There are 10 ways to get from Cologne to Paris by train, bus, night bus, rideshare, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train  •  3h 21m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Paris Nord Thalys

110€ - 230€

Cheapest option

Night bus  •  9h 59m

  1. Take the night bus from Cologne, Leverkusen to Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine N79

28€ - 40€

8 alternative options

Bus  •  8h 7m

  1. Take the bus from Köln to Bruxelles - North
  2. Take the bus from Bruxelles, Nord to Paris, Gallieni 400 / ...

58€ - 80€

Rideshare  •  5h 49m

  1. Take the rideshare from Cologne to Paris 483.8 km

32€

Drive  •  4h 26m

  1. Drive from Cologne to Paris Gallieni 481.3 km

55€ - 90€

Train to Dusseldorf, fly  •  4h 37m

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

64€ - 323€

Train to Brussels, fly  •  4h 49m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Bruxelles-Nord
  2. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Paris CDG (CDG) BRU - CDG

140€ - 357€

Fly from Cologne Bonn  •  6h 25m

  1. Fly from Cologne Bonn (CGN) to Paris CDG (CDG) CGN - CDG

72€ - 317€

Train to Frankfurt, fly  •  4h 54m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Paris CDG (CDG) FRA - CDG

83€ - 329€

Train, train to Luxembourg, fly  •  8h 16m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Sued to Trier Hbf
  2. Take the train from Trier Hbf to Luxembourg
  3. Fly from Luxembourg (LUX) to Paris CDG (CDG) LUX - CDG

101€ - 348€

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Paris is to rideshare which costs 32€ and takes 5h 49m.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Paris is to train which costs 110€ - 230€ and takes 3h 21m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cologne to Paris. However, there are services departing from Köln and arriving at Paris, Gallieni via Bruxelles, Nord. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 7m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Koeln Hbf and arriving at Paris Nord. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 21m.

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The distance between Cologne and Paris is 402 km. The road distance is 481.3 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Paris without a car is to train which takes 3h 21m and costs 110€ - 230€.

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The train from Koeln Hbf to Paris Nord takes 3h 21m including transfers and departs four times a day.

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

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Cologne to Paris train services, operated by Thalys, depart from Koeln Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Paris is to train which takes 3h 21m and costs 110€ - 230€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 55€ - 80€ and takes 8h 7m, you could also fly, which costs 70€ - 320€ and takes 6h 25m.

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Map of how to get from Cologne to Paris.
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  • Distance: 402.1 km
  • Duration: 3h 21m

What companies run services between Cologne, Germany and Paris, France?

Thalys operates a train from Koeln Hbf to Paris Nord 4 times a day. Tickets cost 110€ - 230€ and the journey takes 3h 21m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cologne to Paris Gallieni via Bruxelles - North and Bruxelles, Nord in around 8h 7m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
60€ - 280€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Paris CDG via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Every day
Estimated price
150€ - 600€
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Paris CDG via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
180€ - 750€
Flights from Frankfurt to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
65€ - 380€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
70€ - 450€
Flights from Frankfurt to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
65€ - 430€
Flights from Luxembourg to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 360€
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
60€ - 280€
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Paris CDG via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
70€ - 350€
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from Luxembourg to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 360€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Paris CDG via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
85€ - 420€
Flights from Frankfurt to Paris CDG via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
120€ - 370€
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Paris CDG via Vienna
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
190€ - 700€
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Brussels to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
280€ - 1000€
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Paris CDG via Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
5h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
170€ - 550€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Paris CDG via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 7m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
210€ - 650€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Paris CDG via Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 250€
Train operators
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Paris Nord
Ave. Duration
3h 21m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
110€ - 230€
Website
Thalys
Standard
110€ - 150€
Comfort
120€ - 160€
Premium
160€ - 230€
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 Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
17€ - 24€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Hbf to Bruxelles-Nord
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn Regional

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
8€ - 12€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Koeln Sued to Trier Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 58m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
27€ - 40€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Trier Hbf to Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
9€ - 13€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Köln Hbf to D-Flughafen Bf
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
11€ - 14€
Website
National Express Rail
VRR
Phone
+49 209 1584-0
Email
info@vrr.de
Website
vrr.de
Train from Köln Hbf to D-Flughafen Bf
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
2€
Website
VRR
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
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
3h 16m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
50€ - 70€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Trier Hbf to Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
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 Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
18€ - 45€
Website
NS
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
18€ - 26€
1st Class
30€ - 45€
Bus operators
Eurolines FR

Eurolines is a network of coach companies that operate throughout Europe plus Morocco. It’s an affordable way to travel around the continent, with tickets starting at €5. All coaches have Wi-Fi, plug sockets and USBs, reclining chairs and toilets, and a standard ticket includes up to two medium suitcases plus carry-on luggage. Within France, Eurolines serves 69 destinations; including Paris, Lyon, Versailles, Nice and Bordeaux.

Contact Details
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Bruxelles, Nord to Paris, Gallieni
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
21€ - 30€
Website
Eurolines FR
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 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Night bus from Cologne, Leverkusen to Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine
Ave. Duration
8h 40m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
27€ - 35€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Cologne to Paris
Ave. Duration
5h 49m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
32€
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Dusseldorf Airport to Paris CDG Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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Cologne to Paris bus services, operated by Eurolines FR, arrive at Paris, Gallieni station.

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Cologne to Paris train services, operated by Thalys, arrive at Paris Nord station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Paris is 481 km. It takes approximately 4h 26m to drive from Cologne to Paris.

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KLM, Eurowings, Lufthansa and Air France offer flights from Dusseldorf Airport to Paris CDG Airport.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Cologne and Paris. 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 Airport is to train which takes 11 min and costs 1€ - 18€.

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