There are 11 ways to get from Jena to Cologne by bus, train, rideshare, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Bus, train via Montabaur  •  5 h 29 min

  1. Take the bus from Jena, Jena central bus station to Montabaur N780
  2. Take the train from Montabaur to Köln Hbf Ice

$42 - $65

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Rideshare  •  4 h 22 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Jena to Cologne 255.1 miles

$17 - $28

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Train  •  6 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Jena Paradies to Leipzig Hauptbahnhof
  2. Take the train from Leipzig Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf Ice
  3. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 Ice

$141 - $206

Bus  •  7 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Jena to Hauptbahnhof/Karlstraße, Frankfurt am Main
  2. Take the bus from Frankfurt am Main to Köln Hauptbahnhof

$29 - $45

Bus, train  •  7 h 52 min

  1. Take the bus from Jena, Jena central bus station to Gotha 147
  2. Take the train from Gotha to Köln Hbf Ic

$94 - $137

Drive, train  •  4 h 31 min

  1. Drive from Jena to Fulda
  2. Take the train from Fulda to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf Ice
  3. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 Ice

$91 - $144

Drive  •  3 h 46 min

  1. Drive from Jena to Cologne 255.6 miles

$50 - $80

Train to Leipzig, fly to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  4 h 39 min

  1. Take the train from Jena Paradies to Leipzig Hauptbahnhof
  2. Fly from Leipzig (LEJ) to Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) LEJ - CGN

$94 - $253

Train, train to Berlin Tegel, fly to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  5 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Jena Paradies to Leipzig Hauptbahnhof
  2. Take the train from Leipzig Hbf to Berlin Hbf (tief)
  3. Fly from Berlin Tegel (TXL) to Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) TXL - CGN

$109 - $249

Train to Leipzig, fly to Dusseldorf  •  5 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from Jena Paradies to Leipzig Hauptbahnhof
  2. Fly from Leipzig (LEJ) to Dusseldorf (DUS) LEJ - DUS

$105 - $325

Train to Nuremberg, fly to Dusseldorf  •  6 h 59 min

  1. Take the train from Jena Paradies to Nürnberg Hbf
  2. Fly from Nuremberg (NUE) to Dusseldorf (DUS) NUE - DUS

$104 - $305

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Jena to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Jena and arriving at Köln Hauptbahnhof via Frankfurt am Main. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 50 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Jena to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Jena Paradies and arriving at Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 via Leipzig Hbf and Frankfurt(Main)Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 22 min.

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The distance between Jena and Cologne is 325 km. The road distance is 409 km.

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The best way to get from Jena to Cologne without a car is to bus and train which takes 5 h 29 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 29 min to get from Jena to Cologne, including transfers.

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Jena to Cologne bus services, operated by Deinbus, depart from Jena station.

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Jena to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Jena Paradies station.

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The best way to get from Jena to Cologne is to train which takes 6 h 22 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 7 h 50 min.

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The quickest flight from Leipzig Airport to Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h.

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

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Map of how to get from Jena to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 203.2 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 29 min

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

You can take a train from Jena to Cologne via Leipzig Hauptbahnhof, Leipzig Hbf, and Frankfurt(Main)Hbf in around 6 h 22 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Jena to Cologne via Hauptbahnhof/Karlstraße, Frankfurt am Main and Frankfurt am Main in around 7 h 50 min.

Airlines
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Leipzig to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $340
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $240
Flights from Leipzig to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $400
Flights from Nuremberg to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $330
Flights from Nuremberg to Dusseldorf via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
$60 - $330
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$40 - $240
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Flights from Leipzig to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$60 - $400
Flights from Leipzig to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Leipzig to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Nuremberg to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $330
Flights from Nuremberg to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $360
Flights from Nuremberg to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$120 - $360
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $170
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Nuremberg to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $900
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 Montabaur to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Train from Jena Paradies to Leipzig Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
bahn.de
Train from Leipzig Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 3 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
bahn.de
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 Gotha to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
5 h 2 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Website
bahn.de
Train from Fulda to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Leipzig Hbf to Berlin Hbf (tief)
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Jena Paradies to Nürnberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 14 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
bahn.de
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Jena, Jena central bus station to Montabaur
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$18 - $30
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Jena, Jena central bus station to Gotha
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Deinbus
Phone
+49 069/17 53 73 200
Email
info@deinbus.de
Website
deinbus.de
Bus from Jena to Hauptbahnhof/Karlstraße, Frankfurt am Main
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $26
Schedules at
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
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.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Jena to Cologne
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$17 - $28
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Jena 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 Jena to Cologne is 409 km. It takes approximately 3 h 46 min to drive from Jena to Cologne.

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Eurowings offers flights from Leipzig Airport to Cologne/Bonn Apt 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 Jena and Cologne. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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