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Fly Copenhagen to Dusseldorf, train  •  4h 37m

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

€72 - €274

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Fly Copenhagen to Cologne Bonn  •  5h 28m

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

€26 - €116

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Fly Copenhagen to Frankfurt, train  •  4h 55m

  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

€65 - €249

Train to Hamburg, fly to Cologne Bonn  •  7h 33m

  1. Take the train from København H to Hamburg-Altona
  2. Fly from Hamburg (HAM) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) HAM - CGN

€80 - €340

Train  •  8h 45m

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

€66 - €180

Train via Høje Taastrup  •  12h 40m

  1. Take the train from Høje Taastrup to Hamburg Hbf Snälltåget
  2. Take the train from Hamburg Dammtor to Koeln Hbf Ice / ...

€73 - €205

Bus  •  14h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Copenhagen central train station to Leverkusen 073 / ...

€35 - €45

Drive  •  7h 46m

  1. Drive from Copenhagen to Cologne 879.5 km

€100 - €150

Copenhagen to Cologne by train

The train journey time between Copenhagen and Cologne is around 9h 11m and covers a distance of around 933 km. The fastest train normally takes 8h 20m. Operated by Danish Railways (DSB), Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, Deutsche Bahn Intercity and others, the Copenhagen to Cologne train service departs from København H and arrives in Koeln Hbf. Typically 22 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
9h 11m
Fastest train time:
8h 20m
Trains per week:
22
Cheapest price:
€119
Carbon emissions:
49 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
07:26
Last train departs at:
15:26

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Copenhagen to Cologne train schedules

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Conditions of entry into Germany from Denmark

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival for all travellers by air
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 5
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Pre-arrival health declaration
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  • Arrivals vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempted from compulsory quarantine
  • Quarantine is not required if the traveller has recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months (certificate needed)
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival for all travellers by air
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 5
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Pre-arrival health declaration
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Arrivals vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempted from compulsory quarantine
  • Quarantine is not required if the traveller has recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months (certificate needed)
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France: Mayotte, French Guiana, Guadeloupe
Finland: Satakunta, Uusimaa, Varsinais-Suomi
Norway: Innlandet
Portugal: Azores, Madeira

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No, entry into Germany from Denmark is currently restricted.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Cologne is 116 117.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Cologne is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Cologne is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 116 117.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Denmark from Germany.

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Last updated: 22 Jun 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Copenhagen to Cologne is to bus which costs 270 kr - 330 kr and takes 14h 10m.

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The quickest way to get from Copenhagen to Cologne is to fly and train which costs 500 kr - 2100 kr and takes 4h 37m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Copenhagen station to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Copenhagen central train station and arriving at Köln Heumarkt via Leverkusen Leverkusen Mitte Bf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14h 10m.

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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 8h 45m.

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The distance between Copenhagen and Cologne is 646 km. The road distance is 879.5 km.

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The best way to get from Copenhagen to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 8h 45m and costs 490 kr - 1400 kr.

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It takes approximately 4h 37m to get from Copenhagen to Cologne, including transfers.

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Copenhagen to Cologne bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Copenhagen central train 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 5h 28m and costs 190 kr - 900 kr. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 490 kr - 1400 kr and takes 8h 45m, you could also bus, which costs 270 kr - 330 kr and takes 14h 10m.

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Map of how to get from Copenhagen to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 645.6 km
  • Duration: 4h 37m

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

Lufthansa, Ryanair and eight other airlines fly from Copenhagen to Cologne hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Copenhagen to Cologne via Hamburg Hbf in around 8h 45m.

Airlines
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Copenhagen to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€60 - €180
Flights from Copenhagen to Cologne Bonn via Dusseldorf, Berlin Brandenburg Apt
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
€70 - €250
Flights from Copenhagen to Cologne Bonn via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
3h 32m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€50 - €220
Flights from Copenhagen to Cologne Bonn via Berlin Brandenburg Apt
Ave. Duration
3h 31m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€55 - €230
Flights from Copenhagen to Cologne Bonn via Stockholm
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€75 - €260
Flights from Hamburg to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€30 - €440
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Copenhagen to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€65 - €310
Flights from Copenhagen to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€95 - €550
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Copenhagen to Cologne Bonn via Munich
Ave. Duration
5h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€85 - €420
Flights from Copenhagen to Cologne Bonn via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
€75 - €320
Flights from Copenhagen to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€95 - €550
Flights from Copenhagen to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €550
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Copenhagen to Cologne Bonn via London Stansted
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€17 - €90
Flights from Copenhagen to Cologne Bonn via Kaunas
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
€21 - €100
Flights from Copenhagen to Cologne Bonn via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€28 - €120
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Copenhagen to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€100 - €300
Flights from Copenhagen to Frankfurt via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €350
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Copenhagen to Cologne Bonn via Zurich
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€80 - €330
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Copenhagen to Frankfurt via Brussels
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
€100 - €370
Train operators
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€11 - €14
Website
National Express Rail
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
ABELLIO Rail
Phone
0800 2235546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Düsseldorf Flughafen to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
ABELLIO Rail
ABELLIO Rail NRW GmbH
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio NRW
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 Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
34 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
4 times a week
Estimated price
€50 - €70
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Hamburg Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 2m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€80 - €120
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Hamburg Dammtor to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€80 - €120
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
31 min
Frequency
Twice daily
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
3h 36m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€75 - €110
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Hamburg Dammtor to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 43m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€75 - €110
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€40 - €75
Website
Thalys
Standard
€40 - €55
Comfort
€50 - €70
Premium
€50 - €75
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 6m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€29 - €40
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
Danish Railways (DSB)
Phone
70 13 14 15
Website
dsb.dk
Train from København H to Hamburg-Altona
Ave. Duration
4h 28m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€40 - €60
Website
Danish Railways (DSB)
Train from København H to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 39m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€40 - €60
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
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Hamburg Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 4m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€40 - €60
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Hamburg Dammtor to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 12m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€40 - €60
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Hamburg central station to Cologne central station
Ave. Duration
4h 7m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€22 - €28
Website
Flixtrain
Snälltåget
Phone
+46 771-26 00 00
Email
snalltaget@snalltaget.se
Website
snalltaget.se
Train from Høje Taastrup to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
6h 46m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€25 - €30
Website
Snälltåget
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 central train station to Leverkusen
Ave. Duration
12h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€35 - €45
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Copenhagen Airport to Dusseldorf Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Copenhagen to Cologne is 880 km. It takes approximately 7h 46m to drive from Copenhagen to Cologne.

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KLM, Eurowings and Scandinavian Airlines offer flights from Copenhagen Airport to Dusseldorf Airport.

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The best way to get from Copenhagen to Copenhagen Airport is to train which takes 13 min and costs 45 kr - 65 kr.

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