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There are 5 ways to get from Kaiserslautern to Cologne by train, bus, rideshare or car

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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Train  •  2 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from Kaiserslautern Hbf to Mannheim Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Köln Hbf Ice

$68 - $104

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Rideshare  •  2 h 51 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Kaiserslautern to Cologne 149.2 miles

$11 - $17

3 alternative options

Bus, train Deutsche Bahn  •  3 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Kaiserslautern to Frankfurt, Frankfurt Airport 013 / ...
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 Ice / ...

$44 - $66

Bus, train TransRegio  •  4 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Kaiserslautern to Mainz 090 / ...
  2. Take the train from Mainz Hbf to Köln, Dasselstr./Bf Süd Rb26

$35 - $52

Drive  •  2 h 17 min

  1. Drive from Kaiserslautern to Cologne 148.7 miles

$30 - $45

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The cheapest way to get from Kaiserslautern to Cologne is to rideshare which costs 10€ - 15€ and takes 2 h 51 min.

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The quickest way to get from Kaiserslautern to Cologne is to drive which costs 27€ - 40€ and takes 2 h 17 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Kaiserslautern to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Kaiserslautern Hbf and arriving at Köln Hbf via Mannheim Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 58 min.

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The distance between Kaiserslautern and Cologne is 176 km. The road distance is 237.9 km.

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The best way to get from Kaiserslautern to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 2 h 58 min and costs 55€ - 90€.

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It takes approximately 2 h 58 min to get from Kaiserslautern to Cologne, including transfers.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Kaiserslautern to Cologne is 238 km. It takes approximately 2 h 17 min to drive from Kaiserslautern to Cologne.

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  • Distance: 109.8 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 58 min

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

You can take a train from Kaiserslautern to Cologne via Mannheim Hbf in around 2 h 58 min.

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 Kaiserslautern Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $75
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 - $55
Website
bahn.de
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Kaiserslautern Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18 - $23
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$18 - $23
1st Class
$31 - $35
TransRegio
Phone
+49-261-98887070
Email
service@trans-regio.de
Website
trans-regio.de
Train from Mainz Hbf to Köln, Dasselstr./Bf Süd
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
trans-regio.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 Kaiserslautern to Frankfurt, Frankfurt Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Kaiserslautern to Mainz
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$4 - $8
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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 Kaiserslautern to Cologne
Ave. Duration
2 h 51 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$11 - $17
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blablacar.co.uk

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

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