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There are 8 ways to get from Cologne to Paris by train, 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.

Recommended option

Train  •  3h 20m

  1. Take the train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Paris-Nord

$140 - $180

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  5h 49m

  1. Take the rideshare from Cologne to Paris 302.4 miles

$37

6 alternative options

Bus  •  8h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Köln to Paris Gallieni

$50 - $100

Drive  •  4h 38m

  1. Drive from Cologne to Paris 301.8 miles

$60 - $95

Train to Dusseldorf, fly  •  4h 48m

  1. Take the train from Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Düsseldorf Hbf
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Paris CDG (CDG) DUS - CDG

$69 - $232

Train to Brussels, fly  •  4h 42m

  1. Take the train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Brusel Nord
  2. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Paris CDG (CDG) BRU - CDG

$134 - $381

Train to Frankfurt, fly  •  4h 57m

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

$101 - $347

Train to Luxembourg, fly  •  7h 46m

  1. Take the train from Köln, Dasselstr./Bf Süd to Trier Hbf
  2. Fly from Luxembourg (LUX) to Paris CDG (CDG) LUX - CDG

$118 - $332

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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 120€ - 160€ and takes 3h 20m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Köln and arriving at Paris Gallieni. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8h 15m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Köln Hauptbahnhof and arriving at Paris-Nord. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 20m.

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The distance between Cologne and Paris is 402 km. The road distance is 482.8 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Paris without a car is to train which takes 3h 20m and costs 120€ - 160€.

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The train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Paris-Nord takes 3h 20m including transfers and departs every four hours.

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

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Cologne to Paris train services, operated by Thalys, depart from Köln Hauptbahnhof station.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Paris is to train which takes 3h 20m and costs 120€ - 160€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 45€ - 90€ and takes 8h 15m.

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Map of how to get from Cologne to Paris.
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  • Distance: 251.3 miles
  • Duration: 3h 20m

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

Thalys operates a train from Cologne to Paris every 4 hours. Tickets cost $140 - $180 and the journey takes 3h 20m. Alternatively, Eurolines FR operates a bus from Cologne to Paris 3 times a day. Tickets cost $50 - $100 and the journey takes 8h 15m.

Airlines
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $450
Flights from Frankfurt to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $470
Flights from Luxembourg to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $440
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$50 - $290
Flights from Dusseldorf to Paris CDG via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Frankfurt to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Frankfurt to Paris CDG via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Paris CDG via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Frankfurt to Paris CDG via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from Dusseldorf to Paris CDG via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$750 - $2,200
Flights from Luxembourg to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $440
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $290
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Brussels to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $950
Flights from Frankfurt to Paris CDG via Brussels
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Train operators
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Paris-Nord
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$140 - $180
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$140 - $180
1st Class
$190 - $260
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 Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Düsseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
19m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Brusel Nord
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
54m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Bahn DE
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln, Dasselstr./Bf Süd to Trier Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 26m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Schedules at
bahn.de
Bus operators
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Köln to Paris Gallieni
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $100
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
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.

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
$37
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 483 km. It takes approximately 4h 38m to drive from Cologne to Paris.

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Hahn Air, Luxair, Eurowings and three other airlines 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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