Hanover to Cologne train

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Cheap train tickets and times from Hanover to Cologne

Showing times and prices for Jun 23

Cheapest

Fastest Journey

2 h 35 m

Average

2 h 58 m

Trains per day

8

Distance

250 km

Cheap train tickets from Hanover to start from $25 with an average ticket price of $42.

The fastest train from Hanover to takes 2h 35m in comparison to an average duration of 2h 58m and covers a distance of 250 km.

8 trains that leave Hanover for every day with 8 travelling directly.

Cheapest
FlixTrain
06:23PM3h32
Hanover Hbf
09:55PMCologne Hbf
$251One-way
0 transfers
Cheapest
FlixTrain
10:23AM3h22
Hanover Hbf
01:45PMCologne Hbf
$251One-way
0 transfers
FlixTrain
02:23PM3h23
Hanover Hbf
05:46PMCologne Hbf
$271One-way
0 transfers
Deutsche Bahn
08:40AM2h35
Hanover Hbf
11:15AMCologne Hbf
$671One-way
0 transfers
Deutsche Bahn
09:40AM3h06
Hanover Hbf
12:46PMCologne Hbf
$671One-way
0 transfers

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Pros
IconFast ride
Iconclean train
IconGreat service
Cons
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My ICE journey from Hanover to Cologne was simply fantastic. The train was on time and the comfort of the seats was excellent. They were equipped with power sockets and the train offered very good internet. The cleanliness on the train and in the toilets was impressive and the staff were friendly and helpful. The on-board restaurant had delicious food and a great selection of drinks. The journey flew by and the service from Deutsche Bahn was first class. I can highly recommend this route on the ICE and give it a full five stars.
Pros
IconQuiet journey
IconTrain was almost empty
Cons
IconTrain could be cleaner
My journey from Hanover to Cologne was on IC 2044, second class. It was a relatively teacher train with very few passengers. The train was not particularly clean, this definitely still needs improvement. On the positive side, the train departed on time and also arrived on time. The route between Hanover and Cologne is relatively unspectacular, with little scenery worth seeing in my opinion. The journey itself was very relaxed, which was positive.
Pros
IconClean train
Cons
IconA little too late
The Hanover to Cologne connection is part of my journey from Berlin to Cologne, which I took in second class on the IC. The train was slightly late. As I no longer had to catch a connecting train, this was fine. The train was overall very clean, inside and out. The Board Bistro was in operation and I bought a coffee, but I find it a bit overpriced. All in all, I can rate this trip with four stars and also recommend it.
Pros
IconVery fast and competent
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The train connection was punctual. The train departed exactly at the scheduled departure time and reached Cologne without any significant delays. The overall cleanliness of the train was very good. The seats and floor were well maintained and there were no obvious defects. One point deduction due to some light soiling on the tables. The availability of power sockets on the train was sufficient, so I was able to charge my electronic device with ease. However, there could have been more sockets as they were sometimes difficult to find. The toilets on the train were clean and well maintained. One point deduction due to the limited number of toilets, which occasionally led to waiting times. Overall, the train journey from Hanover to Cologne was a positive experience. The outstanding punctuality and the accessible design of the train were particularly commendable.
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IconBistro
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IconNo wifi
My journey from Hanover to Cologne on the ICE 2044 was very pleasant. The train was not particularly busy, so it was easy to get a seat. There was a bistro where you were served delicious coffee. The train was on time for the entire journey. The train was also very clean, including the toilets. I thought it was a shame that the wifi wasn't working that day.
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IconSpace for luggage
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My train arrived on time and I got on. I had luggage with me and I had enough space for my luggage. The train was very spacious. My seat was comfortable and clean. Then I read a bit of the newspaper provided by the train and ordered a tea, which arrived without a long wait and was fresh. The workers were very friendly and respectful. I was very satisfied with this journey.
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IconCheap ticket
IconClean train and seat
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I had a great journey by train to Cologne and can only recommend it. The ticket is very cheap and for a small surcharge you get the seat plus adjoining seat and you can travel relaxed and spread out as much as you like. The journey was not delayed. The staff are nice and chatty, which I like. The train is older, which you can see, but it is clean and tidy, so age is not a problem. All great and a cheap, nice journey.
