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Sep 22
$91Deutsche Bahn with connection
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Sep 23
$152Thalys
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Sep 24
$128Deutsche Bahn with connection
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Sep 25
$91Deutsche Bahn with connection
$37Flixbus
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Sep 26
$91Deutsche Bahn
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Mon
Sep 27
$66Deutsche Bahn
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Sep 28
$60Deutsche Bahn
$31Flixbus
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$60Deutsche Bahn
$31Flixbus
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Sep 30
$66Deutsche Bahn
$31Flixbus
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Oct 1
$91Deutsche Bahn
$31Flixbus
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Oct 2
$66Deutsche Bahn with connection
$27Flixbus
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$78Deutsche Bahn
$27Flixbus
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Oct 4
$53Deutsche Bahn
$27Flixbus
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$53Deutsche Bahn
$24Flixbus
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Oct 6
$53Deutsche Bahn
$24Flixbus
Thu
Oct 7
$53Deutsche Bahn
$24Flixbus
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Oct 8
$72Deutsche Bahn
$31Flixbus
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$60Deutsche Bahn with connection
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$60Deutsche Bahn
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$53Deutsche Bahn
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Train Information from Cologne to Paris

distanceDistance249 miles (402 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 21 min
priceAverage train ticket price$113 (€91)
frequencyTrain frequency7 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 7 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesThalys, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Bahn with connection, TGV, TGV, SNCB or SNCB | IC

Trains from Cologne to Paris cover the 249 miles (402 km) long journey taking on average 3 h 21 min with our travel partners like Thalys, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Bahn with connection, TGV, TGV, SNCB or SNCB | IC. Normally, there are 7 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around $113 (€91), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $66 (€53). Travelers depart most frequently from Köln Hbf and arrive in Paris Gare de Lyon.

Train companies

Train from Cologne to Paris with Thalys, TGV and SNCB

You can travel by train from Cologne to Paris with Thalys, TGV and SNCB for as low as $66 (€53). When you search for schedules and tickets, Omio will show you the best trip.

Thalys
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SNCB

Thalys is a French-Belgian high-speed train company that connects the main capital cities. For your next train from Cologne to Paris with Thalys, you can choose from these different ticket fares: Standard Mini, Standard, Comfort and Premium.

It’s easy to book your Thalys train ticket from Cologne to Paris online with Omio! Simply check the current Thalys train schedules for your ideal departure and arrival times, compare the best route from Cologne to Paris as well as relevant travel information (such as baggage allowance and amenities offered onboard) for that train and book cheap Thalys train tickets online. Prices for Thalys trains from Cologne to Paris start at $152 (€122) one-way if you book in advance, and you can expect to travel around 249 miles (402 km). If you search for Thalys trains in the Omio app, you can check straight away if the Thalys tickets are mobile tickets, which makes it easier than ever to go paperless when traveling by train between Cologne and Paris. Let Omio do all the work for you finding the best Cologne to Paris Thalys train ticket so you can enjoy a smooth and comfortable journey!

    These are Thalys' ticket policies for COVID-19 for the train from Cologne to Paris:

    • Cashless payments recommended
    • Online booking and check-in recommended
    • Pre-reservation / seat allocation
    • Verification of ticket with valid ID
    • Exceptions to waive change or cancellation fees policy
    • If a ticket is nonrefundable, a Thalys e-voucher can still be issued for a 15€ fee to passengers requesting a refund up to 30 days after the departure date.

    Train from Cologne to Paris

    Train services offer convenient means of traveling from Cologne to Paris. About 50 trains ply the Cologne-Paris route, with some making direct connections while others require transfers along the way. The two cities lie about 250 miles apart, and it can take anywhere from three and a half hours to nine hours to cover the entire journey depending on the provider and the number of transfers. Trains are provided by Germany's main rail company Deutsche Bahn and highspeed Thalys trains with services spread throughout the day.

