Berlin to Cologne train

Tue, Jul 23
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Cheap train tickets from Berlin to Cologne

Showing times and prices for Jul 23

Cheapest

The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Berlin to Cologne is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

Cheapest
FlixTrain
08:51AM5h04
Berlin Spandau
01:55PMCologne Hbf
$381One-way
0 transfers
Cheapest
FlixTrain
04:51PM5h20
Berlin Spandau
10:11PMCologne Messe/Deutz
$381One-way
0 transfers
Cheapest
FlixTrain
04:34PM5h37
Berlin Hbf
10:11PMCologne Messe/Deutz
$381One-way
0 transfers
Cheapest
FlixTrain
08:34AM5h21
Berlin Hbf
01:55PMCologne Hbf
$381One-way
0 transfers
Deutsche Bahn
03:45PM4h25
Berlin Hbf
08:10PMCologne Hbf
$1191One-way
0 transfers

Train schedule from Berlin to Cologne

Showing trains for tomorrow, Tuesday, July 23
FlixTrain
08:34AM5h21
Berlin Hbf
01:55PMCologne Hbf
0 transfers
FlixTrain
08:51AM5h04
Berlin Spandau
01:55PMCologne Hbf
0 transfers
Deutsche Bahn
08:57AM4h18
Berlin Hbf
01:15PMCologne Hbf
0 transfers
Deutsche Bahn
09:45AM4h24
Berlin Hbf
02:09PMCologne Hbf
0 transfers
Deutsche Bahn
10:56AM4h19
Berlin Hbf
03:15PMCologne Hbf
0 transfers
Deutsche Bahn
11:41AM3h59
Berlin Hbf
03:40PMCologne Hbf
0 transfers
Deutsche Bahn
11:45AM4h25
Berlin Hbf
04:10PMCologne Hbf
0 transfers
Deutsche Bahn
12:56PM4h19
Berlin Hbf
05:15PMCologne Hbf
0 transfers
Deutsche Bahn
01:45PM4h25
Berlin Hbf
06:10PMCologne Hbf
0 transfers
Deutsche Bahn
02:56PM4h19
Berlin Hbf
07:15PMCologne Hbf
0 transfers
Deutsche Bahn
03:45PM4h25
Berlin Hbf
08:10PMCologne Hbf
0 transfers
FlixTrain
04:34PM5h37
Berlin Hbf
10:11PMCologne Messe/Deutz
0 transfers
FlixTrain
04:51PM5h20
Berlin Spandau
10:11PMCologne Messe/Deutz
0 transfers

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Fastest train times from Berlin to Cologne

Showing times and prices for Jul 23

Fastest Journey

3 h 59 m

Average

4 h 38 m

Trains per day

13

Distance

479 km

Of the 13 trains that leave Berlin for Cologne every day 13 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Fastest
Deutsche Bahn
11:41AM3h59
Berlin Hbf
03:40PMCologne Hbf
$1191One-way
0 transfers
Deutsche Bahn
08:57AM4h18
Berlin Hbf
01:15PMCologne Hbf
$1271One-way
0 transfers
Deutsche Bahn
10:56AM4h19
Berlin Hbf
03:15PMCologne Hbf
$1271One-way
0 transfers
Deutsche Bahn
12:56PM4h19
Berlin Hbf
05:15PMCologne Hbf
$1271One-way
0 transfers
Deutsche Bahn
02:56PM4h19
Berlin Hbf
07:15PMCologne Hbf
$1271One-way
0 transfers

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ReviewsReviews for the rail journey from Berlin to Cologne

