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Overview: Train from Cologne to London

distanceDistance308 miles (496 km)
frequencyTrain frequency1 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there is 1 direct train a day
carriersTrain companiesDeutsche Bahn with connection or Deutsche Bahn

Trains from Cologne to London cover the 308 miles (496 km) long route taking on average 5 h 23 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn with connection or Deutsche Bahn. Normally, there is 1 train operating per day, including direct services available. Travelers depart most frequently from Köln Hbf and arrive in London Victoria.

Train providers: Deutsche Bahn from Cologne to London trains

You can travel by train between Cologne and London with Deutsche Bahn. When you search Omio for times and tickets, we’ll show you the best deals available.

Deutsche Bahn

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 from Cologne to London. 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 has the following ticket policies due to COVID-19, which you should be aware of when booking and traveling by train from Cologne to London:

    • Cashless payments recommended
    • Online booking and check-in recommended
    • Normal conditions apply


    Deutsche Bahn trains from Cologne to London

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    Deutsche Bahn is the main railroad company in Germany. On average, about 40,000 train journeys are made in Germany every day. A special feature of Deutsche Bahn is its wide range of ticket types—make savings with offers such as the Sparpreis ticket or apply discount cards with the BahnCard. Check whether you can also use them on the DB route from Cologne to London. You can find information on ticket cancelation in our Help Center.

    DB has different types of trains such as the ICE (Intercity Express), IC (Intercity), EC (Eurocity), RE (Regional Express) and RB (Regionalbahn) on its railroads, which differ in terms of comfort and travel time. While restrooms, for example, are part of the standard equipment, other offers such as an on-board restaurant or Wi-Fi access are only available on certain trains. With Omio you can easily check the Deutsche Bahn timetable for your journey from Cologne to London and book cheap DB tickets. More information on rail travel in Germany and Europe.


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    Travel Tips: Trains from Cologne to London

    Travel by train to London 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 London.
    FAQs

    Are there any COVID-19 restrictions for international travel by train between Cologne and London?

    Travel by train between Cologne, Germany and London, United Kingdom is: Partially open.

    Is international entry into London from Cologne restricted?

    International entry is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany

    Do I need to quarantine on arrival in United Kingdom from Cologne?

    Entry Requirements:

    • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival for unvaccinated travellers
    • Prebook and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 PCR tests for unvaccinated travellers
    • 10-day mandatory self-quarantine
    • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from compulsory quarantine
    • Prebook and pay for a COVID-19 test, to be taken on the end of day 1 for vaccinated travellers
    • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
    • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required

    What are the safety rules to follow in London, United Kingdom?

    The government of United Kingdom has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

    • Physical distance required: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
    • Face mask required: Regional advice

    The above information was last checked on 1/23/22. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train between Cologne and London closer to your date of departure here

    Are there travel restrictions, such as quarantine measures, in place when returning to Cologne, Germany from London, United Kingdom?

    The restriction level for your return train to Cologne, Germany from London is: Partially open.

    Is my return train into Cologne from London restricted?

    International entry is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom

    Do I need to quarantine on arrival in Germany from London?

    Conditions of reentry:

    • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
    • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from compulsory quarantine
    • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from compulsory quarantine (certificate needed)
    • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 5 in quarantine
    • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival
    • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state

    What are the safety rules to follow in Cologne, Germany?

    The government of Germany has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

    • Social distancing required: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
    • Face mask required: Mandatory

    Last checked on 1/23/22. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train to Cologne from London closer to your date of departure here here.

    What is the distance to London from Cologne by train?

    The Cologne to London train distance is approximately 308 miles (496 km).

    How long is the train to London from Cologne?

    While the time it takes to travel 308 miles (496 km) from Cologne to London can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays, the Cologne to London train journey time is on average 5 h 23 min.

    When traveling by train from Cologne to London, which train station in Cologne do I depart from and which train station in London do I arrive in?

    Some of the Cologne train stations to London you can start your journey from include Köln Hbf, Köln Messe/Deutz and Köln/Bonn Flughafen. Similarly, some of the arrival train stations in London include London Victoria, London Euston and London Kings Cross.

    When traveling this route, Omio customers are departing most frequently from Köln Hbf   and arriving in London Victoria.

    Where is the departure train station in Cologne located? Where is the arrival train station in London located?

    Passengers board their train most frequently from Köln Hbf and travel around 0.7 miles (1.2 km) from the city center to this train station.

    Passengers traveling this route most often arrive at London Victoria and need to travel approximately 1.2 miles (2 km) from the train station to the city center in London.

    Which train companies should I travel with from Cologne to London?

    Take the Cologne to London train with Deutsche Bahn with connection or Deutsche Bahn. However, it's always good to check out all possible train providers for the trip to London from Cologne as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.

    How many train services per day are there to London from Cologne?

    The average number of trains departing Cologne for London is 1 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.

    Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

    Cologne
    London
    Köln 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 London.
    Amenities at station
    WifiWifi
    LockersLockers
    ParkingParking
    ATMATM
    TaxisTaxis
    AccessibilityAccessibility
    phone
    Phone Number
    +49 2211411055
    ticketOfficeHours
    Ticket Office Hours
    Mon - Fri: 06: 00 - 21: 00 | Sat - Sun: 07: 00 - 21: 00
    Public transit options for Köln 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