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There are 4 ways to get from Trier to Cologne by train, night bus, rideshare or car

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Train  •  2 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Trier Hbf to Köln, Dasselstr./Bf Süd Re12 / ...

$3 - $45

3 alternative options

Night bus, train  •  3 h 39 min

  1. Take the night bus from Trier, Trier train to Montabaur N780
  2. Take the train from Montabaur to Köln Hbf Ice

$33 - $50

Rideshare  •  2 h 23 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Trier to Cologne 117.5 miles

$5 - $20

Drive  •  1 h 53 min

  1. Drive from Trier to Cologne 116.2 miles

$24 - $40

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The cheapest way to get from Trier to Cologne is to rideshare which costs 4€ - 17€ and takes 2 h 23 min.

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The quickest way to get from Trier to Cologne is to drive which costs 21€ - 35€ and takes 1 h 53 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Trier Hbf and arriving at Köln, Dasselstr./Bf Süd. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 18 min.

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The distance between Trier and Cologne is 132 km. The road distance is 185.9 km.

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The best way to get from Trier to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 2 h 18 min and costs 3€ - 40€.

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The train from Trier Hbf to Köln, Dasselstr./Bf Süd takes 2 h 18 min including transfers and departs twice daily.

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Trier to Cologne train services, operated by Bahn DE, depart from Trier Hbf station.

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Trier to Cologne train services, operated by Bahn DE, arrive at Köln, Dasselstr./Bf Süd station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Trier to Cologne is 186 km. It takes approximately 1 h 53 min to drive from Trier to Cologne.

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  • Distance: 82.7 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 18 min

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

Bahn DE operates a train from Trier to Cologne twice daily. Tickets cost $35 - $45 and the journey takes 2 h 18 min. Luxembourg Railways (CFL) also services this route once daily.

Train operators
Bahn DE
Train from Trier Hbf to Köln, Dasselstr./Bf Süd
Ave. Duration
2 h 18 min
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Schedules at
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
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Train from Montabaur to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
39 min
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Bus operators

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
+49 1807 123 99 123
Night bus from Trier, Trier train to Montabaur
Ave. Duration
2 h
5 times a week
Estimated price
$9 - $16
Other operators

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.

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Rideshare from Trier to Cologne
Ave. Duration
2 h 23 min
Estimated price
$5 - $20
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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Trier and Cologne. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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