If there are changes in your route, make sure you always have enough time to walk from one platform to the other and never forget the possibility of delay that could make you miss the second train.
For short distances like between Dortmund and Cologne, busses and carpooling are good alternatives to the train, thanks to their low costs. Also, busses have the advantage of getting to the smallest towns where the is no train station.
In which stations can you take the train to Cologne and where will you arrive?
The trains to Cologne leave Dortmund from Dortmund West or Dortmund Hbf and arrive in Köln West, Köln Süd or Barbarossaplatz, Köln.
Travelling by train to Cologne from Dortmund: how many daily connections are there?
436 train connections exist to reach Cologne from Dortmund per day. Please be aware that among these connections there are 377 routes which have at least one change versus 59 routes which are direct lines. So although the trip is longer, if you want to travel between these cities at the last moment, choosing a route including one change or more could be better especially if there are too few connections. Nevertheless, if you do not want to change trains, it is highly advocated to choose an offer with a direct route.
When are the frist and last trains from Dortmund to Cologne scheduled?
The average duration of the journey is 1 hour and 45 minutes, but the fastest connections take you to Cologne in 1 hour and 27 minutes. The first train leaves from Dortmund at 04:11, while the last one leaves at 06:11.