There are 4 ways to get from Dortmund to Cologne by train, bus, rideshare or car

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Train  •  1 h 9 min

  1. Take the train from Dortmund Hbf to Köln Hbf Ic / ...

$26 - $50

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  1 h 22 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Dortmund to Cologne 57.6 miles

$5 - $11

2 alternative options

Bus  •  2 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from Dortmund ZOB to Köln ZOB

$27 - $55

Drive  •  1 h 3 min

  1. Drive from Dortmund to Cologne 58.8 miles

$12 - $18

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The cheapest way to get from Dortmund to Cologne is to rideshare which costs 4€ - 9€ and takes 1 h 22 min.

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The quickest way to get from Dortmund to Cologne is to drive which costs 10€ - 16€ and takes 1 h 3 min.

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The distance between Dortmund and Cologne is 74 km. The road distance is 94 km.

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The train from Dortmund Hbf to Köln Hbf takes 1 h 9 min including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Dortmund ZOB and arriving at Köln ZOB. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 1 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Dortmund Hbf and arriving at Köln Hbf. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 9 min.

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

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Dortmund to Cologne every 30 minutes. Tickets cost $26 - $40 and the journey takes 1 h 9 min. Thalys also services this route 4 times a day. Alternatively, Eurolines DE operates a bus from Dortmund to Cologne 3 times a day. Tickets cost $27 - $55 and the journey takes 2 h 1 min.

Train operators
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Dortmund Hauptbahnhof to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$30 - $50
1st Class
$50 - $65
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Dortmund ZOB to Köln ZOB
Ave. Duration
2 h 1 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $55
Website
eurolines.de
Other operators
BlaBlaCar
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Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Dortmund to Cologne
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $11
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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