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There are 5 ways to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to ibis Köln Centrum, Cologne by train, car or plane

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Train  •  1h 4m

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Hbf Ice / ...

€38 - €71

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Train via Mainz Hbf  •  3h 59m

  1. Take the train from Mainz Hbf to Koeln Sued Re

€34 - €86

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Train via Köln Bf Deutz/Messe Lanxess Arena  •  1h 8m

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 Ice / ...

€38 - €71

Drive  •  1h 35m

  1. Drive from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to ibis Köln Centrum, Cologne 179.3 km

€19 - €29

Fly, train  •  2h 25m

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Dusseldorf (DUS) FRA - DUS
  2. Take the train from Duesseldorf Hbf to Koeln Sued

€77 - €182

Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to ibis Köln Centrum, Cologne by train, tram and walk

The journey time between Frankfurt Airport (FRA) and ibis Köln Centrum, Cologne is around 1h 23m and covers a distance of around 170 km. The fastest journey normally takes 1h. Operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, Deutsche Bahn Intercity and KVB Kölner Verkehrs-Betriebe AG, the Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to ibis Köln Centrum, Cologne service departs from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf and arrives in ibis Köln Centrum, Cologne. Typically 176 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
1h 23m
Fastest journey time:
1h
Journey distance:
170 km
Services per week:
176
Cheapest price:
€38
Carbon emissions:
8 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
03:23
Last service departs at:
23:39

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to ibis Köln Centrum, Cologne train, tram and walk schedules

Departing Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Frankfurt Airport (FRA) → ibis Köln Centrum, Cologne
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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 ibis Köln Centrum, Cologne is 116 117.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in ibis Köln Centrum, Cologne is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in ibis Köln Centrum, 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.

Last updated: 2 Aug 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to ibis Köln Centrum, Cologne is to drive which costs €19 - €29 and takes 1h 35m.

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The quickest way to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to ibis Köln Centrum, Cologne is to train which costs €35 - €75 and takes 1h 4m.

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No, there is no direct train from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to ibis Köln Centrum, Cologne. However, there are services departing from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf and arriving at Köln Barbarossaplatz via Köln Breslauer Platz/Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1h 4m.

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The distance between Frankfurt Airport (FRA) and ibis Köln Centrum, Cologne is 151 km. The road distance is 179.3 km.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to ibis Köln Centrum, Cologne without a car is to train which takes 1h 4m and costs €35 - €75.

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It takes approximately 1h 4m to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to ibis Köln Centrum, Cologne, including transfers.

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Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to ibis Köln Centrum, Cologne train services, operated by TRANS REGIO Deutsche Regionalbahn GmbH, depart from Mainz Hbf station.

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The quickest flight from Frankfurt Airport to Dusseldorf Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to ibis Köln Centrum, Cologne train services, operated by TRANS REGIO Deutsche Regionalbahn GmbH, arrive at Koeln Sued station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to ibis Köln Centrum, Cologne is 179 km. It takes approximately 1h 35m to drive from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to ibis Köln Centrum, Cologne.

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  • Distance: 150.9 km
  • Duration: 1h 4m

What companies run services between Frankfurt Airport (FRA), Germany and ibis Köln Centrum, Cologne, Germany?

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Hbf every 30 minutes. Tickets cost €35 - €50 and the journey takes 50 min. Deutsche Bahn Intercity also services this route 4 times a day.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€95 - €320
Nouvel Air Tunisie
Website
nouvelair.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€40 - €150
Train operators
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 Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€35 - €50
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
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 Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 7m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€50 - €70
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
2h 7m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€50 - €70
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
TRANS REGIO Deutsche Regionalbahn GmbH
Phone
+49-261-98887070
Email
service@trans-regio.de
Website
mittelrheinbahn.de
Train from Mainz Hbf to Koeln Sued
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€29 - €40
Website
TRANS REGIO Deutsche Regionalbahn GmbH
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Duesseldorf Hbf to Koeln Sued
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€10 - €13
Website
National Express Rail

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