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The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.
The average ticket from Berlin to Cologne will cost around $ 95 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 71.
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Of the 28 trains that leave Berlin for Cologne every day 21 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
These direct trains cover the 479 km distance in an average of 5 h but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 4 h .
The slowest trains will take 8 h 25 m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.
|Distance||296 miles (478 km)|
|Average train duration||4 h 7 min|
|Average train ticket price||$38 (€32)|
|Train frequency||12 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 12 direct trains a day|
|Train companies||Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain or Deutsche Bahn with connection|
Trains from Berlin to Cologne cover the 296 miles (478 km) long journey taking on average 4 h 7 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain or Deutsche Bahn with connection. Normally, there are 12 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around $38 (€32), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $33 (€28). Travelers depart most frequently from Berlin Hbf and arrive in Köln Hbf.
Travel between Berlin and Cologne from $33 (€28) with Omio’s train partners Deutsche Bahn! You can find the best schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the most affordable trip for you.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) is the main provider of train services in Germany, making on average 40, 000 journeys per day. A special feature of Deutsche Bahn is its wide range of ticket types, savings offers including Super Saver, Saver, and Flexible fares and discount cards like the Bahncard 25, 50 and 100, which you can also use for your train to Cologne from Berlin. DB uses different types of trains such as the ICE (Intercity Express), IC (Intercity), EC (Eurocity), IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional Express) and RB (Regionalbahn) on its routes, which differ in terms of comfort and the time required to travel. For example, while bathrooms are standard amenities, services like an onboard restaurant or free WiFi are only available on certain trains.
Deutsche Bahn from Berlin to Cologne train information:
These are Deutsche Bahn's ticket policies for COVID-19 for the train between Berlin and Cologne:
Trains in Germany are an efficient way to travel between cities, with Deutsche Bahn offering domestic and international train routes. High-speed trains from Berlin to Cologne are quick and efficient, allowing anyone to travel across Germany with ease. Deutsche Bahn operates a daily service, with departures every hour. The earliest trains from Berlin to Cologne depart at 4:26 a.m. and the last train of the day leaves Berlin at 11:53 p.m. Direct journeys take just over 5 hours to make the trip, and you can also choose to change once or twice without adding much time onto the journey. Transfers usually occur in Essen, Dortmund, or Frankfurt Berlin to Cologne trains depart from Berlin Hauptbahnhof and arrive at either Köln Hauptbahnhof or Köln Messe/Deutz train station.
Average prices for Deutsche Bahn trains from Berlin to Cologne when you book in advance
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Berlin to Cologne Trains: General Information
Deutsche Bahn train ticket prices change frequently so there are no firm rules for finding the best prices. Travelers can usually offset some of cost of Berlin to Cologne train tickets by planning ahead and checking the prices before booking.
Based on Omio's travel data, as the table above clearly illustrates, ticket prices on Berlin to Cologne trains decrease the further they are booked in advance:
When taking the train to Cologne from Berlin, you can choose to depart from train stations like Berlin Hbf, Berlin Spandau and Berlin Südkreuz. Your journey can end in train stations such as Köln Hbf, Köln Messe/Deutz and Köln/Bonn Flughafen.
Omio customers who travel this route most frequently depart from Berlin Hbf and arrive in Köln Hbf.
Passengers booking this journey most frequently board their trains from Berlin Hbf and need to travel around 1.7 miles (2.8 km) from the city center to get to this train station.
Passengers arriving in Cologne most often arrive at Köln Hbf and need to travel around 0.7 miles (1.2 km) from this train station to the city center.
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