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Trip Summary

There are 24 daily trains from Berlin to Cologne. Traveling by train from Berlin to Cologne usually takes around 5 hours and 14 minutes, but the fastest DB Intercity-Express train can make the trip in 3 hours and 59 minutes.

Distance297 mi (477 km)
Fastest train3h 59m
Lowest price$10.09
Trains per day19
Most frequent serviceDeutsche Bahn
Train lines5

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

In the last month, $17.94 was the average price of a train ticket from Berlin 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 26 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $90.65 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 Berlin to Cologne by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for February. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $39 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Berlin to Cologne in August, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $80 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.

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 26 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Cologne from Berlin will be about $90.65 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Berlin to Cologne?

There are 5 train lines with service from Berlin to Cologne. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 18 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Intercity14h 47m$96.72
DB Intercity-Express44h 49m$72.83
Deutsche Bahn185h 24m$74.99
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company46h 48m$97.39
FlixTrain55h 21m$40.21
  • DB Intercity

    DB Intercity

    DB Intercity train tickets from Berlin to Cologne start from $77, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 DB Intercity schedules to Cologne. DB Intercity in Berlin leaves from Bellevue . And in Cologne trains arrive at Central Station .

    From Berlin to Cologne train travel on DB Intercity takes 4 hours and 47 minutes. If you are looking to get to Cologne faster, DB Intercity offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 59 minutes.

  • DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express train tickets from Berlin to Cologne start from $18, and on average cost . Daily there are 4 DB Intercity-Express schedules to Cologne. DB Intercity-Express in Berlin leaves from Train Station and 4 other stations. And in Cologne trains arrive at Central Station and one other train station.

    From Berlin to Cologne train travel on DB Intercity-Express takes 4 hours and 49 minutes. If you are looking to get to Cologne faster, DB Intercity-Express offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 59 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, DB Intercity-Express offers 22 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 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.

  • 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 Berlin to Cologne start from $61, and on average cost . Daily there are 4 Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company schedules to Cologne. Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company in Berlin leaves from Rigaer Straße and one other station. And in Cologne trains arrive at Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 and one other train station.

    From Berlin to Cologne train travel on Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company takes 6 hours and 48 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 3 hours and 59 minutes.

  • 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 5 daily trips to Cologne from Berlin. The train usually departs from Berlin Central Station in Berlin and arrives at Cologne Central Station in Cologne after about 5 hours and 21 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Berlin 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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 Berlin to Cologne?

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

The distance between Berlin and Cologne is approximately 297 miles, or 477 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 14 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 59 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?

Thursday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Berlin to Cologne. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Thursday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Sunday 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 Berlin at 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 11:00pm. 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 Berlin to Cologne?

There are 24 scheduled trains on most days. 19 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 Berlin.

City Information

Berlin

Berlin is one of the most exciting destinations in Europe for all travelers. One of the most unique landmarks in Berlin is its famous Brandenburg Gate, which was built for King Frederick Wilhelm II. The Gate now represents German unity, and it is perhaps the most photogenic landmark in the capital city. Modern art enthusiasts should visit the Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art which is Germany’s first street art museum. Opened in 2017, the museum displays works from various graffiti artists from around the world and it’s located in Schöneberg, one of the city’s edgier areas. If you’re simply looking to enjoy a stroll, the Tiergarten, which spans 519 acres from central Berlin, will offer the relaxing vibes you need.

Berlin has an expansive and vibrant food scene with a good variety. Those looking for traditional German dishes should head over to Zur letzten Instanz, which is the oldest restaurant in Berlin. For a special twist, don’t hesitate to visit the Turkish Market, which offers amazing Turkish delicacies.

The main hub for intercity bus services is the Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof Berlin. For rail services, the Berlin Hauptbahnhof is the main train station. The Berlin Brandenburg Airport, located just outside of the city’s south-eastern border, is the main air travel hub of the city.

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 Berlin?

Main departure station: S+u Bundesplatz

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 9 stops and stations in Berlin where you can board the train.

All train stations in Berlin:

  • S+u Bundesplatz

  • Bellevue

  • Rigaer Straße

  • Train Station

  • Berlin Central Station

  • Berlin-Spandau

  • Berlin Südkreuz

  • Train Station (S-Bahn)

  • Berlin Gesundbrunnen

Where is the train station in Cologne?

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Main arrival station: Central Station

Cologne Central Station is, unsurprisingly, the central station and main transport hub of Cologne. Multiple nationwide and regional trains stop here and connect to other routes. Thalys and Deutsche Bahn ICE provide service to Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, and many more. Inside the station, you can kill some time perusing souvenir shops and grab a meal at one of the restaurants- or skip straight to desert at one of the multiple bakeries available. There's even a shop for clothes and a bank in the building. Once outside, you'll be in the center of Cologne, so there are plenty of attractions and restaurants nearby.

All train stations in Cologne:

  • Central Station

  • Cologne Central Station

  • Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

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