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Dortmund to Cologne by bus

The journey from Dortmund to Cologne by bus is 46.02 mi and takes 2 hr 18 min. There are 24 connections per day, with the first departure at 3:25 AM and the last at 8:55 PM. It is possible to travel from Dortmund to Cologne by bus for as little as $5.12 or as much as $14.67. The best price for this journey is $5.12.

Lowest Price$5.12
Journey Duration2 hr 18 min
Connection per Day24
Lowest Price$5.12
Highest Price$14.67
First Departure3:25 AM
Last Departure8:55 PM
Distance46.02 mi
CarriersFlixBus DACH GmbH, FlixBus Polska sp. z.o.o.More

Dortmund to Cologne Bus Times

Departure date
Sunday, Jul 14, 2024

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Virail helps thousands of travelers plan their journeys every year. How? It's easy. Just enter the dates on which you plan to travel from Dortmund to Cologne. Our powerful engine will look at the data from thousands of travel providers, then show you all the available routes. You can choose to travel however you want. Decide on the type of transport you want to use, what time of day you'd like to set off and whether you'd like a direct journey or one with connections. When you've found your ideal route, Virail will redirect you to the web page of the provider. There, you can make your booking, then it's time to prepare for your trip.

How much will I pay for bus tickets from Dortmund to Cologne?

Prices will vary when you travel from Dortmund to Cologne. On average, though, you'll pay about $9.16 for a bus ticket. You can find bus tickets for prices as low as $5.12, but it may require some flexibility with your travel plans. If you're looking for a low price, you may need to prepare to spend more time in transit. You can also often find cheaper bus tickets at particular times of day, or on certain days of the week. Of course, ticket prices often change during the year, too; expect to pay more in peak season. For the lowest prices, it's usually best to make your reservation in advance. Be careful, though, as many providers do not offer refunds or exchanges on their cheapest bus tickets.
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On average, you can expect to spend around $9.16 for your bus ticket. Virail will help you find a journey that fits your budget. You can expect prices to vary between different travel providers and methods of transport; often, faster journeys will cost more than slower routes. If your travel dates are flexible, you might be able to find cheaper bus tickets, as prices may fluctuate a little from day to day. You may also find lower prices by booking at certain times of day, avoiding rush hour traffic. Another tip for travelers on a tight budget is to look for connecting journeys. Sometimes it can be cheaper to make a change or two along the way, rather than traveling on a direct route from Dortmund to Cologne.

How much time will it take to go from Dortmund to Cologne by bus?

The average journey time is 2 hr 18 min. This is how long it takes to cross the 46.02 mi from Dortmund to Cologne. When planning your journey, remember that delays are a possibility. Some unplanned events could cause your journey from Dortmund to Cologne to take longer than 2 hr 18 min. The journey from Dortmund to Cologne covers a distance of 46.02 mi. On average, you can expect your journey to last roughly 2 hr 18 min. However, booking the fastest option will see you reach your destination in approximately 1 hr 10 min. For faster journeys, look for express routes. Please remember that these may only depart at certain times of day, or on particular days of the week. You may also find that you can go from Dortmund to Cologne faster by making connections, rather than taking a direct route.

How many daily journeys are there from Dortmund to Cologne?

If you want to get from Dortmund to Cologne, you can travel with providers such as . You will find a maximum number of departures per day. On average, there are 24 departures per day. Book in advance to make sure that your journey will run smoothly and you depart at a time that suits you best. When you travel, you can look for direct journeys or other routes which offer connections and changes. On average, there are 24 direct journeys between Dortmund and Cologne. If you don't mind changing along the way, you may find more options available to you. There are usually 0 journeys with at least one change. These numbers may vary depending on the time of year or day of the week. Some travelers prefer direct routes, particularly if they are carrying heavy suitcases or concerned about missing a connection. Others enjoy the flexibility offered by connecting journeys. Whatever you prefer, Virail can help you find the right options to suit you. Unfortunately, no connection was found for your trip from Dortmund to Cologne. Selecting a new departure or arrival city, without dramatically changing your itinerary could help you find connections.

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Cheap bus tickets from Dortmund to Cologne
Looking for the best deal on a train ticket for your trip? Here are 4 ways to get cheap train tickets from Dortmund to Cologne.

Book in advance and save

If you're looking for the best deal for your trip from Dortmund to Cologne, booking train tickets in advance is a great way to save money, but keep in mind that advance tickets are usually not available until 3 months before your travel date.

Stay flexible with your travel time and explore off-peak journeys

Planning your trips around off-peak travel times not only means that you'll be able to avoid the crowds, but can also end up saving you money. Being flexible with your schedule and considering alternative routes or times will significantly impact the amount of money you spend on getting from Dortmund to Cologne.

Always check special offers

Checking on the latest deals can help save a lot of money, making it worth taking the time to browse and compare prices. So make sure you get the best deal on your ticket and take advantage of special fares for children, youth and seniors as well as discounts for groups.

Unlock the potential of slower trains or connecting trains

If you're planning a trip with some flexible time, why not opt for the scenic route? Taking slower trains or connecting trains that make more stops may save you money on your ticket – definitely worth considering if it fits in your schedule.

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Price as departure date approaches

Bus companies may charge higher ticket prices as the date of departure approaches. Prices in the next days can range from around $4.46 to $7.89 but may be subject to change. Our advice is to book as early as possible to potentially save up to 43% on your trip!

