There are 7 ways to get from Copenhagen to Cologne by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Dusseldorf, train  •  4h 35m

  1. Fly from Copenhagen (CPH) to Dusseldorf (DUS) CPH - DUS
  2. Take the train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf

35€ - 351€

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Fly to Cologne Bonn  •  4h 2m

  1. Fly from Copenhagen (CPH) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) CPH - CGN

28€ - 151€

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Fly to Frankfurt, train  •  4h 59m

  1. Fly from Copenhagen (CPH) to Frankfurt (FRA) CPH - FRA
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

99€ - 375€

Train  •  9h 15m

  1. Take the train from København H to Hamburg Hbf Ic
  2. Take the train from Hamburg Hbf to Koeln Hbf Ic / ...

84€ - 180€

Train via Ny Ellebjerg  •  12h 4m

  1. Take the train from Ny Ellebjerg to Hamburg Hbf Ic
  2. Take the train from Hamburg Hbf to Koeln Hbf Ic / ...

91€ - 193€

Bus  •  16h 29m

  1. Take the bus from Copenhagen to Cologne, Leverkusen N74 / ...

45€ - 55€

Drive  •  8h 3m

  1. Drive from Copenhagen to Cologne 880.5 km

110€ - 170€

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The cheapest way to get from Copenhagen to Cologne is to bus which costs 330 kr - 410 kr and takes 16h 29m.

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The quickest way to get from Copenhagen to Cologne is to fly which costs 200 kr - 1200 kr and takes 4h 2m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Copenhagen to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Copenhagen and arriving at Köln Heumarkt via Leverkusen Leverkusen Mitte Bf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16h 29m.

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No, there is no direct train from Copenhagen to Cologne. However, there are services departing from København H and arriving at Koeln Hbf via Hamburg Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 15m.

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The distance between Copenhagen and Cologne is 646 km. The road distance is 880.5 km.

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The best way to get from Copenhagen to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 9h 15m and costs 600 kr - 1400 kr.

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It takes approximately 4h 35m to get from Copenhagen to Cologne, including transfers.

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Copenhagen to Cologne bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Copenhagen station.

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Copenhagen to Cologne train services, operated by Danish Railways (DSB), depart from København H station.

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The best way to get from Copenhagen to Cologne is to fly which takes 4h 2m and costs 200 kr - 1200 kr. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 600 kr - 1400 kr and takes 9h 15m, you could also bus, which costs 330 kr - 410 kr and takes 16h 29m.

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Map of how to get from Copenhagen to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 645.6 km
  • Duration: 4h 35m

What companies run services between Copenhagen, Denmark and Cologne, Germany?

Ryanair flies from Copenhagen to Cologne 6 times a week. Alternatively, you can take a train from Copenhagen to Cologne via Hamburg Hbf in around 9h 15m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Copenhagen to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
45€ - 180€
Flights from Copenhagen to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
220€ - 550€
Flights from Copenhagen to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
150€ - 550€
Flights from Copenhagen to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 600€
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Copenhagen to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
55€ - 420€
Flights from Copenhagen to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
150€ - 550€
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Copenhagen to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
45€ - 180€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Copenhagen to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 310€
Flights from Copenhagen to Frankfurt via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 410€
Cairo Aviation
Website
cairoaviation.com.eg
Flights from Copenhagen to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
21€ - 130€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Copenhagen to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
26€ - 120€
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Copenhagen to Frankfurt via Brussels
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
85€ - 230€
Train operators
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 Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
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 Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
17€ - 24€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Hamburg Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
80€ - 110€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
11€ - 14€
Website
National Express Rail
VRR
Phone
+49 209 1584-0
Email
info@vrr.de
Website
vrr.de
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
2€
Website
VRR
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 Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
2h 23m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
50€ - 70€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Hamburg Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 4m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
80€ - 120€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

Austria's national railway system is not only punctual, reliable and efficient, but offers free wifi to boot. Choose from high-speed intercity Railjet trains, overnight Nightjet trains and regional services such as Cityjet. ÖBB also operates international routes that connect cities in Austria with adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia. If you're planning to be in Austria for a while, consider the ÖBB Vorteilscard, an annual railcard that offers discounts on routes within Austria and in neighbouring countries.

Contact Details
Phone
05 17 17
Website
oebb.at
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
2h 19m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
29€ - 40€
Website
Austrian Railways
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Austria Rail Pass
Danish Railways (DSB)
Phone
70 13 14 15
Website
dsb.dk
Train from København H to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 36m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
Danish Railways (DSB)
Train from Ny Ellebjerg to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
6h 14m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
45€ - 65€
Website
Danish Railways (DSB)
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 Hamburg Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 4m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Copenhagen to Cologne, Leverkusen
Ave. Duration
15h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
45€ - 55€
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Copenhagen Airport to Dusseldorf Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 20m.

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Copenhagen to Cologne bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Cologne, Leverkusen station.

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Copenhagen to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity, arrive at Koeln Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Copenhagen to Cologne is 881 km. It takes approximately 8h 3m to drive from Copenhagen to Cologne.

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Cairo Aviation, KLM, Lufthansa and two other airlines offer flights from Copenhagen Airport to Dusseldorf Airport.

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Book your Copenhagen to Cologne train tickets online with Omio and Omio.

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Book your Copenhagen to Cologne bus tickets online with Omio and FlixBus.

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There are 1031+ hotels available in Cologne. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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The best way to get from Copenhagen to Copenhagen Airport is to train which takes 13 min and costs .

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