There are 5 ways to get from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  1 h 5 min

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

$40 - $60

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Rideshare  •  2 h 12 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Frankfurt to Cologne 118.2 miles

$7 - $19

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Bus  •  2 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt am Main to Köln Hauptbahnhof

$12 - $60

Drive  •  1 h 48 min

  1. Drive from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne 118.9 miles

$25 - $40

Fly, train  •  3 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Dusseldorf (DUS) FRA - DUS
  2. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

$98 - $281

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Frankfurt am Main and arriving at Köln Hauptbahnhof. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 40 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf and arriving at Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 5 min.

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The distance between Frankfurt am Main and Cologne is 153 km. The road distance is 190.2 km.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 1 h 5 min and costs .

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The train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 takes 1 h 5 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Frankfurt am Main to Cologne bus services, operated by Deinbus, depart from Frankfurt am Main station.

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Frankfurt am Main to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, 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 1 h 5 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 2 h 40 min.

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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 bus services, operated by Deinbus, arrive at Köln Hauptbahnhof station.

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  • Distance: 95.4 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 5 min

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

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne hourly. Tickets cost $40 - $60 and the journey takes 1 h 5 min. Alternatively, Deinbus operates a bus from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne twice daily. Tickets cost $12 - $19 and the journey takes 2 h 40 min. Eurolines DE also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $320
Train operators
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 Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Website
bahn.de
Bus operators
Deinbus
Phone
+49 069/17 53 73 200
Email
info@deinbus.de
Website
deinbus.de
Bus from Frankfurt am Main to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $19
Schedules at
deinbus.de
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne
Ave. Duration
2 h 44 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $60
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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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Frankfurt to Cologne
Ave. Duration
2 h 12 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $19
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Frankfurt am Main to Cologne is 190 km. It takes approximately 1 h 48 min 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 930+ hotels available in Cologne. Prices start at $60 USD 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 train which takes 13 min and costs .

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