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There are 8 ways to get from Warsaw to Cologne by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly Warsaw Chopin to Dusseldorf, train  •  5h 20m

  1. Fly from Warsaw Chopin (WAW) to Dusseldorf (DUS) WAW - DUS
  2. Take the train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf

102€ - 457€

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Train to Warsaw Modlin, fly to Cologne Bonn  •  5h 16m

  1. Take the train from Warszawa Centralna to Modlin
  2. Fly from Warsaw Modlin (WMI) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) WMI - CGN

21€ - 112€

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Fly Warsaw Chopin to Cologne Bonn  •  6h 41m

  1. Fly from Warsaw Chopin (WAW) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) WAW - CGN

59€ - 209€

Fly Szczytno to Dortmund, train  •  4h 24m

  1. Fly from Szczytno (SZY) to Dortmund (DTM) SZY - DTM
  2. Take the train from Holzwickede to Koeln Hbf

113€ - 323€

Fly Warsaw Chopin to Frankfurt, train  •  5h 19m

  1. Fly from Warsaw Chopin (WAW) to Frankfurt (FRA) WAW - FRA
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

85€ - 272€

Train  •  10h 56m

  1. Take the train from Warszawa Centralna to Berlin Hbf Eic / ...
  2. Take the train from Berlin Hbf to Koeln Hbf Ice / ...

40€ - 164€

Bus  •  19h 26m

  1. Take the bus from Warsaw to Leverkusen N1320

50€ - 65€

Drive  •  9h 34m

  1. Drive from Warsaw to Cologne 1107.9 km

120€ - 180€

Warsaw to Cologne by trains

The train journey time between Warsaw and Cologne is around 12h 12m and covers a distance of around 1110 km. The fastest train normally takes 10h 59m. Operated by PKP Intercity, Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, Deutsche Bahn Intercity and others, the Warsaw to Cologne train service departs from Warszawa Centralna and arrives in Koeln Hbf. Typically 33 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
12h 12m
Fastest train time:
10h 59m
Trains per week:
33
Cheapest price:
40€
Carbon emissions:
58 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
04:19
Last train departs at:
15:45

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Warsaw to Cologne train schedules

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Conditions of entry into Germany from Poland

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival for all travellers by air
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 5
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival for all travellers by air
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 5
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Pre-arrival health declaration
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Arrivals vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempted from compulsory quarantine
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No, entry into Germany from Poland is currently restricted.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Cologne is 116 117.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Cologne is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Cologne is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 116 117.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Poland from Germany.

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Last updated: 8 Jun 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Warsaw to Cologne is to train and fly which costs 90 zł - 550 zł and takes 5h 16m.

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The quickest way to get from Warsaw to Cologne is to fly and train which costs 500 zł - 1 500 zł and takes 4h 24m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Warsaw to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Centrum 06 and arriving at Köln Heumarkt via Warsaw and Leverkusen Leverkusen Mitte Bf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 19h 26m.

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No, there is no direct train from Warsaw to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Warszawa Centralna and arriving at Koeln Hbf via Berlin Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10h 56m.

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It is 981 km from Warsaw to Cologne. It is approximately 1107.9 km to drive.

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The best way to get from Warsaw to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 10h 56m and costs 180 zł - 750 zł.

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It takes approximately 5h 20m to get from Warsaw to Cologne, including transfers.

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Warsaw to Cologne bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Warsaw station.

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Warsaw to Cologne train services, operated by PKP Intercity, depart from Warszawa Centralna station.

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The best way to get from Warsaw to Cologne is to fly which takes 6h 41m and costs 260 zł - 950 zł. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 180 zł - 750 zł and takes 10h 56m, you could also bus, which costs 240 zł - 300 zł and takes 19h 26m.

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Map of how to get from Warsaw to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 980.7 km
  • Duration: 5h 20m

What companies run services between Warsaw, Poland and Cologne, Germany?

Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa and six other airlines fly from Warsaw to Cologne hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Warsaw to Cologne via Berlin Hbf in around 10h 56m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Warsaw Chopin to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 390€
Flights from Warsaw Chopin to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
150€ - 470€
Flights from Warsaw Chopin to Cologne Bonn via Munich
Ave. Duration
5h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
260€ - 420€
Flights from Warsaw Chopin to Cologne Bonn via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
7h 38m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
260€ - 420€
Flights from Warsaw Chopin to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
80€ - 210€
Flights from Warsaw Chopin to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Every day
Estimated price
75€ - 210€
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from Warsaw Chopin to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
90€ - 150€
Flights from Warsaw Chopin to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
80€ - 210€
Flights from Warsaw Chopin to Frankfurt via Krakow
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
75€ - 210€
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Warsaw Chopin to Dusseldorf via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
210€ - 370€
Flights from Warsaw Chopin to Cologne Bonn via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
65€ - 290€
Flights from Warsaw Chopin to Frankfurt via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
140€ - 260€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Warsaw Chopin to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 22m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
200€ - 390€
Flights from Warsaw Chopin to Cologne Bonn via Zurich
Ave. Duration
6h 27m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
65€ - 220€
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Warsaw Chopin to Cologne Bonn via Vienna
Ave. Duration
8h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
20€ - 110€
Flights from Szczytno to Dortmund
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
16€ - 100€
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from Warsaw Chopin to Cologne Bonn via Istanbul
Ave. Duration
8h 35m
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
360€ - 850€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Warsaw Modlin to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
13€ - 80€
Train operators
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
11€ - 14€
Website
National Express Rail
Train from Holzwickede to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
21€ - 26€
Website
National Express Rail
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
ABELLIO Rail
Phone
0800 2235546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Düsseldorf Flughafen to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
44 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
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 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 20m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
50€ - 70€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Berlin Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
6h 3m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
95€ - 140€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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 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
Train from Berlin Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 23m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
95€ - 130€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
40€ - 75€
Website
Thalys
Standard
40€ - 55€
Comfort
50€ - 70€
Premium
50€ - 75€
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

Austria's national railway system is not only punctual, reliable and efficient, but offers free wifi to boot. Choose from high-speed intercity Railjet trains, overnight Nightjet trains and regional services such as Cityjet. ÖBB also operates international routes that connect cities in Austria with adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia. If you're planning to be in Austria for a while, consider the ÖBB Vorteilscard, an annual railcard that offers discounts on routes within Austria and in neighbouring countries.

Contact Details
Phone
05 17 17
Website
oebb.at
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
2h 6m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
29€ - 40€
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
Koleje Mazowieskie
Phone
22 364 44 44
Website
mazowieckie.com.pl
Train from Warszawa Centralna to Modlin
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
2€ - 4€
Website
Koleje Mazowieskie
PKP Intercity

The rail network in Poland is conveniently organised, with many connections between cities, making it an effective method of travelling around the country. Tickets for regional and express trains are affordable, with children, students, pensioners, people with disability and large families entitled to discounts. Trains have standard 1st and 2nd class reserved seating, and many overnight trains also offer sleepers and couchettes.

Contact Details
Phone
703 200 200
Website
intercity.pl
Train from Warszawa Centralna to Modlin
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
8€ - 14€
Website
PKP Intercity
Book at
Poland Rail Pass
2nd Class
8€ - 10€
1st Class
10€ - 14€
Train from Warszawa Centralna to Berlin Hbf
Ave. Duration
6h 2m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
13€ - 24€
Website
PKP Intercity
Book at
Poland Rail Pass
2nd Class
13€ - 16€
1st Class
19€ - 24€
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Berlin Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
5h 18m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
27€ - 35€
Website
Flixtrain
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Warsaw to Leverkusen
Ave. Duration
16h 55m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
50€ - 65€
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Warsaw Chopin Airport to Dusseldorf Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 50m.

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Warsaw to Cologne bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Leverkusen station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Warsaw to Cologne is 1108 km. It takes approximately 9h 34m to drive from Warsaw to Cologne.

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Austrian Airlines, LOT, Swiss and Lufthansa offer flights from Warsaw Chopin Airport to Dusseldorf Airport.

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There are 421+ hotels available in Cologne. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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The best way to get from Warsaw to Warsaw Chopin Airport is to line 175 bus which takes 26 min and costs 3 zł - 55 zł.

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