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Frankfurt to Cologne by train

The journey from Frankfurt to Cologne by train is 94.95 mi and takes 1 hr 55 min. There are 6 connections per day, with the first departure at 12:12 AM and the last at 6:44 AM. It is possible to travel from Frankfurt to Cologne by train for as little as $15.29 or as much as $67.64. The best price for this journey is $15.29.

Lowest Price$15.29
Journey Duration1 hr 55 min
Connection per Day6
Lowest Price$15.29
Highest Price$67.64
First Departure12:12 AM
Last Departure6:44 AM
Distance94.95 mi
DepartureFrankfurt
ArrivalCologne
CarriersDB - InterCity Express (ICE), DB - IntercityMore

Frankfurt to Cologne Train Times

Departure date
Saturday, Apr 20, 2024

Travelling from Frankfurt to Cologne by Train

The average journey duration for Frankfurt to Cologne by train is approximately 1 hr 55 min. Covering a distance of 94.95 mi, there are about 6 train services connecting these two major German cities every day. If you're considering a trip from Frankfurt to Cologne by train, you can expect the starting fare for this route to be around $15.29. Your train journey from Frankfurt will commence from Brauerei, Frankfurt a.M.,Falkstraße, Frankfurt a.M.,Frankfurt am Main Hbf, and upon reaching Cologne, you will arrive at Köln-Mülheim ,Cologne Bonn Airport,Koeln Messe/deutz,Köln, Hbf. While most connections between these cities are direct, Virail offers information on non-stop routes and those with transfers for your convenience. To ensure a hassle-free boarding experience, arriving at least 30 minutes before your train's departure is advisable.

Deutsche Bahn (DB), Germany's state-owned railway company, is the primary provider for the Frankfurt to Cologne by train route. With a range of options, from the high-speed ICE (Intercity-Express) trains to the more regional options such as Regional-Express and Regionalbahn, DB ensures efficient connectivity between these two dynamic cities. Opting for the ICE trains offers a swift and comfortable journey, perfect for business travelers and tourists alike.

Discover Cologne: A Blend of Historical Grandeur and Modern Vibrancy

Upon completing your Frankfurt to Cologne by train journey, you'll be greeted by the majestic Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) that dominates the skyline. Situated a stone's throw away from the central station, this UNESCO World Heritage site is a welcoming beacon to the city.

With its rich history dating back to Roman times, Cologne seamlessly combines ancient architecture with contemporary culture, offering visitors a delightful mixture of experiences. The Rhine River adds a serenity to this bustling city, making it an ideal destination for relaxation and exploration.

Things to do/see in Cologne:

  1. Marvel at the architecture and interiors of the Cologne Cathedral.
  2. Stroll along the Rhine River and enjoy the picturesque views of the city.
  3. Visit the Chocolate Museum (Schokoladenmuseum) to delve into the world of cocoa and chocolate.
  4. Explore the historic Old Town (Altstadt) with charming squares and alleys.
  5. Experience the vibrant Belgian Quarter, a fashion, art, and nightlife hub.

Things to eat/drink in Cologne:

  1. Taste the traditional "Himmel und Äd" (Heaven and Earth) - a mashed potatoes, apple sauce, and black pudding dish.
  2. Savor the local "Kölsch" beer in one of the traditional breweries.
  3. Indulge in "Halve Hahn" - a rye roll with cheese and onions.
  4. Enjoy a plate of "Reibekuchen" - crispy potato pancakes usually served with apple sauce.

Day trips from Cologne:

Considering its central location in the Rhineland, Cologne is an excellent base for day trips. Visit places like Bonn, the former German capital, the scenic Rhine Valley, or the historic town of Aachen.

Cologne Travel Tips:

When in Cologne, use its extensive public transportation system, which includes buses, trams, and local trains. If you're keen on exploring the arts, the Museum Ludwig houses a fantastic collection of modern art. Given its festive spirit, Cologne's Christmas Markets are a must-visit if you're in town during winter. And remember, while the Kölsch beer might be served in smaller glasses, its refreshing taste tends to beckon for more!

