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.

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Train  •  3 h 14 min

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

$140 - $180

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Rideshare  •  5 h 49 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Cologne to Paris 302.4 miles

$37

6 alternative options

Bus  •  8 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Köln to Paris Gallieni

$50 - $110

Drive  •  4 h 38 min

  1. Drive from Cologne to Paris 301.8 miles

$60 - $95

Train to Dusseldorf, fly  •  4 h 41 min

  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 - $233

Train to Brussels, fly  •  4 h 47 min

  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  •  4 h 50 min

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

$101 - $348

Train to Luxembourg, fly  •  7 h 42 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Luxembourg, Gare Centrale
  2. Fly from Luxembourg (LUX) to Paris CDG (CDG) LUX - CDG

$82 - $288

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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 8 h 15 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Köln Hauptbahnhof and arriving at Paris-Nord. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 14 min.

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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 3 h 14 min and costs .

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The train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Paris-Nord takes 3 h 14 min including transfers and departs four times a day.

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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 3 h 14 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 8 h 15 min.

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The quickest flight from Dusseldorf Airport to Paris CDG Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Cologne to Paris.
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  • Distance: 251.3 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 14 min

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

Thalys operates a train from Cologne to Paris 4 times a day. Tickets cost $140 - $180 and the journey takes 3 h 14 min. Alternatively, Eurolines FR operates a bus from Cologne to Paris 3 times a day. Tickets cost $50 - $110 and the journey takes 8 h 15 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $290
Flights from Dusseldorf to Paris CDG via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Frankfurt to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Frankfurt to Paris CDG via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $450
Flights from Frankfurt to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $470
Flights from Luxembourg to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $440
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $290
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from Luxembourg to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $440
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Brussels to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $950
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Paris CDG via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Train operators
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Paris-Nord
Ave. Duration
3 h 14 min
Frequency
4 times a day
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
19 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Brusel Nord
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Luxembourg Railways (CFL)
Bus operators
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Köln to Paris Gallieni
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $110
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.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Cologne to Paris
Ave. Duration
5 h 49 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$37
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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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 4 h 38 min to drive from Cologne to Paris.

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KLM, Eurowings, Air France and Lufthansa 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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