The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid travelling at rush hour.
The average ticket from Cologne to Hanover will cost around $ 75 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 35.
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Of the 38 train that leave Cologne for Hanover every day 18 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
These direct train cover the 250 km distance in an average of 3h 37m but if you time it right, some train will get you there in just 2h 40m .
The slowest train will take 6h 1m 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.
|Avg. Train Duration:|
3 hours 25 minutes
|Train Ticket Price:||$20|
|Trains depart from:||Cologne|
|Trains arrive in:||Hanover|
|Train Companies:||FlixTrain, Deutsche Bahn|
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.