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Frankfurt - Cologne Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 8 intercity buses per day from Frankfurt to Cologne. Traveling by bus from Frankfurt to Cologne usually takes around 2 hours and 50 minutes, but the fastest RegioJet bus can make the trip in 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Distance95 mi (153 km)
Shortest duration2h 10m
Cheapest price$9.64
Trips per day8
Most frequent serviceFlixBus
Bus lines2

How much is a bus ticket from Frankfurt to Cologne?

Bus tickets for a trip from Frankfurt to Cologne cost $15.21 on average. This is an excellent value for the trip. If you book your trip ahead of time using Wanderu, you can easily find bus tickets at or below this price.

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Taking the bus from Frankfurt to Cologne is usually cheapest in November, when the average ticket price is only $14. If you're planning to take the bus from Frankfurt to Cologne during April, keep in mind that bus ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $20. However, booking your trip in advance can help you score a ticket at a better price.

What bus companies travel from Frankfurt to Cologne?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Frankfurt to Cologne that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, FlixBus usually offers more choice, with 7 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus72h 55m$17.68
RegioJet22h 25m$10.86
  • First launched in Germany in 2013, FlixBus has become one of the largest intercity bus companies in Europe. Its fleet travels through nearly every country in Europe, including the U.K. FlixBus operates an average of 7 trips from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne, and usually makes the trip in about 2 hours and 55 minutes. On your trip, you'll enjoy Wi-Fi and live GPS, as well as restrooms, air conditioning, and power outlets.

  • Book RegioJet from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne from $10. There are 2 trips per day offered by RegioJet from Frankfurt to Cologne and you can expect on average to pay for a RegioJet ticket to Cologne. In Frankfurt am Main, RegioJet departs to Cologne from Frankfurt Main Airport P36 and one other station. In Cologne, RegioJet arrives at Bonn Airport Bus Terminal .

    An average trip on RegioJet from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne takes 2 hours and 25 minutes , while the fastest available RegioJet trip will get you to Cologne in 2 hours and 10 minutes .

    On weekends, RegioJet offers 2 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Cologne.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 2 hours and 50 minutes to cover the 95 miles from Frankfurt to Cologne. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours and 10 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

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

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

The first bus leaves at 5:00am and the last bus leaves at 5:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Frankfurt to Cologne, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 8 scheduled buses that travel from Frankfurt to Cologne every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from Frankfurt to Cologne without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Frankfurt to Cologne; ticket prices start at $15.87.

City Information

Frankfurt

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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 does the bus leave from in Frankfurt?

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Main departure station: Central Bus Station

Frankfurt Central Bus Station, locally known as Busterminal Frankfurt, is the city's main bus terminal and is located directly next to Frankfurt HBF (the central train station). The terminal is a hub for bus services throughout Europe, like Flixbus, Sindbad, BlaBlaCar Bus, and Arda Tur. Nearby you will find a coffee shop, ATMs, toilets, and luggage storage. In the immediate vicinity, there is a Tokyo Inn and Ibis hotel, numerous restaurants, and a five-minute walk from the city center.

All bus stations in Frankfurt:

  • Central Bus Station

  • Frankfurt Main Airport P36

Where does the bus arrive in Cologne?

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Main arrival station: Leverkusen

Leverkusen Mitte is a railway station with regional services, to cities across Germany. The station also receives buses, which service the local area. Leverkusen Mitte is in the center of Leverkusen, so you can easily find cafes, shops, restaurants, and supermarkets to stock up before your trip. There's also plenty of space for parking cars and a bike locker area. Leverkusen is on the outskirts of Cologne, so after catching a train to the city, you can get connections to cities across Germany and the Netherlands.

All bus stations in Cologne:

  • Leverkusen

  • Bonn Airport Bus Terminal

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