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Trip Summary

There are 9 daily trains from Düsseldorf to Cologne. Traveling by train from Düsseldorf to Cologne usually takes around 36 minutes, but the fastest DB Intercity-Express train can make the trip in 14 minutes.

Distance22 mi (35 km)
Fastest train0h 14m
Lowest price€2.96
Trains per day18
Most frequent serviceDeutsche Bahn
Train lines6

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

In the last month, €3.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Düsseldorf 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 27 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €13.78 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 Düsseldorf to Cologne by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for May. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just €3 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Düsseldorf to Cologne in August, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €20 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.

Which train should you take from Düsseldorf to Cologne?

There are 6 train lines with service from Düsseldorf to Cologne. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 12 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Eurocity10h 24m€12.79
DB Intercity20h 28m€13.17
DB Intercity-Express30h 29m€17.72
Deutsche Bahn120h 49m€17.93
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company60h 45m€17.24
FlixTrain40h 26m€3.66
  • DB Eurocity

    DB Eurocity

    DB Eurocity train tickets from Düsseldorf to Cologne start from €12, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 DB Eurocity schedules to Cologne. DB Eurocity in Düsseldorf leaves from Düsseldorf Central Station . And in Cologne trains arrive at Central Station .

    From Düsseldorf to Cologne train travel on DB Eurocity takes 0 hours and 24 minutes. If you are looking to get to Cologne faster, DB Eurocity offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 0 hours and 14 minutes.

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

  • DB Intercity

    DB Intercity

    DB Intercity train tickets from Düsseldorf to Cologne start from €12, and on average cost . Daily there are 2 DB Intercity schedules to Cologne. DB Intercity in Düsseldorf leaves from Düsseldorf Central Station and 6 other stations. And in Cologne trains arrive at Central Station .

    From Düsseldorf to Cologne train travel on DB Intercity takes 0 hours and 28 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 14 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, DB Intercity offers 15 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 Düsseldorf to Cologne start from €16, and on average cost . Daily there are 3 DB Intercity-Express schedules to Cologne. DB Intercity-Express in Düsseldorf leaves from Düsseldorf Central Station and 9 other stations. And in Cologne trains arrive at Central Station .

    From Düsseldorf to Cologne train travel on DB Intercity-Express takes 0 hours and 29 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 14 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 Cologne.

  • Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn train tickets from Düsseldorf to Cologne start from €12, and on average cost . Daily there are 12 Deutsche Bahn schedules to Cologne. Deutsche Bahn in Düsseldorf leaves from Angermund and 24 other stations. And in Cologne trains arrive at Central Station .

    From Düsseldorf to Cologne train travel on Deutsche Bahn takes 0 hours and 49 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 14 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Deutsche Bahn offers 129 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 Düsseldorf to Cologne start from €12, and on average cost . Daily there are 6 Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company schedules to Cologne. Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company in Düsseldorf leaves from Düsseldorf-Benrath and 20 other stations. And in Cologne trains arrive at Central Station .

    From Düsseldorf to Cologne train travel on Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company takes 0 hours and 45 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 14 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers 44 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 4 daily trips to Cologne from Düsseldorf. The train usually departs from Düsseldorf Central Station in Düsseldorf and arrives at Cologne Central Station in Cologne after about 0 hours and 26 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

The distance between Düsseldorf and Cologne is approximately 22 miles, or 35 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 36 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 14 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to Cologne.

When are trains the most crowded?

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

There are 9 scheduled trains on most days. 18 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 Düsseldorf.

City Information

Düsseldorf

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Düsseldorf is located between Essen and Cologne in Germany and is known for its booming fashion industry. Arts, music, and culture thrive in this welcoming and multicultural destination.

Altstaft, the city's old town, fills its narrow streets with relaxed cafes and chic bars. If you're lucky enough to visit in the winter, Düsseldorf is home to one of Germany's best Christmas markets, hosted at Marktplatz.

To experience Düsseldorf's culture, you can opt to watch a performance in an opera or a theatre. Two of the top theaters are the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus and Roncalli’s Apollo Variete. Then, when the opera makes you feel sufficiently posh, you'll be ready to enter the pink, opulent palace of Schloss Benrath.

While nearly every corner in Düsseldorf is filled with shops to catch your eye, the most exclusive and luxury shops congregate on one street: Königsallee. However, if you prefer digging through thrift shops and poking into local boutiques, Lorettostrasse might be more your style.

Düsseldorf is home to one of the largest airports in the area, with flights to many international destinations. To view the German countryside from the ground, take a Deutsche Bahn train or a bus offered by several companies that run routes throughout Europe.

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 Düsseldorf?

Departure stations

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

All train stations in Düsseldorf:

  • Düsseldorf Central Station

  • Angermund

  • Düsseldorf Flughafen

  • Düsseldorf-Zoo

  • Düsseldorf-Gerresheim

  • Düsseldorf-Benrath

  • Düsseldorf-Unterrath

  • Düsseldorf Flughafen Terminal

  • Düsseldorf Friedrichstadt

  • Düsseldorf-Derendorf

  • Düsseldorf-Eller

  • Düsseldorf Wehrhahn

  • Düsseldorf-Hamm

  • Düsseldorf-Garath

  • Düsseldorf-Eller Mitte

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