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.

Recommended option

Train via Bruxelles Midi  •  6 h 25 min

  1. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Bruxelles Midi Tgv
  2. Take the train from Bruxelles Midi to Köln Hbf Tha / ...

$175 - $248

Cheapest option

Bus FlixBus  •  11 h 37 min

  1. Take the bus from Lyon, Lyon Perrache to Bonn N730

$47 - $75

8 alternative options

Bus Eurolines FR  •  9 h 53 min

  1. Take the bus from Lyon to Köln

$90 - $130

Train  •  10 h 10 min

  1. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Luxembourg Tgv
  2. Take the train from Luxembourg to Trier Hbf Re
  3. Take the train from Trier Hbf to Köln Süd Rb / ...

$185 - $228

Drive  •  7 h 3 min

  1. Drive from Lyon to Cologne 453 miles

$95 - $140

Fly Lyon to Dusseldorf, train  •  4 h 59 min

  1. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Dusseldorf (DUS) LYS - DUS
  2. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Hbf

$78 - $272

Fly Lyon to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  5 h 48 min

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

$123 - $444

Fly Lyon to Frankfurt, train  •  5 h 8 min

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

$117 - $337

Fly Lyon to Brussels, train  •  6 h 48 min

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

$101 - $288

Train to Geneva, fly to Dusseldorf  •  7 h

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

$93 - $241

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

You can take a train from Lyon to Cologne via Bruxelles Midi in around 6 h 25 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 Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 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 Cologne/Bonn Apt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Lyon to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Lyon to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $390
Flights from Lyon to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $390
Flights from Lyon to Brussels via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Lyon to Brussels via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $900
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $900
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Lyon to Dusseldorf via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $400
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 Frankfurt via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $430
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 Geneva to Dusseldorf via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Lyon to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $600
Flights from Lyon to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Dusseldorf, Hamburg
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $290
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $290
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 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 Brussels
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $430
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Lyon to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $370
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Lyon to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $430
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Lyon to Dusseldorf via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf via London City
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Lyon to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Lyon to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Vienna
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Train operators
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
tgv.com
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Bruxelles Midi
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$140 - $160
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$140 - $160
1st Class
$190 - $280
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
5 h 28 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$130 - $160
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$130 - $160
1st Class
$180 - $270
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$35 - $45
1st Class
$55 - $70
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Bruxelles Midi to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$60 - $90
1st Class
$90 - $130
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $35
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$16 - $35
1st Class
$30 - $40
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
b-rail.be
Train from Bruxelles Midi to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
belgianrail.be
Purchase a
eurail.com
Train from Bruxelles-Nord to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
belgianrail.be
Purchase a
eurail.com
Deutsche Bahn
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Trier Hbf to Köln Süd
Ave. Duration
2 h 57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
22 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Bahn DE
Website
bahn.de
Train from Trier Hbf to Köln, Dasselstr./Bf Süd
Ave. Duration
2 h 18 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Schedules at
bahn.de
Flixtrain
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf central station to Cologne, Cologne central station
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
SNCF
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
en.oui.sncf
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Lyon-Part-Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $100
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
Eurolines FR
FlixBus
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Lyon, Lyon Perrache to Bonn
Ave. Duration
10 h 20 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $75
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Lyon and Cologne is 597 km. The road distance is 725 km.

The cheapest way to get from Lyon to Cologne is to bus which costs 40€ - 65€ and takes 11 h 37 min.

The quickest way to get from Lyon to Cologne is to fly and train which takes 4 h 59 min and costs 65€ - 240€.

No, there is no direct train from Lyon to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Lyon Part Dieu and arriving at Köln Hbf via Bruxelles Midi. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 25 min.

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.

It takes approximately 6 h 25 min to get from Lyon to Cologne, including transfers.