1. Take the train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Paris-Nord

126€ - 159€

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  5h 49m

  1. Take the rideshare from Cologne to Paris 302.4 miles

32€

7 alternative options

Bus  •  8h 58m

  1. Take the bus from Köln to Paris Gallieni

48€ - 89€

Train, bus  •  9h 11m

  1. Take the train from Köln, Deutz Bf Deutz / Messe LANXESS arena to Aachen Hbf Re9 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Aachen Hauptbahnhof to Paris Gallieni

56€ - 89€

Drive  •  4h 35m

  1. Drive from Cologne to Paris 302.8 miles

55€ - 85€

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Paris CDG  •  5h 4m

  1. Take the train from Köln, Dom / Hbf to Düsseldorf, Flughafen
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Paris CDG (CDG) DUS - CDG

63€ - 214€

Fly Cologne Bonn to Nice  •  4h 42m

  1. Fly from Cologne Bonn (CGN) to Nice (NCE) CGN - NCE

86€ - 352€

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Nantes  •  5h 12m

  1. Take the train from Köln, Dom / Hbf to Düsseldorf, Flughafen
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Nantes (NTE) DUS - NTE

80€ - 226€

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Lyon  •  5h 41m

  1. Take the train from Köln, Dom / Hbf to Düsseldorf, Flughafen
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Lyon (LYS) DUS - LYS

74€ - 241€

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The cheapest way to get from Cologne to France is to rideshare which costs 32€ and takes 5h 49m.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to France is to train which costs 120€ - 160€ and takes 3h 26m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cologne to France. However, there are services departing from Köln and arriving at Hotel De Ville via Gallieni. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 58m.

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No, there is no direct train from Cologne to France. However, there are services departing from Köln Hauptbahnhof and arriving at Saint-Michel-Notre-Dame via Paris Nord. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 26m.

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The distance between Cologne and France is 608 km. The road distance is 484.5 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to France without a car is to train which takes 3h 26m and costs 120€ - 160€.

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It takes approximately 3h 26m to get from Cologne to France, including transfers.

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

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Cologne to France train services, operated by Thalys, depart from Köln Hauptbahnhof station.

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The best way to get from Cologne to France is to train which takes 3h 26m and costs 120€ - 160€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 45€ - 90€ and takes 8h 58m, you could also fly, which costs 85€ - 360€ and takes 4h 42m.

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Map of how to get from Cologne to France.
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  • Distance: 379.7 miles
  • Duration: 3h 26m

What companies run services between Cologne, Germany and France?

Thalys operates a train from Cologne to Paris every 4 hours. Tickets cost 120€ - 160€ and the journey takes 3h 20m. Alternatively, Eurolines FR operates a bus from Cologne to Paris 3 times a day. Tickets cost 45€ - 90€ and the journey takes 8h 15m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
45€ - 260€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Paris CDG via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
160€ - 800€
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Nice via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
190€ - 750€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
65€ - 550€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Lyon via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
150€ - 600€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Lyon via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
150€ - 600€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
75€ - 400€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Nantes
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
150€ - 380€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Nantes via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 310€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Lyon via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 350€
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
45€ - 260€
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Nice
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
80€ - 700€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
65€ - 550€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Paris CDG via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 460€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Nantes via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 310€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Lyon via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
120€ - 370€
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from Dusseldorf to Paris CDG via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
650€ - 1900€
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Nice via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
190€ - 850€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Nice via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
210€ - 850€
Hop!
Website
hop.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Nantes
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
170€ - 460€
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Nantes via Birmingham
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
130€ - 550€
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Lyon via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
150€ - 600€
Train operators
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Paris-Nord
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
120€ - 160€
Website
Thalys
2nd Class
120€ - 160€
1st Class
160€ - 230€
Train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Düsseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
34m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
17€ - 35€
Website
Thalys
2nd Class
17€ - 35€
1st Class
30€ - 40€
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, Deutz Bf Deutz / Messe LANXESS arena to Aachen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
18€ - 27€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Köln, Dom / Hbf to Düsseldorf, Flughafen
Ave. Duration
54m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
16€ - 23€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Bus operators
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Köln to Paris Gallieni
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
45€ - 90€
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Aachen Hauptbahnhof to Paris Gallieni
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
35€ - 60€
Website
eurolines.de
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 Paris
Ave. Duration
5h 49m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
32€
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Dusseldorf Airport to Paris CDG Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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Cologne to France bus services, operated by Eurolines FR, arrive at Paris Gallieni station.

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Cologne to France train services, operated by Thalys, arrive at Paris-Nord station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to France is 484 km. It takes approximately 4h 35m to drive from Cologne to France.

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Hahn Air, Luxair, KLM and three other airlines offer flights from Dusseldorf Airport to Paris CDG Airport.

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There are 56+ hotels available in France. Prices start at 52€ per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Cologne and France. 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 12m and costs 1€ - 15€.

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