Cologne to Dortmund train

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Cheap train tickets and times from Cologne to Dortmund

Showing times and prices for Jun 20

Cheapest

Fastest Journey

1 h 11 m

Average

1 h 17 m

Trains per day

7

Distance

74 km

Cheap train tickets from Cologne to start from $16 with an average ticket price of $20.

The fastest train from Cologne to takes 1h 11m in comparison to an average duration of 1h 17m and covers a distance of 74 km.

7 trains that leave Cologne for every day with 7 travelling directly.

Cheapest
FlixTrain
04:14PM1h15
Cologne Hbf
05:29PMDortmund Hbf
$161One-way
0 transfers
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FlixTrain
08:28AM1h34
Cologne Hbf
10:02AMDortmund Hbf
$161One-way
0 transfers
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FlixTrain
08:14AM1h15
Cologne Hbf
09:29AMDortmund Hbf
$161One-way
0 transfers
Deutsche Bahn
08:09AM1h12
Cologne Hbf
09:21AMDortmund Hbf
$251One-way
0 transfers
Deutsche Bahn
08:24AM1h15
Cologne Messe/Deutz
09:39AMDortmund Hbf
$281One-way
0 transfers

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Pros
IconOn time
IconFriendly
IconAir conditioning
Cons
IconExpensive
IconWifi did not work properly
I was travelling from Cologne to Dortmund on business. As soon as I got on the train, I knew the journey was going to be good. The air conditioning was on. That made me very happy at first, because it was almost 30 degrees outside. When I got on, I looked for my reserved seat. I can only recommend everyone to reserve a seat. That way, travelling is also fun. The train was pretty full, so otherwise you would have had to stand. The ticket inspector was friendly and unobtrusive. He just checked quickly and moved on. There is always a socket in the middle between the double seats so you can charge your smartphone. The table was clean and I was able to eat my breakfast without having to drive myself. Unfortunately, the ride wasn't cheap and the wifi worked but was so bad that I preferred to go through my own data volume. On the whole, I prefer to travel by train rather than by car. There's less stress and you can eat your bread in a relaxed way.
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IconSpeed
Cons
IconNone
I travelled from Cologne main station to Dortmund main station on 24 May with the ICE 616. The journey was quite quick, only took about 1 hour and was on time both on departure and arrival. The cleanliness was very pleasant, even without a seat reservation you got a seat and the conductor was also very friendly. As the same route by car would have taken much longer at this time, I can only recommend the trip.
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IconComfort
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IconPunctuality
Yesterday I travelled with the ICE 616 from Cologne main station to Dortmund main station and unfortunately the train was delayed by about 20 minutes. These 20 minutes meant that I missed a connecting bus. Apart from the delay, however, the journey was relatively pleasant, everything was clean and the conductor very polite, I am also convinced of the price-performance ratio.
Pros
IconHigh comfort
Icongood internet
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IconSlight delay
We travelled from Cologne to Dortmund at the beginning of the year on the ICE train operated by Deutsche Bahn. Overall, I was very satisfied with the journey and give it a rating of four out of five stars. The train arrived on time at Cologne Central Station and boarding was smooth. The ICE trains are always impressive and this one was no exception. The interior was modern and comfortable. The seats were comfortable and offered enough legroom. There were power sockets on the train, and good internet. There was also plenty of storage space for luggage, which is always a plus. The journey was mostly quiet and pleasant. The staff were friendly and helpful. Unfortunately, there was a short delay during the journey, which led to a slight delay. However, there was a clear announcement from the staff informing us of the reason for the delay and apologising for the inconvenience. Overall, I can recommend ICE travel from Cologne to Dortmund. Most aspects of the journey were very positive and I felt comfortable during the journey.
Pros
IconNo delay
IconClean
IconFixed place
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IconAccording to
IconOnline Check In
The train journey was very quick. It was great that the train was not delayed at all. There was no stop between Cologne and Dortmund, so even the journey felt very fast. I booked a fixed seat beforehand. The seat was free and I was able to sit down. The seat was very clean, the power sockets at the seat worked for us. I could use the wifi without any problems. Before taking my seat, I went to the toilets. Everything was very clean there too. The journey itself was much cheaper than the regional train. Unfortunately, the online check-in function did not work. So I had to present my ticket again. It was very noisy in the carriage, the train was fully booked. For this reason, I used headphones. This allowed me to make the journey comfortably.
