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Stuttgart - Cologne Train Timetable

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Trip Summary

There are 7 daily trains from Stuttgart to Cologne. Traveling by train from Stuttgart to Cologne usually takes around 3 hours and 11 minutes, but the fastest Deutsche Bahn train can make the trip in 2 hours and 18 minutes.

Distance179 mi (288 km)
Fastest train2h 18m
Lowest price€39.25
Most frequent serviceDeutsche Bahn
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Stuttgart to Cologne

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Kamundi

16 July 2019- Vacation

DB Intercity-Express

Pros: Beautiful place, a variety of cuisines from around the world, very friendly people who were always willing to assist and indulge in meaningful conversation. Cons: I paid different prices for two tickets which was a bit strange. The tickets were a bit pricey in my opinion. Tips: Overall I would recommend your service for its convenience and efficiency.

Which train should you take from Stuttgart to Cologne?

2 train services operate from Stuttgart to Cologne. Deutsche Bahn usually has more trains scheduled, with 7 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Deutsche Bahn73h 10m€78.28
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company14h 13m€59.90
  • Deutsche Bahn EuroCity, or Deutsche Bahn EC, is a train service in Germany with regular service to Frankfurt, Hamburg, Zurich, Copenhagen, Berlin, Warsaw, and Munich. Deutsche Bahn Eurocity trains can be single or double-decker, but all are air conditioned.

  • Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company train tickets from Stuttgart to Cologne start from €42, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company schedules to Cologne. Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company in Stuttgart leaves from Stuttgart Stadtmitte . And in Cologne trains arrive at Central Station .

    From Stuttgart to Cologne train travel on Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company takes 4 hours and 13 minutes. If you are looking to get to Cologne faster, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 18 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 Cologne.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Stuttgart and Cologne is approximately 179 miles, or 288 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 11 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 18 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Stuttgart to Cologne on Sunday. Tickets for Sunday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Sunday. Sunday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

The earliest train departs Stuttgart at 02:00 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.

There are 7 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 Cologne to Stuttgart.

City Information

Stuttgart

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Though less recognizable than other German cities like Munich or Berlin, Stuttgart is no less fascinating to visit. Plus, since it's less famous than other destinations, you might find more authentic culture and less touristy prices.

Your first stop should be Schlossplatz. This palace square is located right at the city center, in the shadow of the Baroque New Palace and the 10th-Century Old Palace. The square is a lively area, with events hosted year-round, most notably Stuttgart's Christmas market; check out our itinerary of 10 famous Christmas markets in Germany for more.

Got a car fan in your travel party? The famed Mercedes-Benz Museum celebrates the beloved German vehicle, and the Porsche Museum showcases legendary racing cars.

The Wilhelma Zoo and Botanical Garden will entice you with acres and acres of open spaces for everyone to enjoy, plus several thousands of different animal and plant species. It's on the grounds of another castle if you haven't seen enough German castles yet. Next, stop at the Markthalle to embrace your inner foodie and try a spread of international and local delicacies. The huge public market has over 33 stalls that offer all kinds of delicious goodies.

Deutsche Bahn, DB Intercity, and Railjet trains make it easy to reach Stuttgart from cities like Strasbourg, Zurich, and Frankfurt. Bus options abound, too, with FlixBus, Sindbad, Union Ivkoni and more providing routes in the area. Stuttgart Airport is only about 20 minutes outside of the city, so flying is definitely an option, too.

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Stuttgart?

Main departure station: Stuttgart Stadtmitte

There is one train station in Stuttgart.

All train stations in Stuttgart:

  • Stuttgart Stadtmitte

Where is the train station in Cologne?

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Main arrival station: Central Station

Cologne Central Station is, unsurprisingly, the central station and main transport hub of Cologne. Multiple nationwide and regional trains stop here and connect to other routes. Thalys and Deutsche Bahn ICE provide service to Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, and many more. Inside the station, you can kill some time perusing souvenir shops and grab a meal at one of the restaurants- or skip straight to desert at one of the multiple bakeries available. There's even a shop for clothes and a bank in the building. Once outside, you'll be in the center of Cologne, so there are plenty of attractions and restaurants nearby.

Train stations in Cologne:

  • Central Station

  • Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

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