There are 10 ways to get from Rome to Cologne by plane, train, car train, bus or car

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

Fly Rome to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  4 h 51 min

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) FCO - CGN

$88 - $316

Cheapest option

Fly Rome Ciampino to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  4 h 57 min

  1. Fly from Rome Ciampino (CIA) to Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) CIA - CGN

$52 - $333

8 alternative options

Fly Rome to Dusseldorf  •  5 h 42 min

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Dusseldorf (DUS) FCO - DUS

$71 - $294

Fly Rome to Frankfurt, train  •  5 h 51 min

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Frankfurt (FRA) FCO - FRA
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf

$127 - $377

Train  •  12 h 38 min

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini to Milano Centrale Fr
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Basel SBB Ec
  3. Take the train from Basel SBB to Mannheim Hbf Ice / ...
  4. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Köln Hbf Ice

$185 - $389

Train, car train  •  18 h 17 min

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini to Verona Porta Nuova Fa / ...
  2. Take the car train from Verona Porta Nuova to Köln Messe/Deutz

$159 - $229

Bus FlixBus  •  20 h 58 min

  1. Take the bus from Rome to Florence, Florence 510 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Florence, Florence to Cologne, Cologne South, Airport N537

$97 - $163

Bus Eurolines FR  •  25 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Roma to Strasbourg
  2. Take the bus from Strasbourg to Köln

$170 - $256

Drive, train  •  13 h 29 min

  1. Drive from Rome to Heidelberg Hbf
  2. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf Ice / ...
  3. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 Ice

$244 - $355

Drive  •  13 h 11 min

  1. Drive from Rome to Cologne 880 miles

$210 - $310

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Rome to Cologne is to fly which costs 45€ - 290€ and takes 4 h 57 min.

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The quickest way to get from Rome to Cologne is to fly which costs 75€ - 270€ and takes 4 h 51 min.

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The distance between Rome and Cologne is 1090 km. The road distance is 1407.9 km.

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It takes approximately 4 h 51 min to get from Rome to Cologne, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Rome to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Roma and arriving at Köln via Strasbourg. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 25 h 28 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Rome to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Roma Termini and arriving at Köln Hbf via Milano Centrale, Basel SBB and Mannheim Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 38 min.

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What companies run services between Rome, Italy and Cologne, Germany?

Eurowings, Lufthansa and three other airlines fly from Rome to Cologne every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Rome to Cologne via Milano Centrale, Basel SBB, and Mannheim Hbf in around 12 h 38 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Rome to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $750
Flights from Rome to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Rome to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Rome to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Rome to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Rome to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $490
Flights from Rome to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Rome to Frankfurt via Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
3 h 52 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Rome to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $800
Flights from Rome to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $600
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Rome to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flights from Rome to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Rome to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Palermo
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$50 - $250
Flights from Rome Ciampino to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $650
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Rome to Dusseldorf via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Croatia Airlines
Website
croatiaairlines.com
Flights from Rome to Dusseldorf via Dubrovnik
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$340 - $2,200
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$22 - $25
Website
bahn.de
Second Class
$22 - $25
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Trenitalia Frecce
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Roma Termini to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
2 h 59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Roma Termini to Verona Porta Nuova
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Roma Termini Station to Milano Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 59 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Roma Termini Station to Verona Porta Nuova Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 8 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
italotreno.it
Trenitalia Eurocity
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $120
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Standard
$30 - $120
First
$80 - $200
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $100
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Urlaubs-Express
Phone
+49 (0) 221 800 20 820
Email
info@urlaubs-express.de
Website
urlaubs-express.de
Car train from Verona Porta Nuova to Köln Messe/Deutz
Ave. Duration
14 h 25 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$120 - $150
Schedules at
urlaubs-express.de
Bus operators
FlixBus
Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Rome to Florence, Florence
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $26
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Florence, Florence to Cologne, Cologne South, Airport
Ave. Duration
16 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $120
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Roma to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
16 h 43 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$110 - $170
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
Bus from Strasbourg to Köln
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Schedules at
eurolines.fr

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