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Journey Information

Berlin to Cologne bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$11.73
Shortest Duration8h 25m
Trips per day9
Bus lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Berlin to Cologne right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most bus companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, bus companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

How much is a bus ticket from Berlin to Cologne?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $16.55 was the low point for bus fares from Berlin to Cologne. Buses from Cologne to Berlin are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $16.55 could be considered a great deal.

The best way to find cheap deals on bus tickets is by booking as early as possible, since most bus companies increase the price as the travel date approaches.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 9 hours and 15 minutes to cover the 297 miles (477 kilometers) from Berlin, BE to Cologne, NW. However, the fastest bus only takes 8 hours and 25 minutes. The trip is definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable on the bus. It's a good idea to bring water and snacks.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Thursday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Thursday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Tuesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Tuesday ticket is the way to go.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Berlin?

The first bus leaves at 2:00am and the last bus leaves at 3:00am. To see the times for all buses from Berlin to Cologne, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 9 scheduled buses that travel from Berlin to Cologne every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 8 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Berlin to Cologne; ticket prices start at $11.76.

What bus companies travel from Berlin to Cologne?

There is one bus company that operates from Berlin to Cologne. FlixBus is the only company that connects the two cities by bus. Fortunately, it has multiple scheduled buses per day, so travelers still have a good amount of choice and flexibility.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus99h 16m$18.47

Where does the bus leave from in Berlin?

Buses to Cologne leave from multiple locations in Berlin, Berlin. These are the 4 most popular bus stations:

  • Central Bus Station
  • Südkreuz
  • Zufahrt zum Flughafen Tegel
  • Alexanderplatz

Where does the bus arrive in Cologne?

Buses arrive in Cologne at 4 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia:

  • Leverkusen
  • Bonn Airport Terminal 2
  • Wickenpfädchen 11
  • Central Station

Price trends for buses from Berlin to Cologne

Average prices by travel date

$30$20$10SepOct

Monthly average prices

$50$40$30$20$10ONDJFMAMJJAS

Prices as travel date approaches

$75$60$45$30$153020100

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