The cheapest trains from Cologne to Berlin

Showing times and prices for Sep 18

Cheapest

$19

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 $ 19.

Cheapest
04:15PMKöln, Hbf5h57 10:12PMBerlin
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$191One-way
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04:15PMKöln, Hbf5h47 10:02PMBerlin
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$191One-way
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04:15PMKöln, Hbf5h36 09:51PMBerlin
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$191One-way
2nd Cheapest
06:45AMKöln, Hbf5h29 12:14PMBerlin
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$501One-way
2nd Cheapest
06:45AMKöln, Hbf5h19 12:04PMBerlin
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$501One-way

Timetable Cologne to Berlin

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06:45AMKöln, Hbf5h29 12:14PMBerlin
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06:45AMKöln, Hbf5h19 12:04PMBerlin
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08:59AMKöln, Hbf8h06 05:05PMBerlin, ZOB
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08:59AMKöln, Hbf7h51 04:50PMBerlin
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01:40PMKöln, Flughafen7h37 09:17PMBerlin
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04:15PMKöln, Hbf5h57 10:12PMBerlin
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04:15PMKöln, Hbf5h47 10:02PMBerlin
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04:15PMKöln, Hbf5h36 09:51PMBerlin
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Sat
Sep 18
$19FlixTrain
$27BlaBlaCar Bus
$1005Lufthansa
Sun
Sep 19
$37FlixTrain
$41BlaBlaCar Bus
$249Eurowings
Mon
Sep 20
$35Deutsche Bahn
$25Flixbus
$199Eurowings
Tue
Sep 21
$19FlixTrain
$25Flixbus
$199Tuifly
Wed
Sep 22
$19FlixTrain
$19Flixbus
$249Eurowings
Thu
Sep 23
$19FlixTrain
$25Flixbus
$311Eurowings
Fri
Sep 24
$30Deutsche Bahn with connection
$37Flixbus
$311Eurowings
Sat
Sep 25
$19FlixTrain
$25Flixbus
$1056Lufthansa
Sun
Sep 26
$37FlixTrain
$25Flixbus
$199Eurowings
Mon
Sep 27
$19FlixTrain
$25Flixbus
$199Eurowings
Tue
Sep 28
$12FlixTrain
$19Flixbus
$149Tuifly
Wed
Sep 29
$19FlixTrain
$19Flixbus
$174Eurowings Europe
Thu
Sep 30
$19FlixTrain
$19Flixbus
$174Eurowings
Fri
Oct 1
$43Deutsche Bahn with connection
$31BlaBlaCar Bus
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Sat
Oct 2
$30Deutsche Bahn
$31BlaBlaCar Bus
$709Lufthansa
Sun
Oct 3
$37FlixTrain
$25Flixbus
$124Tuifly
Mon
Oct 4
$22Deutsche Bahn
$19Flixbus
$99Tuifly
Tue
Oct 5
$12FlixTrain
$19Flixbus
$112Eurowings
Wed
Oct 6
$12FlixTrain
$19Flixbus
$99Eurowings
Thu
Oct 7
$19FlixTrain
$19Flixbus
$112Eurowings

The fastest trains from Cologne to Berlin

Showing times and prices for Sep 18

Fastest Journey

5 h 19 m

Average

6 h 27 m

Trains per day

8

Distance

479 km

Of the 8 trains that leave Cologne for Berlin every day 5 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 27 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 5 h 19 m .

The slowest trains will take 8 h 6 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, Hbf5h19 12:04PMBerlin
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$501One-way
2nd Fastest
06:45AMKöln, Hbf5h29 12:14PMBerlin
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$501One-way
04:15PMKöln, Hbf5h36 09:51PMBerlin
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$191One-way
04:15PMKöln, Hbf5h47 10:02PMBerlin
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$191One-way
04:15PMKöln, Hbf5h57 10:12PMBerlin
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$191One-way

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Train Information between Cologne and Berlin

distanceDistance296 miles (478 km)
durationAverage train duration4 h 49 min
priceAverage train ticket price$37 (€30)
frequencyTrain frequency16 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 16 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersDeutsche Bahn, FlixTrain or Deutsche Bahn with connection

Trains from Cologne to Berlin cover the 296 miles (478 km) long journey taking on average 4 h 49 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain or Deutsche Bahn with connection. Normally, there are 16 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around $37 (€30), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $19 (€15). Travelers depart most frequently from Köln Hbf and arrive in Berlin Hbf.

Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn (DB) is Germany’s main provider of train services and makes on average about 40, 000 domestic and international journeys per day. Deutsche Bahn’s fleet of trains includes the high-speed ICE (Intercity Express) as well as the IC (Intercity), EC (Eurocity), IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional Express) and RB (Regionalbahn), which differ in terms of comfort and the time needed to travel. For example, while toilets are standard amenities, services like onboard restaurants or free WiFi are only available on certain train types and routes. Deutsche Bahn is well-known for its wide range of fares like Super Saver, Saver, and Flexible and discount cards like the Bahncard 25, 50 and 100, which you can also use for your Cologne to Berlin train.

Train information from Cologne to Berlin with Deutsche Bahn:

  • Average Duration: 5 h 13 min
  • Deutsche Bahn frequency: 7 a day

Please follow the recommendations outlined by Deutsche Bahn when booking your train tickets between Cologne and Berlin due to the coronavirus:

  • 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
What is the price of the cheapest train from Cologne to Berlin?
Omio customers have found cheap train tickets between Cologne and Berlin for as low as $19 (€15)  for the next 7 days.
What is the cost of a train to Berlin from Cologne?
In the next 7 days you can expect to pay on average $37 (€30)  for a train ticket between Cologne and Berlin.
How far is Cologne to Berlin by train?
When traveling this route you should expect the distance from Cologne to Berlin by train to be approximately 296 miles (478 km).
How long is the train from Cologne to Berlin?
On average the Cologne to Berlin train time is 4 h 49 min  covering the 296 miles (478 km) long trip, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or traveling on weekends and holidays.
What train station in Cologne goes to Berlin? What train station do I come into Berlin from Cologne?

When taking the train to Berlin from Cologne, you can choose to depart from train stations like Köln Hbf, Köln Messe/Deutz and Köln/Bonn Flughafen. Your trip can end in train stations such as Berlin Hbf, Berlin Spandau and Berlin Südkreuz.

Omio customers who travel this route most frequently depart from Köln Hbf   and arrive in Berlin Hbf.

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

The most popular departure train station with passengers for this journey, called Köln Hbf, is located 1 mile (s) / 1 km from the city center of Cologne.

The most popular arrival train station, Berlin Hbf, is located 1 mile (s) / 2 km away from the city center of Berlin.

What train providers go from Cologne to Berlin?
If you're looking for trains from Cologne to Berlin, you can rely on Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain or Deutsche Bahn with connection to get you to Berlin. It's also good to check out all possible train providers for the Cologne to Berlin trip to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
Can I find a direct train from Cologne to Berlin?
Yes, there are 16 direct trains per day from Cologne to Berlin. You can look to travel with FlixTrain  without needing to transfer at another stop in between. Taking a direct train tends to save you time getting you to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to this when booking a ticket for this trip.
How many trains are there to Berlin from Cologne a day?
The average number of trains departing Cologne for Berlin is 16 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
When can I take the first train from Cologne to Berlin? When can I take the last train for the day?
The first Cologne to Berlin train departs at 4: 45 AM   and the last train from Cologne to Berlin leaves at 9: 54 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 a train ticket from Cologne to Berlin to get the best deals?
If you book the Cologne to Berlin train within the next 7 days, you can find one way tickets to cost on average $37 (€30). However, booking your train ticket in advance gives you access to the best prices for trains to Berlin from Cologne. Look out for train tickets for this route to go on sale a few months before your planned departure date to find the best deals.
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Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Cologne
Berlin
Köln Hbf
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