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Pros
IconThe seats were very comfortable, I had good possibilities to stow my suitcase.
Cons
IconThe food was no longer so warm and the train was 17 minutes late.
Unfortunately the wifi didn't work, but we are provided with a mobile hotspot connection. Generally gives it three stars as my food was not fresh. There were clean toilets, but it was a bit smelly. I was able to get through and fortunately did not have to change trains. However, as I said before, the train was a bit late. The train ticket was not very expensive, so I was able to buy it with my savings.
Pros
IconThe food tasted good, nice staff
Cons
IconDelay, the toilets were not clean
This trip was actually relatively relaxed, as the staff were nice and the food tasted good. Unfortunately, the train was a few minutes late and the toilets were not really clean. My food was also delivered fresh and hot and tasted good. It was also great value for money. In general, it gets three stars out of five. Nevertheless, I can recommend it.
Pros
IconGood mobile phone reception
Cons
IconCleanliness
I enjoyed the journey very much, although the compartments were not thoroughly cleaned. One positive thing I noticed was that there was excellent reception. There were also 2 power sockets. The service staff were also very nice. The journey was trouble-free and the train was on time. Therefore, I can still recommend the trip.
Pros
IconFavourable price
Cons
IconPoor service
IconExpensive food
IconToo Late Arrival
Since I very often have to travel from Cologne to Berlin and from Berlin to Cologne and it's not worth it by car in the long run, I only use the ICE because of the low price. The seats are bearable (enough). The wifi didn't work so I couldn't surf the internet with my mobile device. The food was way too expensive for a small amount. The service was also unfriendly. The hygiene on the train is also not the best. The toilets were dirty the table was not clean. The punctuality wasn't there either, the only thing that is good about Deutsche Bahn is the ticket prices and that you didn't have to change trains. I only give the trip 2/5 stars.
Pros
IconThe seats were very comfortable
Cons
IconThe product has no weaknesses
As I recently had to travel from Berlin to Cologne for work, I decided to take the train. The journey was very pleasant as the seats were very comfortable and there was no noise. The whole compartment was clean and the service was very friendly. Overall, I can recommend everyone to travel by train.
Pros
IconNice staff
Cons
IconFood did not taste good
It was a great train ride. The train arrived on time. I had wifi on the train. My seat was very comfortable and the train was very clean, the toilets were also very clean. It's great value for money. But unfortunately, I didn't like the food, but I can still recommend it because it was so cheap.
Pros
IconEmployees
It was a very relaxing train ride. Unfortunately, I didn't have wifi on the train, but that's not a bad thing as each seat had its own socket. The seats were very comfortable and it was very quiet in the train, only that one baby was loud. Very good service, they were very friendly, the staff lots of food options. It was very clean, respectively the toilets were very clean and we didn't have to change trains. The train was also very punctual.
Pros
IconGood connection with the Sprinter
Cons
IconAbsolutely unnecessary communication by mail (confusing)
The connection itself is good, especially if you catch a sprinter. However, the wifi doesn't work very well - a hotspot is better. The toilet is OK and was quite clean. The price is a bit high if you don't get a saver fare. At least there was no need to change and I could work through at the place with a socket. Before departure, however, I was told 3 times that the train would be cancelled, only because of a track change in Berlin. This was very confusing and caused a lot of stress at the beginning of the journey.
Pros
IconService is top
IconNo change
Cons
IconPrice
The journey was so relaxed because you don't have to change trains from Berlin to Cologne. You drive comfortably through within 4 hours. Unfortunately, we had a small delay of 35 minutes. The toilets were clean in the ICE and the staff were very nice. The on-board restaurant had delicious food and the wifi worked. Unfortunately, there were power sockets everywhere in all seats, but not in the restaurant.
