There are 8 ways to get from Lübeck to Cologne by train, taxi, bus, rideshare, car, plane or subway

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  •  4 h 55 min

  1. Take the train from Lübeck Hbf to Köln Hbf Ic

$100 - $150

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Rideshare  •  5 h 2 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Lübeck to Cologne 300.5 miles

$22 - $29

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Taxi, train  •  4 h 44 min

  1. Take a taxi from Lübeck to Hamburg Hbf
  2. Take the train from Hamburg Hbf to Köln Hbf Ic / ...

$227 - $367

Bus  •  8 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from Lübeck to Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen X73 / ...

$27 - $50

Drive  •  4 h 21 min

  1. Drive from Lübeck to Cologne 301.7 miles

$60 - $95

Train, fly to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  3 h 44 min

  1. Take the train from Lübeck Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
  2. Fly from Hamburg (HAM) to Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) HAM - CGN

$60 - $194

Train, subway, fly to Dusseldorf  •  4 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Lübeck Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
  2. Take the subway from Hamburg Hbf to Ohlsdorf
  3. Fly from Hamburg (HAM) to Dusseldorf (DUS) HAM - DUS
  4. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

$61 - $186

Train, fly to Frankfurt  •  4 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Lübeck Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
  2. Fly from Hamburg (HAM) to Frankfurt (FRA) HAM - FRA
  3. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

$104 - $345

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Lübeck to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Lübeck and arriving at Köln, Heumarkt via Leverkusen, Wiesdorf Rathaus-Galerie. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 12 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Lübeck Hbf and arriving at Köln Hbf. Services depart twice a week. The journey takes approximately 4 h 55 min.

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The distance between Lübeck and Cologne is 413 km. The road distance is 482.7 km.

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The best way to get from Lübeck to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 4 h 55 min and costs .

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The train from Lübeck Hbf to Köln Hbf takes 4 h 55 min including transfers and departs twice a week.

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Lübeck to Cologne bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Lübeck station.

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

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The best way to get from Lübeck to Cologne is to train which takes 4 h 55 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 8 h 12 min.

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The quickest flight from Hamburg Airport to Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 5 min.

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Lübeck to Cologne bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen station.

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Map of how to get from Lübeck to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 258.3 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 55 min

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

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Lübeck to Cologne twice a week. Tickets cost $100 - $150 and the journey takes 4 h 55 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Lübeck to Cologne twice daily. Tickets cost $27 - $50 and the journey takes 6 h 50 min.

Airlines
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Hamburg to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $280
Flights from Hamburg to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $200
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Hamburg to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$45 - $280
Flights from Hamburg to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $200
Flights from Hamburg to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $420
Flights from Hamburg to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Tuesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $420
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 Lübeck Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$100 - $150
Website
bahn.de
Train from Hamburg Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$85 - $130
Website
bahn.de
Train from Lübeck Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Website
bahn.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $23
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
Flixtrain
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Hamburg, Hamburg central station to Cologne, Cologne central station
Ave. Duration
4 h 8 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $35
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
HVV
Phone
040/ 19 449
Website
hvv.de
Train from Lübeck Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Website
hvv.de
Subway from Hamburg Hbf to Ohlsdorf
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Website
hvv.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 Lübeck to Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$27 - $50
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 Lübeck to Cologne
Ave. Duration
5 h 2 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$22 - $29
Book at
blablacar.co.uk
Taxi from Lübeck to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
44 min
Estimated price
$200 - $240
Lübecker Funktaxen Mini Taxi GmbH & Co.
Phone
+49 451/8112
Website
luebecker-funktaxen.de
Lübecker Minicar
Phone
+49 451/71011
Website
minicar-luebeck.de

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Lübeck to Cologne is 483 km. It takes approximately 4 h 21 min to drive from Lübeck to Cologne.

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Eurowings offers flights from Hamburg 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 Lübeck and Cologne. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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