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There are 6 ways to get from Cologne to University of Göttingen by train, bus, rideshare or car

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Train via Frankfurt Airport (FRA)  •  3h 36m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Goettingen Ice / ...

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Rideshare  •  3h 23m

  1. Take the rideshare from Cologne to Göttingen 292.8 km

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Train  •  4h 17m

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Kassel Bahnhof Wilhelmshöhe 51 / ...
  2. Take the train from Kassel Bahnhof Wilhelmshöhe to Göttingen 25 / ...

Train #2  •  5h 14m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Unna Re / ...
  2. Take the train from Unna to Paderborn Hbf Re
  3. Take the train from Paderborn Hbf to Göttingen Re

Bus, train  •  5h 32m

  1. Take the bus from Cologne to Dortmund
  2. Take the bus from Dortmund Hbf to Kassel Bahnhof Wilhelmshöhe 023
  3. Take the train from Kassel Bahnhof Wilhelmshöhe to Göttingen 25 / ...

Drive  •  2h 36m

  1. Drive from Cologne to University of Göttingen 291.8 km

Cologne to University of Göttingen by train and walk

The journey time between Cologne and University of Göttingen is around 3h 36m and covers a distance of around 415 km. This includes an average layover time of around 36 min. Operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, Dutch Railways (NS) and Deutsche Bahn Intercity, the Cologne to University of Göttingen service departs from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 and arrives in University of Göttingen. Typically 138 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

138 Weekly Services
3h 36m Average Duration
€63 Cheapest Price
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The cheapest way to get from Cologne to University of Göttingen is to rideshare which costs €14 - €22 and takes 3h 23m.

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The fastest way to get from Cologne to University of Göttingen is to drive. Taking this option will cost €30 - €50 and takes 2h 36m.

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No, there is no direct train from Cologne to University of Göttingen. However, there are services departing from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 and arriving at Goettingen via Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 36m.

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The distance between Cologne and University of Göttingen is 218 km. The road distance is 291.8 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to University of Göttingen without a car is to train via Frankfurt Airport (FRA) which takes 3h 36m and costs €60 - €140.

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It takes approximately 3h 36m to get from Cologne to University of Göttingen, including transfers.

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Cologne to University of Göttingen train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 station.

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Cologne to University of Göttingen train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Goettingen station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to University of Göttingen is 292 km. It takes approximately 2h 36m to drive from Cologne to University of Göttingen.

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  • Distance: 218.5 km
  • Duration: 3h 36m

What companies run services between Cologne, Germany and University of Göttingen, Germany?

You can take a train from Cologne to University of Göttingen via Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf and Goettingen in around 3h 36m.

Train operators
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 Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€35 - €50
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Goettingen
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€45 - €70
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Köln Hbf to Kassel Bahnhof Wilhelmshöhe
Ave. Duration
3h 38m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€60 - €85
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Kassel Bahnhof Wilhelmshöhe to Göttingen
Ave. Duration
18 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
€16 - €23
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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 Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€18 - €45
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
€18 - €26
1st Class
€30 - €45
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
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
2h 18m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€50 - €70
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Kassel-Wilhelmshoehe
Ave. Duration
3h 39m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€70 - €100
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Kassel-Wilhelmshoehe to Goettingen
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€35 - €50
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.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
Phone
+49 30 311682904
Website
bahn.com
Train from Kassel-Wilhelmshoehe to Goettingen
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€8 - €11
Website
Deutsche Bahn Regional
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Unna
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€22 - €28
Website
National Express Rail
ABELLIO Rail NRW GmbH
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Unna to Paderborn Hbf
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio NRW
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Unna to Paderborn Hbf
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
TRI Train Rental GmbH
Phone
+49 9126 288825
Website
train-rental.com
Train from Unna, Bahnhof to Paderborn Hbf
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
TRI Train Rental GmbH
NordWestBahn
Phone
01806 / 600161
Email
dialog@nordwestbahn.de
Website
nordwestbahn.de
Train from Paderborn Hbf to Göttingen
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
nordwestbahn.de
Bus operators
Autokar Polska
Phone
48/796 473 308
Email
biuro@autokarpolska.com.pl
Website
autokarpolska.com.pl
Bus from Cologne to Dortmund
Ave. Duration
1h 48m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€35 - €50
Schedules at
autokarpolska.com.pl
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Dortmund Hbf to Kassel Bahnhof Wilhelmshöhe
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€10 - €13
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
For more information, please visit this page
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. 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 to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Cologne to Göttingen
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€14 - €22
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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