    Cologne to Paris Train Time: Daily Departures

    There are daily train departures from Cologne to Paris, with an average of 22 trains operating between the two cities. However, the frequency of connections varies depending on the day of the week. Thursday registers the highest number of trips at 22, while some Fridays may have as low as eight trains from Cologne to Paris. The earliest train leaves Cologne at around 3:30 a.m. with the last train departing in the early evening.

    How long is the journey by train from Cologne to Paris?

    On average, a train from Cologne to Paris takes four hours 53 minutes to cover the whole journey. However, there are instances when the trip lasts three hours 24 minutes when traveling direct onboard a high-speed Thalys train. The journey time between the two cities varies depending on whether the route is direct or requires transfers, and the time spent at each transfer station.

    What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Cologne to Paris?

    Departure train station: Trains from Cologne to Paris use Cologne Central Station as the main departure point. The station is around one mile (one and a half km) from the city center. Passengers can easily access the city center by bus or a tram in under ten minutes. The station boasts a modern building with luggage handling facilities, parking and eateries.

    Arrival train station: Paris Gare du Nord is the arrival station and is located about four miles (six km) from the city center. Travelers can use the metro to connect the two points. The Paris Gare du Nord features an array of facilities and services such as waiting zones, ticket vending machines, phone cabins, money exchange outlets and coffee shops.

    Which train companies travel from Cologne to Paris?

    There are two companies which provide services from a train from Cologne to Paris: Deutsche Bahn (DB) and Thalys. DB, which is the main railway company of the Federal Republic of Germany, offers commuter train services from Cologne to Paris and makes one or two stopovers in Frankfurt and Mannheim. It has more departures than Thalys, and sometimes has cheaper tickets than Thalys. On the other hand, Thalys provides fast connections between the two cities, with its 8:45 a.m. departure being the fastest. Most Thalys services are direct.

    Deutsche Bahn Cologne to Paris

    Traveling via Deutsche Bahn entails transfers in Mannheim or Frankfurt. On most occasions, passengers may make between two and four transfers before arriving in Paris. These changes result in cheaper tickets. Deutsche Bahn offers at least one departure per hour, rising to two during peak travel times. On average, the journey takes just shy of five hours.

    Thalys Cologne to Paris

    Thalys mostly offers direct train connections between Cologne and Paris.  A direct trip may last as little as three hours 21 minutes, and tickets for non-stop connections are more expensive. Thalys trains depart every two to three hours throughout the day starting in the morning, ending in the early evening.

    Cologne to Paris Trains: Services on Board

    Whether passengers travel on a Deutsche Bahn or Thalys, they can expect to experience sheer luxury in a spacious and relaxing environment. The availability of a first-class coach on DB gives travelers numerous privileges from the departure point up to the destination. The comfortable seats offer more legroom, wider aisles and more space for luggage storage. Similarly, a first-class ticket for Thalys train from Cologne to Paris offers exclusive benefits such as onboard meals and wider seats. But for comfort at an economical price, second-class tickets come in handy. The DB policy allows dogs on board. Smaller dogs attract no charges, but passengers will have to obtain a ticket for bigger dogs. Thalys only allows guide and service dogs on board. Both DB and Thalys allow bikes as long as they are foldable or can be disassembled. The trains have boarding aids like automatic ramps and hoists for use by people with disabilities. It is advised the less abled passengers contact the company in advance to organize any extra assistance.

    How to find cheap train tickets from Cologne to Paris?

    One way of saving money when traveling by train from Cologne to Paris is to book tickets in advance. Be flexible with connections, and if possible, avoid traveling during rush hours. Lastly, booking slow trains that involve multiple transfers helps passengers make some savings if they are traveling on a budget.

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    FAQs
    What COVID-19 travel safety information and restrictions should I be aware of for my train from Cologne to Paris?

    Travel between Cologne, Germany and Paris, France by train is: Partially open.