Best time to book cheap bus tickets from Dortmund to Cologne

The cheapest Dortmund - Cologne bus tickets can be found for as low as $6.03 if you’re lucky, or $6.64 on average. The most expensive ticket can cost as much as $8.02.

Find the best day to travel to Cologne by bus

When travelling to Cologne by bus, if you want to avoid crowds you can check how frequently our customers are travelling in the next 30-days using the graph below. On average, the peak hours to travel are between 6:30am and 9am in the morning, or between 4pm and 7pm in the evening. Please keep this in mind when travelling to your point of departure as you may need some extra time to arrive, particularly in big cities!

Carriers on this route

Find out more about the carriers on this route.

Flixtrain is a European low-cost passenger rail service that offers affordable and comfortable train travel to various destinations across Germany. It is owned and operated by FlixMobility, the parent company of FlixBus, which is a popular bus transportation service in Europe. Flixtrain operates on several routes, including Berlin to Stuttgart, Berlin to Cologne, and Hamburg to Cologne, among others.

Ticket types and facilities from Dortmund to Cologne

Compare the different ticket types and the facilities provided by FlixTrain when traveling from Dortmund to Cologne.


A standard ticket on FlixTrain is a regular ticket / second class ticket. Flixtrain standard ticket offers you a comfortable seat, guaranteed Wi-Fi, access to power outlets, and one carry-on and one checked luggage with size restrictions.
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Facility Description

Find out more about the different facilities available onboard with each carrier on this route.

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Connect effortlessly on FlixTrain and enjoy free WiFi, whether you're catching up on work, chatting, or simply browsing.
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Keep your devices charged and ready. FlixTrain seats come equipped with power sockets and USB outlets.
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For your safety and the comfort of everyone on board, FlixBus permits you to bring one carry-on bag that should fit under the seat or in the overhead compartment. You're also allowed one checked bag, but make sure you can load and unload it by yourself and store it in the overhead space or under your seat. Kindly ensure your luggage isn't bulky or poses a risk to others. Remember, it's up to you to keep track of your belongings during the trip.
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FlixTrain prioritizes comfort for all. Passengers with mobility concerns can book designated seats and utilize complimentary transportation for foldable wheelchairs and mobility aids. Reach out to FlixTrain for any assistance required.
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While FlixTrain doesn't offer onboard catering, you're welcome to bring along your own snacks and beverages.
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With FlixTrain, you can pack an extra piece of luggage, but it's a good idea to book early since train space is limited. Got sports equipment or a big musical instrument? They're welcome too, though an extra fee might apply. If you're cycling around, you can park your bike in specific areas for just 9 Euro, but ensure it's standard-sized and free of extra attachments. Remember to reserve a spot for your bike early, as space fills up fast
Services on board FlixTrain and FlixBus from Dortmund to Cologne
Compare services on board when travelling from Dortmund to Cologne by bus.
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accessibility Accessibility check cross
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air_con Air conditioning check check
bicycle Bicycle check cross
sleeper_couchette Sleeper check cross

Dortmund to Cologne CO2 Emissions by Bus


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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a bus ticket from Dortmund to Cologne?
A bus ticket from Dortmund to Cologne is $9.16. However the price varies depending on how early you buy, and if it's peak time to travel. Occasionally you can find them for as cheap as $5.12.
What's the cheapest bus ticket from Dortmund to Cologne?
The cheapest ticket you can get from Dortmund to Cologne is $5.12. We recommend booking as early as possible and off-peak hours to get the cheapest ticket possible. Off-peak times are usually from 09:30 to 16:00, and after 19:00.
What's the distance between Dortmund and Cologne by bus?
Dortmund to Cologne is 46.02 mi.
How long does the bus between Dortmund and Cologne take?
Dortmund to Cologne is on average 2 hr 18 min. However the fastest option will get you there in 1 hr 10 min.
Which companies operate from Dortmund to Cologne?
The bus journey from Dortmund to Cologne is covered by 3 operator(s). On Virail you can find these carriers that provide services on this route: FlixBus DACH GmbH, FlixBus Polska sp. z.o.o., FlixTrain and FlixBus.
How many bus connections per day go from Dortmund to Cologne?
Dortmund to Cologne has 24 connection(s) per day on average.
What time does the first bus from Dortmund to Cologne leave?
The earliest bus from Dortmund to Cologne departs at 3:25 AM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
What time does the last bus from Dortmund to Cologne depart?
The latest bus from Dortmund to Cologne departs at 8:55 PM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
Should I book my ticket from Dortmund to Cologne in advance?
If you can, we recommend booking your ticket as early as possible to ensure you get better savings. The cheapest bus ticket we have found is $5.12 but this may be subject to change depending on the day of travel, hour you wish to depart and how far in advance you book.
How many direct connections depart from Dortmund to Cologne?
There are on average 24 direct connection(s) from Dortmund to go to Cologne.
What's the fastest journey time between Dortmund to Cologne by bus?
The fastest journey time by bus between Dortmund and Cologne is 1 hr 10 min.
Is there a direct bus from Dortmund to Cologne?
Yes, there is a direct bus between Dortmund and Cologne.
What are the CO2 emissions for Dortmund to Cologne by bus?
The bus journey from Dortmund to Cologne creates 5.56kg of CO2 emissions.

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