Pros
IconOn time and without changing trains
IconComfortable seats with sufficient power sockets and internet
IconTrain was clean and quiet and not so crowded
IconCatering facilities also available
Cons
IconConductor was unfriendly
The train from Cologne to Dortmund was relatively empty and therefore very quiet. The seats on the train were very comfortable and there were power sockets and an internet connection. However, the conductor did not make such a friendly impression. He checked the tickets without saying a word. Otherwise, the train and the toilets were very clean and there was a snack machine for refreshments. All in all, it was a good journey for me as the train was on time and I didn't have to change trains.
Pros
IconAttractive price and very fast
Cons
IconNone
The train connection was very punctual. The train departed and arrived in Dortmund at exactly the scheduled time, which made for a stress-free journey, and the cleanliness of the train was generally very good. The seats and floor were clean and the litter bins were emptied regularly. The train offered power sockets at almost every seat, which was extremely convenient for business travellers and travellers with electronic devices, the train connection was very accessible. Wheelchair users and travellers with reduced mobility had no problems getting on and off the train. The WCs on the train were averagely clean, but there were moments when they seemed to be slipping a little. Overall, the train journey was a very positive experience. The punctuality and accessibility were particularly impressive.
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IconVolume
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IconUnpunctual
I travelled from Cologne to Dortmund for a football match. It is probably due to the occasion that this rating is so poor. The hygienic conditions on the train were subterranean. It stank, people were drunk and there was vomit in every corner. Unfortunately, one train was also cancelled. And the next train was really late. There were far too few seats as everything was so filthy. So I actually had to stand for the whole journey. As always, the only good thing is the price.
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IconWc
Iconwifi
IconCleanliness
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IconDelay
I travelled from Cologne to Dortmund by train. Unfortunately, the train arrived 30 minutes late. Otherwise, however, the train made a clean and well-kept impression both inside and out. The service staff on board were very friendly and helpful. The wifi offered worked perfectly, as did the sockets. The sanitary facilities were clean and I would therefore recommend Deutsche Bahn to others
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IconCleanliness
IconPersonnel
IconInternet
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IconPunctuality
IconCatering
IconSeats
I travelled on the ICE 914 from Cologne to Dortmund on business. It was easy to make a reservation in advance, which I did a few days before departure. Unfortunately, the train was quite late, which of course completely disrupted the timetable. The staff and cleanliness on the train were absolutely great. Unfortunately, I didn't like the catering at all, it was very expensive and looked very unappetising. Charging facilities were available and worked without any problems. Likewise the wifi.
Pros
IconFast drive
IconNo change
Cons
IconWeak wifi
What I didn't like about this journey was that the wifi was quite weak. Nevertheless, I liked the fact that the ticket was easy to buy and cheap. I also liked the fact that I didn't have to change trains and that the train wasn't delayed. Another point is that I reached my destination quickly and the journey was very comfortable.

Overview: Train from Cologne to Dortmund

distanceDistance45 miles (73 km)
durationAverage train duration1 h 6 min
priceAverage train ticket price$19 (€17)
frequencyTrain frequency50 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 32 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersDeutsche Bahn, FlixTrain, National Express or Thalys

Trains from Cologne to Dortmund cover the 45 miles (73 km) long route taking on average 1 h 6 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain, National Express or Thalys. Normally, there are 50 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this journey for as low as $6 (€5), but the average price of train tickets is $19 (€17). Travelers depart most frequently from Cologne Hbf and arrive in Dortmund Hbf.

Train providers: Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain and Thalys from Cologne to Dortmund trains

Buy your official Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain and Thalys train tickets between Cologne and Dortmund from $6 (€5) with Omio. Find train times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies to compare and book the most convenient trip.

Deutsche Bahn is a German train company that operates trains throughout the country including trains from Cologne to Dortmund. 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.

