There are 8 ways to get from Cologne to Hanover by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  2 h 40 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Hannover Hbf Ice

$60 - $90

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Rideshare  •  3 h 13 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Cologne to Hanover 182 miles

$13 - $24

6 alternative options

Bus  •  5 h 33 min

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

$24 - $65

Train, bus  •  6 h 9 min

  1. Take the train from Köln, Dom / Hbf to Wuppertal, Barmen Oberbarmen Bf Re7
  2. Take the bus from Wuppertal to Hanover 072

$29 - $43

Drive  •  2 h 45 min

  1. Drive from Cologne to Hanover 181.7 miles

$35 - $55

Fly Cologne/Bonn Apt to Hamburg, train  •  4 h 27 min

  1. Fly from Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) to Hamburg (HAM) CGN - HAM
  2. Take the train from Hamburg Hbf to Hannover Hbf

$96 - $219

Fly Dusseldorf to Hannover  •  6 h 9 min

  1. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Hannover (HAJ) DUS - HAJ

$66 - $308

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Hannover  •  4 h 7 min

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

$116 - $350

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The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Hanover is to rideshare which costs 11€ - 21€ and takes 3 h 13 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Hanover is to train which costs 50€ - 80€ and takes 2 h 40 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Köln ZOB and arriving at Hannover - ZOB Hauptbahnhof. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 33 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Köln Hbf and arriving at Hannover Hbf. Services depart hourly. The journey takes approximately 2 h 40 min.

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The distance between Cologne and Hanover is 250 km. The road distance is 290.8 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Hanover without a car is to train which takes 2 h 40 min and costs 50€ - 80€.

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The train from Köln Hbf to Hannover Hbf takes 2 h 40 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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

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

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The best way to get from Cologne to Hanover is to train which takes 2 h 40 min and costs 50€ - 80€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 21€ - 60€ and takes 5 h 33 min, you could also fly, which costs 55€ - 270€ and takes 6 h 9 min.

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Map of how to get from Cologne to Hanover.
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  • Distance: 156.1 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 40 min

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

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Cologne to Hanover hourly. Tickets cost $60 - $90 and the journey takes 2 h 40 min. Alternatively, Eurolines DE operates a bus from Cologne to Hanover once daily. Tickets cost $24 - $65 and the journey takes 5 h 33 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $280
Flights from Dusseldorf to Hannover via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $470
Flights from Dusseldorf to Hannover via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Dusseldorf to Hannover via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $480
Flights from Frankfurt to Hannover
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $420
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $280
Flights from Dusseldorf to Hannover via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
3 h 33 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$60 - $270
Flights from Dusseldorf to Hannover via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $410
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Hannover via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Hannover via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $480
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Hannover via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5 h 7 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $490
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Hannover via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $430
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 Hannover Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
bahn.de
Train from Hamburg Hbf to Hannover Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
National Express Rail
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Köln, Dom / Hbf to Wuppertal, Barmen Oberbarmen Bf
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $18
Website
nationalexpress.de
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Köln ZOB to Hannover - ZOB Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
5 h 33 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $65
Website
eurolines.de
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 Wuppertal to Hanover
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$15 - $26
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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 Hanover
Ave. Duration
3 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $24
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport to Hamburg Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 5 min.

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Cologne to Hanover bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, arrive at Hannover - ZOB Hauptbahnhof station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Hanover is 291 km. It takes approximately 2 h 45 min to drive from Cologne to Hanover.

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Eurowings offers flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport to Hamburg Airport.

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There are 967+ hotels available in Hanover. Prices start at $57 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Cologne and Hanover. 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 Apt Airport is to train which takes 11 min and costs 13€ - 16€.

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