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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from Cologne to Paris. Traveling by train from Cologne to Paris usually takes around 5 hours and 15 minutes, but the fastest DB Intercity-Express train can make the trip in 4 hours and 47 minutes.

Distance250 mi (403 km)
Fastest train4h 47m
Lowest price£40.70
Most frequent serviceDB Intercity-Express
Train lines2

Price trends for trains from Cologne to Paris

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Which train should you take from Cologne to Paris?

2 train services operate from Cologne to Paris. DB Intercity-Express usually has more trains scheduled, with 3 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Intercity-Express35h 15m£87.03
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company25h 25m£86.14
  • DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express train tickets from Cologne to Paris start from £41, and on average cost . Daily there are 3 DB Intercity-Express schedules to Paris. DB Intercity-Express in Cologne leaves from Central Station and one other station. And in Paris trains arrive at Paris Est .

    From Cologne to Paris train travel on DB Intercity-Express takes 5 hours and 15 minutes. If you are looking to get to Paris faster, DB Intercity-Express offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 4 hours and 47 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, DB Intercity-Express offers 3 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Paris.

  • 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 Paris start from £63, and on average cost . Daily there are 2 Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company schedules to Paris. Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company in Cologne leaves from Central Station . And in Paris trains arrive at Paris Est .

    From Cologne to Paris train travel on Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company takes 5 hours and 25 minutes. If you are looking to get to Paris faster, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 4 hours and 47 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Paris.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Cologne to Paris 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.

How long is the train journey from Cologne to Paris?

The distance between Cologne and Paris is approximately 250 miles, or 403 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 15 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 47 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?

Friday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Cologne to Paris. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Friday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Saturday 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 03:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 04:00. 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 Paris?

There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Paris 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 coach 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.

Paris

Paris, the famous City of Lights, is the premier destination of choice for people visiting France. Boasting a rich cultural heritage and world-famous culinary traditions, Paris will certainly amaze visitors with everything it has to offer. The city’s star attraction is the famous Eiffel Tower, which was constructed in 1889. An architectural marvel that has stood the test of time, the Eiffel Tower is perhaps the most iconic landmark of Paris, and visitors can take an elevator to the top for a panoramic view of the city. Another must-see iconic landmark is the Musée du Louvre, one of the best art museums in the world. At the Louvre, visitors can marvel at more than 35,000 works of art, including the world-famous Mona Lisa. If you wish to stay away from the deafening crowd, Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, the largest green space in the city, will have what you need.

Paris’ food scene is rich and vibrant, brimming with both traditional bistros and chic new restaurants. For those who enjoy a rustic French vibe, the 2ème arrondissement offers some great selections. If you feel like splurging a little bit, head over to Guy Savoy, one of the best restaurants in town.

Paris is a central hub of transportation in France and Europe, in general. Visitors can catch trains to other cities at one of the six central stations: Gare du Nord, Gare de l'Est, Gare de Lyon, Gare d'Austerlitz, Gare Montparnasse, and Gare Saint-Lazare. The main bus station is Paris Bercy Bourgogne - Pays d'Auvergne located not too far from Gare d'Austerlitz. The principal airports in the city are Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly, and Beauvais–Tillé Airport.

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 Paris.

All train stations in Cologne:

  • Central Station

  • Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

Where is the train station in Paris?

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Main arrival station: Paris Est

Paris Gare de l'Est, or Paris East Railway Station, is in the city's tenth arrondissement. It mainly operates rail services to eastern France, but also into other countries. Gare de l'Est was the departure point for the legendary Orient Express, and the columned facade is just as opulent as you would expect. Its 1840s structure is divided into several halls containing top brands and food outlets. The station is linked to Lines 4 and 7 of the Paris Métro and just a short walk from the Gare du Nord.

Train stations in Paris:

  • Paris Est

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