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Trip Summary

There are 63 daily trains from Cologne to Frankfurt. Traveling by train from Cologne to Frankfurt usually takes around one hour and 51 minutes, but the fastest DB Intercity-Express train can make the trip in 46 minutes.

Distance95 mi (153 km)
Fastest train0h 46m
Lowest price$12.85
Trains per day75
Most frequent serviceDeutsche Bahn
Train lines4

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

In the last month, $27.70 was the average price of a train ticket from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main. 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 25 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $24.47 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 Cologne to Frankfurt by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for December. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $30 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Cologne to Frankfurt in September, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $48 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.

Which train should you take from Cologne to Frankfurt?

There are 4 train lines with service from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 54 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Intercity12h 23m$22.98
DB Intercity-Express111h 23m$44.53
Deutsche Bahn542h 0m$47.71
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company82h 57m$41.55
  • DB Intercity

    DB Intercity

    DB Intercity train tickets from Cologne to Frankfurt start from $13, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 DB Intercity schedules to Frankfurt am Main. DB Intercity in Cologne leaves from Central Station . And in Frankfurt am Main trains arrive at Central Train Station and 6 other train stations.

    From Cologne to Frankfurt train travel on DB Intercity takes 2 hours and 23 minutes. If you are looking to get to Frankfurt am Main faster, DB Intercity offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 0 hours and 46 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, DB Intercity offers 3 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Frankfurt am Main.

  • DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express train tickets from Cologne to Frankfurt start from $13, and on average cost . Daily there are 11 DB Intercity-Express schedules to Frankfurt am Main. DB Intercity-Express in Cologne leaves from Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 and one other station. And in Frankfurt am Main trains arrive at Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf and 23 other train stations.

    From Cologne to Frankfurt train travel on DB Intercity-Express takes 1 hours and 23 minutes. If you are looking to get to Frankfurt am Main faster, DB Intercity-Express offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 0 hours and 46 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, DB Intercity-Express offers 124 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Frankfurt am Main.

  • 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 Cologne to Frankfurt start from $20, and on average cost . Daily there are 8 Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company schedules to Frankfurt am Main. Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company in Cologne leaves from Central Station and one other station. And in Frankfurt am Main trains arrive at Frankfurt-Mainkur and 27 other train stations.

    From Cologne to Frankfurt train travel on Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company takes 2 hours and 57 minutes. If you are looking to get to Frankfurt am Main faster, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 0 hours and 46 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers 19 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Frankfurt am Main.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main 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 Cologne to Frankfurt?

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

The distance between Cologne and Frankfurt is approximately 95 miles, or 153 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 51 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 46 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to Frankfurt.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains departing from Cologne to Frankfurt tend to have the most passengers on Monday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Monday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Thursday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

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 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 Frankfurt?

There are 63 scheduled trains on most days. 75 of these are direct connections to Frankfurt. 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 Frankfurt to Cologne.

City Information

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.

Frankfurt

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Frankfurt is Germany's financial hub, home to the European Central Bank. This riverside city offers a variety of cultural and historical attractions scattered between its financial institutions and shops.

Your first stop should be Old Town, along the river Main. Once the center of the city, the Old Town district is now the site of the Römer, or city hall, along a row of picturesque timber houses. Stop in Kleinmarkthalle, a bustling indoor market, to grab a sausage for a snack before wandering through some of Old Town's museums: Saalgasse, Dommuseum, and Museum für Moderne Kunst (Museum MMK) will get you started. Two of Frankfurt's most prominent churches, St. Bartholomew Cathedral and St. Nicholas Church, are also in the area.

Food is always delightful in Frankfurt. Several Michelin-star restaurants will entice you, including Restaurant Lafleur, Restaurant Gustav, Restaurant Villa Merton, and Carmelo Greco. If you prefer more affordable dining and lively nightlife, head to the Bahnhofsviertel neighborhood near the city's train station.

The train station in Bahnhofsviertel serves national and international rail lines for Deutsche Bahn, DB Intercity, FlixTrain, vlexx, and Railjet. You can also reach Frankfurt easily on bus carriers like FlixBus and Sindbad. Plus, flying in and out of Frankfurt is a breeze, as the airport is one of the largest in Germany and the main hub for the Lufthansa airline.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Cologne?

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Main departure 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

  • Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

Where is the train station in Frankfurt?

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Main arrival station: Central Train Station

Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof (Frankfurt Central Station) is a major transport hub in the city and the busiest station in the state of Hessen. It features the original 1888 Neo-Renaissance design and some newer neoclassical architecture, making it a unique and visually pleasing station. It's often referred to as the most important station in Germany due to its central location and large economic district. Trains here run internationally to stations in Zurich, Vienna, and Budapest in addition to cities across Germany such as Hamburg, Berlin, and Munich. The station has plenty of amenities, including luggage lockers, toilets and multiple bakeries, a bookshop and newsstand, a supermarket, and other shops.

All train stations in Frankfurt:

  • Central Train Station

  • Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf

  • Frankfurt-Höchst Farbwerke

  • Frankfurt-Sindlingen

  • Frankfurt-Berkersheim

  • Frankfurt am Main - Stadion

  • Frankfurt-Zeilsheim

  • Frankfurt-Nied

  • Frankfurt-Mainkur

  • Frankfurt-Unterliederbach

  • Frankfurt-Niederrad

  • Frankfurt(Main)West

  • Frankfurt-Frankfurter Berg

  • Frankfurt-Rödelheim

  • Frankfurt-Louisa

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