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There are 10 ways to get from Paris to Cologne by train, bus, rideshare, 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  •  3h 20m

  1. Take the train from Paris-Nord to Köln Hauptbahnhof

$140 - $180

Cheapest option

Bus Ouibus  •  8h 52m

  1. Take the bus from Paris City Centre - Bercy to Cologne Ouibus

$30 - $44

8 alternative options

Bus Eurolines FR  •  8h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Paris Gallieni to Köln

$50 - $100

Rideshare  •  5h 47m

  1. Take the rideshare from Paris to Cologne 303 miles

$39

Drive  •  4h 35m

  1. Drive from Paris to Cologne 302.3 miles

$65 - $95

Fly to Dusseldorf, train  •  5h 12m

  1. Fly from Paris CDG (CDG) to Dusseldorf (DUS) CDG - DUS
  2. Take the train from Dusseldorf Hbf to Koln Messe/Deutz

$68 - $233

Fly to Cologne Bonn  •  6h 25m

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

$88 - $350

Fly to Frankfurt, train  •  5h 16m

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

$97 - $347

Fly to Brussels, train  •  5h 37m

  1. Fly from Paris CDG (CDG) to Brussels (BRU) CDG - BRU
  2. Take the train from Brusel Nord to Köln Hauptbahnhof

$131 - $383

Fly to Luxembourg, train  •  7h 20m

  1. Fly from Paris CDG (CDG) to Luxembourg (LUX) CDG - LUX
  2. Take the train from Trier Hbf to Köln, Dasselstr./Bf Süd

$115 - $334

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The cheapest way to get from Paris to Cologne is to bus which costs 26€ - 40€ and takes 8h 52m.

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The quickest way to get from Paris to Cologne is to train which costs 120€ - 160€ and takes 3h 20m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Paris Gallieni and arriving at Köln. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8h 15m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Paris-Nord and arriving at Köln Hauptbahnhof. Services depart five times a day, 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 483.6 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 120€ - 160€.

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The train from Paris-Nord to Köln Hauptbahnhof takes 3h 20m including transfers and departs five times a day.

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Paris to Cologne bus services, operated by Eurolines FR, depart from Paris Gallieni station.

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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 120€ - 160€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 45€ - 90€ and takes 8h 15m, you could also fly, which costs 75€ - 310€ and takes 6h 25m.

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Map of how to get from Paris to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 251.3 miles
  • Duration: 3h 20m

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

Thalys operates a train from Paris to Cologne 5 times a day. Tickets cost $140 - $180 and the journey takes 3h 20m. Alternatively, Eurolines FR operates a bus from Paris to Cologne 3 times a day. Tickets cost $50 - $100 and the journey takes 8h 15m.

Airlines
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $450
Flights from Paris CDG to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $470
Flights from Paris CDG to Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $440
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$50 - $290
Flights from Paris CDG to Cologne Bonn via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Paris CDG to Cologne Bonn via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
5h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Paris CDG to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Paris CDG to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $290
Flights from Paris CDG to Cologne Bonn via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Flights from Paris CDG to Cologne Bonn via Dusseldorf, Hamburg
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from Paris CDG to Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $440
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Cologne Bonn via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$75 - $420
Flights from Paris CDG to Frankfurt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
Flights from Paris CDG to Frankfurt via Geneva
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Frankfurt via Brussels
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Paris CDG to Brussels
Ave. Duration
57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $950
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Cologne Bonn via Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $320
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Frankfurt via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Train operators
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Paris-Nord to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$140 - $180
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$140 - $180
1st Class
$190 - $260
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 Dusseldorf Hbf to Koln Messe/Deutz
Ave. Duration
25m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
48m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
bahn.de
Train from Brusel Nord to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1h 41m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
Bahn DE
Website
bahn.de
Train from Trier Hbf to Köln, Dasselstr./Bf Süd
Ave. Duration
2h 18m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Schedules at
bahn.de
Bus operators
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Paris Gallieni to Köln
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $100
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 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 Paris City Centre - Bercy to Cologne
Ave. Duration
8h 25m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$19 - $27
Website
Ouibus
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.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Paris to Cologne
Ave. Duration
5h 47m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$39
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Paris CDG Airport to Dusseldorf Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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Paris to Cologne bus services, operated by Eurolines FR, arrive at Köln station.

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Paris to Cologne train services, operated by Thalys, arrive at Köln Hauptbahnhof station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Paris to Cologne is 484 km. It takes approximately 4h 35m to drive from Paris to Cologne.

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Eurowings and Air France offer flights from Paris CDG Airport to Dusseldorf Airport.

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There are 997+ 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 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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The best way to get from Paris to Paris CDG Airport is to train which takes 38m and costs 10€.

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