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The cheapest trains from Cologne to Berlin

Showing times and prices for Jun 23

Cheapest

$38

Average

$42

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 Cologne to Berlin will cost around $ 42 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 38.

Cheapest
06:45AMKöln, Hbf5h15 12:00PMBerlin
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$381One-way
Cheapest
06:45AMKöln, Hbf5h06 11:51AMBerlin
0 changes
$381One-way
2nd Cheapest
10:59AMKöln, Hbf6h43 05:42PMBerlin
1 changes
$441One-way
2nd Cheapest
10:59AMKöln, Hbf6h55 05:54PMBerlin
1 changes
$441One-way
2nd Cheapest
10:59AMKöln, Hbf7h05 06:04PMBerlin
1 changes
$441One-way

Timetable Cologne to Berlin

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06:45AMKöln, Hbf5h15 12:00PMBerlin
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06:45AMKöln, Hbf5h06 11:51AMBerlin
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10:59AMKöln, Hbf6h43 05:42PMBerlin
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10:59AMKöln, Hbf6h55 05:54PMBerlin
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10:59AMKöln, Hbf7h05 06:04PMBerlin
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Tue
Jun 22
$86Deutsche Bahn
$44Flixbus
$366Eurowings
Wed
Jun 23
$38FlixTrain
$32Flixbus
$316Eurowings
Thu
Jun 24
$38FlixTrain
$32Flixbus
$316Eurowings
Fri
Jun 25
$38FlixTrain
$38Flixbus
$202Tuifly
Sat
Jun 26
$38Deutsche Bahn
$32Flixbus
$1007Lufthansa
Sun
Jun 27
$38FlixTrain
$32Flixbus
$202Eurowings
Mon
Jun 28
$38FlixTrain
$25Flixbus
$227Eurowings
Tue
Jun 29
$32FlixTrain
$32Flixbus
$227Eurowings
Wed
Jun 30
$25FlixTrain
$25Flixbus
$227Eurowings
Thu
Jul 1
$38FlixTrain
$25Flixbus
$202Tuifly
Fri
Jul 2
$35Deutsche Bahn
$32Flixbus
$126Eurowings
Sat
Jul 3
$25FlixTrain
$32Flixbus
$919Lufthansa
Sun
Jul 4
$38FlixTrain
$32Flixbus
$177Eurowings
Mon
Jul 5
$35Deutsche Bahn
$37BlaBlaCar Bus
$177Eurowings
Tue
Jul 6
$25FlixTrain
$25Flixbus
$227Eurowings
Wed
Jul 7
$30Deutsche Bahn
$37BlaBlaCar Bus
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Thu
Jul 8
$30Deutsche Bahn
$37BlaBlaCar Bus
$101Eurowings
Fri
Jul 9
$35Deutsche Bahn
$37BlaBlaCar Bus
$101Eurowings
Sat
Jul 10
$25FlixTrain
$25Flixbus
$900Lufthansa
Sun
Jul 11
$35Deutsche Bahn
$37BlaBlaCar Bus
$177Eurowings
Mon
Jul 12
$30Deutsche Bahn
$25Flixbus
$101Tuifly

The fastest trains from Cologne to Berlin

Showing times and prices for Jun 23

Fastest Journey

5 h 6 m

Average

6 h 12 m

Trains per day

5

Distance

479 km

Of the 5 trains that leave Cologne for Berlin every day 2 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 6 h 12 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 5 h 6 m .

The slowest trains will take 7 h 5 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.

Fastest
06:45AMKöln, Hbf5h06 11:51AMBerlin
0 changes
$381One-way
2nd Fastest
06:45AMKöln, Hbf5h15 12:00PMBerlin
0 changes
$381One-way
10:59AMKöln, Hbf6h43 05:42PMBerlin
1 changes
$441One-way
10:59AMKöln, Hbf6h55 05:54PMBerlin
1 changes
$441One-way
10:59AMKöln, Hbf7h05 06:04PMBerlin
1 changes
$441One-way

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Journey Summary

Cologne to Berlin Train Information

Avg. Train Duration
6 hours 57 minutes
Train Ticket Price: $27
Trains depart from:Cologne
Trains arrive in:Berlin
Distance:479 km
Train Companies:FlixTrain, Deutsche Bahn
Train companies

Deutsche Bahn Cologne – Berlin

Find the best trains between Cologne and Berlin with Omio's travel partners Deutsche Bahn from $38 (€30). We can find you the best deals, schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the best journey.

Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn (DB) trains take you between Cologne and Berlin in comfort. Find the DB train schedule for your route between Cologne and Berlin on Omio and book cheap DB tickets online. The distance between Cologne and Berlin is 296 miles (478 km) by DB and prices for a Deutsche Bahn ticket from Cologne to Berlin start at $38 (€30).

Deutsche Bahn is Germany’s main provider of train services and makes on average about 40, 000 domestic and international train journeys every day. DB is well-known for its wide range of ticket types, savings offers such as the Super Saver fares and discount cards like the Bahncard 25, 50 and 100, which you can also use at Omio.

Travel on different types of DB trains, including 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 needed to travel. For example, while bathrooms are standard, services like onboard restaurants or free WiFi are only available on certain trains.

Deutsche Bahn has the following ticket policies due to COVID-19, which you should be aware of when booking and traveling by train between Cologne and Berlin:

  • Normal conditions apply
  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended

Trains from Cologne to Berlin

Trains are a popular way of getting from Cologne to Berlin. They are fast, efficient, and quite affordable. Although only one company services the route, there's generally a train once every hour. The distance between the two cities is 297 miles, and this can be covered within 5 hours on the fastest train.

Cologne to Berlin train times: Daily departures

A total of 31 trains departs from Cologne to Berlin every day, and 18 of these offer direct trips. The trains are available on all days of the week. The earliest train departs from Cologne a little after 2:00 a.m, and the final one leaves just before midnight. Between these times, expect a train to leave Cologne for Berlin at least once every hour. 

How long is the journey by train from Cologne to Berlin?

The fastest train from Cologne to Berlin takes just under five hours. By changing once or twice on the way, it might take about 10.5 hours to arrive in Berlin. The average train duration for the trip is 6 hours and 54 minutes. For the shortest travel time, consider taking a direct train from Cologne to Berlin. 

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Cologne to Berlin?

Departure train station: The Cologne-Berlin trains depart from Cologne Central Station, just next to the Cologne Cathedral. With a vehicle, travelers can get to the station from the city center in only 4 minutes. The distance is about 1.1 miles. The place has a wide range of eateries and coffee shops and a barbershop.

Arrival train station: The arrival station used by Cologne-Berlin trains is Berlin Central Station. Once passengers arrive at the station, a bus can drive them to Berlin city center in 6 minutes. This short trip covers 1.4 miles. The area around the station is excellent for shopping and eating.

Which train companies travel from Cologne to Berlin?

The only company offering train services from Cologne to Berlin is Deutsche Bahn (DB). The largest train company in Germany, DB provides an excellent rail network throughout the country. In some cases, the trips offered by this company are faster and more efficient than flying. DB generally provides low prices, but travelers can always get better rates by booking well in advance. The costs fluctuate significantly based on the seasons and demand, so travelers should carefully select their travel period. DB trains offer free WiFi and a menu to order from, particularly for longer journeys.

Deutsche Bahn Cologne to Berlin

Deutsche Bahn operates 31 train trips every day, and 18 of these are direct trips. The rest involve two or three changes. DB offers fast rides to Berlin, some taking under 5 hours. Their trains depart every hour, with the first train leaving Cologne at about 2:15 a.m. DB often offers promotional prices, and if tickets are purchased early enough, travelers could save as much as half the average price. 

Cologne to Berlin trains: Services on board

DB offers first- and second-class seating cars. First-class seats have more space and greater comfort, and are almost always never sold out. If on a budget, travelers could consider second-class seats. While they're half the price of first-class seats, they don't have the extra seating space of first class and might be harder to get at peak travel times.

Regardless of the type of car, travelers will be able to carry their luggage free of charge. No reservations are needed for the storage of goods, even for large items. Travelers can pack these items in the racks at the end of the carriages. 

Although passengers can carry large items with no reservation, bikes are an exception. For longer journeys, travelers should make a reservation for their bike and be prepared to pay an extra fee for storage. 