    Can I enter France from Germany?

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

    Do I need to quarantine on arrival in France from Cologne?

    Conditions of entry:

    • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
    • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
    • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
    • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
    • Exempted International Movement Certificate for travel required

    What are the safety rules to follow in Paris, France?

    All travelers in France must observe these coronavirus safety measures:

    • Physical distance: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
    • Face mask: Mandatory

    The information above was last checked on 9/20/21. Remember to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your train from Cologne to Paris as this information can change.

    Do I need to quarantine when I return to Germany from Paris, France?

    The current restriction level for your return trip by train from Paris to Cologne is: Partially open

    Are there any international entry restrictions on returning to Germany from France?

    Reentry to Germany is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of France

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

    What are the requirements?

    • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
    • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from compulsory quarantine (certificate needed)
    • Pre-arrival health declaration
    • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
    • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival

    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:

    • Physical distance: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
    • Face mask: Mandatory

    Last checked on 9/20/21. We do our best to keep this information up to date, but regulations can change so please double check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations ahead of your train to Cologne from Paris here.

    How much do cheap trains to Paris from Cologne cost?
    Omio customers have found the cheapest trains from Cologne to Paris to cost as little as $66 (€53)  in the next 7 days.
    What is the price of a train ticket between Cologne and Paris?
    If you’re looking to purchase your train tickets in the next week, you can expect the Cologne to Paris train price to come in at an average of $113 (€91)  one way.
    How far is Cologne to Paris by train?
    The distance between Cologne and Paris by train is approximately 249 miles (402 km).
    How long is the train between Cologne and Paris?
    On average the Cologne to Paris train travel time is 3 h 21 min  for the 249 miles (402 km) long route, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.
    Which train station from Cologne to Paris do I depart from? Which Paris train station from Cologne do I arrive in?

    There are a few train stations in Cologne to start your journey from including Köln Hbf, Köln Messe/Deutz and Köln/Bonn Flughafen. In Paris you have a few train station options to choose from for your arrival including Paris Gare de Lyon, Paris Gare du Nord and Paris Gare de l'Est.

    Omio customers traveling this route depart most frequently from Köln Hbf   and arrive in Paris Gare de Lyon.

    Where is the train station in Cologne? Where is the train station in Paris?

    The most popular departure train station with passengers for this journey, called Köln Hbf, is located 1 mile (s) / 1 km from the city center of Cologne.

    The most popular arrival train station, Paris Gare de Lyon, is located 1 mile (s) / 2 km away from the city center of Paris.

    What train providers offer a service to Paris from Cologne?
    For the best Cologne to Paris train to book, you can travel safely and comfortably with Thalys, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Bahn with connection, TGV, TGV, SNCB or SNCB | IC. However, it's always good to check all possible train companies with services from Cologne to Paris to compare what amenities they may offer.
    Are there any nonstop train services from Cologne to Paris?
    Yes, there are 7 direct trains per day from Cologne to Paris, and you can find a direct train for this trip with Thalys  on Omio. It's worth paying attention to when you book your train ticket as direct services tend to offer more convenience and save you time getting to your destination.
    How many train services are there between Cologne and Paris a day?
    The average number of trains departing Cologne for Paris is 7 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
    When does the first train depart from Cologne to Paris? When does the last train depart from Cologne to Paris?
    The first Cologne to Paris train departs at 6: 33 AM   and the last train from Cologne to Paris leaves at 2: 56 PM. Check out the most up-to-date train schedule from Cologne to Paris on Omio and find the best time to travel to your destination.
    How far in advance should I purchase a train ticket from Cologne to Paris to get the best deals?
    You can find trains to Paris from Cologne to cost on average $113 (€91) one way if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend buying train tickets in advance to score the best deals and save money on your trip. You’ll see tickets for the Cologne to Paris train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.
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    Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

    Cologne
    Paris
    Köln Hbf
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