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There are 7 ways to get from Paris to Cologne by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  3h 20m

  1. Take the train from Paris Nord to Koeln Hbf Thalys

110€ - 230€

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Bus  •  9h 54m

  1. Take the bus from Paris to Cologne South N1153

30€ - 50€

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Rideshare  •  5h 47m

  1. Take the rideshare from Paris to Cologne 484.6 km

34€

Drive  •  4h 22m

  1. Drive from Paris Gallieni to Cologne 479.4 km

50€ - 80€

Fly to Dusseldorf, train  •  4h 57m

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

82€ - 293€

Fly to Cologne Bonn  •  7h 3m

  1. Fly from Paris CDG (CDG) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) CDG - CGN

59€ - 235€

Fly to Frankfurt, train  •  4h 56m

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

90€ - 278€

Paris to Cologne by train

The train journey time between Paris and Cologne is around 3h 21m and covers a distance of around 527 km. The fastest train normally takes 3h 20m. Operated by Thalys, the Paris to Cologne train service departs from Paris Nord and arrives in Koeln Hbf. Typically eight trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Paris to Cologne train schedules

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The most affordable way to get from Paris to Cologne is to rideshare, which costs 34€ and takes 5h 47m.

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The quickest way to get from Paris to Cologne is to train which costs 110€ - 230€ and takes 3h 20m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Paris Nord and arriving at Koeln Hbf. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 20m.

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The distance between Paris and Cologne is 402 km. The road distance is 479.4 km.

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The best way to get from Paris to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 3h 20m and costs 110€ - 230€.

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The train from Paris Nord to Koeln Hbf takes 3h 20m including transfers and departs twice daily.

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Paris to Cologne train services, operated by Thalys, depart from Paris Nord station.

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The best way to get from Paris to Cologne is to train which takes 3h 20m and costs 110€ - 230€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 30€ - 50€ and takes 9h 54m, you could also fly, which costs 55€ - 240€ and takes 7h 3m.

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The quickest flight from Paris CDG Airport to Dusseldorf Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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Paris to Cologne train services, operated by Thalys, arrive at Koeln Hbf station.

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Map of how to get from Paris to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 402.1 km
  • Duration: 3h 20m

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

Thalys operates a train from Paris Nord to Koeln Hbf twice daily. Tickets cost 110€ - 230€ and the journey takes 3h 20m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Paris to Cologne South 3 times a week. Tickets cost 27€ - 35€ and the journey takes 9h 40m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
170€ - 380€
Flights from Paris CDG to Cologne Bonn via Munich
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
70€ - 330€
Flights from Paris CDG to Cologne Bonn via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
75€ - 330€
Flights from Paris CDG to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
55€ - 270€
Flights from Paris CDG to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
55€ - 270€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
80€ - 270€
Flights from Paris CDG to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
80€ - 330€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
95€ - 390€
Flights from Paris CDG to Frankfurt via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 390€
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
65€ - 110€
Flights from Paris CDG to Cologne Bonn via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
50€ - 210€
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Cologne Bonn via Vienna
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
80€ - 350€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Cologne Bonn via Zurich
Ave. Duration
7h 22m
When
Monday and Sunday
Estimated price
60€ - 240€
Gulf Air Bahrain
Website
gulfair.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
95€ - 140€
Train operators
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Paris Nord to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
110€ - 230€
Website
Thalys
Standard
110€ - 150€
Comfort
120€ - 160€
Premium
160€ - 230€
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
40€ - 75€
Website
Thalys
Standard
40€ - 55€
Comfort
50€ - 70€
Premium
50€ - 75€
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
3 times a week
Estimated price
50€ - 70€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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 Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
3 times a day
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
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 Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
2h 12m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
29€ - 40€
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
Bus operators
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 Paris to Cologne South
Ave. Duration
9h 40m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
27€ - 35€
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.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Paris to Cologne
Ave. Duration
5h 47m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
34€
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Paris to Cologne is 479 km. It takes approximately 4h 22m to drive from Paris to Cologne.

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There are 420+ hotels available in Cologne. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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

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