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Cheap train tickets and times from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main

Showing times and prices for Jun 20

Cheapest

Fastest Journey

49 m

Average

1 h 7 m

Trains per day

21

Distance

153 km

Cheap train tickets from Cologne to start from $72 with an average ticket price of $78.

The fastest train from Cologne to takes 49m in comparison to an average duration of 1h 7m and covers a distance of 153 km.

21 trains that leave Cologne for every day with 16 travelling directly.

Cheapest
Deutsche Bahn
02:53PM2h29
Cologne Hbf
05:22PMFrankfurt (Main) Hbf
$721One-way
1 transfer
Deutsche Bahn
01:59PM1h10
Cologne Hbf
03:09PMFrankfurt Airport long-distance station
$801One-way
0 transfers
Deutsche Bahn
03:11PM0h55
Cologne Messe/Deutz
04:06PMFrankfurt Airport long-distance station
$801One-way
0 transfers
Deutsche Bahn
02:44PM1h04
Cologne Messe/Deutz
03:48PMFrankfurt (Main) Hbf
$801One-way
0 transfers
Deutsche Bahn
01:59PM1h24
Cologne Hbf
03:23PMFrankfurt (Main) Hbf
$801One-way
0 transfers

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IconSpeed
IconComfort sockets
IconOn time
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IconPrice
I recently had the opportunity to travel from Cologne to Frankfurt by train. Overall, the journey was pleasant and smooth. The train was on time and provided a good connection between the two cities. The seats were comfortable and offer enough space to enjoy a pleasant journey. However, I have to say that the price of the journey was a bit high in my opinion. I felt that I had to pay a hefty price for a one-way train journey. Although I prefer travelling by train because it is comfortable and environmentally friendly, I think the prices could be a bit cheaper to encourage more people to choose this way of travelling. Overall, my train journey from Cologne to Frankfurt was good, but the high price was a small drawback. Nevertheless, I think the train is a good choice for travelling between the two cities, especially considering the advantages like comfort and environmental friendliness.
Pros
IconQuick
IconClean
IconComfort
IconWIFI
Cons
IconPrice
The journey by ICE from Cologne to Frankfurt was a pleasant experience. The train was on time and provided a comfortable travel experience. The seats were comfortable and offered enough space. There was also ample storage space for luggage. The journey was smooth and without incident. However, the price of the ride was not particularly cheap. Compared to other means of transport, the train in Germany is generally a bit more expensive. Nevertheless, the train is a comfortable and reliable way to get from A to B. For those who value convenience and punctuality, the train is a good choice.
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IconIs environmentally aware
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IconUnpunctual
IconUnfriendly
IconExpensive
We took the ICE from Cologne main station to Frankfurt for our holiday. It was an absolute horror. First of all, the train was of course 30 minutes late, which meant we arrived later. Since we couldn't reserve a seat, we had to sit on the floor. We had no access to electricity. Wifi is a disaster with DB anyway. The toilet was, as one is used to from DB, quite dilapidated and dirty. It really wasn't a pleasant journey. If we hadn't been able to get the ticket cheaper via Lufthansa, I would have done without DB and this trip.
Pros
IconQuiet compartment
Cons
IconVery full
My journey to Frankfurt went very well. The toilets were very clean and the quiet compartment was, as the name suggests, also very quiet. You could relax and read and charge your mobile phone at the sockets. The journey went quickly, but the ticket inspector was unfriendly.
Pros
Icongood wifi
Cons
IconTechnical fault, too full, too loud
I had really imagined the journey to be better. There were really several negative things instead of positive, namely there was a technical malfunction that robbed me of 1 hour. The train was also too crowded and too noisy. My meal wasn't that tasty either, but it was cheap. Still, I can recommend it because it is very, very cheap.
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IconWIFI
IconSockets
Iconclean toilets
IconOn time
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IconVery full
We travelled from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main on the ICE. There was good wifi and sockets to supply our mobile phones with power and internet. The train was in good condition, the toilets were clean and the bistro had plenty to choose from. The train was on time in Frankfurt and we also arrived in Cologne at the specified time. However, the train was very full, so I would recommend reserving a seat.
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IconFast, Safe, Punctual
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Iconnone- I am very satisfied with the train
The return journey by ICE from Cologne to Frankfurt was also exactly the same as I am used to in 1st class. Almost the same price as in 2nd class thanks to the Bahncard 25. Faster, safer and more comfortable than in your own vehicle. Incl. power socket at the seat and sufficient wifi for work on the road. Pleasant volume despite the mobile phone compartment.
Pros
IconComfortable seats
It was a great train ride. I had wifi and my own power socket on the train. The seats were very comfortable and the train was very quiet. If you needed food, you could get it. There were many options for ordering, the staff were very friendly, I was told when we were arriving, etc. The train was very clean and had its own power socket. The train was very clean and the toilets were also very clean. I didn't have to change trains and the train arrived on time. Great value for money point I can recommend it to everyone because it is so cheap. Great train ride!
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IconPunctuality,very good wifi
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IconEmployees
It was a very relaxed journey as the train also arrived on time. I didn't have to change trains. I had wifi moving, each individual seat had a socket, it was quiet inside, the seats were very comfortable, but the staff were unfriendly. Still, I can recommend it to everyone because it's great value for money, but some of the staff were nice too.
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IconGuarantee with surcharge
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IconPoor service
It is very difficult to evaluate the train journey(s) correctly. I regularly travel the route Cologne - Frankfurt and back and the journey has different surprises every time. In addition, there are the circumstances of Corona, holidays and public holidays, and the weather also has a great influence on the journey. I have awarded a total of 3 benevolent stars. Unfortunately, there are always numerous delays, which sometimes makes changing trains very difficult. A small plus point, however, is that the trains are relatively clean again and the toilets are at least finally usable again. The service is still not good, but there is a small improvement.
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IconToilets
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IconBoard restaurant
The train connection between Cologne and Frankfurt is fast and efficient. The journey takes about an hour and is therefore a short journey for the distance travelled. The comfort with power sockets, toilets and also the possibility to sit at a table is very good. Unfortunately, many products in the on-board restaurant were sold out and the toilets were not clean. Nevertheless, the journey was very pleasant and can be recommended.
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IconPunctuality
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Good service, empty carriages and otherwise a very pleasant journey. Unfortunately I had to book at short notice and therefore only had quite expensive conditions. Apart from that, everything was fine. We travelled for 70 minutes and didn't have a stopover.
Pros
IconNo delay
IconCheap
IconEasy booking
Cons
IconDirty toilets
What I like about this product is that I was able to book the ticket very easily and it was cheap. I also really liked the fact that the train wasn't delayed and I arrived at my destination on time. However, I didn't like the cleanliness because the toilets were quite dirty. I really liked the fact that the internet worked perfectly and that I could watch films during the journey.

