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There are 3 ways to get from Paderborn to Cologne by train, rideshare or car

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Train  •  2 h 29 min

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

$45 - $70

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Rideshare  •  2 h 16 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Paderborn to Cologne 112.5 miles

$6 - $17

1 alternative option

Drive  •  1 h 50 min

  1. Drive from Paderborn to Cologne 113.4 miles

$23 - $35

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The cheapest way to get from Paderborn to Cologne is to rideshare which costs 5€ - 15€ and takes 2 h 16 min.

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The quickest way to get from Paderborn to Cologne is to drive which costs 20€ - 30€ and takes 1 h 50 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Paderborn Hbf and arriving at Köln Hbf. Services depart once daily, and operate Monday to Saturday. The journey takes approximately 2 h 29 min.

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The distance between Paderborn and Cologne is 153 km. The road distance is 181.5 km.

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The best way to get from Paderborn to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 2 h 29 min and costs 40€ - 65€.

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The train from Paderborn Hbf to Köln Hbf takes 2 h 29 min including transfers and departs once daily.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Paderborn to Cologne is 181 km. It takes approximately 1 h 50 min to drive from Paderborn to Cologne.

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  • Distance: 95.5 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 29 min

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

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Paderborn to Cologne once daily. Tickets cost $45 - $70 and the journey takes 2 h 29 min.

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.

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+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Train from Paderborn Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 29 min
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Other operators

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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Rideshare from Paderborn to Cologne
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $17
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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Paderborn and Cologne. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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