Cologne to Dortmund train information with Deutsche Bahn:

  • Average Duration: 1 h 5 min
  • Cheapest Price: $11
  • Deutsche Bahn frequency: 23 a day

Deutsche Bahn, Inter City Express (ICE), Intercity (IC), Regional Express (RE), Regionalbahn (RB), FlixTrain classes from Cologne to Dortmund

Check and compare train options, travel classes, and amenities for trains from Cologne to Dortmund with Deutsche Bahn, Inter City Express (ICE), Intercity (IC), Regional Express (RE), Regionalbahn (RB), FlixTrain

Inter City Express (ICE)

1st class
  • Wi-Fi
  • Power socket at seat
  • Adjustable seat
  • Extra legroom (at least 89 cm)
  • Solo seats available
  • Face-to-face seats available
  • Folding table
  • 3 seat in a row
  • Seat reservation included
  • No dedicated space for bicycles*
  • Pets allowed
  • Meal service at seat and restaurant
  • No dedicated area for families with children
  • No dedicated space for prams
  • Quiet area/zone
  • 1 piece of hand luggage per person
  • 1 piece of large luggage per person
  • Air conditioning
  • No dedicated accessible seats
  • Partially barrier-free
  • Accessibility assistance service
  • Travel advisories priority lane
  • Access to lounge
  • Access to digital newspaper & magazine

Inter City Express (ICE)

2nd class
  • Wi-Fi
  • Power socket at seat
  • Adjustable seat
  • Extra legroom (at least 80 cm)
  • Solo seats available
  • Face-to-face seats available
  • Folding table
  • 4 seat in a row
  • Seat reservation not included
  • Dedicated space for bicycles
  • Pets allowed
  • Meal service at the restaurant
  • Area for families with children
  • Space for prams
  • Quiet area/zone
  • 1 piece of hand luggage per person
  • 1 piece of large luggage per person
  • Air conditioning
  • Dedicated accessible seats
  • Partially barrier-free
  • Accessibility assistance service
  • No Travel advisories priority lane
  • No access to lounge
  • No access to digital newspapers & magazines

Intercity (IC)

1st class
  • Wi-Fi
  • Power socket at seat
  • Seat not adjustable
  • Standard legroom
  • Solo seats available
  • Face-to-face seats available
  • Folding table
  • 3 seat in a row
  • Seat reservation included
  • No dedicated space for bicycles*
  • Pets allowed
  • No buy-on-board food
  • No dedicated area for families with children
  • No dedicated space for prams
  • No quiet area/zone
  • 1 piece of hand luggage per person
  • 1 piece of large luggage per person
  • Air conditioning
  • No dedicated accessible seats
  • Partially barrier-free
  • Accessibility assistance service
  • Travel advisories priority lane
  • Access to lounge
  • Access to digital newspaper & magazine

Intercity (IC)

2nd class
  • Wi-Fi
  • Power socket at seat
  • Seat not adjustable
  • Standard legroom
  • Solo seats available
  • Face-to-face seats available
  • Folding table
  • 4 seat in a row
  • Seat reservation not included
  • Dedicated space for bicycles*
  • Pets allowed
  • No buy-on-board food
  • Area for families with children
  • Space for prams
  • No quiet area/zone
  • 1 piece of hand luggage per person
  • 1 piece of large luggage per person
  • Air conditioning
  • Dedicated accessible seats
  • Partially barrier-free
  • Accessibility assistance service
  • No Travel advisories priority lane
  • No access to lounge
  • No access to digital newspapers & magazines

Regional Express (RE)

1st class & 2nd class
  • Wi-Fi
  • Power socket at seat
  • Seat not adjustable
  • Standard legroom
  • Solo seats available
  • Face-to-face seats available
  • Folding table
  • Dedicated space for bicycles
  • Pets allowed
  • No buy-on-board food
  • No dedicated area for families with children
  • No dedicated space for prams
  • No quiet area/zone
  • 1 piece of hand luggage per person
  • 1 piece of large luggage per person
  • Air conditioning
  • No dedicated accessible seats for 1st class
  • Partially barrier-free
  • Accessibility assistance service

Regionalbahn (RB)