Pros
IconPleasant train ride
Cons
IconNothing
I travelled from Berlin to Cologne for carnival with DB and was mega satisfied, as this was the first longer train journey for me. The journey lasted just under 4 hours, the toilets were very clean and the seats were also very comfortable. In addition, the volume was pleasant and reasonably quiet during the entire journey. The route we took was without any major obstacles that could have disrupted the journey. The staff inside the train were very friendly and accommodating. Gladly again.
Pros
IconThe service was good
IconIt was nice to be able to go to the toilet
IconComfortable seats
IconFriendly staff
Cons
IconThere was rubbish in my place
IconVery expensive
IconTook ages
IconTrain was unfortunately 10 minutes late
My train journey from Berlin to Cologne was mostly positive, but the cleanliness of the trains was not entirely satisfactory. Despite regular cleaning of the toilets and compartments, I noticed some soiling, which detracted slightly from the travelling experience. Nevertheless, the service during the journey was excellent and the staff were always friendly and helpful. Clear information helped me to feel well looked after. The interior of the trains proved to be comfortable, with cosy seats and plenty of legroom. The presence of power sockets allowed me to use my electronic devices with ease. The journey time was acceptable, considering the journey to and from the airports. The train journey offered a relaxed alternative to other means of transport. I still found the price-performance ratio to be fair, especially when tickets were booked in advance. Overall, the train journey from Berlin to Cologne was a practical and environmentally friendly option, but improvements in terms of cleanliness would be desirable to further optimise the travel experience for all passengers.
Pros
IconComfort
IconPunctuality
IconService & Food
Cons
Iconnone found
I travelled from Berlin to Cologne by train and was very happy with the journey. The train was clean, spacious and had enough sockets for my devices. The seats were comfortable and I was able to sleep well. The journey took about four hours and the train arrived on time. The staff were friendly and helpful. I also tried the on-board restaurant and found the food delicious and reasonably priced. The scenery was beautiful and I took lots of photos. I would recommend this train journey to anyone travelling from Berlin to Cologne.
Pros
IconCleanliness
IconFavourable
IconFast
Cons
IconPassengers
Overall pleasant and provided a satisfactory experience, the wifi worked reliably which gave me the opportunity to be productive during the journey, the seats comfortable and ergonomically designed made the journey more relaxing, the formations were communicated clearly and promptly, the orientation facilitated cleanliness acceptable although a thorough clean would have been desirable, the journey was reasonable and he a punctual arrival at the destination in terms of price this seemed possibly slightly higher compared to other operators overall the train journey was a positive experience with positive aspects such as minor shortcomings in cleanliness.
Pros
IconGood comfort
IconModern equipment
IconVery clean
IconNice staff
Cons
IconHigh ticket price
IconLong journey duration
Travelling by train from Berlin to Cologne made a positive impression on me overall, and there were both pleasant and less pleasant moments. I would particularly like to praise the exceptional cleanliness of the train, which made the journey extremely pleasant. The staff were also very friendly and helpful. The equipment on the train was modern and very practical for passing the time. However, there were also negative aspects. The journey time was longer than expected, which was a disadvantage despite the overall comfortable environment. In addition, the price-performance ratio was not convincing in all respects, as the service provided did not always match the cost paid. However, this was mainly due to the high ticket price. Overall, however, I have fond memories of the train journey, particularly because of the outstanding cleanliness, the friendly staff, the comfort and the excellent facilities. Despite the points of criticism mentioned, the journey was enjoyable and worth recommending.