If a journey from Frankfurt to Cologne by train is on your itinerary, let us assist you in planning. We provide extensive information on various routes and fare options, ensuring your travel decisions are well-informed and efficient.

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

Book in advance and save

If you're looking for the best deal for your trip from Frankfurt 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 Frankfurt 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

Train companies may charge higher ticket prices as the date of departure approaches. Prices in the next days can range from around $13.80 to $57.73 but may be subject to change. Our advice is to book as early as possible to potentially save up to 76% on your trip!

Best time to book cheap train tickets from Frankfurt to Cologne

The cheapest Frankfurt - Cologne train tickets can be found for as low as $17.60 if you’re lucky, or $27.70 on average. The most expensive ticket can cost as much as $45.01.

Find the best day to travel to Cologne by train

When travelling to Cologne by train, 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.

Express InterCity is a type of train service that operates in many countries around the world. It is designed to provide fast and efficient transportation between major cities, with limited stops along the way. Express InterCity trains typically offer amenities such as comfortable seating, air conditioning, and onboard food and beverage service. They may also have first-class or business-class seating options for passengers who want extra comfort and amenities. Express InterCity trains are often a popular choice for business travelers, tourists, and commuters who need to travel between cities quickly and conveniently.

Regional Express (Rex) is an Australian airline that operates scheduled regional flights to over 60 destinations across Australia. The airline was founded in 2002 and has its headquarters in Mascot, New South Wales. Rex operates a fleet of over 60 aircraft, including Saab 340 turboprops and Boeing 737-800NG jets. The airline's main focus is on providing affordable air travel to regional communities, with a strong emphasis on safety, reliability, and customer service. Rex also offers a frequent flyer program, Rex Business Flyer, and has partnerships with other airlines such as Qantas and Virgin Australia.

While not as swift as the high-speed ICE trains, Deutsche Bahn’s InterCity trains boast speeds up to 200km/h, offering spacious carriages and dining options. Operating across numerous German routes, such as Cologne-Hamburg, these trains also extend to international destinations, including Amsterdam and Luxembourg. Some routes even feature double-deck trains.

Ticket types and facilities from Frankfurt to Cologne

Compare the different ticket types and the facilities provided by DB - InterCity Express (ICE) and DB - Intercity when traveling from Frankfurt to Cologne.

Second Class

Deutshce Bahn's second class ensures a comfortable journey with standard seating arrangements with free Wi-Fi, power socket, and. Second class passengers can buy food and drinks from the bar/bistro car or restaurant car.
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First Class

First Class travel with Deutsche Bahn provides a luxurious experience with comfortable seats and many amenities such as spacious seating with personalized on-seat service and exclusive lounge access at major stations. First-class passengers can have their orders delivered to their seats, but if you do not want to wait, you can also dine in the restaurant car or buy food and drinks from the bar/bistro car.
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Second Class

On SBB Intercity trains, in addition to basic amenities for Second Class ticket, there's a Family Zone specially designed to offer comfort for families with children. If you get hungry during the journey, you can enjoy tasty meals in the restaurant carriage.
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First Class

On Deutsche Bahn IC trains, if you have a Flexpreis First Class ticket in addition to the standard second class offerings, you can access Fast Track and DB lounges at some German stations for free and enjoy the complimentary refreshments. Plus, experience a quieter travel environment and savor the view.

