The cheapest trains from Cologne to Bologna

Showing times and prices for Sep 23

Cheapest

$124

Average

$128

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 Bologna will cost around $ 128 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 124.

Cheapest
08:44AMCologne Messe/Deutz11h32 08:16PMBologna Centrale
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$1241One-way
Cheapest
04:24AMCologne Hbf11h55 04:19PMBologna Centrale
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$1241One-way
2nd Cheapest
07:55AMCologne Hbf12h21 08:16PMBologna Centrale
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$1361One-way

Timetable Cologne to Bologna

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04:24AMCologne Hbf11h55 04:19PMBologna Centrale
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07:55AMCologne Hbf12h21 08:16PMBologna Centrale
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08:44AMCologne Messe/Deutz11h32 08:16PMBologna Centrale
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Thu
Sep 23
$124Deutsche Bahn
$67Flixbus
$34Malta Air
Fri
Sep 24
$87Deutsche Bahn
$67Flixbus
$89Malta Air
Sat
Sep 25
$87Deutsche Bahn
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$306Lufthansa
Sun
Sep 26
$99Deutsche Bahn
$67Flixbus
$218Malta Air
Mon
Sep 27
$124Deutsche Bahn
$62Flixbus
$24Malta Air
Tue
Sep 28
$111Deutsche Bahn
$71Flixbus
$362Austrian Airlines

The fastest trains from Cologne to Bologna

Showing times and prices for Sep 23

Fastest Journey

11 h 32 m

Average

11 h 56 m

Trains per day

3

Distance

787 km

It's difficult to get from Cologne to Bologna without transferring at least once.

Fastest
08:44AMCologne Messe/Deutz11h32 08:16PMBologna Centrale
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$1241One-way
2nd Fastest
04:24AMCologne Hbf11h55 04:19PMBologna Centrale
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$1241One-way
07:55AMCologne Hbf12h21 08:16PMBologna Centrale
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$1361One-way

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Train Information from Cologne to Bologna

distanceDistance488 miles (787 km)
durationAverage train duration11 h 32 min
priceAverage train ticket price$108 (€87)
frequencyTrain frequency1 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there is 1 direct train a day
carriersTrain providersDeutsche Bahn

Trains from Cologne to Bologna cover the 488 miles (787 km) long route taking on average 11 h 32 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn. Normally, there is 1 train operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around $108 (€87), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $87 (€70). Travelers depart most frequently from Köln Hbf and arrive in Bologna Centrale.

Train companies

Travel with Deutsche Bahn from Cologne to Bologna

You can travel by train from Cologne to Bologna with Deutsche Bahn for as low as $87 (€70). When you search for schedules and tickets, Omio will show you the best journey.

Deutsche Bahn

Travel 488 miles (787 km) in comfort with Deutsche Bahn (DB) between Cologne and Bologna. Check the DB train schedule for your trip between Cologne and Bologna on Omio and then book DB tickets online quickly, easily and safely. For a Deutsche Bahn ticket between Cologne and Bologna you can pay as low as $87 (€70).

Deutsche Bahn is the main provider of Germany’s train services and makes an average of 40, 000 train journeys domestically and internationally every day. A special feature of Deutsche Bahn includes 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.

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, bathrooms are standard amenities, but other services like onboard restaurants or free WiFi are only available on certain trains.

Deutsche Bahn's current ticket policies due to COVID-19 for your train between Cologne and Bologna are the following:

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

Travel Tips

Trains from Cologne to Bologna
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FAQs
Is cross-border travel by train between Cologne, Germany and Bologna, Italy allowed?

Travel by train between Cologne, Germany and Bologna, Italy is: Partially open.

Is international entry into Bologna from Cologne restricted?

International entry is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in Italy from Cologne?

Entry Requirements:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival or 5 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required

What are the safety rules to follow in Bologna, Italy?

The government of Italy has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Physical distance required: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask required: Mandatory

The above information was last checked on 9/22/21. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train between Cologne and Bologna closer to your date of departure here

Are there restrictions on returning to Germany from Italy by train?

Return travel from Italy to Germany is: Partially open.

Are there any international entry restrictions on returning to Cologne from Bologna?

Entry into Germany is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Italy

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in Germany from Bologna?

Requirements for reentering:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Pre-arrival health declaration
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival

What are the safety rules to follow in Cologne, Germany?

The government of Germany has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Physical distance requirement: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Mandatory

Last checked on 9/21/21. Please check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   closer to the travel date of your train to Cologne from Bologna.

How much do cheap train tickets from Cologne to Bologna cost?
Omio customers have found the cheapest trains from Cologne to Bologna to cost as little as $87 (€70)  in the next 7 days.
How much is the train from Cologne to Bologna on average?
If you are looking to buy your train ticket in the next 7 days, you can expect the Cologne to Bologna train to cost on average $108 (€87)  one way.
How far is Cologne to Bologna by train?
The train distance from Cologne to Bologna is around 488 miles (787 km).
How many hours is the train time from Cologne to Bologna?
The Cologne to Bologna train duration is on average 11 h 32 min, which is to be expected when traveling 488 miles (787 km) to Bologna from Cologne. However, the time it takes can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays.
When traveling by train from Cologne to Bologna, which train station in Cologne do I depart from and which train station in Bologna do I arrive in?

Omio customers traveling this route depart most frequently from Köln Hbf   and arrive in Bologna Centrale.

Where is the Cologne train station located? Where is the Bologna train station located?

Passengers board their train most frequently from Köln Hbf and travel around 1 mile (s) / 1 km from the city center to this train station.

Passengers traveling this route most often arrive at Bologna Centrale and need to travel approximately 1 mile (s) / 1 km from the train station to the city center in Bologna.

Which train providers can take me to Bologna from Cologne?
When taking a train from Cologne to Bologna, you can count on Deutsche Bahn for the best way to get you to Bologna. You can also check all possible train companies who offer a service from Cologne to Bologna and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.
How many trains per day are there between Cologne and Bologna?
On average, there is 1 train a day from Cologne to Bologna. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
When can I take the first train from Cologne to Bologna? When can I take the last train for the day?
The first Cologne to Bologna train departs at 4: 53 AM   and the last train from Cologne to Bologna leaves at 8: 30 PM. Check out the most up-to-date train schedule from Cologne to Bologna on Omio and find the best time to travel to your destination.
How far in advance should I purchase train tickets from Cologne to Bologna for the best deals?
In general, we recommend booking tickets for trains in advance to score the best deals from all possible train companies offering this route and save money. If you book train tickets to Bologna from Cologne within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average $108 (€87) one way. To find the best prices for this journey, consider booking your train ticket from Cologne to Bologna a few months in advance.
Stations

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Cologne
Bologna
Köln Hbf
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