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

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Train via Frankfurt(Main)Hbf  •  3h 3m

  1. Take the train from Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 Ice / ...

$83 - $121

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  2h 46m

  1. Take the rideshare from Kassel to Cologne 151.8 miles

$9 - $19

3 alternative options

Train  •  4h 49m

  1. Take the train from Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe to Köln Hbf Ic

$65 - $100

Bus  •  5h 57m

  1. Take the bus from Kassel, Kassel Kaufungen to Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen 064

$14 - $24

Drive  •  2h 17m

  1. Drive from Kassel to Cologne 152.6 miles

$30 - $50

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The cheapest way to get from Kassel to Cologne is to rideshare which costs 7€ - 16€ and takes 2h 46m.

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The quickest way to get from Kassel to Cologne is to drive which costs 27€ - 45€ and takes 2h 17m.

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No, there is no direct train from Kassel to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe and arriving at Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 via Frankfurt(Main)Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 3m.

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The distance between Kassel and Cologne is 183 km. The road distance is 244.1 km.

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The best way to get from Kassel to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 3h 3m and costs 70€ - 110€.

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It takes approximately 3h 3m to get from Kassel to Cologne, including transfers.

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Kassel to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe station.

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The best way to get from Kassel to Cologne is to train which takes 3h 3m and costs 70€ - 110€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 12€ - 21€ and takes 5h 57m.

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Kassel 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 Kassel to Cologne is 244 km. It takes approximately 2h 17m to drive from Kassel to Cologne.

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  • Distance: 114.4 miles
  • Duration: 3h 3m

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

You can take a train from Kassel to Cologne via Frankfurt(Main)Hbf in around 3h 3m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Kassel to Cologne 5 times a week. Tickets cost $14 - $24 and the journey takes 3h 25m.

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 Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $100
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 Kassel, Kassel Kaufungen to Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$14 - $24
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.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Kassel to Cologne
Ave. Duration
2h 46m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $19
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blablacar.co.uk

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

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