How to find cheap train tickets from Cologne to Berlin

Travelers can find a cheap train from Cologne to Berlin at Omio. A simple way to score cheap tickets is by purchasing tickets long before a trip. Tickets from DB go on sale six months in advance. If the ticket is bought three weeks in advance, travelers can expect to save 24%, on average. By being flexible with their travel dates, they can also save significantly. Plan to travel in the off-season, when the company tends to lower prices, or opt for slower trips.

Train tickets from Cologne to Berlin: when to book to save $

Time Price Savings
1 week earlier 21 €
2 weeks earlier 20 €5%
3 weeks earlier 17 €24%
1 month before 16 €31%
2 months earlier 15 €40%
3 months earlier 11 €91%


Train companies often offer promotional prices and offers—by buying in advance—you can get access the best prices for trains in the U.S., Canada, and the major European railroad operators. Search on Omio to check prices and cheap train tickets from Cologne - Berlin. Easily find the most attractive rates and choose the your preferred route for your journey. Book and choose your mobile ticket: avoid the queues at the station and the added stress of printing your ticket.

The rule of buying in advance to save money is not only valid when booking a flight but also for train travel. Train tickets are generally on sale 6 months before the departure date. Some train booking tips from us:

  • Buying your train ticket from Cologne - Berlin 3 weeks in advance means you can save on average up to 24% compared to the price available on the day of departure.
  • If you book a ticket Cologne - Berlin with 2 months in advance you save up to about 40% compared to the initial price.
  • By booking 3 months in advance, you could save up to 91%.
  • On Omio you can find all offers, train times and prices for train travel in Europe, the U.S., and Canada.

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Trains from Cologne to Berlin
Travel by train to Berlin 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 Cologne to Berlin.
FAQs
How much do cheap train tickets to Berlin from Cologne cost?
Omio customers have found the cheapest trains from Cologne to Berlin to cost as little as $38 (€30)  in the next 7 days.
What is the price of a train ticket from Cologne to Berlin?
If you are looking to purchase your train ticket in the next 7 days, you can expect the Cologne to Berlin train to cost on average $45 (€35)  one way.
How many miles is it from Cologne to Berlin by train?
When traveling this route you should expect the distance between Cologne and Berlin by train to be approximately 296 miles (478 km).
How long is the train ride from Cologne to Berlin?
While the time it takes to travel 296 miles (478 km) between Cologne and Berlin can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays, the Cologne to Berlin train journey time is on average 5 h 6 min.
What is the departure train station in Cologne and arrival train station in Berlin?

Some of the Cologne train stations to Berlin you can start your journey from include Köln Hbf, Köln Messe/Deutz and Köln/Bonn Flughafen. Similarly, some of the arrival train stations in Berlin include Berlin Hbf, Berlin Spandau and Berlin Südkreuz.

When traveling this route, Omio customers are departing most frequently from Köln Hbf   and arriving in Berlin Hbf.

Where is the departure train station in Cologne located? Where is the arrival train station in Berlin located?

You can find the most popular departure train station for this trip, Köln Hbf, located approximately 0 mile (s) / 0 km from the city center of Cologne. The most popular arrival train station in Berlin, called Berlin Hbf, is located around 0 mile (s) / 0 km away from its city center.

Which train providers can get me from Cologne to Berlin?
If you're looking for trains from Cologne to Berlin, you can rely on Deutsche Bahn to get you to Berlin. It's also good to check out all possible train companies for the Cologne to Berlin trip to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
Is there a direct train from Cologne to Berlin?
Yes, there are direct trains from Cologne to Berlin, and you can find a direct train for this route with FlixTrain  on Omio. It's worth paying attention to when you buy your train ticket as direct services tend to offer more convenience and save you time getting to your destination.
When does the first train depart from Cologne to Berlin? When does the last train depart from Cologne to Berlin?
The first Cologne to Berlin train departs at 4: 45 AM   and the last train from Cologne to Berlin leaves at 9: 53 PM. Check out the most up-to-date train schedule from Cologne to Berlin on Omio and find the best time to travel to your destination.
How far in advance should I purchase train tickets from Cologne to Berlin for the best deals?
If you purchase a train ticket from Cologne to Berlin within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average $45 (€35) one way. However, we recommend booking your train in advance to get access to the best prices. Train tickets to Berlin from Cologne are generally on sale a few months before the planned departure date.
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Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Cologne
Berlin
Köln Hbf
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