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There are 3 ways to get from Cologne to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) by train, car or plane

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Train  •  1h 4m

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

19€ - 75€

2 alternative options

Drive  •  1h 41m

  1. Drive from Cologne to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) 188.4 km

20€ - 30€

Train, fly  •  2h 57m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Frankfurt (FRA) DUS - FRA

98€ - 317€

Cologne to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) by train

The train journey time between Cologne and Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is around 1h 25m and covers a distance of around 178 km. The fastest train normally takes 1h. Operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, Deutsche Bahn Intercity and Dutch Railways (NS), the Cologne to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) train service departs from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 and arrives in Frankfurt(Main)Hbf. Typically 198 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Cologne to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) train schedules

Cologne → Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level)
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The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is to drive which costs 20€ - 30€ and takes 1h 41m.

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The fastest way to get from Cologne to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is to train. Taking this option will cost 19€ - 75€ and takes 1h 4m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 and arriving at Frankfurt(Main)Hbf. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 4m.

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The distance between Cologne and Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is 152 km. The road distance is 188.4 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) without a car is to train which takes 1h 4m and costs 19€ - 75€.

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The train from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf takes 1h 4m including transfers and departs hourly.

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Cologne to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 station.

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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 Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) 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 Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is 188 km. It takes approximately 1h 41m to drive from Cologne to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level).

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  • Distance: 152 km
  • Duration: 1h 4m

What companies run services between Cologne, Germany and Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level), 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.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
95€ - 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 4m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
35€ - 55€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
17€ - 24€
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 Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 27m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
50€ - 75€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
30 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 10m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
19€ - 45€
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
19€ - 27€
1st Class
30€ - 45€
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
11€ - 14€
Website
National Express Rail
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
ABELLIO Rail
Phone
0800 2235546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
ABELLIO Rail
ABELLIO Rail NRW GmbH
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Köln Hbf to D-Flughafen Bf
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio NRW
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
40€ - 75€
Website
Thalys
Standard
40€ - 55€
Comfort
50€ - 70€
Premium
50€ - 75€

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