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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 6m

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Köln Deutz Messe/Deutz Bf 41 / ...

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Rideshare  •  2h 12m

  1. Take the rideshare from Frankfurt to Cologne 189.2 km

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Bus  •  2h 20m

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt to Köln Flughafen Köln/Bonn Flughafen Terminal 2 N61 / ...

Train via Koblenz  •  3h 29m

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

Night train  •  3h 4m

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

Drive  •  1h 44m

  1. Drive from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne 190 km

Fly, train  •  3h 23m

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Dusseldorf (DUS) FRA - DUS
  2. Take the train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

Frankfurt am Main to Cologne by train

The train journey time between Frankfurt am Main and Cologne is around 1h 6m and covers a distance of around 178 km. Operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express and Flixtrain, the Frankfurt am Main to Cologne train service departs from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf and arrives in Köln Deutz Messe/Deutz Bf. Typically 201 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

201 Weekly Trains
1h 6m Average Duration
€11 Cheapest Price
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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 €11 - €55 and takes 1h 6m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf and arriving at Köln Deutz Messe/Deutz Bf. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 6m.

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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 6m and costs €11 - €55.

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The train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Köln Deutz Messe/Deutz Bf takes 1h 6m 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 6m and costs €11 - €55. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €14 - €35 and takes 2h 20m.

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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 Köln Deutz Messe/Deutz Bf station.

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Map of how to get from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 152.6 km
  • Duration: 1h 6m

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

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Köln Deutz Messe/Deutz Bf hourly. Tickets cost €35 - €55 and the journey takes 1h 6m. Flixtrain also services this route once daily. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Frankfurt to Köln Flughafen Köln/Bonn Flughafen Terminal 2 hourly. Tickets cost €11 - €14 and the journey takes 2h.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€90 - €340
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 Köln Deutz Messe/Deutz Bf
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€35 - €55
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Night train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Köln Deutz Messe/Deutz Bf
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
€40 - €60
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Frankfurt to Köln Süd Bf
Ave. Duration
2h 29m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€11 - €14
Website
Flixtrain
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
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Koblenz Stadtmitte to Koeln Sued
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€19 - €24
Website
National Express Rail
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
€11 - €14
Website
National Express Rail
TRANS REGIO Deutsche Regionalbahn GmbH
Phone
+49-261-98887070
Email
service@trans-regio.de
Website
mittelrheinbahn.de
Train from Koblenz Stadtmitte to Koeln Sued
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€15 - €19
Website
TRANS REGIO Deutsche Regionalbahn GmbH
Deutsche Bahn Regional

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 311682904
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koblenz Bahnhof Stadtmitte/Löhr-Center to Köln Süd Bf
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€14 - €20
Website
Deutsche Bahn Regional
Österreichische Bundesbahnen
Website
delfi.de
Night train from Frankfurt to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 4m
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
delfi.de
ABELLIO Rail
Phone
0800 2235546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Düsseldorf Flughafen to Köln Messe/Deutz
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Website
ABELLIO Rail
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Messe/Deutz
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Website
Abellio
TRI Train Rental GmbH
Phone
+49 9126 288825
Website
train-rental.com
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Deutz Messe/Deutz Bf
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Website
TRI Train Rental GmbH
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 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Frankfurt to Köln Flughafen Köln/Bonn Flughafen Terminal 2
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€11 - €14
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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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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Book your Frankfurt am Main to Cologne train tickets online with Omio and FlixBus.

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There are 515+ hotels available in Cologne. Prices start at €87 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 16 min and costs €3 - €5.

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