There are 8 ways to get from Cologne to Rothenburg ob der Tauber by train, taxi, bus, 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, taxi  •  3 h 42 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf Ice
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Würzburg Hbf Ice / ...
  3. Take a taxi from Würzburg Hbf to Rothenburg ob der Tauber

$230 - $307

Cheapest option

Bus Turancar, train  •  8 h 54 min

  1. Take the bus from Bonn to Würzburg
  2. Take the train from Würzburg Hbf to Steinach(b Rothenburg ob der Tauber) Rb / ...

$42 - $63

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Bus FlixBus, train  •  7 h 13 min

  1. Take the bus from Cologne, Cologne South, Airport to Würzburg N61 / ...
  2. Take the train from Würzburg Hbf to Steinach(b Rothenburg ob der Tauber) Rb / ...

$47 - $77

Drive  •  3 h 32 min

  1. Drive from Cologne to Rothenburg ob der Tauber 227 miles

$45 - $70

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Nuremberg, train  •  5 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Nuremberg (NUE) DUS - NUE
  3. Take the train from Nürnberg Hbf to Ansbach
  4. Take the train from Ansbach to Steinach(b Rothenburg ob der Tauber)
  5. Take the train from Steinach to Rothenburg ob der Tauber

$51 - $287

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Nuremberg, train  •  5 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Nuremberg (NUE) FRA - NUE
  3. Take the train from Nürnberg Hbf to Ansbach

$126 - $290

Fly Dusseldorf to Frankfurt, train  •  6 h 40 min

  1. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Frankfurt (FRA) DUS - FRA
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Würzburg Hbf
  3. Take the train from Würzburg Hbf to Steinach(b Rothenburg ob der Tauber)

$126 - $355

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Stuttgart, train, line 807 bus  •  7 h 37 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Stuttgart (STR) DUS - STR
  3. Take the train from Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt to Dombühl
  4. Take the line 807 bus from Dombühl Bahnhof to Rothenburg P1 Fr.-Hörner-Weg

$99 - $234

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Rothenburg ob der Tauber is to bus and train which costs 35€ - 55€ and takes 8 h 54 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Rothenburg ob der Tauber is to drive which costs 40€ - 60€ and takes 3 h 32 min.

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The distance between Cologne and Rothenburg ob der Tauber is 288 km. The road distance is 363.1 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Rothenburg ob der Tauber without a car is to train and taxi which takes 3 h 42 min and costs 190€ - 270€.

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It takes approximately 3 h 42 min to get from Cologne to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Dusseldorf Airport to Nuremberg Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Rothenburg ob der Tauber is 363 km. It takes approximately 3 h 32 min to drive from Cologne to Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

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Eurowings and Lufthansa offer flights from Dusseldorf Airport to Nuremberg Airport.

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There are 169+ hotels available in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Prices start at $61 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Cologne to Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
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  • Distance: 179.9 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 42 min

What companies run services between Cologne, Germany and Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany?

There is no direct connection from Cologne to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. However, you can take the train to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf, take the train to Würzburg Hbf, then take the taxi to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Cologne to Rothenburg ob der Tauber via Köln, Grengel/Flughafen Köln/Bonn Flughafen Bf, Cologne, Cologne South, Airport, Würzburg, Würzburg Hbf, Steinach(b Rothenburg ob der Tauber), and Steinach in around 7 h 13 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $330
Flights from Dusseldorf to Nuremberg via Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 32 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $360
Flights from Frankfurt to Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $300
Flights from Dusseldorf to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $320
Flights from Dusseldorf to Stuttgart via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Flights from Dusseldorf to Stuttgart via Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $330
Flights from Dusseldorf to Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Stuttgart via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h
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
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Würzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
bahn.de
Train from Würzburg Hbf to Steinach(b Rothenburg ob der Tauber)
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $28
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Website
bahn.de
Train from Nürnberg Hbf to Ansbach
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Website
bahn.de
Train from Ansbach to Steinach(b Rothenburg ob der Tauber)
Ave. Duration
22 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Website
bahn.de
Train from Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt to Dombühl
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
bahn.de
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Düsseldorf
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $35
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$16 - $35
1st Class
$30 - $40
Flixtrain
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Cologne, Cologne central station to Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf central station
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
VGN
Email
info@vgn.de
Website
vgn.de
Train from Nürnberg Hbf to Ansbach
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Schedules at
vgn.de
Train from Ansbach to Steinach
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
vgn.de
Train from Steinach to Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Ave. Duration
14 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
vgn.de
Bus operators
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 Cologne, Cologne South, Airport to Würzburg
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $28
Website
flixbus.co.uk
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.sk
Bus from Cologne/Bonn Airport, Terminal 2 to Würzburg, Bismarckstrasse
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $13
Schedules at
regiojet.sk
VGN
Email
info@vgn.de
Website
vgn.de
Bus from Dombühl Bahnhof to Rothenburg P1 Fr.-Hörner-Weg
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Schedules at
vgn.de
Other operators
Taxi from Würzburg Hbf to Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Ave. Duration
45 min
Estimated price
$160 - $200
Taxiunternehmen Michel KG
Phone
+49 931/19410
Website
taxi-wuerzburg.de
Main Taxi GmbH
Phone
+49 931/796650

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