There are 12 ways to get from Jena to Cologne by train, bus, 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.

Recommended option

Train via Frankfurt(Main)Hbf  •  4 h 51 min

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

$112 - $164

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  4 h 22 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Jena to Cologne 255.1 miles

$17 - $28

10 alternative options

Train  •  6 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Jena West to Erfurt Hbf Eb / ...
  2. Take the train from Erfurt Hbf to Köln Hbf Ic

$112 - $164

Bus FlixBus  •  7 h 18 min

  1. Take the bus from Jena, Jena central bus station to Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen 020 / ...

$24 - $45

Bus Deinbus  •  7 h 35 min

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

$24 - $45

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 33 min

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

$92 - $251

Train, train to Nuremberg, fly to Dusseldorf  •  5 h 46 min

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

$98 - $318

Train, train to Berlin Tegel, fly to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  5 h 37 min

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

$120 - $257

Train to Leipzig, fly to Dusseldorf  •  5 h 25 min

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

$90 - $318

Train, train to Frankfurt, fly to Dusseldorf  •  6 h 28 min

  1. Take the train from Jena West to Erfurt Hbf
  2. Take the train from Erfurt Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
  3. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Dusseldorf (DUS) FRA - DUS

$157 - $386

Train, train to Dresden, fly to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  6 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Jena Paradies to Leipzig Hauptbahnhof
  2. Take the train from Leipzig Hbf to Dresden-Neustadt
  3. Fly from Dresden (DRS) to Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) DRS - CGN

$108 - $323

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Jena to Cologne is to rideshare which costs 14€ - 24€ and takes 4 h 22 min.

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The quickest way to get from Jena to Cologne is to drive which costs 45€ - 70€ and takes 3 h 46 min.

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

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It takes approximately 4 h 51 min to get from Jena to Cologne, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Jena to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Jena and arriving at Köln Hauptbahnhof via Hauptbahnhof/Karlstraße, Frankfurt am Main. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 35 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Jena to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Jena West and arriving at Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 via Erfurt Hbf and Frankfurt(Main)Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 51 min.

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

You can take a train from Jena to Cologne via Erfurt Hbf and Frankfurt(Main)Hbf in around 4 h 51 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Jena to Cologne twice daily. Tickets cost $24 - $45 and the journey takes 6 h 55 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 Nuremberg to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $330
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 Dresden to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $410
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
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 6 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$120 - $360
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 10 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
2 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Leipzig to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Frankfurt to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $320
Flights from Dresden to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $700
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $170
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 Jena West to Erfurt Hbf
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Website
bahn.de
Train from Erfurt Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 14 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $80
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 Erfurt Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
5 h 21 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $140
Website
bahn.de
Train from Jena Paradies to Halle(Saale)Hbf
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Train from Erfurt Hbf to Nürnberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
bahn.de
Train from Erfurt Hbf to Berlin Hbf (tief)
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Website
bahn.de
Train from Jena Paradies to Leipzig Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
bahn.de
Train from Leipzig Hbf to Dresden-Neustadt
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $45
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.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Jena, Jena central bus station to Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$24 - $45
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
$15 - $27
Schedules at
deinbus.de
Bus from Hauptbahnhof/Karlstraße, Frankfurt am Main to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$9 - $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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