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There are 5 ways to get from Düsseldorf to Cologne by train, bus, rideshare, taxi or car

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Train  •  21 min

  1. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 Ice / ...

$8 - $35

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Rideshare  •  49 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Düsseldorf to Cologne 24.3 miles

$3

3 alternative options

Bus  •  39 min

  1. Take the bus from Düsseldorf to Köln ZOB

$35 - $50

Taxi  •  27 min

  1. Take a taxi from Düsseldorf to Cologne 24 miles

$95 - $120

Drive  •  27 min

  1. Drive from Düsseldorf to Cologne 24 miles

$5 - $8

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The cheapest way to get from Düsseldorf to Cologne is to rideshare which costs 3€ and takes 49 min.

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The quickest way to get from Düsseldorf to Cologne is to train which costs 7€ - 27€ and takes 21 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Düsseldorf and arriving at Köln ZOB. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 39 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Düsseldorf Hbf and arriving at Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12. Services depart every 10 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 21 min.

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The distance between Düsseldorf and Cologne is 34 km. The road distance is 38.4 km.

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The best way to get from Düsseldorf to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 21 min and costs 7€ - 27€.

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The train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 takes 21 min including transfers and departs every 10 minutes.

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Düsseldorf to Cologne bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, depart from Düsseldorf station.

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Düsseldorf to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Düsseldorf Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Düsseldorf to Cologne is to train which takes 21 min and costs 7€ - 27€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 30€ - 45€ and takes 39 min.

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Map of how to get from Düsseldorf to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 21.4 miles
  • Duration: 21 min

What companies run services between Düsseldorf, Germany and Cologne, Germany?

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Düsseldorf to Cologne hourly. Tickets cost $15 - $23 and the journey takes 21 min. Three other operators also service this route. Alternatively, Eurolines DE operates a bus from Düsseldorf to Cologne 3 times a day. Tickets cost $35 - $50 and the journey takes 39 min.

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 Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Website
bahn.de
S-Bahn Köln
Website
avv.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln, Dom / Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
avv.de
Bahn DE
Website
bahn.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln, Dasselstr./Bf Süd
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $22
Schedules at
bahn.de
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Düsseldorf to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$15 - $35
1st Class
$30 - $40
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Düsseldorf to Köln ZOB
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
eurolines.de
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. 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 be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Düsseldorf to Cologne
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3
Book at
blablacar.co.uk
Taxi from Düsseldorf to Cologne
Ave. Duration
27 min
Estimated price
$95 - $120
Taxi Düsseldorf eG
Phone
+49 211/33333
Website
taxi-duesseldorf.com
Michael Gerst Taxibetrieb
Phone
+49 211/327760
Kinder-Taxi
Phone
+49 211/2601307
DGS GmbH
Phone
+49 211 99 22 000
Website
dgs-grossraumtaxi.de

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Düsseldorf to Cologne bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, arrive at Köln ZOB station.

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Düsseldorf to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Düsseldorf to Cologne is 38 km. It takes approximately 27 min to drive from Düsseldorf to Cologne.

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There are 979+ hotels available in Cologne. Prices start at $57 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Düsseldorf and Cologne. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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