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About Cologne

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.

What train companies travel to Cologne, Germany?

Located in Germany, Cologne is accessible by train from 1735 other cities. You can choose from 21636 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Cologne on Wanderu. Deutsche Bahn usually has the most trains on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Bus tickets to Cologne are also available.

Train companies serving Cologne

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Deutsche Bahn15483h 58m$62.08
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company15364h 0m$52.28
DB Intercity-Express5723h 26m$61.66
DB Intercity3272h 50m$37.25
Non-federally owned railway company1432h 30m$30.36
National Express591h 27m$21.67
DB Eurocity483h 5m$39.14
vlexx252h 20m$30.70
FlixTrain183h 40m$26.30
  • Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn EuroCity, or Deutsche Bahn EC, is a train service in Germany with regular service to Frankfurt, Hamburg, Zurich, Copenhagen, Berlin, Warsaw, and Munich. Deutsche Bahn Eurocity trains can be single or double-decker, but all are air conditioned.

  • National Express

    National Express

    National Express trains operate on Germany's rail network, with services across the country to cities including Cologne, and Bonn, Munster. As a green-certified company, National Express is also one of the most sustainable ways of traveling around the region.

  • vlexx


    Vlexx is a German train company based in the city of Mainz that runs regular passenger services across western Germany in Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, and Hesse, plus branching out to Wissembourg in France. Vlexx trains have large picture windows to enjoy the landscapes, plus plenty of legroom for each seat, step-free access, and specific areas for storing bicycles.

  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good price for a train ticket to Cologne?

$2.89 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Cologne, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Cologne. In the last month, trains from Düsseldorf to Cologne had the lowest average price at $2.89. The train from Duisburg to Cologne also tends to start at relatively low prices.

Where is the train station in Cologne, Germany?

The busiest train station in Cologne is Central Station. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular train stations in Cologne are:

  • Central Station
  • Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
  • Cologne Central Station

What is the closest airport to Cologne, NW?

The closest airport to Cologne is Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN), it is located 9.4 miles from the city center of Cologne.

Is Cologne a popular train travel destination?

Cologne ranks number 206 among most popular train destinations in the region. It also ranks number 2930 in Germany. Cologne has the most train connections in the region. There are 1687 train schedules arriving in Cologne each day.

What is the population of Cologne?

The population of Cologne is 963395. Cologne ranks number 11 in terms of population in North Rhine-Westphalia and number 526 in all of Germany.

How much do train tickets to Cologne cost?

Train tickets to Cologne range from $3 for a short trip to Cologne, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to Cologne starts at , and a longer trip by train to Cologne can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $10 .

What type of traveler does Cologne attract?

Taking a train to Cologne is very popular for those traveling on their vacation. The flexible luggage policies that train travel affords, convenient arrival stations and of course the great deals available make taking the train to Cologne a great option when planning your next vacation.

What train station is located closest to the city center of Cologne?

The closest train station to the city center of Cologne is Cologne Central Station, located just 0.4 miles away. Select Cologne Central Station as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Cologne. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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