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Trip Summary

There are 6 daily trains from Cologne to Vienna. Traveling by train from Cologne to Vienna usually takes around 8 hours and 54 minutes, but the fastest DB Intercity-Express train can make the trip in 7 hours and 51 minutes.

Distance462 mi (743 km)
Fastest train7h 51m
Lowest price$51.79
Trains per day5
Most frequent serviceDB Intercity-Express
Train lines3

Which train should you take from Cologne to Vienna?

There are 3 train lines with service from Cologne to Vienna. DB Intercity-Express is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 5 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Intercity-Express58h 32m$179.15
Deutsche Bahn210h 15m$166.68
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company112h 18m$139.73
  • DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express train tickets from Cologne to Vienna start from $81, and on average cost . Daily there are 5 DB Intercity-Express schedules to Vienna. DB Intercity-Express in Cologne leaves from Central Station and one other station. And in Vienna trains arrive at Wien Hbf and one other train station.

    From Cologne to Vienna train travel on DB Intercity-Express takes 8 hours and 32 minutes. If you are looking to get to Vienna faster, DB Intercity-Express offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 7 hours and 51 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, DB Intercity-Express offers 11 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Vienna.

  • Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn train tickets from Cologne to Vienna start from $93, and on average cost . Daily there are 2 Deutsche Bahn schedules to Vienna. Deutsche Bahn in Cologne leaves from Central Station and one other station. And in Vienna trains arrive at Aspern Nord and one other train station.

    From Cologne to Vienna train travel on Deutsche Bahn takes 10 hours and 15 minutes. If you are looking to get to Vienna faster, Deutsche Bahn offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 7 hours and 51 minutes.

    If you are looking to travel to Vienna on a weekend there is typically one Deutsche Bahn scheduled trip per day, which will cost for a one-way weekend reservation from Cologne.

  • Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company

    Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company

    Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company train tickets from Cologne to Vienna start from $52, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company schedules to Vienna. Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company in Cologne leaves from Central Station and one other station. And in Vienna trains arrive at Wien Hbf and one other train station.

    From Cologne to Vienna train travel on Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company takes 12 hours and 18 minutes. If you are looking to get to Vienna faster, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 7 hours and 51 minutes.

    If you are looking to travel to Vienna on a weekend there is typically one Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company scheduled trip per day, which will cost for a one-way weekend reservation from Cologne.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Cologne to Vienna during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

Can you take a train all the way from Cologne to Vienna?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Cologne to Vienna. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

How long is the train journey from Cologne to Vienna?

The distance between Cologne and Vienna is approximately 462 miles, or 743 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 8 hours and 54 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 7 hours and 51 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

Sunday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Cologne to Vienna. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Sunday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Wednesday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Cologne at 4:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 2:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Cologne to Vienna?

There are 6 scheduled trains on most days. 5 of these are direct connections to Vienna. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Vienna to Cologne.

City Information

Cologne

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There's no shortage of sights, culture, history, and adventure in Cologne, an alluring city on the Rhine. One of the most famous landmarks of the city is the Cologne Cathedral. This Gothic building and UNESCO World Heritage site remains the most iconic structure in the city. In fact, the Cologne Cathedral is the most visited landmark in Germany. Next door, the Museum Ludwig contrasts the cathedral's sense of history with an impressive collection of modern art, including works by Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol.

Cologne's breadth of museums also caters to a younger crowd. Families with children should head to the Cologne Chocolate Museum along the river or the Cologne Zoological Garden for memorable, kid-friendly experiences.

Foodies, rejoice! Cologne is home to mouthwatering German delicacies and upscale restaurants. Start your day with breakfast at Café Sehnsucht. For lunch, visit Herings Im Martinswinkel, and for dinner, head over to Bei Oma Kleinmann to feel like you're visiting your long-lost German grandmother.

Trains like Deutsche Bahn, DB Intercity, and FlixTrain connect Cologne to other major European cities, including Munich, Paris, and Vienna. You can also catch a bus from Cologne on FlixBus, BlaBlaCar Bus, Sindbad, Union Ivkoni, or Columbuzz. Plus, the Cologne Bonn Airport is a large, well-outfitted airport with daily international flights for travelers coming from afar.

Vienna

Blessed with extravagant baroque structures and a romantic vibe, Vienna is the heart of Austria, and the country’s most famous destination. The pride of Vienna is the towering giant that is St. Stephen’s Cathedral, which has stood on the same spot for over eight centuries. The characteristically Gothic cathedral has withstood several wars that have befallen the city, and it is still able to keep its stunning beauty. After exploring the cathedral, don’t hesitate to take the chance to visit the catacombs, where victims of the Great Plague of Vienna were laid to rest. If you’re interested in art and history, check out the Museum of Fine Arts, which includes masterpieces by artists such as Titian, Velasquez, Van Dyke, and Reubens. For those who simply enjoy lounging around, the Schönbrunn Palace is a vast complex with plenty of green zones for picnics.

For those looking to try authentic Viennese goulash, Lugeck and Ofenloch are two famous establishments. For cheaper eats, try Motto in Weiden.

Vienna Hauptbahnhof is the main railway station in the city, offering access to other popular destinations such as Berlin and Munich. Vienna International Busterminal is the main bus station in the Austrian capital, serving carriers such as FlixBus. The city’s main airport is the Vienna International Airport, which is located just 11 miles southeast of the city.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Cologne?

Main departure station: Central Station

There are two stations in Cologne where you can board the train to Vienna.

All train stations in Cologne:

  • Central Station

  • Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

Where is the train station in Vienna?

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Main arrival station: Wien Hbf

Wien Hauptbahnhof is the central station in Vienna, located in the Favoriten district. The station is a relatively new addition to the city and is thus completely modern. The station features 12 platforms and 20 tracks for use by RailJet and Deutsche Bahn trains, among others. Local connections include bus lines and Vienna's subway, the U-Bahn. The station's main hall contains shops, food stalls, restrooms, and free WiFi in some areas.

Train stations in Vienna:

  • Wien Hbf

  • Aspern Nord

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