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There are 10 ways to get from Lyon to Cologne by train, bus, 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.

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Train Thalys  •  6 h 33 min

  1. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Paris Gare de Lyon Tgv
  2. Take the train from Paris-Nord to Köln Hauptbahnhof

$228 - $278

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Bus FlixBus  •  11 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from Lyon, Lyon Perrache to Cologne, Cologne South, Airport N730

$56 - $91

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Bus Eurolines FR  •  9 h 53 min

  1. Take the bus from Lyon to Köln

$90 - $130

Train  •  10 h 6 min

  1. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Luxembourg Tgv
  2. Take the train from Luxembourg, Gare Centrale to Köln Hbf Re

$141 - $153

Drive  •  7 h 3 min

  1. Drive from Lyon to Cologne 453 miles

$95 - $140

Fly Lyon to Cologne Bonn  •  5 h 56 min

  1. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) LYS - CGN

$172 - $735

Fly Lyon to Dusseldorf, train  •  5 h 43 min

  1. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Dusseldorf (DUS) LYS - DUS
  2. Take the train from Dusseldorf Hbf to Koln Messe/Deutz

$77 - $268

Fly Lyon to Frankfurt, train  •  5 h 9 min

  1. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Frankfurt (FRA) LYS - FRA
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf

$111 - $337

Train to Geneva, fly to Dusseldorf  •  7 h 21 min

  1. Take the train from Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu to Gare de Genève
  2. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Dusseldorf (DUS) GVA - DUS

$89 - $230

Fly Lyon to Brussels, train  •  6 h 52 min

  1. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Brussels (BRU) LYS - BRU
  2. Take the train from Brusel Nord to Köln Hauptbahnhof

$95 - $308

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The cheapest way to get from Lyon to Cologne is to bus which costs 45€ - 80€ and takes 11 h 12 min.

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The quickest way to get from Lyon to Cologne is to fly and train which costs 95€ - 300€ and takes 5 h 9 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Lyon and arriving at Köln. Services depart twice a week, and operate Friday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 9 h 53 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Lyon to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Lyon Part Dieu and arriving at Köln Hauptbahnhof via Paris Gare De Lyon and Paris-Nord. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 33 min.

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The distance between Lyon and Cologne is 597 km. The road distance is 724.8 km.

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The best way to get from Lyon to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 6 h 33 min and costs 190€ - 250€.

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It takes approximately 6 h 33 min to get from Lyon to Cologne, including transfers.

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Lyon to Cologne bus services, operated by Eurolines FR, depart from Lyon station.

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Lyon to Cologne train services, operated by inOui TGV, depart from Lyon Part Dieu station.

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The best way to get from Lyon to Cologne is to train which takes 6 h 33 min and costs 190€ - 250€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 75€ - 110€ and takes 9 h 53 min, you could also fly, which costs 150€ - 650€ and takes 5 h 56 min.

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Map of how to get from Lyon to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 373.2 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 33 min

What companies run services between Lyon, France and Cologne, Germany?

You can take a train from Lyon to Cologne via Paris Gare de Lyon, Paris Gare De Lyon, Paris Nord, and Paris-Nord in around 6 h 33 min. Alternatively, Eurolines FR operates a bus from Lyon to Cologne twice a week. Tickets cost $90 - $130 and the journey takes 9 h 53 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Lyon to Cologne Bonn via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Lyon to Cologne Bonn via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Lyon to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $600
Flights from Lyon to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $650
Flights from Lyon to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $650
Flights from Lyon to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $390
Flights from Lyon to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $390
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$40 - $290
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $900
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $900
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Lyon to Brussels via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Lyon to Dusseldorf via Bordeaux
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $850
Flights from Lyon to Dusseldorf via Nantes
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $850
Flights from Lyon to Frankfurt via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $430
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Lyon to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $430
Flights from Lyon to Brussels via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Lyon to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $600
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $290
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $290
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Hop!
Website
hop.com
Flights from Lyon to Dusseldorf via Bordeaux
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $850
Flights from Lyon to Dusseldorf via Nantes
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $850
Flights from Lyon to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $430
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Lyon to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $430
Flights from Lyon to Brussels via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Lyon to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $370
Train operators
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Paris Gare de Lyon
Ave. Duration
2 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$80 - $95
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$80 - $95
1st Class
$110 - $160
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
5 h 28 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$130 - $150
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$130 - $150
1st Class
$180 - $260
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$35 - $45
1st Class
$55 - $70
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Paris-Nord to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$140 - $180
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$140 - $180
1st Class
$190 - $260
Luxembourg Railways (CFL)
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 Dusseldorf Hbf to Koln Messe/Deutz
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Brusel Nord to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1 h 41 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu to Gare de Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$28 - $40
1st Class
$35 - $60
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Lyon-Part-Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 58 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
Eurolines FR
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 Lyon, Lyon Perrache to Cologne, Cologne South, Airport
Ave. Duration
10 h 50 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $75
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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There is no direct flight from Lyon Airport to Cologne Bonn Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 40 min and has one stopover.

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Lyon to Cologne bus services, operated by Eurolines FR, arrive at Köln station.

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Lyon to Cologne train services, operated by Thalys, arrive at Köln Hauptbahnhof station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Lyon to Cologne is 725 km. It takes approximately 7 h 3 min to drive from Lyon to Cologne.

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Lufthansa offers flights from Lyon Airport to Cologne Bonn Airport.

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There are 970+ hotels available in Cologne. Prices start at $58 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Lyon to Lyon Airport is to Rhonexpress which takes 29 min and costs 9€ - 15€.

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