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There are 6 ways to get from Saarbrücken to Cologne by bus, train, tram, rideshare 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

Bus  •  3 h 29 min

  1. Take the bus from Saarbrücken to Cologne, Cologne South, Airport 011 / ...

$29 - $42

Cheapest option

Bus, train  •  5 h 53 min

  1. Take the bus from Saarbrücken Hbf to Luxembourg, Gare Centrale S-Lex / ...
  2. Take the train from Luxembourg, Gare Centrale to Köln Hbf Re

$8 - $9

4 alternative options

Train  •  3 h 36 min

  1. Take the train from Saarbrücken Hbf to Mannheim Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Köln Hbf Ice

$80 - $121

Bus, line 16 tram  •  4 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from Saarbrücken to Bonn N730 / ...
  2. Take the line 16 tram from Bonn, Gronau Heussallee/Museumsmeile to Köln, Poststr. 16

$16 - $25

Rideshare  •  3 h 3 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Saarbrücken to Cologne 160.3 miles

$13 - $21

Drive  •  2 h 33 min

  1. Drive from Saarbrücken to Cologne 160.9 miles

$30 - $50

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The cheapest way to get from Saarbrücken to Cologne is to bus and train which costs 6€ - 8€ and takes 5 h 53 min.

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The quickest way to get from Saarbrücken to Cologne is to drive which costs 29€ - 45€ and takes 2 h 33 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Saarbrücken to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Saarbrücken Hbf and arriving at Köln Hbf via Mannheim Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 36 min.

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The distance between Saarbrücken and Cologne is 189 km. The road distance is 257.4 km.

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The best way to get from Saarbrücken to Cologne without a car is to bus which takes 3 h 29 min and costs 25€ - 40€.

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It takes approximately 3 h 29 min to get from Saarbrücken to Cologne, including transfers.

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Saarbrücken to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Saarbrücken Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Saarbrücken to Cologne is to bus which takes 3 h 29 min and costs 25€ - 40€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 65€ - 110€ and takes 3 h 36 min.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Saarbrücken to Cologne is 257 km. It takes approximately 2 h 33 min to drive from Saarbrücken to Cologne.

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Map of how to get from Saarbrücken to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 118.2 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 29 min

What companies run services between Saarbrücken, Germany and Cologne, Germany?

FlixBus operates a bus from Saarbrücken to Cologne 3 times a day. Tickets cost $14 - $24 and the journey takes 3 h 10 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Saarbrücken to Cologne via Mannheim Hbf in around 3 h 36 min.

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 Saarbrücken Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
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
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Saarbrücken Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $36
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$30 - $36
1st Class
$50 - $55
KVB
Phone
01806 504030
Email
mietservicebus@kvb-koeln.de
Website
kvb-koeln.de
Tram from Bonn, Gronau Heussallee/Museumsmeile to Köln, Poststr.
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Website
kvb-koeln.de
Luxembourg Railways (CFL)
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 Saarbrücken to Cologne, Cologne South, Airport
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$14 - $24
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Saarbrücken to Bonn
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $22
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Luxembourg Railways (CFL)
Website
cfl.lu
Bus from Saarbrücken Hbf to Luxembourg, Gare Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
cfl.lu
Mobiliteit
Website
mobiliteit.lu
Bus from Saarbrücken Hbf to Luxembourg, Gare routière
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
mobiliteit.lu
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 Saarbrücken to Cologne
Ave. Duration
3 h 3 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $21
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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