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There are 10 ways to get from Hanover to Cologne by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  2h 38m

  1. Take the train from Hannover Hbf to Koeln Hbf Ice / ...

16€ - 90€

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Rideshare  •  3h 15m

  1. Take the rideshare from Hanover to Cologne 291.8 km

11€ - 23€

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Train via Porta Westfalica  •  4h 36m

  1. Take the train from Hannover Hbf to Porta Westfalica Re / ...
  2. Take the train from Porta Westfalica to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 Re / ...

52€ - 72€

Bus  •  5h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Hanover central bus station to Leverkusen 073 / ...

17€ - 21€

Drive  •  2h 43m

  1. Drive from Hanover to Cologne 291.3 km

30€ - 50€

Fly Hannover to Cologne Bonn  •  5h 50m

  1. Fly from Hannover (HAJ) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) HAJ - CGN

81€ - 296€

Fly Hannover to Dusseldorf, train  •  5h 38m

  1. Fly from Hannover (HAJ) to Dusseldorf (DUS) HAJ - DUS
  2. Take the train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf

89€ - 324€

Fly Hannover to Frankfurt, train  •  3h 27m

  1. Fly from Hannover (HAJ) to Frankfurt (FRA) HAJ - FRA
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

102€ - 369€

Train to Hamburg, fly to Cologne Bonn  •  4h 10m

  1. Take the train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
  2. Fly from Hamburg (HAM) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) HAM - CGN

62€ - 478€

Train to Hamburg, fly to Dusseldorf, train  •  4h 54m

  1. Take the train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
  2. Fly from Hamburg (HAM) to Dusseldorf (DUS) HAM - DUS
  3. Take the train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf

85€ - 466€

Hanover → Cologne
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Questions & Answers

The most affordable way to get from Hanover to Cologne is to rideshare, which costs 11€ - 23€ and takes 3h 15m.

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The quickest way to get from Hanover to Cologne is to train which costs 16€ - 90€ and takes 2h 38m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Hanover station to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Hanover central bus station and arriving at Köln Heumarkt via Leverkusen Leverkusen Mitte Bf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 45m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Hannover Hbf and arriving at Koeln Hbf. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 38m.

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The distance between Hanover and Cologne is 250 km. The road distance is 291.3 km.

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The best way to get from Hanover to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 2h 38m and costs 16€ - 90€.

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The train from Hannover Hbf to Koeln Hbf takes 2h 38m including transfers and departs hourly.

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Hanover to Cologne bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Hanover central bus station.

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Hanover to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Hannover Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Hanover to Cologne is to train which takes 2h 38m and costs 16€ - 90€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 17€ - 21€ and takes 5h 45m, you could also fly, which costs 80€ - 300€ and takes 5h 50m.

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Map of how to get from Hanover to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 249.8 km
  • Duration: 2h 38m

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

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Hannover Hbf to Koeln Hbf hourly. Tickets cost 55€ - 80€ and the journey takes 2h 38m. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Hanover central bus station to Leverkusen once daily. Tickets cost 17€ - 21€ and the journey takes 4h 25m.

