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There are 7 ways to get from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne by train, bus, night train, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  1h 2m

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 Ice / ...

€30 - €75

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Rideshare  •  2h 12m

  1. Take the rideshare from Frankfurt to Cologne 189.2 km

€7 - €17

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Bus  •  2h 24m

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt central train station to Cologne South 361 / ...

€14 - €30

Train via Koblenz  •  4h 17m

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Koblenz Stadtmitte Re
  2. Take the train from Koblenz Stadtmitte to Koeln West Re

Night train  •  3h 4m

  1. Take the night train from Frankfurt(Main)Sued to Koeln Hbf Nj

€17 - €23

Drive  •  1h 44m

  1. Drive from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne 190 km

€20 - €30

Fly, train  •  3h 9m

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

€84 - €269

Frankfurt am Main → Cologne
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The most affordable way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne is to rideshare, which costs €7 - €17 and takes 2h 12m.

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The quickest way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne is to train which costs €30 - €75 and takes 1h 2m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf and arriving at Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 2m.

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The distance between Frankfurt am Main and Cologne is 153 km. The road distance is 190 km.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 1h 2m and costs €30 - €75.

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The train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 takes 1h 2m including transfers and departs hourly.

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Frankfurt am Main to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne is to train which takes 1h 2m and costs €30 - €75. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €14 - €35 and takes 2h 24m.

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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 am Main to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 station.

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  • Distance: 152.6 km
  • Duration: 1h 2m

What companies run services between Frankfurt am Main, Germany and Cologne, Germany?

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 hourly. Tickets cost €35 - €55 and the journey takes 1h 2m. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Frankfurt central train station to Cologne South 4 times a day. Tickets cost €11 - €14 and the journey takes 2h 10m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€95 - €370
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(Main)Hbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€35 - €55
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€17 - €24
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(Main)Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€50 - €75
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€35 - €50
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

Austria's national railway system is not only punctual, reliable and efficient, but offers free wifi to boot. Choose from high-speed intercity Railjet trains, overnight Nightjet trains and regional services such as Cityjet. ÖBB also operates international routes that connect cities in Austria with adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia. If you're planning to be in Austria for a while, consider the ÖBB Vorteilscard, an annual railcard that offers discounts on routes within Austria and in neighbouring countries.

Contact Details
Phone
05 17 17
Website
oebb.at
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 26m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€30 - €45
Website
Austrian Railways
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Austria Rail Pass
VIAS Rail GmbH
Phone
069 450099650
Email
Kundenservice-Linie10@vias-online.de
Website
vias-online.de
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Koblenz Stadtmitte
Ave. Duration
2h 17m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
VIAS Rail GmbH
TRANS REGIO Deutsche Regionalbahn GmbH
Phone
+49-261-98887070
Email
service@trans-regio.de
Website
mittelrheinbahn.de
Train from Koblenz Stadtmitte to Koeln West
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€15 - €19
Website
TRANS REGIO Deutsche Regionalbahn GmbH
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€11 - €14
Website
National Express Rail
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
ABELLIO Rail
Phone
0800 2235546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Düsseldorf Flughafen to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
ABELLIO Rail
ABELLIO Rail NRW GmbH
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio NRW
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€40 - €75
Website
Thalys
Standard
€40 - €55
Comfort
€50 - €70
Premium
€50 - €75
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 Frankfurt central train station to Cologne South
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€11 - €14
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Frankfurt to Cologne
Ave. Duration
2h 12m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€7 - €17
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Frankfurt am Main to Cologne is 190 km. It takes approximately 1h 44m to drive from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne.

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Lufthansa offers flights from Frankfurt Airport to Dusseldorf Airport.

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There are 420+ hotels available in Cologne. Prices start at €75 per night.

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

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Frankfurt Airport is to line 35880 train which takes 15 min and costs €3 - €5.

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