There are 5 ways to get from Gelsenkirchen to Cologne by train, tram, rideshare, taxi or car

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Train  •  58 min

  1. Take the train from Gelsenkirchen Hbf to Köln Hbf Ic / ...

$8 - $40

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Rideshare  •  1 h 14 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Gelsenkirchen to Cologne 60.1 miles

$5 - $8

3 alternative options

Line 107 tram, train  •  2 h 16 min

  1. Take the line 107 tram from Gelsenkirchen Hbf Bstg 10 to Essen Hauptbahnhof Bstg 4 107
  2. Take the train from Essen Hbf to Köln, Deutz Bf Deutz / Messe LANXESS arena S6 / ...

$11 - $14

Taxi  •  53 min

  1. Take a taxi from Gelsenkirchen to Cologne 49.6 miles

$190 - $240

Drive  •  53 min

  1. Drive from Gelsenkirchen to Cologne 49.6 miles

$10 - $16

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Gelsenkirchen Hbf and arriving at Köln Hbf. Services depart every two hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 58 min.

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The distance between Gelsenkirchen and Cologne is 64 km. The road distance is 79.3 km.

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The best way to get from Gelsenkirchen to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 58 min and costs .

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The train from Gelsenkirchen Hbf to Köln Hbf takes 58 min including transfers and departs every two hours.

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

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Gelsenkirchen to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Köln Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Gelsenkirchen to Cologne is 79 km. It takes approximately 53 min to drive from Gelsenkirchen to Cologne.

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

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Map of how to get from Gelsenkirchen to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 40.2 miles
  • Duration: 58 min

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

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Gelsenkirchen to Cologne every 2 hours. Tickets cost $25 - $40 and the journey takes 58 min. Flixtrain also services this route 5 times a week.

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.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Gelsenkirchen Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
bahn.de
Flixtrain
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Gelsenkirchen, Gelsenkirchen central station to Cologne, Cologne central station
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$8 - $10
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
Ruhrbahn GmbH
Phone
+49 201 8261234
Website
ruhrbahn.de
Tram from Gelsenkirchen Hbf Bstg 10 to Essen Hauptbahnhof Bstg 4
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Website
Ruhrbahn GmbH
S-Bahn Köln
Website
avv.de
Train from Essen Hbf to Köln, Deutz Bf Deutz / Messe LANXESS arena
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $14
Schedules at
avv.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 Gelsenkirchen to Cologne
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Book at
blablacar.co.uk
Taxi from Gelsenkirchen to Cologne
Ave. Duration
53 min
Estimated price
$190 - $240
Taxi Dina
Phone
+49 201/8308877
Website
taxi-dina.de
Trans-Port-Essen
Phone
+49 201/706090
Website
trans-port-essen.de

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