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There are 8 ways to get from Cologne to Vienna by plane, train, bus, night train or car

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Fly from Cologne Bonn  •  4h 17m

  1. Fly from Cologne Bonn (CGN) to Vienna (VIE) CGN - VIE

28€ - 119€

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Train to Dusseldorf, fly  •  4h 55m

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

56€ - 215€

Train to Frankfurt, fly  •  4h 44m

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

70€ - 271€

Train to Dortmund, fly  •  5h 43m

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Holzwickede
  2. Fly from Dortmund (DTM) to Vienna (VIE) DTM - VIE

Train  •  8h 43m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Wien Hbf Ice

150€ - 220€

Bus  •  14h 33m

  1. Take the bus from Cologne, Cologne South, Airport to Vienna, Vienna Erdberg N161 / ...

43€ - 72€

Night train  •  11h 6m

  1. Take the night train from Koeln Hbf to Wien Hbf Nj

75€ - 100€

Drive  •  7h 41m

  1. Drive from Cologne to Vienna 896.7 km

100€ - 150€

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The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Vienna is to fly which costs 28€ - 120€ and takes 4h 17m.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Vienna is to fly which costs 28€ - 120€ and takes 4h 17m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Koeln Hbf and arriving at Wien Hbf. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8h 43m.

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The distance between Cologne and Vienna is 743 km. The road distance is 896.7 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Vienna without a car is to train which takes 8h 43m and costs 150€ - 220€.

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It takes approximately 4h 17m to get from Cologne to Vienna, including transfers.

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Cologne to Vienna 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 Vienna is to fly which takes 4h 17m and costs 28€ - 120€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 150€ - 220€ and takes 8h 43m, you could also bus, which costs 40€ - 75€ and takes 14h 33m.

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The quickest flight from Cologne Bonn Airport to Vienna Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 30m.

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Cologne to Vienna train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Wien Hbf station.

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  • Distance: 743.1 km
  • Duration: 4h 17m

What companies run services between Cologne, Germany and Vienna, Austria?

Eurowings, Austrian Airlines and three other airlines fly from Cologne to Vienna every 2 hours. Alternatively, Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Koeln Hbf to Wien Hbf twice daily. Tickets cost 150€ - 220€ and the journey takes 8h 43m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Vienna
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
100€ - 310€
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Vienna via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 310€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Vienna
Ave. Duration
1h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
95€ - 350€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Vienna via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
120€ - 410€
Flights from Frankfurt to Vienna
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 370€
Flights from Frankfurt to Vienna via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 360€
Flights from Dortmund to Vienna via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
290€ - 900€
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Vienna
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
70€ - 230€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Vienna
Ave. Duration
1h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
90€ - 340€
Flights from Frankfurt to Vienna
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 370€
Flights from Frankfurt to Vienna via Innsbruck
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 380€
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Vienna
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
45€ - 180€
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Vienna via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
3h 47m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
45€ - 180€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Vienna
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
65€ - 270€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Vienna via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
65€ - 270€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Vienna via Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
50€ - 230€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Vienna via Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
45€ - 200€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Vienna via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
150€ - 470€
Flights from Frankfurt to Vienna via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
150€ - 480€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Vienna via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 310€
Lauda
Flights from Dortmund to Vienna
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
16€ - 80€
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Dortmund to Vienna
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
27€ - 190€
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 Hbf to Holzwickede
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
nationalexpress.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 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
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
8€ - 12€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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
Hourly
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Hbf to Wien Hbf
Ave. Duration
8h 43m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
150€ - 220€
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
Nxg
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
nationalexpress.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Holzwickede
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
nationalexpress.de
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 6m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
50€ - 70€
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€
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 Vienna, Vienna Erdberg
Ave. Duration
13h 25m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
40€ - 55€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Karat-S
Phone
+359 2 8120810
Email
operations@eurolines.bg
Website
karat-s.com
Bus from Cologne / Bonn Airport Busterminal to Vienna Central Bus Station VIB
Ave. Duration
16h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
55€ - 80€
Website
Karat-S

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