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Trip Summary

There are 29 daily trains from Cologne to Dortmund. Traveling by train from Cologne to Dortmund usually takes around one hour and 50 minutes, but the fastest DB Intercity-Express train can make the trip in one hour and 4 minutes.

Distance45 mi (73 km)
Fastest train1h 4m
Lowest price$21.80
Trains per day53
Most frequent serviceDeutsche Bahn
Train lines6

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

In the last month, $28.47 was the average price of a train ticket from Cologne, NW to Dortmund, NW. 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 1 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $7.01 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices


If you are trying to decide when to travel from Cologne to Dortmund by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for June. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $6 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Cologne to Dortmund in July, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $18 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 Dortmund?

There are 6 train lines with service from Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia to Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 22 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Eurocity11h 25m$26.68
DB Intercity31h 17m$26.65
DB Intercity-Express101h 34m$30.87
Deutsche Bahn221h 59m$29.71
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company102h 9m$34.56
National Express11h 32m$24.85

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The distance between Cologne and Dortmund is approximately 45 miles, or 73 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 50 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 4 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 Dortmund are the most crowded on Wednesday. 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 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 Cologne to Dortmund?

There are 29 scheduled trains on most days. 53 of these are direct connections to Dortmund. 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 Dortmund to Cologne. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Cologne to Dortmund for $4.88.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Cologne?

Departure stations

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

Train stations in Cologne:

  • Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

Where is the train station in Dortmund?

Arrival stations

There are more train stations and stops in Dortmund than most cities. Most trains from Cologne will stop at one (or more) of the 6 following stations in Dortmund:

Train stations in Dortmund:

  • Dortmund Central Station

  • Dortmund-Wickede

  • Dortmund-Wickede West

  • Dortmund-Lütgendortmund

  • Dortmund-Bövinghausen

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