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There are 12 ways to get from Nuremberg to Cologne by train, bus, night train, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  3h 15m

  1. Take the train from Nuernberg Hbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 Ice

€70 - €100

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  4h 30m

  1. Take the rideshare from Nuremberg to Cologne 403.7 km

€12 - €25

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Bus  •  6h 19m

  1. Take the bus from Nuremberg to Cologne - Airport Munich - Bus station > Nuremberg > Würzburg > Frankfurt - Main station > Frankfurt - Airport > Cologne - Airport > Dusseldorf

€17 - €35

Bus via Bonn, Marie-Kahle-Allee  •  6h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Nuremberg, ZOB, Bahnhofstrasse - Will. - Br. Platz to Bonn, Marie-Kahle-Allee RegioJet / ...

€14 - €26

Night train  •  5h 10m

  1. Take the night train from Nuernberg Hbf to Koeln Hbf Nj

€35 - €50

Drive  •  3h 36m

  1. Drive from Nuremberg to Cologne 404.6 km

€40 - €65

Fly Nuremberg to Cologne Bonn  •  5h 40m

  1. Fly from Nuremberg (NUE) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) NUE - CGN

€65 - €290

Fly Nuremberg to Dusseldorf, train  •  3h 19m

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

€133 - €428

Fly Nuremberg to Frankfurt, train  •  3h 3m

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

€86 - €453

Train to Munich, fly to Cologne Bonn  •  4h 19m

  1. Take the train from Nuernberg Hbf to Muenchen Hbf
  2. Fly from Munich (MUC) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) MUC - CGN

€85 - €367

Train to Munich, fly to Dusseldorf, train  •  5h 7m

  1. Take the train from Nuernberg Hbf to Muenchen Hbf
  2. Fly from Munich (MUC) to Dusseldorf (DUS) MUC - DUS
  3. Take the train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf

€98 - €435

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Dusseldorf, train  •  5h 16m

  1. Take the train from Nuernberg Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Dusseldorf (DUS) FRA - DUS
  3. Take the train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf

€122 - €345

Nuremberg to Cologne by train

The train journey time between Nuremberg and Cologne is around 3h 24m and covers a distance of around 402 km. The fastest train normally takes 3h 15m. Operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express and Austrian Railways (ÖBB), the Nuremberg to Cologne train service departs from Nuernberg Hbf and arrives in Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12. Typically 104 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
3h 24m
Fastest train time:
3h 15m
Trains per week:
104
Cheapest price:
€70
Carbon emissions:
21 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
05:54
Last train departs at:
19:58

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Nuremberg to Cologne train schedules

Nuremberg → Cologne
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The cheapest way to get from Nuremberg to Cologne is to rideshare which costs €12 - €25 and takes 4h 30m.

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The quickest way to get from Nuremberg to Cologne is to fly and train which costs €85 - €460 and takes 3h 3m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Nuernberg Hbf and arriving at Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 15m.

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The distance between Nuremberg and Cologne is 337 km. The road distance is 404.6 km.

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The best way to get from Nuremberg to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 3h 15m and costs €70 - €100.

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The train from Nuernberg Hbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 takes 3h 15m including transfers and departs hourly.

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Nuremberg to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Nuernberg Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Nuremberg to Cologne is to train which takes 3h 15m and costs €70 - €100. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €17 - €35 and takes 6h 19m, you could also fly, which costs €65 - €290 and takes 5h 40m.

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There is no direct flight from Nuremberg Airport to Cologne Bonn Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 10m and has one stopover.

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Nuremberg to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 station.

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Map of how to get from Nuremberg to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 336.7 km
  • Duration: 3h 15m

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

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Nuernberg Hbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 hourly. Tickets cost €70 - €100 and the journey takes 3h 15m. Austrian Railways (ÖBB) also services this route twice a week. Alternatively, Blablabus operates a bus from Nuremberg to Cologne - Airport 6 times a week. Tickets cost €14 - €18 and the journey takes 6h.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Nuremberg to Cologne Bonn via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€90 - €450
Flights from Nuremberg to Cologne Bonn via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€95 - €470
Flights from Nuremberg to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€80 - €420
Flights from Nuremberg to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€80 - €2400
Flights from Munich to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€90 - €270
Flights from Munich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €280
Flights from Munich to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €280
Flights from Frankfurt to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€95 - €370
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Nuremberg to Cologne Bonn via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€120 - €330
Flights from Nuremberg to Cologne Bonn via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
9h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
€60 - €270
Flights from Nuremberg to Cologne Bonn via Dusseldorf, Hamburg
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
When
Monday and Tuesday
Estimated price
€70 - €270
Flights from Nuremberg to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€45 - €240
Flights from Munich to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€65 - €460
Flights from Munich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €460
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from Nuremberg to Cologne Bonn via Istanbul
Ave. Duration
8h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€150 - €400
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Nuremberg to Cologne Bonn via Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
9h 20m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€130 - €270
Train operators
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 Nuernberg Hbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€70 - €100
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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 Nuernberg Hbf to Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€35 - €50
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Nuernberg Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€45 - €65
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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 Nuernberg Hbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
4h 34m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€70 - €95
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
2h 6m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€29 - €40
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
Train from Nuernberg Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
2h 26m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€40 - €55
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
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
44 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 Nuernberg Hbf to Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€50 - €70
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Nuernberg Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
2h 26m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€55 - €85
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€40 - €75
Website
Thalys
Standard
€40 - €55
Comfort
€50 - €70
Premium
€50 - €75
Deutsche Bahn Regional

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Nuernberg Hbf to Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 42m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€27 - €40
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Nuernberg Hbf to Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
€10 - €13
Website
Flixtrain
Bus operators
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Nuremberg to Cologne - Airport
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€14 - €18
Website
Blablabus
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Nuremberg, ZOB, Bahnhofstrasse - Will. - Br. Platz to Bonn, Marie-Kahle-Allee
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€11 - €17
Website
RegioJet
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 Nuremberg central bus station to Bonn UN Campus
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€20 - €25
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. 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 to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Nuremberg to Cologne
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€12 - €25
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Nuremberg to Cologne is 405 km. It takes approximately 3h 36m to drive from Nuremberg to Cologne.

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Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa and Eurowings offer flights from Nuremberg Airport to Cologne Bonn Airport.

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

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The best way to get from Nuremberg to Nuremberg Airport is to subway which takes 10 min and costs €2 - €4.

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