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Trip Summary

There are 27 daily trains from Cologne to Berlin. Traveling by train from Cologne to Berlin usually takes around 5 hours and 6 minutes, but the fastest DB Intercity-Express train can make the trip in 3 hours and 55 minutes.

Distance297 mi (477 km)
Fastest train3h 55m
Lowest price€10.07
Trains per day21
Most frequent serviceDeutsche Bahn
Train lines5

What is the price of a train ticket from Cologne to Berlin?

In the last month, €41.81 was the average price of a train ticket from Cologne to Berlin. This is a great price, especially considering the length of the route. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 12 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €40.81 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

€72€48€24JulJul

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Cologne to Berlin will vary between €14 and €68. Planning a train trip to Berlin within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Cologne over the next 7 days is €34. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

€96€77€58€38€19ASONDJFMAMJJ

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Cologne to Berlin by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for March. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just €37 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Cologne to Berlin in August, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €81 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

€72€58€43€29€143020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 12 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Berlin from Cologne will be about €40.81 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Cologne to Berlin?

There are 5 train lines with service from Cologne to Berlin. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 21 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Intercity14h 57m€56.13
DB Intercity-Express104h 47m€68.50
Deutsche Bahn215h 23m€74.20
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company35h 7m€82.73
FlixTrain45h 16m€36.56
  • DB Intercity

    DB Intercity

    DB Intercity train tickets from Cologne to Berlin start from €40, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 DB Intercity schedules to Berlin. DB Intercity in Cologne leaves from Central Station and one other station. And in Berlin trains arrive at Berlin Gesundbrunnen and one other train station.

    From Cologne to Berlin train travel on DB Intercity takes 4 hours and 57 minutes. If you are looking to get to Berlin faster, DB Intercity offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 55 minutes.

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

  • DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express train tickets from Cologne to Berlin start from €18, and on average cost . Daily there are 10 DB Intercity-Express schedules to Berlin. DB Intercity-Express in Cologne leaves from Central Station and one other station. And in Berlin trains arrive at Train Station and 5 other train stations.

    From Cologne to Berlin train travel on DB Intercity-Express takes 4 hours and 47 minutes. If you are looking to get to Berlin faster, DB Intercity-Express offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 55 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, DB Intercity-Express offers 30 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Berlin.

  • Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn train tickets from Cologne to Berlin start from €18, and on average cost . Daily there are 21 Deutsche Bahn schedules to Berlin. Deutsche Bahn in Cologne leaves from Central Station and one other station. And in Berlin trains arrive at Rigaer Straße and 4 other train stations.

    From Cologne to Berlin train travel on Deutsche Bahn takes 5 hours and 23 minutes. If you are looking to get to Berlin faster, Deutsche Bahn offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 55 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Deutsche Bahn offers 47 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Berlin.

  • 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 Berlin start from €47, and on average cost . Daily there are 3 Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company schedules to Berlin. Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company in Cologne leaves from Central Station . And in Berlin trains arrive at S+u Bundesplatz and 4 other train stations.

    From Cologne to Berlin train travel on Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company takes 5 hours and 7 minutes. If you are looking to get to Berlin faster, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 55 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers 11 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Berlin.

  • 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 4 daily trips to Berlin from Cologne. The train usually departs from Cologne Central Station in Cologne and arrives at Berlin Central Station in Berlin after about 5 hours and 16 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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 Berlin?

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

The distance between Cologne and Berlin is approximately 297 miles, or 477 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 6 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 55 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?

Saturday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Cologne to Berlin. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Saturday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Tuesday 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 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.

Is there a direct train from Cologne to Berlin?

There are 27 scheduled trains on most days. 21 of these are direct connections to Berlin. 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 Berlin 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.

Berlin

Berlin is one of the most exciting destinations in Europe for all travelers. One of the most unique landmarks in Berlin is its famous Brandenburg Gate, which was built for King Frederick Wilhelm II. The Gate now represents German unity, and it is perhaps the most photogenic landmark in the capital city. Modern art enthusiasts should visit the Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art which is Germany’s first street art museum. Opened in 2017, the museum displays works from various graffiti artists from around the world and it’s located in Schöneberg, one of the city’s edgier areas. If you’re simply looking to enjoy a stroll, the Tiergarten, which spans 519 acres from central Berlin, will offer the relaxing vibes you need.

Berlin has an expansive and vibrant food scene with a good variety. Those looking for traditional German dishes should head over to Zur letzten Instanz, which is the oldest restaurant in Berlin. For a special twist, don’t hesitate to visit the Turkish Market, which offers amazing Turkish delicacies.

The main hub for intercity bus services is the Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof Berlin. For rail services, the Berlin Hauptbahnhof is the main train station. The Berlin Brandenburg Airport, located just outside of the city’s south-eastern border, is the main air travel hub of the city.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Cologne?

Main departure station: Central Station

Cologne has 3 stations where passengers can board the train to Berlin.

All train stations in Cologne:

  • Central Station

  • Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

  • Cologne Central Station

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