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There are 14 daily trains from Vienna to Cologne. Traveling by train from Vienna to Cologne usually takes around 9 hours and 29 minutes, but the fastest DB Intercity-Express train can make the trip in 7 hours and 50 minutes.
|Distance||462 mi (743 km)|
|Fastest train||7h 50m|
|Trains per day||2|
|Most frequent service||Deutsche Bahn|
Which train should you take from Vienna to Cologne?
There are 3 train lines with service from Vienna, to Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 6 trains each day.
|Train||Daily Trips||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|DB Intercity-Express||6||8h 44m||$114.31|
|Deutsche Bahn||6||8h 58m||$119.83|
|Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company||3||13h 58m||$85.51|
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by train from Vienna 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.
How long is the train journey from Vienna to Cologne?
The distance between Vienna and Cologne is approximately 462 miles, or 743 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 9 hours and 29 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 7 hours and 50 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?
Trains from Vienna to Cologne are the most crowded on Saturday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Saturday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.
When are the first and last trains of the day?
The earliest train departs Vienna at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 8:00pm. 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 Vienna to Cologne?
There are 14 scheduled trains on most days. 2 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.
Blessed with extravagant baroque structures and a romantic vibe, Vienna is the heart of Austria, and the country’s most famous destination. The pride of Vienna is the towering giant that is St. Stephen’s Cathedral, which has stood on the same spot for over eight centuries. The characteristically Gothic cathedral has withstood several wars that have befallen the city, and it is still able to keep its stunning beauty. After exploring the cathedral, don’t hesitate to take the chance to visit the catacombs, where victims of the Great Plague of Vienna were laid to rest. If you’re interested in art and history, check out the Museum of Fine Arts, which includes masterpieces by artists such as Titian, Velasquez, Van Dyke, and Rubens. For those who simply enjoy lounging around, the Schönbrunn Palace is a vast complex with plenty of green zones for picnics.
For those looking to try authentic Viennese goulash, Lugeck and Ofenloch are two famous establishments. For cheaper eats, try Motto in Weiden.
Vienna Hauptbahnhof is the main railway station in the city, offering access to other popular destinations such as Berlin and Munich. Vienna International Busterminal is the main bus station in the Austrian capital, serving carriers such as FlixBus. The city’s main airport is the Vienna International Airport, which is located just 11 miles southeast of the city.
Where is the train station in Vienna?
There are two stations in Vienna where you can board the train to Cologne.
Train stations in Vienna:
Where is the train station in Cologne?
Cologne receives travelers from Vienna at its two active train stations.
Train stations in Cologne:
Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
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