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

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Fly Krakow to Dusseldorf, train  •  5h 15m

  1. Fly from Krakow (KRK) to Dusseldorf (DUS) KRK - DUS
  2. Take the train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf

€51 - €230

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Fly Krakow to Cologne Bonn  •  6h 7m

  1. Fly from Krakow (KRK) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) KRK - CGN

€18 - €87

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Fly Krakow to Frankfurt, train  •  5h 4m

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

€55 - €235

Train to Katowice, fly to Cologne Bonn  •  6h 46m

  1. Take the train from Krakow Glowny to Katowice
  2. Fly from Katowice (KTW) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) KTW - CGN

€28 - €133

Fly Krakow to Eindhoven, train  •  7h 36m

  1. Fly from Krakow (KRK) to Eindhoven (EIN) KRK - EIN
  2. Take the train from Eindhoven Centraal to Koeln Hbf

€31 - €114

Train via Reinickendorf  •  12h 23m

  1. Take the train from Krakow Glowny to Berlin Gesundbrunnen Ic
  2. Take the train from Berlin-Spandau to Koeln Hbf Ice / ...

€42 - €200

Train  •  14h 34m

  1. Take the train from Krakow Glowny to Berlin Hbf Tlk / ...
  2. Take the train from Berlin Hbf to Koeln Hbf Ice / ...

€41 - €166

Bus  •  15h 38m

  1. Take the bus from Krakow to Cologne East N20

€53 - €63

Bus, train  •  19h 31m

  1. Take the bus from Kraków to Koblenz
  2. Take the train from Koblenz Hbf to Koeln West Re

€54 - €74

Drive  •  9h 31m

  1. Drive from Kraków to Cologne 1082 km

€110 - €170

Kraków to Cologne by train

The train journey time between Kraków and Cologne is around 13h 37m and covers a distance of around 1163 km. The fastest train normally takes 13h 5m. Operated by PKP Intercity, Deutsche Bahn Regional, ODEG and others, the Kraków to Cologne train service departs from Krakow Glowny and arrives in Koeln Hbf. Typically seven trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
13h 37m
Fastest train time:
13h 5m
Trains per week:
7
Cheapest price:
€107
Carbon emissions:
61 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
10:15
Last train departs at:
10:15

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Kraków to Cologne train schedules

Train services typically run at the following times each day These schedules are estimated
Estimated schedules: These schedules are estimated and based on typical services on an average day. Please check times and availability with the operator before travelling.
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International entry into Germany from Poland

  • Entry is restricted for citizens and permanent residents of Poland
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Allowed for: Citizens and permanent residents of Germany, as well as residents from Albania, Andorra, Australia, China, Falkland Islands, Hong Kong, Macau, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, United States and Vatican

Restricted for: Foreign nationals from outside Germany with the above exceptions

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Conditions of entry into Germany from Poland

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival for all travellers by air
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 5
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Pre-arrival health declaration
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Arrivals vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempted from compulsory quarantine
  • Quarantine is not required if the traveller has recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months (certificate needed)
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival for all travellers by air
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 5
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Pre-arrival health declaration
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Arrivals vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempted from compulsory quarantine
  • Quarantine is not required if the traveller has recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months (certificate needed)
This also applies to arrivals from the following regions:
France: Mayotte, French Guiana, Guadeloupe
Finland: Satakunta, Uusimaa, Varsinais-Suomi
Norway: Innlandet
Portugal: Azores, Madeira

This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
This applies to arrivals from Andorra, Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and Vatican

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Rules to follow in Germany

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Considerations leaving from Poland

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


No, entry into Germany from Poland is currently restricted.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Cologne is 116 117.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Cologne is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Cologne is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 116 117.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Poland from Germany.

See options for return travel.

Last updated: 19 Jun 2021
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Questions & Answers

The most affordable way to get from Kraków to Cologne is to fly, which costs 75 zł - 400 zł and takes 6h 7m.

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The quickest way to get from Kraków to Cologne is to fly and train which costs 250 zł - 1 100 zł and takes 5h 4m.

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No, there is no direct train from Kraków to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Krakow Glowny and arriving at Koeln Hbf via Berlin Gesundbrunnen and Berlin-Spandau. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12h 23m.

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The distance between Kraków and Cologne is 922 km. The road distance is 1082 km.

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The best way to get from Kraków to Cologne without a car is to train via Reinickendorf which takes 12h 23m and costs 180 zł - 950 zł.

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It takes approximately 5h 15m to get from Kraków to Cologne, including transfers.

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Kraków to Cologne train services, operated by PKP Intercity, depart from Krakow Glowny station.

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The best way to get from Kraków to Cologne is to fly which takes 6h 7m and costs 75 zł - 400 zł. Alternatively, you can train via Reinickendorf, which costs 180 zł - 950 zł and takes 12h 23m, you could also bus, which costs 230 zł - 290 zł and takes 15h 38m.

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The quickest flight from Krakow Airport to Dusseldorf Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 50m.

