There are 8 ways to get from Paris to Cologne by train, night 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.

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Train  •  3h 20m

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

110€ - 230€

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Night bus  •  8h 50m

  1. Take the night bus from Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine to Cologne, Leverkusen N79

29€ - 50€

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Rideshare  •  5h 47m

  1. Take the rideshare from Paris to Cologne 484.8 km

34€

Drive  •  4h 25m

  1. Drive from Paris Gallieni to Cologne 479.5 km

55€ - 85€

Fly to Dusseldorf, train  •  4h 45m

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

64€ - 333€

Fly to Cologne Bonn  •  6h 17m

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

71€ - 297€

Fly to Frankfurt, train  •  5h

  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

99€ - 330€

Fly to Brussels, train  •  5h 38m

  1. Fly from Paris CDG (CDG) to Brussels (BRU) CDG - BRU
  2. Take the train from Bruxelles-Nord to Koeln Hbf

136€ - 358€

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The cheapest 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 four 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 479.5 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 four times a day.

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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 fly, which costs 70€ - 300€ and takes 6h 17m.

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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 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 4 times a day. Tickets cost 110€ - 230€ and the journey takes 3h 20m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a vehicle from Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine to Cologne, Leverkusen once a week. Tickets cost 27€ - 35€ and the journey takes 8h 25m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
65€ - 240€
Flights from Paris CDG to Cologne Bonn via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
180€ - 600€
Flights from Paris CDG to Cologne Bonn via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
6h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
180€ - 600€
Flights from Paris CDG to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
65€ - 370€
Flights from Paris CDG to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
65€ - 370€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
75€ - 400€
Flights from Paris CDG to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
65€ - 450€
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
65€ - 240€
Flights from Paris CDG to Cologne Bonn via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
3h 52m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
70€ - 330€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 420€
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Cologne Bonn via Vienna
Ave. Duration
5h 47m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
190€ - 650€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Cologne Bonn via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
210€ - 650€
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Brussels
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
280€ - 1000€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Cologne Bonn via Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
100€ - 240€
Train operators
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Paris Nord to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
110€ - 230€
Website
Thalys
Standard
110€ - 150€
Comfort
120€ - 160€
Premium
160€ - 230€
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
Website
bahn.com
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
8€ - 12€
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
32 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
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 Bruxelles-Nord to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 41m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
11€ - 14€
Website
National Express Rail
VRR
Phone
+49 209 1584-0
Email
info@vrr.de
Website
vrr.de
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
2€
Website
VRR
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
Website
bahn.com
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 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
Once daily
Estimated price
50€ - 70€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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 19m
Frequency
3 times 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
Night bus from Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine to Cologne, Leverkusen
Ave. Duration
8h 25m
Frequency
Once 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 480 km. It takes approximately 4h 25m to drive from Paris to Cologne.

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

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There are 1127+ hotels available in Cologne. Prices start at 87€ 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 38 min and costs 10€.

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