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There are 5 ways to get from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main by train, night train, rideshare, 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

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Rideshare  •  2h 13m

  1. Take the rideshare from Cologne to Frankfurt 189.9 km

€7 - €17

3 alternative options

Night train  •  2h 59m

  1. Take the night train from Koeln Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Sued Nj

€17 - €23

Drive  •  1h 43m

  1. Drive from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main 190.5 km

€20 - €30

Train, fly  •  3h 3m

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

€84 - €267

Cologne to Frankfurt am Main by train

The train journey time between Cologne and Frankfurt am Main is around 1h 29m and covers a distance of around 178 km. The fastest train normally takes 1h 3m. Operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, Deutsche Bahn Intercity and Dutch Railways (NS), the Cologne to Frankfurt am Main train service departs from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 and arrives in Frankfurt(Main)Hbf. Typically 193 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
1h 29m
Fastest train time:
1h 3m
Trains per week:
193
Cheapest price:
€19
Carbon emissions:
9 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
03:49
Last train departs at:
23:46

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Cologne to Frankfurt am Main train schedules

Trains departing Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Cologne → Frankfurt am Main
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Last updated: 19 Jun 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main is to rideshare which costs €7 - €17 and takes 2h 13m.

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The fastest way to get from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main is to train which takes 1h 4m and costs €19 - €75.

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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 am Main is 153 km. The road distance is 190.5 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main 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 am Main 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 am Main 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 am Main is 190 km. It takes approximately 1h 43m to drive from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main.

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  • Distance: 152.6 km
  • Duration: 1h 4m

What companies run services between Cologne, Germany and Frankfurt am Main, 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 - €370
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
30 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 Rail
Phone
0800 2235546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
ABELLIO 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 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
Once daily
Estimated price
€40 - €75
Website
Thalys
Standard
€40 - €55
Comfort
€50 - €70
Premium
€50 - €75
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 Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2h 13m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€7 - €17
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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