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

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Train  •  1 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Dortmund Hbf to Köln, Deutz Bf Deutz / Messe LANXESS arena Re1 / ...

$29 - $45

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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

$26 - $55

Drive  •  1 h 3 min

  1. Drive from Dortmund to Cologne 58.8 miles

$12 - $18

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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, Deutz Bf Deutz / Messe LANXESS arena. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 22 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 best way to get from Dortmund to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 1 h 22 min and costs .

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The train from Dortmund Hbf to Köln, Deutz Bf Deutz / Messe LANXESS arena takes 1 h 22 min including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.

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

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Dortmund to Cologne train services, operated by Bahn DE, depart from Dortmund Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Dortmund to Cologne is to train which takes 1 h 22 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 2 h 1 min.

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

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Dortmund to Cologne train services, operated by Bahn DE, arrive at Köln, Deutz Bf Deutz / Messe LANXESS arena station.

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  • Distance: 46.2 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 22 min

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

Bahn DE operates a train from Dortmund to Cologne hourly. Tickets cost $29 - $34 and the journey takes 1 h 22 min. Deutsche Bahn also services this route hourly. Alternatively, Eurolines DE operates a bus from Dortmund to Cologne 3 times a day. Tickets cost $26 - $55 and the journey takes 2 h 1 min.

Train operators
Bahn DE
Website
bahn.de
Train from Dortmund Hbf to Köln, Deutz Bf Deutz / Messe LANXESS arena
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $34
Schedules at
bahn.de
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.

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Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Dortmund Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
bahn.de
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
$26 - $55
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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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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Yes, the driving distance between Dortmund to Cologne is 94 km. It takes approximately 1 h 3 min to drive from Dortmund to Cologne.

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

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