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Trip Summary

There are 33 daily trains from Cologne to Berlin. Traveling by train from Cologne to Berlin usually takes around 5 hours and 16 minutes, but the fastest DB Intercity-Express train can make the trip in 4 hours and 16 minutes.

Distance297 mi (477 km)
Fastest train4h 16m
Lowest price$21.25
Trains per day20
Most frequent serviceDeutsche Bahn
Train lines4

Price trends for trains from Cologne to Berlin

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Which train should you take from Cologne to Berlin?

There are 4 train lines with service from Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia to Berlin, Berlin. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 19 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Intercity15h 23m$58.74
DB Intercity-Express95h 3m$63.48
Deutsche Bahn195h 33m$79.69
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company135h 28m$85.00

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The distance between Cologne and Berlin is approximately 297 miles, or 477 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 16 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 16 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 Berlin are the most crowded on Thursday. 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 Sunday 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 2:00am 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 Cologne to Berlin?

There are 33 scheduled trains on most days. 20 of these are direct connections to Berlin. 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 Berlin to Cologne. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Cologne to Berlin for $11.75.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Cologne?

Departure stations

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

Train stations in Cologne:

  • Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

Where is the train station in Berlin?

Arrival stations

There are more train stations and stops in Berlin than most cities. Most trains from Cologne will stop at one (or more) of the 7 following stations in Berlin:

Train stations in Berlin:

  • Berlin Hbf (tief)

  • S+u Bundesplatz

  • Rigaer Straße

  • Train Station

  • Berlin Gesundbrunnen

  • Berlin Südkreuz

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