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Trip Summary

There are 33 daily trains from Cologne to Vienna. Traveling by train from Cologne to Vienna usually takes around 11 hours and 1 minute, but the fastest DB Intercity-Express train can make the trip in 7 hours and 51 minutes.

Distance462 mi (743 km)
Fastest train7h 51m
Lowest price$45.94
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceDeutsche Bahn
Train lines3

Which train should you take from Cologne to Vienna?

There are 3 train lines with service from Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia to Vienna,, Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 16 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Intercity-Express88h 32m$107.75
Deutsche Bahn1611h 10m$97.23
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company1312h 9m$86.89

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Cologne to Vienna 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 Cologne to Vienna?

The distance between Cologne and Vienna is approximately 462 miles, or 743 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 11 hours and 1 minute, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 7 hours and 51 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 Cologne to Vienna 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 Cologne at 3:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 10:00pm. 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 Cologne to Vienna?

There are 33 scheduled trains on most days. 2 of these are direct connections to Vienna. 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 Vienna to Cologne. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Cologne to Vienna for $108.01.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Cologne?

Departure stations

There are two stations in Cologne where you can board the train to Vienna.

Train stations in Cologne:

  • Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

Where is the train station in Vienna?

Arrival stations

Vienna receives travelers from Cologne at its two active train stations.

Train stations in Vienna:

  • Wien Train Station

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