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

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  • Distance: 922.5 km
  • Duration: 5h 15m

What companies run services between Kraków, Poland and Cologne, Germany?

Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa and three other airlines fly from Kraków to Cologne every 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Kraków to Cologne via Berlin Gesundbrunnen and Berlin-Spandau in around 12h 23m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Krakow to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€55 - €280
Flights from Krakow to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€55 - €290
Flights from Krakow to Cologne Bonn via Munich
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€60 - €290
Flights from Krakow to Cologne Bonn via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€65 - €320
Flights from Krakow to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€70 - €310
Flights from Krakow to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€70 - €310
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from Krakow to Dusseldorf via Warsaw Chopin
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€45 - €150
Flights from Krakow to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€70 - €310
Flights from Krakow to Frankfurt via Warsaw Chopin
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€65 - €310
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Krakow to Cologne Bonn via Boryspil
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€17 - €80
Flights from Krakow to Cologne Bonn via London Stansted
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€14 - €70
Flights from Krakow to Cologne Bonn via Bristol
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
When
Friday
Estimated price
€16 - €75
Flights from Krakow to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Monday and Sunday
Estimated price
€24 - €270
Flights from Krakow to Frankfurt via Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€24 - €270
Flights from Katowice to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
€20 - €100
Flights from Krakow to Eindhoven
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€13 - €80
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Krakow to Dusseldorf via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€50 - €220
Flights from Krakow to Cologne Bonn via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€55 - €230
Flights from Krakow to Frankfurt via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €310
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Krakow to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€35 - €160
Flights from Krakow to Cologne Bonn via Stuttgart, Berlin Brandenburg Apt
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€55 - €180
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Katowice to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€16 - €95
Flights from Krakow to Eindhoven
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
€35 - €140
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Krakow to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€55 - €230
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Krakow to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€65 - €200
Transavia Holland
Website
transavia.com
Flights from Krakow to Eindhoven
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€60 - €95
Train operators
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln 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
40 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
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 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 23m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€50 - €70
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Berlin-Spandau to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 59m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€95 - €130
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Berlin Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
6h 3m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€95 - €140
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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 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 Krakow Glowny to Katowice
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€22 - €30
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Eindhoven Centraal to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 48m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€30 - €45
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Berlin-Spandau to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 12m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€90 - €130
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Krakow Glowny to Berlin Hbf
Ave. Duration
9h 37m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€110 - €160
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Berlin Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 26m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€95 - €130
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
35 min
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
Once a week
Estimated price
€29 - €40
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
PKP Intercity

The rail network in Poland is conveniently organised, with many connections between cities, making it an effective method of travelling around the country. Tickets for regional and express trains are affordable, with children, students, pensioners, people with disability and large families entitled to discounts. Trains have standard 1st and 2nd class reserved seating, and many overnight trains also offer sleepers and couchettes.

Contact Details
Phone
703 200 200
Website
intercity.pl
Train from Krakow Glowny to Katowice
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€8 - €14
Website
PKP Intercity
Book at
Poland Rail Pass
2nd Class
€8 - €11
1st Class
€11 - €14
Train from Krakow Glowny to Berlin Gesundbrunnen
Ave. Duration
7h 8m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€13 - €25
Website
PKP Intercity
Book at
Poland Rail Pass
2nd Class
€13 - €17
1st Class
€20 - €25
Train from Krakow Glowny to Berlin Hbf
Ave. Duration
7h 1m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€14 - €26
Website
PKP Intercity
Book at
Poland Rail Pass
2nd Class
€14 - €17
1st Class
€20 - €26
Polregio
Phone
(+48) 22 439 6052
Email
info@p-r.com.pl
Website
polregio.pl
Train from Krakow Glowny to Katowice
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€2 - €4
Website
Polregio
Koleje Śląskie
Phone
+48 32 428 88 88
Email
bok@kolejeslaskie.com
Website
kolejeslaskie.com
Train from Krakow Glowny to Katowice
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
4 times a day
Website
Kolśląsk
LEO Express
Phone
+420 220 311 700
Email
info@le.cz
Website
leoexpress.com
Train from Krakow Glowny to Katowice
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€2 - €9
Website
LEO Express
Economy
€2 - €4
Economy Plus
€4 - €6
Business
€4 - €6
Premium
€6 - €9
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Eindhoven Centraal to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€16 - €40
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
€16 - €22
1st Class
€26 - €40
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Berlin-Spandau to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
5h 6m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€27 - €35
Website
Flixtrain
Train from Berlin Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
5h 18m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€27 - €35
Website
Flixtrain
TRANS REGIO Deutsche Regionalbahn GmbH
Phone
+49-261-98887070
Email
service@trans-regio.de
Website
mittelrheinbahn.de
Train from Koblenz Hbf to Koeln West
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€15 - €20
Website
TRANS REGIO Deutsche Regionalbahn 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 Krakow to Cologne East
Ave. Duration
15h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€50 - €65
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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