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There are 6 ways to get from Mannheim to Cologne by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  1 h 29 min

  1. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Köln Hbf Ice

$50 - $75

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  2 h 42 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Mannheim to Cologne 151.4 miles

$9 - $21

4 alternative options

Bus  •  3 h 59 min

  1. Take the bus from Mannheim, Mannheim ZOB to Cologne, Cologne South, Airport 027 / ...

$30 - $42

Train TransRegio  •  4 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Mainz Hbf Ic / ...
  2. Take the train from Mainz Hbf to Köln, Dasselstr./Bf Süd Rb26

$52 - $75

Drive  •  2 h 16 min

  1. Drive from Mannheim to Cologne 151.7 miles

$30 - $50

Train, fly  •  3 h 44 min

  1. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Dusseldorf (DUS) FRA - DUS
  3. Take the train from Dusseldorf Hbf to Koln Messe/Deutz

$108 - $302

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Mannheim to Cologne is to rideshare which costs 7€ - 19€ and takes 2 h 42 min.

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The quickest way to get from Mannheim to Cologne is to train which costs 45€ - 65€ and takes 1 h 29 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Mannheim Hbf and arriving at Köln Hbf. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 29 min.

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The distance between Mannheim and Cologne is 193 km. The road distance is 242.7 km.

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The best way to get from Mannheim to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 1 h 29 min and costs 45€ - 65€.

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The train from Mannheim Hbf to Köln Hbf takes 1 h 29 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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

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The best way to get from Mannheim to Cologne is to train which takes 1 h 29 min and costs 45€ - 65€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 25€ - 40€ and takes 3 h 59 min.

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The quickest flight from Frankfurt Airport to Dusseldorf Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Mannheim to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 120.9 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 29 min

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

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Mannheim to Cologne hourly. Tickets cost $50 - $75 and the journey takes 1 h 29 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Mannheim to Cologne every 4 hours. Tickets cost $14 - $24 and the journey takes 3 h 40 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $320
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 Mannheim Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Mainz Hbf
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Train from Dusseldorf Hbf to Koln Messe/Deutz
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Website
bahn.de
TransRegio
Phone
+49-261-98887070
Email
service@trans-regio.de
Website
trans-regio.de
Train from Mainz Hbf to Köln, Dasselstr./Bf Süd
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
trans-regio.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 Mannheim, Mannheim ZOB to Cologne, Cologne South, Airport
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
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.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Mannheim to Cologne
Ave. Duration
2 h 42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $21
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Mannheim to Cologne is 243 km. It takes approximately 2 h 16 min to drive from Mannheim to Cologne.

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Lufthansa offers flights from Frankfurt Airport to Dusseldorf Airport.

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There are 975+ hotels available in Cologne. Prices start at $57 USD per night.

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

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