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There are 5 ways to get from Cologne to Gelsenkirchen by train, bus, tram, rideshare or car

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Train  •  58 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Gelsenkirchen Hbf Ic / ...

$8 - $40

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  1 h 14 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Cologne to Gelsenkirchen 57.3 miles

$5 - $8

3 alternative options

Bus  •  2 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Köln ZOB to Essen - Hauptbahnhof

$27 - $55

Train, line 107 tram  •  2 h 27 min

  1. Take the train from Köln, Hansaring to Essen Hbf S6
  2. Take the line 107 tram from Essen Hauptbahnhof Bstg 1 to Gelsenkirchen Hbf Bstg 11 107

Drive  •  54 min

  1. Drive from Cologne to Gelsenkirchen 50.1 miles

$10 - $16

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Gelsenkirchen is to rideshare which costs 4€ - 7€ and takes 1 h 14 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Gelsenkirchen is to drive which costs 9€ - 14€ and takes 54 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cologne to Gelsenkirchen. However, there are services departing from Köln ZOB and arriving at Essen Landschede Bstg 2 via Essen Hauptbahnhof Bstg 2. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 5 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Köln Hbf and arriving at Gelsenkirchen Hbf. Services depart every two hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 58 min.

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The distance between Cologne and Gelsenkirchen is 64 km. The road distance is 80.1 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Gelsenkirchen without a car is to train which takes 58 min and costs 7€ - 35€.

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The train from Köln Hbf to Gelsenkirchen Hbf takes 58 min including transfers and departs every two hours.

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Cologne to Gelsenkirchen bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, depart from Köln ZOB station.

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

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The best way to get from Cologne to Gelsenkirchen is to train which takes 58 min and costs 7€ - 35€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 23€ - 45€ and takes 2 h 5 min.

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Map of how to get from Cologne to Gelsenkirchen.
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  • Distance: 40.2 miles
  • Duration: 58 min

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

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Cologne to Gelsenkirchen every 2 hours. Tickets cost $25 - $40 and the journey takes 58 min. Flixtrain also services this route 4 times a week. Alternatively, Eurolines DE operates a bus from Cologne to Gelsenkirchen 3 times a day. Tickets cost $27 - $55 and the journey takes 1 h 24 min.

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.

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Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Köln Hbf to Gelsenkirchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
bahn.de
Flixtrain
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Cologne, Cologne central station to Gelsenkirchen, Gelsenkirchen central station
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$8 - $10
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
S-Bahn Köln
Website
avv.de
Train from Köln, Hansaring to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $14
Schedules at
avv.de
Ruhrbahn GmbH
Phone
+49 201 8261234
Website
ruhrbahn.de
Tram from Essen Hauptbahnhof Bstg 1 to Gelsenkirchen Hbf Bstg 11
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Website
Ruhrbahn GmbH
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Köln ZOB to Essen - Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $55
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.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Cologne to Gelsenkirchen
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Cologne to Gelsenkirchen bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, arrive at Essen - Hauptbahnhof station.

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Cologne to Gelsenkirchen train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Gelsenkirchen Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Gelsenkirchen is 80 km. It takes approximately 54 min to drive from Cologne to Gelsenkirchen.

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There are 515+ hotels available in Gelsenkirchen. Prices start at $57 USD per night.

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

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