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There are 11 ways to get from Cologne to Manchester by train, plane, bus, car, car ferry or car train

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Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Manchester  •  5h 11m

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

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Bus  •  19h 13m

  1. Take the bus from Köln Flughafen Köln/Bonn Flughafen Terminal 2 to London Victoria Coach Station 815 / ...
  2. Take the bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St National Express

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Fly Cologne Bonn to Manchester  •  4h 9m

  1. Fly from Cologne Bonn (CGN) to Manchester (MAN) CGN - MAN

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Manchester  •  4h 56m

  1. Take the train from Köln Deutz Messe/Deutz Bf to Frankfurt
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Manchester (MAN) FRA - MAN

Train to Brussels, fly to Manchester  •  5h 47m

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Bruxelles-Nord
  2. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Manchester (MAN) BRU - MAN

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Birmingham, train  •  7h 12m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Birmingham (BHX) DUS - BHX
  3. Take the train from Birmingham International to Manchester Piccadilly

Train, bus to Charleroi, fly to Manchester  •  6h 43m

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Bruxelles Midi
  2. Take the bus from Brussels Midi / Brussel Zuid West to Charleroi Airport
  3. Fly from Charleroi (CRL) to Manchester (MAN) CRL - MAN

Train  •  7h 35m

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Bruxelles Midi 79
  2. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to London St Pancras Intl Eil
  3. Take the train from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly

Train, bus  •  14h 32m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
  2. Take the bus from Brussels, Gare du Midi to London, Victoria Green Line Station
  3. Take the bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Manchester Shudehill Interchange M11 / ...

Drive, car ferry  •  10h 27m

  1. Drive from Cologne to Dunkirk
  2. Take the car ferry from Dunkirk to Dover
  3. Drive from Dover to Manchester

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  9h 10m

  1. Drive from Cologne to Calais-Fréthun
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Calais-Fréthun to Folkestone
  3. Drive from Folkestone to Manchester

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The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Manchester is to bus which costs €40 - €75 and takes 19h 13m.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Manchester is to fly which costs €45 - €280 and takes 4h 9m.

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No, there is no direct train from Cologne to Manchester. However, there are services departing from Köln Hbf and arriving at Manchester Piccadilly via Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi, King's Cross St. Pancras station and London Euston. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 35m.

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The distance between Cologne and Manchester is 429 miles.

The best way to get from Cologne to Manchester without a car is to train which takes 7h 35m and costs €220 - €700.

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It takes approximately 5h 11m to get from Cologne to Manchester, including transfers.

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Cologne to Manchester train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Köln Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Manchester is to fly which takes 4h 9m and costs €45 - €280. Alternatively, you can train, which costs €220 - €700 and takes 7h 35m, you could also bus, which costs €40 - €75 and takes 19h 13m.

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The quickest flight from Dusseldorf Airport to Manchester Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 40m.

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Manchester is 1h behind Cologne. It is currently 7:15 AM in Cologne and 6:15 AM in Manchester.

Map of how to get from Cologne to Manchester.
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  • Distance: 429.1 miles
  • Duration: 5h 11m

What companies run services between Cologne, Germany and Manchester, England?

Jet2.com and Ryanair fly from Cologne to Manchester 4 times a week. Alternatively, you can take a train from Cologne to Manchester via Bruxelles Midi, Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi, London St Pancras Intl, King's Cross St. Pancras station, Euston station, and London Euston in around 7h 35m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Manchester via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£170 - £700
Flights from Dusseldorf to Manchester via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£170 - £700
Flights from Frankfurt to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£140 - £1,200
Flights from Frankfurt to Manchester via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£140 - £1,200
Flights from Dusseldorf to Birmingham via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£120 - £1,700
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Manchester via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£150 - £1,100
Flights from Frankfurt to Manchester via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£150 - £1,200
Flights from Brussels to Manchester via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£120 - £800
Flights from Dusseldorf to Birmingham via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£130 - £2,300
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
£35 - £320
Flights from Charleroi to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£20 - £260
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Manchester via Brussels
Ave. Duration
3h 57m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
£180 - £1,100
Flights from Brussels to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£95 - £550
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£100 - £440
Flights from Dusseldorf to Birmingham
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£75 - £470
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Manchester via Paris Charles de Gaulle
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
£180 - £900
Flights from Frankfurt to Manchester via Paris Charles de Gaulle
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
£190 - £1,800
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Manchester via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
£170 - £850
Jet2.com
Website
jet2.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Friday
Estimated price
£100 - £460
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Manchester via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
£210 - £1,300
Ryanair UK
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Charleroi to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday
Estimated price
£28 - £330
Train operators
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
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
Every 4 hours
Website
Abellio
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 Köln Hbf to D-Flughafen Bf
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£16 - £22
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Köln Deutz Messe/Deutz Bf to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£30 - £45
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Köln Hbf to Bruxelles-Nord
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£35 - £55
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Köln Hbf to Bruxelles Midi
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£35 - £55
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
£35 - £65
Website
Thalys
Standard
£35 - £50
Comfort
£45 - £60
Premium
£45 - £65
Train from Koeln Hbf to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
£55 - £110
Website
Thalys
Standard
£55 - £80
Comfort
£65 - £90
Premium
£80 - £110
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(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
£16 - £40
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
£16 - £22
1st Class
£26 - £40
Avanti West Coast
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Train from Birmingham International to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
£30 - £120
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£30 - £45
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£85 - £120
Train from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
2h 12m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£65 - £240
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£65 - £90
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£170 - £240
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Calais-Fréthun to Folkestone
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Eurotunnel
Bus operators
Flibco
Phone
+352 26 58 57 1
Email
info@flibco.com
Website
flibco.com
Bus from Brussels Midi / Brussel Zuid West to Charleroi Airport
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
£9 - £14
Website
Flibco
Standard Ticket
£9 - £12
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Brussels, Gare du Midi to London, Victoria Green Line Station
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£9 - £14
Website
RegioJet
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
+33 1 71 53 01 80
Website
blablacar.fr
Bus from Brussels City Center - Midi Train station to London - Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
7h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£11 - £15
Website
Blablabus
Megabus UK
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Manchester
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
£15 - £18
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Köln Flughafen Köln/Bonn Flughafen Terminal 2 to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
12h 15m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£26 - £35
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
For more information, please visit this page
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
£9 - £12
Website
National Express
Ferry operators
DFDS Seaways
Phone
+45 33 42 30 10
Email
incoming@dfdsseaways.dk​​
Website
dfds.com
Car ferry from Dunkirk to Dover
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
£80 - £140
Website
dfds.co.uk
Standard Car - Economy
£84
Standard Car - Premium
£134

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Cologne to Manchester train services, operated by Avanti West Coast, arrive at Manchester Piccadilly station.

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Eurowings, KLM, Air France and two other airlines offer flights from Dusseldorf Airport to Manchester Airport.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Cologne Bonn Airport is to train which takes 12 min and costs €3 - €6.

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