There are 12 ways to get from Cologne to Italy by plane, train, car, bus or night train

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

Fly Cologne/Bonn Apt to Bologna  •  4 h 4 min

  1. Fly from Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) to Bologna (BLQ) CGN - BLQ

$68 - $264

Cheapest option

Fly Cologne/Bonn Apt to Milan Bergamo  •  5 h

  1. Fly from Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) to Milan Bergamo (BGY) CGN - BGY

$40 - $182

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Fly Cologne/Bonn Apt to Milan Malpensa  •  4 h 31 min

  1. Fly from Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) CGN - MXP

$63 - $254

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Milan Linate  •  4 h 55 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Milan Linate (LIN) DUS - LIN

$51 - $237

Fly Cologne/Bonn Apt to Rome  •  4 h 50 min

  1. Fly from Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) to Rome (FCO) CGN - FCO

$93 - $315

Fly Cologne/Bonn Apt to Rome Ciampino  •  4 h 50 min

  1. Fly from Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) to Rome Ciampino (CIA) CGN - CIA

$57 - $333

Train  •  12 h 29 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Mannheim Hbf Ice
  2. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel SBB Ice / ...
  3. Take the train from Basel SBB to Milano Centrale Ec
  4. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Roma Termini Fr

$233 - $410

Train, drive  •  15 h 39 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Mannheim Hbf Ice
  2. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Milano Centrale Ece / ...
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Verona Porta Nuova Fr
  4. Drive from Verona Porta Nuova to Rome

$234 - $460

Bus FlixBus  •  22 h 39 min

  1. Take the bus from Cologne, Cologne South, Airport to Florence, Florence N537
  2. Take the bus from Florence, Florence to Rome 510 / ...

$103 - $166

Bus Eurolines FR  •  25 h 37 min

  1. Take the bus from Köln to Strasbourg
  2. Take the bus from Strasbourg to Roma

$174 - $259

Train, night train  •  19 h 12 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to München Hbf Ice
  2. Take the night train from München Hbf to Roma Termini Nj

$226 - $364

Drive  •  13 h 16 min

  1. Drive from Cologne to Rome 882.2 miles

$210 - $310

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Italy is to fly which costs 30€ - 160€ and takes 5 h.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Italy is to fly which costs 55€ - 230€ and takes 4 h 4 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cologne to Italy. However, there are services departing from Köln and arriving at Via Di Porta Maggiore via Strasbourg and Termini. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 25 h 37 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Cologne to Italy. However, there are services departing from Köln Hbf and arriving at Roma Termini via Mannheim Hbf, Basel SBB and Milano Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 29 min.

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The distance between Cologne and Italy is 1019 km. The road distance is 1411.6 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Italy without a car is to train which takes 12 h 29 min and costs 190€ - 360€.

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It takes approximately 4 h 4 min to get from Cologne to Italy, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Cologne to Italy is to fly which takes 4 h 4 min and costs 55€ - 230€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 190€ - 360€ and takes 12 h 29 min, you could also bus, which costs 85€ - 150€ and takes 22 h 39 min.

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Map of how to get from Cologne to Italy.
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  • Distance: 637.1 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 4 min

What companies run services between Cologne, Germany and Italy?

Eurowings, Ryanair and three other airlines fly from Cologne to Bologna every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Cologne to Rome via Mannheim Hbf, Basel SBB, and Milano Centrale in around 12 h 29 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Bologna via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,000
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Linate via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Rome via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $750
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Bologna
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $430
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $330
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Rome
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $800
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Bologna
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $310
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$25 - $240
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Rome Ciampino
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $650
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $330
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Rome via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Bologna via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $430
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $380
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Linate via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $800
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 Düsseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Website
bahn.de
Standard
$45 - $80
First
$55 - $140
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
6 h 49 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$130 - $240
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to München Hbf
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$110 - $170
Website
bahn.de
Night train from München Hbf to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
13 h 40 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$110 - $200
Website
bahn.de
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Düsseldorf
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $35
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$16 - $35
1st Class
$30 - $40
Flixtrain
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Cologne, Cologne central station to Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf central station
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
Trenitalia Eurocity

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Standard
$45 - $80
First
$55 - $140
Train from Basel Sbb to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
6 h 49 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$85 - $120
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$90 - $160
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Trenitalia Frecce

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Verona Porta Nuova
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Milano Centrale Station to Roma Termini Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 58 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Milano Centrale Station to Verona Porta Nuova Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
italotreno.it
Bus operators
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.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Cologne, Cologne South, Airport to Florence, Florence
Ave. Duration
16 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $120
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Florence, Florence to Rome
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $26
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Köln to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
Bus from Strasbourg to Roma
Ave. Duration
16 h 42 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$110 - $170
Schedules at
eurolines.fr

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