Train companies: Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain and FlixBus from Berlin to Cologne trains

You can travel by train between Berlin and Cologne with Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain and FlixBus for as low as $23 (€20). When you search for schedules and tickets, Omio will show you the best trip.

Deutsche Bahn is a German train company that operates trains throughout the country including trains from Berlin to Cologne. It offers a wide range of services, including high-speed InterCity Express (ICE) trains, regional trains, and night trains. ICE trains are the fastest and most comfortable way to travel, with speeds of up to 300 km/h. Regional trains are slower but offer more frequent stops and are ideal for shorter trips. Night trains are a great way to save time and money, with comfortable sleeping compartments and couchettes. Deutsche Bahn offers a variety of ticket types, including single tickets, day tickets, and group tickets. Onboard facilities include free Wi-Fi, power outlets, and a variety of food and beverage options. The most popular routes for Deutsche Bahn are between major cities such as Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, and Frankfurt. Other popular routes include Cologne to Stuttgart, Berlin to Dresden, and Hamburg to Cologne.

Berlin to Cologne train information with Deutsche Bahn:

  • Average Duration: 3 h 59 min
  • Cheapest Price: $46
  • Deutsche Bahn frequency: 16 a day

FAQs: Trains from Berlin to Cologne

FAQs: Travel by train from Berlin to Cologne easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Berlin to Cologne.
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Cheap train tickets from Berlin to Cologne can start from as little as $23 (€20) when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Berlin to Cologne is $114 (€99); however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
On average the Berlin to Cologne train travel time is 3 h 59 min   for the 296 mile (478 km) long route, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Berlin to Cologne leaves at 6: 34 AM. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Berlin to Cologne leaves at 10: 59 PM.
Yes, there are 7 direct trains a day from Berlin to Cologne with Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain or FlixBus. Schedules can vary on holidays or weekends with fewer direct trains.
For the trip from Berlin to Cologne you can take a train with Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain or FlixBus. Be sure to check out all possible train companies that offer services between Berlin and Cologne on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.
No, there are no night trains, the latest train for this route is 10: 59 PM.

When departing from Berlin, you have various train station options to start your journey from including Berlin Hbf, Berlin Ostbahnhof and Berlin Südkreuz station. When arriving in Cologne, you can end your trip in train stations like Cologne Hbf, Cologne Messe/Deutz and Cologne/Bonn Flughafen.

Passengers board the train most frequently from Berlin Hbf, which is located around 3.5 miles (5.6 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Cologne Hbf, located 1.6 miles (2.5 km) away from the city centre.

A trip to Cologne from Berlin is worth doing but not as a day trip with a journey time of 3 h 59 min each way. Check with Omio app   the best way to travel.
The cheapest month to travel from Berlin to Cologne by train is May.
You have options as you can travel to Cologne from Berlin 3 different ways: train, bus or flight.

Important Stations and Airports in Berlin and Cologne

Berlin
Cologne
Berlin Hbf is the most popular Berlin railway station for Omio travelers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Berlin for your trip to Cologne.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
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Phone Number
+49 302971055
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Sat: 07: 00 - 22: 00 | Sun: 08: 00 - 22: 00
Public transit options for Berlin Hbf
U-Bahn lines: U5
S-Bahn lines: S3, S5, S7, S9
Bus lines: 120, 123, 142, 147, 245, M41, M85, N20, N40, N5
Tram lines: M5, M6, M8, M10
Train lines: ICE, EC, IC, FEX, HBX, IRE, RB10, RB14, RB21, RB22, RE1, RE2, RE3, RE4, RE5, RE7
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
At a Travel Center you will receive the following services with personal consultation: Tickets and reservations up to shortly before departure, season tickets and DB monthly season tickets on subscription as well as DB BahnCard related offers. Furthermore, national and international timetable and fare information is available in addition to supplementary services and offers for your rail journey.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
At a Travel Center you will receive the following services with personal consultation: Tickets and reservations up to shortly before departure, season tickets and DB monthly season tickets on subscription as well as DB BahnCard related offers. Furthermore, national and international timetable and fare information is available in addition to supplementary services and offers for your rail journey.
Berlin SpandauLockersShoppingParkingATMTaxisAccessibility
Amenities at station
LockersLockers
ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
At a Travel Center you will receive the following services with personal consultation: Tickets and reservations up to shortly before departure, season tickets and DB monthly season tickets on subscription as well as DB BahnCard related offers. Furthermore, national and international timetable and fare information is available in addition to supplementary services and offers for your rail journey.
Berlin-Gesundbrunnen stationWifiLockersShoppingParkingATMTaxisAccessibility
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
At a Travel Center you will receive the following services with personal consultation: Tickets and reservations up to shortly before departure, season tickets and DB monthly season tickets on subscription as well as DB BahnCard related offers. Furthermore, national and international timetable and fare information is available in addition to supplementary services and offers for your rail journey.
Berlin Zoologischer GartenWifiLockersShoppingParkingATMTaxisAccessibility
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
At a Travel Center you will receive the following services with personal consultation: Tickets and reservations up to shortly before departure, season tickets and DB monthly season tickets on subscription as well as DB BahnCard related offers. Furthermore, national and international timetable and fare information is available in addition to supplementary services and offers for your rail journey.

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