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

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Train  •  1h 10m

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

€7 - €90

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Rideshare  •  1h 22m

  1. Take the rideshare from Dortmund to Cologne 94.7 km

€4 - €10

3 alternative options

Train via Wuppertal  •  1h 27m

  1. Take the train from Dortmund Hbf to Wuppertal Hbf Re 4 / ...
  2. Take the train from Wuppertal Hbf to Koeln Hbf Re / ...

€23 - €101

Bus, line 250 bus  •  2h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Dortmund central bus station to Leverkusen 1338 / ...
  2. Take the line 250 bus from Leverkusen Leverkusen Mitte Bf to Köln Heumarkt 250

Drive  •  1h 2m

  1. Drive from Dortmund to Cologne 97.2 km

€10 - €16

Dortmund to Cologne by train

The train journey time between Dortmund and Cologne is around 1h 21m and covers a distance of around 95 km. The fastest train normally takes 1h 8m. Operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity, Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, Abellio and others, the Dortmund to Cologne train service departs from Dortmund Hbf and arrives in Koeln Hbf. Typically 475 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
1h 21m
Fastest train time:
1h 8m
Trains per week:
475
Cheapest price:
-
Carbon emissions:
5 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
00:45
Last train departs at:
23:46

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Dortmund to Cologne train schedules

Dortmund → Cologne
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Dortmund to Cologne is to rideshare which costs €4 - €10 and takes 1h 22m.

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The quickest way to get from Dortmund to Cologne is to drive which costs €10 - €16 and takes 1h 2m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Dortmund station to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Dortmund central bus station and arriving at Köln Heumarkt via Leverkusen Leverkusen Mitte Bf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 45m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Dortmund Hbf and arriving at Koeln Hbf. Services depart every 15 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 10m.

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The distance between Dortmund and Cologne is 74 km. The road distance is 97.2 km.

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The best way to get from Dortmund to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 1h 10m and costs €7 - €90.

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The train from Dortmund Hbf to Koeln Hbf takes 1h 10m including transfers and departs every 15 minutes.

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

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

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The best way to get from Dortmund to Cologne is to train which takes 1h 10m and costs €7 - €90. Alternatively, you can bus and line 250 bus, which costs and takes 2h 45m.

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Map of how to get from Dortmund to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 74 km
  • Duration: 1h 10m

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

Deutsche Bahn Intercity operates a train from Dortmund Hbf to Koeln Hbf hourly. Tickets cost €40 - €60 and the journey takes 1h 10m. Seven other operators also service this route. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Dortmund to Cologne via Leverkusen Leverkusen Mitte Bf in around 2h 45m.

Train operators
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 Dortmund Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€40 - €60
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Dortmund Hbf to Wuppertal Hbf
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€35 - €55
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Wuppertal Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€35 - €50
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 Dortmund Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€24 - €35
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Dortmund Hbf to Wuppertal Hbf
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€18 - €26
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Wuppertal Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€17 - €24
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Dortmund Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
ABELLIO Rail
Phone
0800 2235546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Dortmund Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
ABELLIO Rail
ABELLIO Rail NRW GmbH
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Dortmund Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio NRW
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Dortmund central station to Cologne central station
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€7 - €9
Website
Flixtrain
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 Dortmund Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
€15 - €21
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Dortmund Hbf to Wuppertal Hbf
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€13 - €17
Website
National Express Rail
Train from Wuppertal Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
€10 - €14
Website
National Express Rail
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).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Dortmund central bus station to Leverkusen
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€7 - €10
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Wiedenhoff Reisen
Phone
0212/813081
Email
info@wiedenhoff.com
Website
wiedenhoff.com
Bus from Leverkusen Leverkusen Mitte Bf to Köln Heumarkt
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Wiedenhoff Reisen
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. 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 to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Dortmund to Cologne
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€4 - €10
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Dortmund to Cologne bus services, operated by Wiedenhoff Reisen, arrive at Köln Heumarkt station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Dortmund to Cologne is 97 km. It takes approximately 1h 2m 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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