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

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Fly Cologne Bonn to Rome  •  5h 17m

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

45€ - 372€

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Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Rome  •  5h 56m

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to D-Flughafen Bf
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Rome (FCO) DUS - FCO

72€ - 278€

Fly Cologne Bonn to Rome Ciampino  •  5h

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

51€ - 223€

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Rome  •  5h 44m

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

80€ - 304€

Train to Brussels, fly to Rome  •  7h 6m

  1. Take the train from Koeln-Ehrenfeld to Bruxelles-Nord
  2. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Rome (FCO) BRU - FCO

95€ - 272€

Train  •  13h 28m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Mannheim Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Milano Centrale Ec
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Roma Termini Fr / ...

104€ - 276€

Bus  •  21h 3m

  1. Take the bus from Cologne, Cologne South, Airport to Florence, Florence N537
  2. Take the bus from Florence, Florence to Rome, Rome Tiburtina Bus station 518 / ...

73€ - 106€

Train, bus  •  23h 15m

  1. Take the train from Köln Süd to Koblenz Stadtmitte Re5 / ...
  2. Take the train from Koblenz Stadtmitte to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf Re
  3. Take the bus from Frankfurt to Pescara
  4. Take the bus from Pescara to Roma

Train, night train  •  18h 27m

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

138€ - 254€

Drive  •  12h 53m

  1. Drive from Cologne to Rome 1397.2 km

180€ - 270€

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The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Rome is to bus which costs 70€ - 110€ and takes 21h 3m.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Rome is to fly which costs 50€ - 230€ and takes 5h.

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No, there is no direct train from Cologne to Rome. However, there are services departing from Koeln Hbf and arriving at Roma Termini via Mannheim Hbf and Milano Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13h 28m.

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The distance between Cologne and Rome is 1090 km. The road distance is 1397.2 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Rome without a car is to train which takes 13h 28m and costs 100€ - 280€.

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It takes approximately 5h 17m to get from Cologne to Rome, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Cologne to Rome is to fly which takes 5h 17m and costs 45€ - 380€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 100€ - 280€ and takes 13h 28m, you could also bus, which costs 70€ - 110€ and takes 21h 3m.

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The quickest flight from Cologne Bonn Airport to Rome Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h.

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

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  • Distance: 1090 km
  • Duration: 5h 17m

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

Eurowings, Alitalia and three other airlines fly from Cologne to Rome 5 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a train from Cologne to Rome via Mannheim Hbf and Milano Centrale in around 13h 28m.

Airlines
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Rome via Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
4h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
80€ - 320€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Rome via Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
70€ - 270€
Flights from Frankfurt to Rome
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Every day
Estimated price
120€ - 480€
Flights from Frankfurt to Rome via Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
120€ - 480€
Flights from Brussels to Rome
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
60€ - 480€
Flights from Brussels to Rome via Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
60€ - 480€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Rome via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
160€ - 470€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Rome
Ave. Duration
2h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
95€ - 300€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Rome via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
150€ - 460€
Flights from Frankfurt to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 380€
Flights from Frankfurt to Rome via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 380€
Flights from Brussels to Rome via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
140€ - 550€
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Rome via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
170€ - 480€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Rome via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
160€ - 550€
Flights from Frankfurt to Rome via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
180€ - 650€
Flights from Brussels to Rome via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
160€ - 650€
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Rome
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
140€ - 460€
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Rome via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
140€ - 460€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Rome
Ave. Duration
2h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
95€ - 300€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Rome via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Monday
Estimated price
95€ - 300€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Rome via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
230€ - 500€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Rome via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
160€ - 550€
Flights from Frankfurt to Rome via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
160€ - 650€
Flights from Brussels to Rome via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
160€ - 700€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Rome via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
120€ - 550€
Flights from Frankfurt to Rome via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 600€
Malta Air
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Rome Ciampino
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
55€ - 430€
Flights from Brussels to Rome
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 290€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Rome via Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
55€ - 230€
Flights from Brussels to Rome via Nice
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
45€ - 190€
CSA
Website
csa.cz
Flights from Dusseldorf to Rome via Prague
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
120€ - 240€
Flights from Brussels to Rome via Prague
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
100€ - 260€
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Brussels to Rome
Ave. Duration
2h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
60€ - 420€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Brussels to Rome
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
35€ - 300€
Croatia Airlines
Website
croatiaairlines.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Rome via Split
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
270€ - 900€
Train operators
National Express
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Köln Hbf to D-Flughafen Bf
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
nationalexpress.de
Train from Köln Süd to Koblenz Stadtmitte
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
nationalexpress.de
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
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
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 Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
17€ - 24€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln-Ehrenfeld to Bruxelles-Nord
Ave. Duration
1h 41m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
45€ - 65€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
95€ - 140€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
ABELLIO Rail
Phone
0800 2235546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Website
ABELLIO Rail
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
2h 56m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
50€ - 70€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 9m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
55€ - 85€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
ABELLIO Rail NRW GmbH
Website
abellio.de
Train from Köln Hbf to D-Flughafen Bf
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Schedules at
abellio.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
1h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
18€ - 45€
Website
NS
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
18€ - 26€
1st Class
30€ - 45€
Train from Koeln Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
23€ - 55€
Website
NS
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
23€ - 35€
1st Class
35€ - 55€
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 43m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
26€ - 40€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
7h 4m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
50€ - 75€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
5h 52m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
50€ - 75€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Trenitalia Frecce

Trenitalia’s high-speed Frecce trains run on specialised tracks and have a greater level of service and comfort than InterCity and regional trains. There are three types of Frecce trains: Frecciarossa, (the fastest; connects major Italian cities); Frecciargento (mostly connect Rome to other Italian cities); and Frecciabianca (the slowest Frecce trains). Frecciarossa trains offer four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Standard, Premium, Business and Executive. All Frecce tickets include a seat reservation and must be purchased before boarding the train.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
3h 39m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
40€ - 120€
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
40€ - 55€
Base Standard
70€ - 95€
Base Premium
85€ - 120€
ItaloTreno

Private train company Italotreno operates high-speed trains in Italy on the same tracks as Trenitalia. The routes service 21 stations across the country, including popular routes Milan-Florence, Rome-Venice and Bologna-Naples. Choose from four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Smart, Comfort, Prima and Club Executive. Italo also operates Italobus – an integrated train-bus service that takes passengers from the main train stations to other Italian cities.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Milano Centrale Station to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
3h 39m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
30€ - 90€
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
30€ - 50€
Smart Low Cost
30€ - 45€
Smart Flex
65€ - 90€
TRANS REGIO Deutsche Regionalbahn GmbH
Phone
+49-261-98887070
Email
service@trans-regio.de
Website
mittelrheinbahn.de
Train from Koeln Sued to Koblenz Stadtmitte
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
15€ - 19€
Website
TRANS REGIO Deutsche Regionalbahn GmbH
VIAS Rail GmbH
Phone
069 450099650
Email
Kundenservice-Linie10@vias-online.de
Website
vias-online.de
Train from Koblenz Stadtmitte to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 16m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
VIAS Rail GmbH
Bus operators
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).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Cologne, Cologne South, Airport to Florence, Florence
Ave. Duration
16h 25m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
55€ - 70€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Florence, Florence to Rome, Rome Tiburtina Bus station
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
15€ - 19€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Di Fonzo
Phone
0873.364785
Email
info@difonzobus.com
Website
difonzobus.com
Bus from Pescara to Roma
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
15€
Schedules at
difonzobus.com

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