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Trip Summary

There are 21 daily trains from Dortmund to Cologne. Traveling by train from Dortmund to Cologne usually takes around one hour and 38 minutes, but the fastest DB Intercity train can make the trip in one hour and 9 minutes.

Distance45 mi (73 km)
Fastest train1h 9m
Lowest price£15.42
Trains per day68
Most frequent serviceDB Intercity-Express
Train lines8

Which train should you take from Dortmund to Cologne?

There are 8 train lines with service from Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia to Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia. DB Intercity-Express is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 8 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Eurocity21h 30m£17.64
DB Intercity31h 25m£16.74
DB Intercity-Express81h 29m£17.38
Deutsche Bahn91h 49m£17.86
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company81h 53m£19.24
National Express51h 35m£17.76
Non-federally owned railway company11h 51m£17.64
metronom21h 32m£17.62

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Dortmund to Cologne 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 Dortmund to Cologne?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Dortmund to Cologne. 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 Dortmund to Cologne?

The distance between Dortmund and Cologne is approximately 45 miles, or 73 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 38 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 9 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Dortmund to Cologne are the most crowded on Wednesday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Monday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Dortmund at 00:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 23:00. 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 Dortmund to Cologne?

There are 21 scheduled trains on most days. 68 of these are direct connections to Cologne. 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 Cologne to Dortmund. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Dortmund to Cologne for £3.42.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Dortmund?

Departure stations

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 8 stops and stations in Dortmund where you can board the train.

Train stations in Dortmund:

  • Dortmund-Kurl

  • Dortmund-Derne

  • Dortmund-Wickede West

  • Dortmund-Wickede

  • Dortmund-Bövinghausen

  • Dortmund-Hörde

  • Dortmund Signal Iduna Park

Where is the train station in Cologne?

Arrival stations

Cologne receives travelers from Dortmund at its two active train stations.

Train stations in Cologne:

  • Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

Need a return trip from Cologne to Dortmund?

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