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Trip Summary

There are 42 daily trains from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne. Traveling by train from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne usually takes around one hour and 55 minutes, but the fastest DB Intercity-Express train can make the trip in 44 minutes.

Distance95 mi (153 km)
Fastest train0h 44m
Lowest price€7.75
Trains per day64
Most frequent serviceDeutsche Bahn
Train lines6

What is the price of a train ticket from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne?

In the last month, €9.87 was the average price of a train ticket from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 22 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €51.10 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for April. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just €31 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne in September, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €50 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 22 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Cologne from Frankfurt am Main will be about €51.10 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne?

There are 6 train lines with service from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 39 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Intercity22h 32m€23.54
DB Intercity-Express111h 25m€37.60
Deutsche Bahn392h 2m€36.75
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company102h 27m€33.54
FlixTrain22h 34m€13.70
Non-federally owned railway company21h 48m€48.76
  • DB Intercity

    DB Intercity

    DB Intercity train tickets from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne start from €17, and on average cost . Daily there are 2 DB Intercity schedules to Cologne. DB Intercity in Frankfurt am Main leaves from Central Train Station and 4 other stations. And in Cologne trains arrive at Central Station and one other train station.

    From Frankfurt am Main to Cologne train travel on DB Intercity takes 2 hours and 32 minutes. If you are looking to get to Cologne faster, DB Intercity offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 0 hours and 44 minutes.

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

  • DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express train tickets from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne start from €13, and on average cost . Daily there are 11 DB Intercity-Express schedules to Cologne. DB Intercity-Express in Frankfurt am Main leaves from Central Train Station and 16 other stations. And in Cologne trains arrive at Central Station and one other train station.

    From Frankfurt am Main to Cologne train travel on DB Intercity-Express takes 1 hours and 25 minutes. If you are looking to get to Cologne faster, DB Intercity-Express offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 0 hours and 44 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, DB Intercity-Express offers 131 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Cologne.

  • Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn train tickets from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne start from €17, and on average cost . Daily there are 39 Deutsche Bahn schedules to Cologne. Deutsche Bahn in Frankfurt am Main leaves from Frankfurt-Zeilsheim and 30 other stations. And in Cologne trains arrive at Central Station and one other train station.

    From Frankfurt am Main to Cologne train travel on Deutsche Bahn takes 2 hours and 2 minutes. If you are looking to get to Cologne faster, Deutsche Bahn offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 0 hours and 44 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Deutsche Bahn offers 417 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to 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 Frankfurt am Main to Cologne start from €17, and on average cost . Daily there are 10 Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company schedules to Cologne. Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company in Frankfurt am Main leaves from Frankfurt-Unterliederbach and 19 other stations. And in Cologne trains arrive at Central Station and one other train station.

    From Frankfurt am Main to Cologne train travel on Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company takes 2 hours and 27 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 0 hours and 44 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers 31 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Cologne.

  • FlixTrain

    FlixTrain

    Part of the FlixBus family, FlixTrain launched in 2018 to offer affordable and sustainable train travel in Germany. Its trains provide Wi-Fi, power outlets, air conditioning, onboard restrooms, and access to an entertainment portal full of movies, games, and music. In addition, each passenger gets a guaranteed seat, so you don't have to worry about standing in any aisles. FlixTrain operates 2 daily trips to Cologne from Frankfurt am Main. The train usually departs from Frankfurt Süd Station in Frankfurt am Main and arrives at Cologne Central Station in Cologne after about 2 hours and 34 minutes.

  • Non-federally owned railway company

    Non-federally owned railway company

    Non-federally owned railway company train tickets from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne start from €34, and on average cost . Daily there are 2 Non-federally owned railway company schedules to Cologne. Non-federally owned railway company in Frankfurt am Main leaves from Frankfurt am Main - Stadion and 3 other stations. And in Cologne trains arrive at Central Station and one other train station.

    From Frankfurt am Main to Cologne train travel on Non-federally owned railway company takes 1 hours and 48 minutes. If you are looking to get to Cologne faster, Non-federally owned railway company offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 0 hours and 44 minutes.

    If you are looking to travel to Cologne on a weekend there is typically one Non-federally owned railway company scheduled trip per day, which will cost for a one-way weekend reservation from Frankfurt am Main.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Frankfurt am Main 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 Frankfurt am Main to Cologne?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Frankfurt am Main 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 Frankfurt am Main to Cologne?

The distance between Frankfurt am Main and Cologne is approximately 95 miles, or 153 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 55 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 44 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to Cologne.

When are trains the most crowded?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Frankfurt am Main 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 Friday. Friday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Frankfurt am Main 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 Frankfurt am Main to Cologne?

There are 42 scheduled trains on most days. 64 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 Frankfurt am Main.

City Information

Frankfurt am Main

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Frankfurt is Germany's financial hub, home to the European Central Bank. This riverside city offers a variety of cultural and historical attractions scattered between its financial institutions and shops.

Your first stop should be Old Town, along the river Main. Once the center of the city, the Old Town district is now the site of the Römer, or city hall, along a row of picturesque timber houses. Stop in Kleinmarkthalle, a bustling indoor market, to grab a sausage for a snack before wandering through some of Old Town's museums: Saalgasse, Dommuseum, and Museum für Moderne Kunst (Museum MMK) will get you started. Two of Frankfurt's most prominent churches, St. Bartholomew Cathedral and St. Nicholas Church, are also in the area.

Food is always delightful in Frankfurt. Several Michelin-star restaurants will entice you, including Restaurant Lafleur, Restaurant Gustav, Restaurant Villa Merton, and Carmelo Greco. If you prefer more affordable dining and lively nightlife, head to the Bahnhofsviertel neighborhood near the city's train station.

The train station in Bahnhofsviertel serves national and international rail lines for Deutsche Bahn, DB Intercity, FlixTrain, vlexx, and Railjet. You can also reach Frankfurt easily on bus carriers like FlixBus and Sindbad. Plus, flying in and out of Frankfurt is a breeze, as the airport is one of the largest in Germany and the main hub for the Lufthansa airline.

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 Frankfurt am Main?

Departure stations

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 15 stops and stations in Frankfurt am Main where you can board the train.

All train stations in Frankfurt am Main:

  • Central Train Station

  • Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf

  • Frankfurt-Höchst Farbwerke

  • Frankfurt-Zeilsheim

  • Frankfurt-Sindlingen

  • Frankfurt-Frankfurter Berg

  • Frankfurt-Mainkur

  • Frankfurt-Berkersheim

  • Frankfurt am Main - Stadion

  • Frankfurt-Nied

  • Frankfurt-Eschersheim

  • Frankfurt-Niederrad

  • Frankfurt-Unterliederbach

  • Frankfurt-Rödelheim

  • Frankfurt-Höchst

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