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Train  •  4h 13m

  1. Take the train from Soltau(Han) to Hannover Hbf Re / ...
  2. Take the train from Hannover Hbf to Koeln Hbf Ice / ...

€32 - €112

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Train via Porta Westfalica  •  6h 19m

  1. Take the train from Soltau(Han) to Hannover Hbf Re
  2. Take the train from Hannover Hbf to Porta Westfalica Re
  3. Take the train from Porta Westfalica to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 Re / ...

Train, bus  •  7h 54m

  1. Take the train from Soltau(Han) to Hannover Hbf Re / ...
  2. Take the bus from Hanover central bus station to Leverkusen 073 / ...

€33 - €43

Drive  •  3h 13m

  1. Drive from Soltau to Cologne 358.8 km

€35 - €60

Train, train to Hamburg, fly to Cologne Bonn  •  4h 19m

  1. Take the train from Soltau(Han) to Buchholz(Nordheide)
  2. Take the train from Buchholz(Nordheide) to Hamburg Hbf
  3. Fly from Hamburg (HAM) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) HAM - CGN

Train to Hamburg, fly to Dusseldorf, train  •  5h 3m

  1. Take the train from Soltau(Han) to Buchholz(Nordheide)
  2. Fly from Hamburg (HAM) to Dusseldorf (DUS) HAM - DUS
  3. Take the train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf

€83 - €321

Train to Bremen, fly to Frankfurt, train  •  4h 24m

  1. Take the train from Soltau(Han) to Bremen Hbf
  2. Fly from Bremen (BRE) to Frankfurt (FRA) BRE - FRA
  3. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

€94 - €279

Train to Hannover, fly to Frankfurt, train  •  4h 22m

  1. Take the train from Soltau(Han) to Langenhagen Mitte
  2. Fly from Hannover (HAJ) to Frankfurt (FRA) HAJ - FRA
  3. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

€121 - €346

Train to Hamburg, fly to Frankfurt, train  •  5h 16m

  1. Take the train from Soltau(Han) to Buchholz(Nordheide)
  2. Fly from Hamburg (HAM) to Frankfurt (FRA) HAM - FRA
  3. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

€77 - €266

Soltau to Cologne by train

The train journey time between Soltau and Cologne is around 4h 31m and covers a distance of around 382 km. The fastest train normally takes 4h 10m. Operated by Erixx, HVV, Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express and others, the Soltau to Cologne train service departs from Soltau(Han) and arrives in Koeln Hbf. Typically 125 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
4h 31m
Fastest train time:
4h 10m
Train distance:
382 km
Trains per week:
125
Cheapest price:
€32
Carbon emissions:
20 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
03:59
Last train departs at:
22:59

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Soltau to Cologne train schedules

Soltau → Cologne
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The cheapest way to get from Soltau to Cologne is to train and bus which costs €30 - €45 and takes 7h 54m.

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The quickest way to get from Soltau to Cologne is to drive which costs €35 - €60 and takes 3h 13m.

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No, there is no direct train from Soltau to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Soltau(Han) and arriving at Koeln Hbf via Hannover Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 13m.

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The distance between Soltau and Cologne is 302 km. The road distance is 358.8 km.

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The best way to get from Soltau to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 4h 13m and costs €30 - €120.

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It takes approximately 4h 13m to get from Soltau to Cologne, including transfers.

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Soltau to Cologne train services, operated by Erixx, depart from Soltau(Han) station.

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The quickest flight from Hamburg Airport to Cologne Bonn Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h.

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Soltau to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Koeln Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Soltau to Cologne is 359 km. It takes approximately 3h 13m to drive from Soltau to Cologne.

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  • Distance: 302.3 km
  • Duration: 4h 13m

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

You can take a train from Soltau to Cologne via Hannover Hbf in around 4h 13m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Hamburg to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€180 - €490
Flights from Bremen to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €340
Flights from Hannover to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€95 - €350
Flights from Hamburg to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€65 - €340
Flights from Hamburg to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€65 - €340
Flights from Hamburg to Frankfurt via Brussels
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
€230 - €1700
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Hamburg to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€70 - €440
Flights from Hamburg to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€90 - €500
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Hamburg to Frankfurt via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€150 - €650
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Hamburg to Frankfurt via Brussels
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
€230 - €1700
Train operators
Erixx
Phone
05191/ 96944-250
Website
erixx.de
Train from Soltau(Han) to Hannover Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Erixx
Train from Soltau(Han) to Buchholz(Nordheide)
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Erixx
Train from Soltau(Han) to Bremen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Website
Erixx
Train from Soltau(Han) to Langenhagen Mitte
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Erixx
HVV
Phone
040/ 19 449
Website
hvv.de
Train from Soltau(Han) to Hannover Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€16 - €22
Website
HVV
Train from Soltau(Han) to Buchholz
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€8 - €12
Website
HVV
Train from Soltau(Han) to Bremen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€13 - €19
Website
HVV
Train from Soltau(Han) to Langenhagen Mitte
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€14 - €20
Website
HVV
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 Hannover Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 41m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€55 - €80
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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
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 Hannover Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 6m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€65 - €90
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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 7m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€50 - €70
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Hannover Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 32m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€16 - €20
Website
Flixtrain
WestfalenBahn GmbH
Phone
+49 521 55777755
Email
info@westfalenbahn.de
Website
westfalenbahn.de
Train from Hannover Hbf to Porta Westfalica
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
WestfalenBahn GmbH
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Porta Westfalica to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
3h 17m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€50 - €70
Website
National Express Rail
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€11 - €14
Website
National Express Rail
metronom
Phone
+49 581 97164164
Email
presse@der-metronom.de
Website
der-metronom.de
Train from Buchholz(Nordheide) to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Website
metronom
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
ABELLIO Rail
Phone
0800 2235546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Düsseldorf Flughafen to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
41 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
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€40 - €75
Website
Thalys
Standard
€40 - €55
Comfort
€50 - €70
Premium
€50 - €75
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
Bus from Hanover central bus station to Leverkusen
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€17 - €21
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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