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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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On ICE trains, enjoy free WiFi and access the ICE portal for movies, TV shows, audiobooks, games, and reading material.
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Seek tranquillity on ICE Frankfurt in Coach 21 (second class) and Coach 28/29 (first class). On ICE 104/105 Basel, it's Coach 31 (second class) and Coach 38/39 (first class).
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Stay charged with a power socket available for every two seats on the train.
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On ICE-trains, you can bring any amount of luggage without restrictions. Store small bags either in the overhead racks or beneath your seats. For bigger luggage items, use the racks found in the compartments or close to the exterior doors.
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For assistance in boarding, changing trains, or other queries, reach out to DB’s Mobility Service. The staff is always ready to assist and ensure a smooth journey.
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With ICE, choose between a full menu at the onboard restaurant or quick snacks at the bistro. For First Class passengers, complimentary food and drinks are served directly to your seat. DB's diverse menu, updated quarterly, features local and vegetarian/vegan options.
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ICE trains not only offer air conditioning but are also innovating with eco-friendly systems that both cool and heat using natural refrigerants.
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On Deutsche Bahn trains, make sure it's disassembled and snugly packed in a case or cover with your name labeled on it, and you can bring it on board for free. You're also allowed one regular and one hand luggage item. Just ensure your bike doesn't get in the way of other travelers or block aisles. Note: Special bikes aren't permitted, but if you're an international traveler, there's no need to worry about peak-time restrictions.
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Deutsche Bahn is rolling out free WiFi on their IC trains, with some already offering the service.
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All seats in both classes have power sockets on DB IC trains.
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On IC trains, you can bring any amount of luggage without restrictions. Store small bags either in the overhead racks or beneath your seats. For bigger luggage items, use the racks found in the compartments or close to the exterior doors.
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Deutsche Bahn's Mobility Service provides assistance for boarding, disembarking, and train transfers. Staff are on hand to address questions and ensure a smooth trip.
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On the DB IC trains, there's a restaurant for meals or a bistro for snacks. You can eat at the bistro or in your seat. First Class passengers get free food at their seat. The menu changes but always has local food, including vegetarian and vegan choices.
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Intercity trains have air-conditioned sections.
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For IC trains, a ticket and reservation are required for bicycles, with the reservation cost included. Bikes are typically stored in second class carriages, though your seat may be elsewhere.
Services on board DB - InterCity Express (ICE), DB - Intercity and DB - Regional Express from Frankfurt to Cologne
Compare services on board when travelling from Frankfurt to Cologne by train.
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Frankfurt to Cologne CO2 Emissions by Train

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10.7kg
Bus
11.46kg
Flight
30.56kg
Car
24.45kg
What are the CO2 emissions from Frankfurt to Cologne by train? The CO2 emissions from taking the train between Frankfurt and Cologne are 10.7kg.
How much CO2 do I save by taking the train between Frankfurt and Cologne? By taking the train between Frankfurt and Cologne you will save 19.86kg CO2 emissions compared to a flight, 0.76kg compared to a bus and 13.75kg compared to a car.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a train ticket from Frankfurt to Cologne?
A train ticket from Frankfurt to Cologne is $24.12. 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 $15.29.
What's the cheapest train ticket from Frankfurt to Cologne?
The cheapest ticket you can get from Frankfurt to Cologne is $15.29. 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 Frankfurt and Cologne by train?
Frankfurt to Cologne is 94.95 mi.
How long does the train between Frankfurt and Cologne take?
Frankfurt to Cologne is on average 1 hr 55 min. However the fastest option will get you there in 1 hr 5 min.
Which companies operate from Frankfurt to Cologne?
The train journey from Frankfurt to Cologne is covered by 3 operator(s). On Virail you can find these carriers that provide services on this route: DB - InterCity Express (ICE), DB - Intercity, DB - Regional Express and Nightjet.
How many train connections per day go from Frankfurt to Cologne?
Frankfurt to Cologne has 6 connection(s) per day on average.
What time does the first train from Frankfurt to Cologne leave?
The earliest train from Frankfurt to Cologne departs at 12:12 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 train from Frankfurt to Cologne depart?
The latest train from Frankfurt to Cologne departs at 6:44 AM. 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 Frankfurt to Cologne in advance?
If you can, we recommend booking your ticket as early as possible to ensure you get better savings. The cheapest train ticket we have found is $15.29 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 Frankfurt to Cologne?
There are on average 5 direct connection(s) from Frankfurt to go to Cologne.
What's the fastest journey time between Frankfurt to Cologne by train?
The fastest journey time by train between Frankfurt and Cologne is 1 hr 5 min.
Is there a direct train from Frankfurt to Cologne?
Yes, there is a direct train between Frankfurt and Cologne.
What are the CO2 emissions for Frankfurt to Cologne by train?
The train journey from Frankfurt to Cologne creates 10.7kg of CO2 emissions.

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