Airlines
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Hannover to Cologne Bonn via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
6h 37m
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
110€ - 350€
Flights from Hannover to Cologne Bonn via Vienna
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
75€ - 270€
Flights from Hannover to Cologne Bonn via Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Friday
Estimated price
130€ - 380€
Flights from Hannover to Cologne Bonn via Split
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
95€ - 310€
Flights from Hannover to Dusseldorf via Split
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
90€ - 290€
Flights from Hannover to Dusseldorf via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
6h 17m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
100€ - 320€
Flights from Hannover to Dusseldorf via Vienna
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
70€ - 250€
Flights from Hamburg to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
30€ - 650€
Flights from Hamburg to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
70€ - 320€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Hannover to Cologne Bonn via Munich
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
90€ - 430€
Flights from Hannover to Cologne Bonn via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
6h 2m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
95€ - 440€
Flights from Hannover to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
85€ - 400€
Flights from Hannover to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
80€ - 370€
Flights from Hannover to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday
Estimated price
60€ - 260€
Flights from Hannover to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
85€ - 410€
Flights from Hannover to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
70€ - 310€
Flights from Hamburg to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
150€ - 390€
TUIfly
Website
tuifly.com
Flights from Hannover to Cologne Bonn via Kos
Ave. Duration
8h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
110€ - 230€
Flights from Hannover to Cologne Bonn via Heraklion
Ave. Duration
8h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
110€ - 230€
Flights from Hannover to Dusseldorf via Mahon
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
95€ - 180€
Flights from Hannover to Dusseldorf via Corfu
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
100€ - 190€
Flights from Hannover to Dusseldorf via Jerez
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
100€ - 200€
Flights from Hannover to Dusseldorf via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
95€ - 180€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Hannover to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
95€ - 260€
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Hannover to Cologne Bonn via Vienna
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
75€ - 270€
Flights from Hannover to Dusseldorf via Vienna
Ave. Duration
5h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
80€ - 340€
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Hannover to Dusseldorf via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
70€ - 300€
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from Hannover to Cologne Bonn via Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9h
When
Every day
Estimated price
150€ - 390€
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Hannover to Cologne Bonn via Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
8h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 270€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Hannover to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday
Estimated price
60€ - 260€
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Hannover to Dusseldorf via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
55€ - 260€
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Hannover to Dusseldorf via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
75€ - 240€
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 Hannover Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 38m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
55€ - 80€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
17€ - 24€
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
Train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
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 Hannover Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 6m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
65€ - 90€
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
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
50€ - 70€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
50€ - 70€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Hanover central station to Cologne central station
Ave. Duration
3h 32m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
16€ - 20€
Website
Flixtrain
WestfalenBahn GmbH
Phone
+49 521 55777755
Email
info@westfalenbahn.de
Website
westfalenbahn.de
Train from Hannover Hbf to Porta Westfalica
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
WestfalenBahn GmbH
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Porta Westfalica to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
3h 17m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
50€ - 70€
Website
National Express Rail
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln 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€
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(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
2h 6m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
29€ - 40€
Website
Austrian Railways
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Austria Rail Pass
Train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
28€ - 40€
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
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 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
26€ - 40€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
metronom
Phone
+49 581 97164164
Email
presse@der-metronom.de
Website
der-metronom.de
Train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
metronom
HVV
Phone
040/ 19 449
Website
hvv.de
Train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
29€ - 45€
Website
HVV
Urlaubs-Express
Phone
+49 (0) 221 800 20 820
Email
info@urlaubs-express.de
Website
urlaubs-express.de
Train from Hannover Hauptbahnhof to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
2h 31m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
90€ - 110€
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Urlaubs-Express
BahnTouristikExpress GmbH
Phone
+49 (0) 911 / 240 388 – 22
Email
info@bahntouristikexpress.de
Website
bahntouristikexpress.de
Train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Twice a week
Website
BahnTouristikExpress 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 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Hanover central bus station to Leverkusen
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
17€ - 21€
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 Hanover to Cologne
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
11€ - 23€
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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There is no direct flight from Hannover Airport to Cologne Bonn Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 5m and has one stopover.

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Hanover to Cologne bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Leverkusen station.

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Hanover to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Koeln Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Hanover to Cologne is 291 km. It takes approximately 2h 43m to drive from Hanover to Cologne.

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Pegasus Airlines, TUIfly, Turkish Airlines and two other airlines offer flights from Hannover Airport to Cologne Bonn Airport.

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Book your Hanover to Cologne train tickets online with Omio and FlixBus.

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Book your Hanover to Cologne bus tickets online with Omio and FlixBus.

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There are 421+ hotels available in Cologne. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Hanover 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 Hanover to Hannover Airport is to train which takes 18 min and costs 3€ - 10€.

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