1st class & 2nd class
  • No Wi-Fi
  • Power sockets on some trains
  • Seat not adjustable
  • Standard legroom
  • Solo seats available
  • Face-to-face seats available
  • Folding table
  • Dedicated space for bicycles
  • Pets allowed
  • No buy-on-board food
  • No dedicated area for families with children
  • No dedicated space for prams
  • No quiet area/zone
  • 1 piece of hand luggage per person
  • 1 piece of large luggage per person
  • Air conditioning
  • No dedicated accessible seats for 1st class
  • Partially barrier-free
  • Accessibility assistance service

FAQs: Trains from Cologne to Dortmund

FAQs: Travel by train from Cologne to Dortmund 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 Dortmund.
FAQs
Cheap train tickets from Cologne to Dortmund can start from as little as $6 (€5) when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Cologne to Dortmund is $19 (€17); however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
The average journey time by train from Cologne to Dortmund is 1 h 6 min   to travel the 45 mile (73 km) long trip, with around there are 50 trains per day. Journey times can vary on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Cologne to Dortmund leaves at 6: 09 AM. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Cologne to Dortmund leaves at 10: 49 PM.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Cologne to Dortmund without having to change trains with Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain, National Express or Thalys. There are 32 direct trains from Cologne to Dortmund each day. There may be fewer direct services available on weekends or holidays.
Yes, there's a high-speed train to Dortmund. Take the fast train with Thalys from Cologne to Dortmund.
For the best Cologne to Dortmund train to purchase, you can travel safely and comfortably with Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain, National Express or Thalys. However, it's always good to check all possible train providers with services to Dortmund from Cologne to compare what amenities they may offer.
No, there are no night trains, the latest train for this route is 10: 49 PM.

When departing from Cologne, you have various train station options to start your trip from including Cologne Hbf, Cologne Messe/Deutz and Cologne/Bonn Flughafen. When arriving in Dortmund, you can end your trip in train stations like Dortmund Hbf, Dortmund Signal-Iduna-Park station and Dortmund-Hörde station.

Passengers board the train most frequently from Cologne Hbf, which is located around 1.6 miles (2.5 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Dortmund Hbf, located 1.5 miles (2.4 km) away from the city centre.

A day trip to Dortmund from Cologne is worth doing with a journey time of 1 h 6 min each way. Check with Omio app   the best way to travel.
The cheapest month to travel from Cologne to Dortmund by train is November.
It's helpful to compare your options as there are 2 ways to travel between Cologne and Dortmund including taking a train or bus.

Important Stations and Airports in Cologne and Dortmund

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Dortmund
Cologne Hbf is the most popular Cologne 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 Cologne for your trip to Dortmund.
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ParkingParking
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Phone Number
+49 2211411055
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Fri: 06: 00 - 21: 00 | Sat - Sun: 07: 00 - 21: 00
Public transit options for Cologne Hbf
U-Bahn lines: U5, U16, U18
S-Bahn lines: S6, S11, S12, S19
Bus lines: 172, 173
Train lines: ICE, IC, EC, FLX, RE, RB
Cologne Messe/DeutzWifiLockersParkingATMTaxisAccessibility
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
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.
Cologne/Bonn FlughafenShoppingParkingATMTaxisAccessibility
Amenities at station
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.
Cologne SüdShoppingParkingATMTaxisAccessibility
Amenities at station
ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
Cologne-EhrenfeldATMAccessibility
Amenities at station
ATMATM
AccessibilityAccessibility
Cologne MülheimShoppingParkingATMTaxisAccessibility
Amenities at station
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.
Cologne HansaringATMAccessibility
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ATMATM
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Cologne-Müngersdorf TechnologieparkATMAccessibility
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ATMATM
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Cologne WestATMAccessibility
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ATMATM
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Cologne TrimbornstrATMAccessibility
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ATMATM
AccessibilityAccessibility
Cologne-NippesParkingATMTaxisAccessibility
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ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
Cologne-BuchforstParkingATMAccessibility
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ParkingParking
ATMATM
AccessibilityAccessibility
Cologne Geldernstr. /ParkgürtelATMTaxisAccessibility
Amenities at station
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility

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