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There are 11 ways to get from Prague to Cologne by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly Prague to Dusseldorf, train  •  4h 49m

  1. Fly from Prague (PRG) to Dusseldorf (DUS) PRG - DUS
  2. Take the train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf

87€ - 246€

Cheapest option

Bus  •  10h 24m

  1. Take the bus from Prague, ÚAN Florenc to Cologne/Bonn Airport, Terminal 2 RegioJet

23€ - 45€

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Bus to Dresden, fly to Dusseldorf, train  •  5h 53m

  1. Take the bus from Prague, ÚAN Florenc to Dresden, Hbf., Bayrische Str.
  2. Fly from Dresden (DRS) to Dusseldorf (DUS) DRS - DUS
  3. Take the train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf

159€ - 450€

Fly Prague to Frankfurt, train  •  4h 43m

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

80€ - 301€

Bus to Dresden, fly to Cologne Bonn  •  5h 5m

  1. Take the bus from Prague, ÚAN Florenc to Dresden, Hbf., Bayrische Str.
  2. Fly from Dresden (DRS) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) DRS - CGN

56€ - 332€

Train to Munich, fly to Cologne Bonn  •  8h 18m

  1. Take the train from Praha Hlavni Nadrazi to Freising
  2. Fly from Munich (MUC) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) MUC - CGN

89€ - 292€

Bus, train  •  8h 38m

  1. Take the bus from Prague, ÚAN Florenc to Dresden, Hbf., Bayrische Str. 060 / ...
  2. Take the train from Dresden Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf Ice
  3. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 Ice / ...

119€ - 280€

Train via Nuremberg  •  8h 57m

  1. Take the train from Praha Hlavni Nadrazi to Schwandorf 352 / ...
  2. Take the train from Schwandorf to Nuernberg Hbf Re
  3. Take the train from Nuernberg Hbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 Ice

97€ - 141€

Train  •  10h 49m

  1. Take the train from Praha Hlavni Nadrazi to Dresden Hbf Ec
  2. Take the train from Dresden Hbf to Koeln Hbf Ic

119€ - 174€

Bus via Chemnitz  •  10h 51m

  1. Take the bus from Prague to Chemnitz central bus station 321
  2. Take the bus from Chemnitz central bus station to Cologne East N20

39€ - 48€

Drive  •  5h 58m

  1. Drive from Prague to Cologne 690.8 km

70€ - 110€

Prague to Cologne by trains

The train journey time between Prague and Cologne is around 10h 15m and covers a distance of around 744 km. The fastest train normally takes 8h 33m. Operated by Czech Railways (ČD), Deutsche Bahn Regional, Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express and others, the Prague to Cologne train service departs from Praha Hlavni Nadrazi and arrives in Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12. Typically 36 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
10h 15m
Fastest train time:
8h 33m
Trains per week:
36
Cheapest price:
97€
Carbon emissions:
39 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
05:43
Last train departs at:
17:43

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Prague to Cologne train schedules

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Cologne is 116 117.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Cologne is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Cologne is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 116 117.

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The cheapest way to get from Prague to Cologne is to bus which costs 600 Kč - 1 200 Kč and takes 10h 24m.

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The fastest way to get from Prague to Cologne is to fly and train which takes 4h 43m and costs 2 000 Kč - 8 000 Kč.

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No, there is no direct train from Prague to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Praha Hlavni Nadrazi and arriving at Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 via Schwandorf and Nuernberg Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 57m.

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The distance between Prague and Cologne is 536 km. The road distance is 690.8 km.

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The best way to get from Prague to Cologne without a car is to bus and train which takes 8h 38m and costs 3 000 Kč - 7 500 Kč.

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It takes approximately 4h 49m to get from Prague to Cologne, including transfers.

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Prague to Cologne train services, operated by Czech Railways (ČD), depart from Praha Hlavni Nadrazi station.

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The best way to get from Prague to Cologne is to train via Nuremberg which takes 8h 57m and costs 2 500 Kč - 3 700 Kč. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 600 Kč - 1 200 Kč and takes 10h 24m.

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The quickest flight from Prague Airport to Dusseldorf Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 20m.

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Prague 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 Prague to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 536.3 km
  • Duration: 4h 49m

What companies run services between Prague, Czech Republic and Cologne, Germany?

You can take a train from Prague to Cologne via Schwandorf and Nuernberg Hbf in around 8h 57m. Alternatively, RegioJet operates a bus from Prague, ÚAN Florenc to Cologne/Bonn Airport, Terminal 2 once daily. Tickets cost 20€ - 28€ and the journey takes 10h 10m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Prague to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
290€ - 550€
Flights from Prague to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
290€ - 550€
Flights from Dresden to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
180€ - 390€
Flights from Prague to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
85€ - 320€
Flights from Dresden to Cologne Bonn via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday
Estimated price
90€ - 420€
Flights from Munich to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
90€ - 270€
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Prague to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
40€ - 190€
Flights from Dresden to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
45€ - 200€
Flights from Dresden to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Sunday
Estimated price
45€ - 220€
Flights from Munich to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
65€ - 460€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Prague to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 290€
Train operators
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln 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 20m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
50€ - 70€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Dresden Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
7h 23m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
110€ - 160€
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
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 Dresden Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
85€ - 120€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Nuernberg Hbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
70€ - 100€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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€
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 6m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
29€ - 40€
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
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
Czech Railways (ČD)
Phone
+420 221 111 122
Email
info@cd.cz
Website
cd.cz
Train from Praha Hlavni Nadrazi to Freising
Ave. Duration
5h 7m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
17€ - 30€
Website
Czech Railways (ČD)
2nd Class
17€ - 22€
Business
24€ - 29€
1st Class
25€ - 30€
Train from Praha Hlavni Nadrazi to Schwandorf
Ave. Duration
3h 21m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
11€ - 19€
Website
Czech Railways (ČD)
2nd Class
11€ - 14€
Business
15€ - 19€
1st Class
16€ - 19€
Train from Praha Hlavni Nadrazi to Dresden Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 26m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
8€ - 15€
Website
Czech Railways (ČD)
2nd Class
8€ - 11€
Business
12€ - 15€
1st Class
12€ - 15€
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 Schwandorf to Nuernberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
15€ - 22€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Bus operators
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Prague, ÚAN Florenc to Dresden, Hbf., Bayrische Str.
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
5€ - 8€
Website
RegioJet
Bus from Prague, ÚAN Florenc to Cologne/Bonn Airport, Terminal 2
Ave. Duration
10h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
20€ - 28€
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 Prague to Dresden central station
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
9€ - 12€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Prague to Chemnitz central bus station
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
13€ - 16€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Chemnitz central bus station to Cologne East
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
24€ - 30€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Comati PSG
Phone
0040 723 450 475
Email
info@comati-psg.ro
Website
comati-psg.ro
Bus from Prague Florenc Central Bus Station to Dresden Bayrische Strasse
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
75€ - 90€
Website
Comati PSG

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