The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Cologne to Hanover is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid traveling at rush hour.
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Of the 5 trains that leave Cologne for Hanover every day 5 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
|Distance||154 miles (249 km)|
|Average train duration||3 h 2 min|
|Average train ticket price||$29 (€25)|
|Train frequency||25 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 25 direct trains a day|
|Train companies||Deutsche Bahn with connection, Deutsche Bahn or FlixTrain|
Trains from Cologne to Hanover cover the 154 miles (249 km) long journey taking on average 3 h 2 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn with connection, Deutsche Bahn or FlixTrain. Normally, there are 25 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this route for as low as $17 (€15), but the average price of train tickets is $29 (€25). Travelers depart most frequently from Köln Hbf and arrive in Hannover Hbf.
Find the best trains between Cologne and Hanover with Omio's travel partners Deutsche Bahn from $17 (€15). We can find you the best deals, schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the best route.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) is the main provider of train services in Germany, making on average 40, 000 journeys per day. A special feature of Deutsche Bahn is its wide range of ticket types, savings offers including Super Saver, Saver, and Flexible fares and discount cards like the Bahncard 25, 50 and 100, which you can also use for your train to Hanover from Cologne. 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, while bathrooms are standard amenities, services like an onboard restaurant or free WiFi are only available on certain trains.
Deutsche Bahn from Cologne to Hanover train information:
There are hourly train connections between Cologne and Hanover from 5 am. The last chance is around 9. The driving time is average 3 hours. Most ICE trains pass through directly. Occasionally there are also IC trains on the route, which also take you to your destination without changing trains. On weekends, the first train leaves Cologne main station at around 4.20 in the direction of Hanover. From 13 to about 16 the trains even run every half hour on this route.
The city of Hanover is the capital of the federal state of Lower Saxony, accommodates 500,000 inhabitants and is located in the north of the Federal Republic of Germany. The city is divided into 13 districts, especially known for many visitors is the district Mittelfeld. This is where the Hanover Exhibition Grounds are located - the venue for well-known trade fairs such as CeBIT and Hanover Messe. The exhibition grounds extend over 496,000 sqm and 26 exhibition halls and are thus the largest exhibition grounds in the world. Every year, trade fairs are held there on a wide range of topics.
A train ride from Cologne to Hanover is best started at the main station of the cathedral city. The direct connections to Hanover usually start from platform 2. Some trains also depart from Köln Messe/Deutz station. If you have a little more time, you can also take the ICE to Frankfurt a. M. first and then take another ICE to Hanover. Of course, this connection is much more complicated, but in fact it only takes about 40 minutes longer.
The main train station in Cologne can be reached with the S-Bahn. The central junction of the network is the train station with lines S6, S11, S12, S13 and S19. The infrastructure also includes tram stops "Dom/Hauptbahnhof" and "Breslauer Platz/Hauptbahnhof". These are both served by lines 5, 16 and 18. You can also reach Cologne Central Station by bus. Lines 132, 133, 250, 260, 978, N26 and SB40 are used for this purpose. Many of the means of transport also connect the surrounding area of Cologne, so that the station can also be reached from the outskirts and suburbs as well as neighbouring towns.
If you use one of the numerous direct connections between Cologne and Hanover, the journey time is only a little over 3 hours. On the way there are only a few hissing stops, e.g. in Wuppertal, Hagen, Hamm or Bielefeld. The connection via Frankfurt a. M. includes Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe and Göttingen. The journeys in the direction of Frankfurt should be reserved in advance. ICE trains usually have an on-board restaurant.
When you arrive at Hanover main station, there are various possibilities to continue your journey. For example, the S-Bahn Hanover is very convenient. All lines of the S-Bahn network use the main station as a stopover or starting point (lines S1-S7 with the additional lines S21 and S51 as well as the demand line S8). In the area around the station there are several stops of the Stadtbahn. At the underground station you have access to lines 1, 2, 3, 7, 8 and 9. In front of the reception building (above ground) you can reach lines 10 and 17. You can also use many various bus lines.
When taking a train from Cologne, you have a couple of train stations you can depart from including Köln Hbf, Köln Messe/Deutz and Köln/Bonn Flughafen. When you arrive in Hanover, your train can arrive in train stations including Hannover Hbf, Hannover-Kleefeld and Hannover Bismarckstr.
Omio customers traveling this route book their trains from Köln Hbf to Hannover Hbf.
Passengers board the train most frequently from Köln Hbf, which is located around 1.1 miles (1.7 km) away from the city center, and they get off the train at Hannover Hbf, located 1.7 miles (2.8 km) away from the city center.
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