Overview: Train from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main

distanceDistance94 miles (152 km)
durationAverage train duration53 min
priceAverage train ticket price$59 (€52)
frequencyTrain frequency25 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 25 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersDeutsche Bahn, FlixTrain or Hessische Landesbahn

Trains from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main cover the 94 miles (152 km) long route taking on average 53 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain or Hessische Landesbahn. Normally, there are 25 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around $59 (€52), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $23 (€20). Travelers depart most frequently from Cologne Hbf and arrive in Frankfurt am Main Flughafen.

Train providers: Deutsche Bahn and FlixTrain from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main trains

For as little as $20 (€18) you can travel by train from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main with Deutsche Bahn and FlixTrain. Omio will show you the best deals, schedules and tickets available for this route.

Deutsche Bahn is a German train company that operates trains throughout the country including trains to Frankfurt am Main from 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.

Deutsche Bahn from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main train information:

  • Average Duration: 1 h 3 min
  • Cheapest Price: $20
  • Deutsche Bahn frequency: 25 a day

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

Check and compare train options, travel classes, and amenities for trains from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main 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 Frankfurt am Main

FAQs: Travel by train from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main 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 Frankfurt am Main.
FAQs
Cheap train tickets from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main can start from as little as $23 (€20) when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Cologne to Frankfurt am Main is $59 (€52); however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
On average the Cologne to Frankfurt am Main train travel time is 53 min   for the 94 mile (152 km) long trip, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main leaves at 6: 24 AM. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main leaves at 10: 55 PM.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main without having to change trains with Deutsche Bahn. There are 25 direct trains from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main each day. There may be fewer direct services available on weekends or holidays.
For the route from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main you can take a train with Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain or Hessische Landesbahn. Be sure to check out all possible train providers that offer services between Cologne and Frankfurt am Main on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.
No, there are no night trains, the latest train for this route is 10: 55 PM.

When departing from Cologne, you have various train station options to start your journey from including Cologne Hbf, Cologne Messe/Deutz and Cologne/Bonn Flughafen. When arriving in Frankfurt am Main, you can end your trip in train stations like Frankfurt am Main Flughafen, Frankfurt Stadion station and Frankfurt Messe 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 Frankfurt am Main Flughafen, located 9.2 miles (14.8 km) away from the city centre.

A day trip to Frankfurt am Main from Cologne is worth doing with a journey time of 53 min each way. Check with Omio app   the best way to travel.
The cheapest month for a train from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main is March.
It's helpful to compare your options as there are 3 ways to travel to Frankfurt am Main from Cologne including taking a bus, train or flight.

Important Stations and Airports in Cologne and Frankfurt am Main

Cologne
Frankfurt am Main
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 Frankfurt am Main.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
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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
AccessibilityAccessibility
Cologne-Müngersdorf TechnologieparkATMAccessibility
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ATMATM
AccessibilityAccessibility
Cologne WestATMAccessibility
Amenities at station
ATMATM
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Cologne TrimbornstrATMAccessibility
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ATMATM
AccessibilityAccessibility
Cologne-NippesParkingATMTaxisAccessibility
Amenities at station
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
Cologne-BuchforstParkingATMAccessibility
Amenities at station
ParkingParking
ATMATM
AccessibilityAccessibility
Cologne Geldernstr. /ParkgürtelATMTaxisAccessibility
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ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
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