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IconLess than three hours to the finish
IconFriendly staff and comfortable seats
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IconInternet not always available
IconTelephone reception sometimes difficult
The train journey from Hanover to Cologne on the ICE is highly recommended. You can usually reach your destination in under three hours and with three stops (Hamm, Hagen and Wuppertal) little time is lost on the journey. The chairs are comfortable and the staff are very friendly. Unfortunately, internet and telephone reception is not always available.
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IconPrice performance is right
IconClear online app
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IconEverything okay
The train connection from Hanover to Cologne was usually very punctual. The train kept to the timetable and delays were rare. The cleanliness of the train was impressive. The carriages were cleaned regularly and the seats and general areas were in good condition. There were power points in most carriages, which was very handy for charging devices. However, the number of power sockets and their accessibility could be improved. The toilets on the train were averagely clean but could be better maintained. Sometimes there were shortages of toilet paper and soap. Overall, the train connection from Hanover to Cologne was a comfortable and safe option for travellers. With some minor improvement in terms of power supply and the toilets.
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IconReliability in terms of punctuality
Travelling from Hanover to Cologne main station on the ICE was an incredible experience. Deutsche Bahn really impressed in the areas of equipment and price, with a low price for this journey and a really comfortable interior, you can't go wrong!
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The Hanover-Cologne route with the ICE is an excellent connection, on the one hand I was surprised by the short journey time of just 4 hours and the low price, on the other hand I was able to use the usual comfortable equipment of the ICE and the additional facilities such as free wifi. The staff were also extremely committed and friendly and contributed to a relaxed travelling atmosphere
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The ICE journey from Hanover to Cologne was extremely pleasant. The 4-hour journey time wifi-ed by, mainly due to the quiet atmosphere on the train, which was only travelling with a low passenger density, as well as the excellent equipment of the ICE, such as the upholstered seats, the various areas of the train such as the rest area or on-board bistro and also extras such as free wifi and individual air conditioning.
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The train connection impressed with its punctuality - my train arrived exactly on time. The price is reasonable and offers good value for money. The cleanliness of the train is satisfactory, but could be improved. The wifi is stable and makes for a pleasant journey. The toilet facilities are clean, but a little cramped. The seating comfort is good, but the seats could do with a little more padding. Overall, an efficient travel option with some room for improvement.
Pros
IconFirst-class punctuality
IconVery clean
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IconNone
The train journey was extremely punctual, which allowed me to use my time efficiently. The ticket price was reasonable and offered good value for money. The cleanliness of the train was exemplary, both the seats and the general areas were well maintained. The wifi worked perfectly, which is particularly important for business travellers. The toilets were clean and well equipped. The seating comfort was pleasant and the seats offered enough legroom. Overall, a positive experience that I would be happy to recommend.

Overview: Train from Hanover to Cologne

distanceDistance154 miles (249 km)
durationAverage train duration2 h 35 min
priceAverage train ticket price$40 (€36)
frequencyTrain frequency12 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 9 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersDeutsche Bahn or FlixTrain

Trains from Hanover to Cologne cover the 154 miles (249 km) long route taking on average 2 h 35 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn or FlixTrain. Normally, there are 12 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this journey for as low as $14 (€12), but the average price of train tickets is $40 (€36). Travelers depart most frequently from Hanover Hbf and arrive in Cologne Hbf.

Train companies: Deutsche Bahn and FlixTrain from Hanover to Cologne trains

You can travel by train from Hanover to Cologne with Deutsche Bahn and FlixTrain for as low as $14 (€12). When you search for schedules and tickets, