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Train Information from Cologne to Potsdam

distanceDistance280 miles (451 km)
durationAverage train duration7 h 24 min
frequencyTrain frequency2 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 2 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesDeutsche Bahn

Trains from Cologne to Potsdam cover the 280 miles (451 km) long journey taking on average 7 h 24 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn. Normally, there are 2 trains operating per day, including direct services available. Travelers depart most frequently from Köln Hbf and arrive in Potsdam Hbf.

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Travel with Deutsche Bahn between Cologne and Potsdam

Find the best trip between Cologne and Potsdam with Deutsche Bahn. Comparing schedules and prices and booking the most affordable trip has never been easier with over 1000 travel companies on Omio.

Deutsche Bahn

Germany's largest train company Deutsche Bahn (DB) offers excellent services within Germany and internationally, including a journey from Cologne to Potsdam. Find DB train times and tickets for your 280 miles (451 km) journey between Cologne and Potsdam with the best deals on Omio. Choose from ticket types including the Super Saver, Saver and Flexible fares if you’re looking for the most affordable train from Cologne to Potsdam. DB also offers discount cards, such as the Bahncard, 25, 50 and 100, which you can use on Omio.

Deutsche Bahn is well-known for its levels of efficiency and comfort with its range of train types. These include the high-speed InterCity Express (ICE), the national express Intercity (IC) and international express Eurocity (EC), and local Regional Express (RE) and Regional (RB) trains. These types of trains differ in terms of the comfort and time needed to travel. For example, bathrooms are standard services on these trains, but other amenities like an onboard restaurant or free WiFi access are only available on certain trains.

These are Deutsche Bahn's ticket policies for COVID-19 for the train between Cologne and Potsdam:

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

Travel Tips

Trains from Cologne to Potsdam
Travel by train to Potsdam 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 Potsdam.
How far is Potsdam from Cologne by train?
The distance between Cologne and Potsdam by train is approximately 280 miles (451 km).
How long is the train ride to Potsdam from Cologne?
The train time from Cologne to Potsdam is on average 7 h 24 min  for the 280 miles (451 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go between Cologne and Potsdam by train can vary depending on specific dates or traveling on weekends and holidays.
Which train station from Cologne to Potsdam do I depart from? Which Potsdam train station from Cologne do I arrive in?

When taking the train between Cologne and Potsdam, you can choose to depart from train stations like Köln Hbf, Köln Messe/Deutz and Köln/Bonn Flughafen. Your journey can end in train stations such as Potsdam Hbf, Potsdam Medienstadt Babelsberg and Potsdam Griebnitzsee.

Omio customers who travel this route most frequently depart from Köln Hbf   and arrive in Potsdam Hbf.

Where is the train station in Cologne to go to Potsdam? Where is the train station in Potsdam located?

The most popular departure train station with passengers for this route, called Köln Hbf, is located 0.7 miles (1.2 km) from the city center of Cologne.

The most popular arrival train station, Potsdam Hbf, is located 0.5 miles (818 m) away from the city center of Potsdam.

Which train providers can take me to Potsdam from Cologne?
When taking a train from Cologne to Potsdam, you can count on Deutsche Bahn for the best way to get you to Potsdam. You can also check all possible train providers who offer a service to Potsdam from Cologne and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.
How many train services per day are there between Cologne and Potsdam?
On average, there are 2 trains a day from Cologne to Potsdam. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
When does the first train depart from Cologne to Potsdam? When does the last train depart from Cologne to Potsdam?
You can take the earliest train from Cologne to Potsdam at 10: 21 PM   or take the last train from Cologne to Potsdam leaving at 10: 53 PM. Look for the latest Cologne to Potsdam train schedules on Omio and book the best time to take the train for this trip.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

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 Potsdam.
Amenities at station
Phone Number
+49 2211411055
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