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 Frankfurt am Main will cost around $ 43 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 22.
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1 h 34 m
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Of the 72 trains that leave Cologne for Frankfurt am Main every day 42 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
These direct trains cover the 153 km distance in an average of 1 h 34 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 1 h 3 m .
The slowest trains will take 2 h 36 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.
|Distance||94 miles (152 km)|
|Average train duration||1 h 22 min|
|Average train ticket price||$23 (€19)|
|Train companies||Deutsche Bahn or Deutsche Bahn with connection|
Trains from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main cover the 94 miles (152 km) long trip taking on average 1 h 22 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn or Deutsche Bahn with connection. There are direct train services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this trip for as low as $22 (€18), but the average price of train tickets is $23 (€19). Travelers depart most frequently from Köln Hbf and arrive in Frankfurt (Main) Flughafen.
For as little as $22 (€18) you can travel by train from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main with Deutsche Bahn. Omio will show you the best deals, schedules and tickets available for this route.
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 Frankfurt am Main train.
Please follow the recommendations outlined by Deutsche Bahn when booking your train tickets from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main due to the coronavirus:
There are frequent daily trains from Cologne to Frankfurt operated by Deutsche Bahn. The vast majority of these trains are direct, and there are a few indirect connections available that stop over in Mainz or Frankfurt Flughafen Fernbf. The frequency of departures does not vary much across weekdays and weekends, and passengers have their choices of departures scheduled evenly throughout the day.
Deutsche Bahn makes the vast majority of the train journeys between these two German cities, and passengers have their choice of various direct trains throughout the week. Each week there are also a few indirect trains with connections run by Vlexx.
Deutsche Bahn makes the 106-mile journey from Cologne to Frankfurt with a travel time of between 1 hour and 3 hours and 13 minutes. The fastest train is just after 9:30 p.m. on weekends and in the afternoons on weekdays, and the majority of the fastest trains are direct. The indirect trains typically make one short stop along the way.
On weekdays and weekends, there are over 40 daily trains along this route. Train departures are most frequent in the mornings and evenings, with several leaving each hour. The earliest weekday train is at around 2:00 a.m. and takes 2 hours and 48 minutes to reach Frankfurt. On weekends, this is slightly closer to 3:00 a.m.
Departure train station: Trains depart from either Cologne Messe/Deutz or Cologne Hauptbahnhof. Cologne Messe/Deutz is a mile long walk across the river from central Cologne. Passengers can also travel from Messe/Deutz to Hauptbahnhof in 2 minutes on the bus. Hauptbahnhof is an 8 to 10-minute walk along Germany's Rhine river to reach Cologne's city center.
Arrival train station: Trains arrive at Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof, which is almost a mile from central Frankfurt and takes roughly 20 minutes to walk. Passengers traveling to make a flight can also connect on to Frankfurt Airport via an 11 to 15-minute train ride.
There are a few train stations in Cologne to start your trip from including Köln Hbf, Köln Messe/Deutz and Köln/Bonn Flughafen. In Frankfurt am Main you have a few train station options to choose from for your arrival including Frankfurt (Main) Flughafen, Frankfurt Main Ost and Frankfurt am Main - Stadion.
Omio customers traveling this route depart most frequently from Köln Hbf and arrive in Frankfurt (Main) Flughafen.
Passengers booking this journey most frequently board their trains from Köln Hbf and need to travel around 1 mile (s) / 1 km from the city center to get to this train station.
Passengers arriving in Frankfurt am Main most often arrive at Frankfurt (Main) Flughafen and need to travel around 6 mile (s) / 10 km from this train station to the city center.
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