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Trip Summary

There are 28 daily trains from Cologne to Frankfurt. Traveling by train from Cologne to Frankfurt usually takes around 2 hours and 1 minute, but the fastest DB Intercity-Express train can make the trip in one hour and 3 minutes.

Distance95 mi (153 km)
Fastest train1h 3m
Lowest price$21.24
Trains per day36
Most frequent serviceDeutsche Bahn
Train lines4

Which train should you take from Cologne to Frankfurt?

There are 4 train lines with service from Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia to Frankfurt am Main, Hesse. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 24 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Intercity12h 28m$24.67
DB Intercity-Express41h 25m$43.51
Deutsche Bahn242h 9m$42.36
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company42h 49m$42.99

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.

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 Frankfurt?

The distance between Cologne and Frankfurt is approximately 95 miles, or 153 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 1 minute, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 3 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Cologne to Frankfurt are the most crowded on Sunday. 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 Tuesday 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 Frankfurt?

There are 28 scheduled trains on most days. 36 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. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Cologne to Frankfurt for $8.51.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Cologne?

Departure stations

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

Train stations in Cologne:

  • Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

Where is the train station in Frankfurt?

Arrival stations

There are more train stations and stops in Frankfurt than most cities. Most trains from Cologne will stop at one (or more) of the 5 following stations in Frankfurt:

Train stations in Frankfurt:

  • Frankfurt-Höchst Farbwerke

  • Frankfurt-Sindlingen

  • Frankfurt-Zeilsheim

  • Central Train Station

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