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

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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Fly Rome to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  4 h 54 min

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

$88 - $314

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Fly Rome Ciampino to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  4 h 55 min

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

$52 - $332

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Fly Rome to Dusseldorf  •  6 h 2 min

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

$83 - $287

Fly Rome to Frankfurt, train  •  5 h 55 min

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

$122 - $371

Train  •  12 h 54 min

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

$239 - $418

Train, car train  •  18 h 40 min

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini to Bologna C.Le Fr / ...
  2. Take the train from Bologna C.Le to Verona Porta Nuova Rv / ...
  3. Take the car train from Verona Porta Nuova to Köln Hbf

$105 - $228

Drive, train  •  16 h 3 min

  1. Drive from Rome to Verona Porta Nuova
  2. Take the train from Verona Porta Nuova to Milano Centrale Fr / ...
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Mannheim Hbf Ece / ...
  4. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Köln Hbf Ice

$237 - $469

Bus FlixBus  •  20 h 49 min

  1. Take the bus from Rome to Florence, Florence 518 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Florence, Florence to Cologne, Cologne South, Airport N537

$95 - $163

Bus Eurolines FR  •  25 h 28 min

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

$168 - $253

Drive  •  13 h 11 min

  1. Drive from Rome to Cologne 880 miles

$210 - $310

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The cheapest way to get from Rome to Cologne is to fly which costs 45€ - 290€ and takes 4 h 55 min.

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The quickest way to get from Rome to Cologne is to fly which costs 75€ - 280€ and takes 4 h 54 min.

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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 station to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Roma Termini Station and arriving at Köln Hbf via Milano Centrale, Basel SBB and Mannheim Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 54 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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The best way to get from Rome to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 12 h 54 min and costs 200€ - 370€.

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It takes approximately 4 h 54 min to get from Rome to Cologne, including transfers.

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Rome to Cologne bus services, operated by Eurolines FR, depart from Roma station.

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Rome to Cologne train services, operated by ItaloTreno, arrive at Roma Termini Station.

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The best way to get from Rome to Cologne is to fly which takes 4 h 54 min and costs 75€ - 280€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 200€ - 370€ and takes 12 h 54 min, you could also bus, which costs 80€ - 150€ and takes 20 h 49 min.

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Map of how to get from Rome to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 681.2 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 54 min

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

Eurowings, Lufthansa and Swiss fly from Rome to Cologne 5 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a train from Rome to Cologne via Milano Centrale Station, Milano Centrale, Basel SBB, and Mannheim Hbf in around 12 h 54 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Rome to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $750
Flights from Rome to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Rome to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Rome to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Rome to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Rome to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $800
Flights from Rome to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $600
Flights from Rome to Dusseldorf via Vienna
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$70 - $600
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, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Rome to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flights from Rome to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Rome to Frankfurt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $950
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Rome to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Rome to Frankfurt via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Rome Ciampino to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $650
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Rome to Dusseldorf via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $1,000
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Rome to Dusseldorf via Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $330
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Rome to Frankfurt via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Train operators
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 Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
bahn.de
Train from Basel SBB to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $80
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
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Roma Termini Station to Milano Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Roma Termini to Bologna Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 18 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Bologna Centrale Station to Verona Porta Nuova Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$19 - $27
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Verona Porta Nuova Station to Milano Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $29
Website
italotreno.it
Trenitalia Frecce

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Roma Termini to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Roma Termini to Bologna C.Le
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Verona Porta Nuova to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Trenitalia Eurocity

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$85 - $150
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 32 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Verona Porta Nuova to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
6 h 47 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
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
Trenitalia

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Bologna C.Le to Verona Porta Nuova
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $19
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$16 - $19
Train from Milano Centrale to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
6 h 47 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $240
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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 Hbf
Ave. Duration
13 h 30 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$65 - $140
Schedules at
urlaubs-express.de
Passenger
$68
Motorcycle
$114
Vehicle
$126
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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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
Hourly
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
$65 - $120
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Baltour
Phone
+39 0861 1991900
Email
info@baltour.it
Website
baltour.it
Bus from Roma - Autostazione Tiburtina to Firenze - Terminal Tramvia Villa Costanza
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$15 - $21
Website
http://www.baltour.it/
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
$100 - $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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The quickest flight from Rome Airport to Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h.

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

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Rome to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Köln Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Rome to Cologne is 1408 km. It takes approximately 13 h 11 min to drive from Rome to Cologne.

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Swiss, Eurowings and Lufthansa offer flights from Rome Airport to Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport.

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Book your Rome to Cologne bus tickets online with Busbud and Busbud.

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There are 979+ hotels available in Cologne. Prices start at $57 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Rome to Rome Airport is to train which takes 32 min and costs 10€ - 15€.

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