There are 11 ways to get from Cologne to Rome by plane, train, bus, night train or car

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

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

$92 - $315

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Fly Cologne/Bonn Apt to Rome Ciampino  •  4 h 51 min

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

$57 - $333

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Fly Dusseldorf to Rome  •  5 h 30 min

  1. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Rome (FCO) DUS - FCO

$83 - $282

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Rome  •  5 h 23 min

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

$126 - $373

Train to Brussels, fly to Rome  •  6 h 50 min

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

$90 - $306

Train  •  12 h 34 min

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

$239 - $409

Bus FlixBus  •  24 h 4 min

  1. Take the bus from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main
  2. Take the bus from Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station to Rome N77

$112 - $186

Bus Eurolines FR  •  25 h 27 min

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

$162 - $256

Train, night train  •  19 h 3 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to München Hbf Ice
  2. Take the night train from München Hbf to Roma Termini Nj

$223 - $359

Train, drive  •  13 h 20 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Augsburg Hbf Ice
  2. Drive from Augsburg Hbf to Rome

$244 - $357

Drive  •  13 h 16 min

  1. Drive from Cologne to Rome 880.3 miles

$210 - $310

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No, there is no direct bus from Cologne to Rome. However, there are services departing from Cologne and arriving at Rome via Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 24 h 4 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Cologne to Rome. However, there are services departing from Köln Hbf and arriving at Roma Termini via Basel SBB and Milano Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 34 min.

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The distance between Cologne and Rome is 1090 km. The road distance is 1408.6 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Rome without a car is to train which takes 12 h 34 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 50 min to get from Cologne to Rome, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Cologne to Rome is to fly which takes 4 h 50 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 12 h 34 min, you could also bus, which costs and takes 24 h 4 min.

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The quickest flight from Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport to Rome Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 55 min.

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Cologne to Rome bus services, operated by Eurolines FR, arrive at Roma station.

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Map of how to get from Cologne to Rome.
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  • Distance: 681.2 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 50 min

What companies run services between Cologne, Germany and Rome, Italy?

Eurowings, Lufthansa and Swiss fly from Cologne to Rome every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Cologne to Rome via Basel SBB and Milano Centrale in around 12 h 34 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Rome via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $750
Flights from Dusseldorf to Rome
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $600
Flights from Dusseldorf to Rome via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Dusseldorf to Rome via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Frankfurt to Rome
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Frankfurt to Rome via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Brussels to Rome via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,300
Flights from Brussels to Rome via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,300
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Rome
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $490
Flights from Dusseldorf to Rome via Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$70 - $490
Flights from Frankfurt to Rome
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Frankfurt to Rome via Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Brussels to Rome
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $500
Flights from Brussels to Rome via Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
3 h 47 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$45 - $500
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Rome Ciampino
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $650
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Rome Ciampino via Berlin Schoenefeld
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $650
Flights from Brussels to Rome
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $300
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Brussels to Rome
Ave. Duration
2 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $440
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Rome
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $800
Flights from Dusseldorf to Rome
Ave. Duration
2 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $600
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Rome via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Rome via Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $370
Flights from Brussels to Rome via Nice
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $290
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
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
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Rome via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
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 Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
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 Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
3 h 52 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$100 - $170
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to München Hbf
Ave. Duration
4 h 23 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$110 - $160
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
Train from Köln Hbf to Augsburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 58 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$100 - $150
Website
bahn.de
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
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$90 - $150
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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 Basel Sbb to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Milano Centrale Station to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
italotreno.it
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main
Ave. Duration
2 h 44 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
eurolines.de
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station to Rome
Ave. Duration
20 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $130
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
$100 - $170
Schedules at
eurolines.fr

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Cologne to Rome train services, operated by Trenitalia Frecce, arrive at Roma Termini station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Rome is 1409 km. It takes approximately 13 h 16 min to drive from Cologne to Rome.

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Swiss, Eurowings and Lufthansa offer flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport to Rome Airport.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport is to train which takes 11 min and costs .

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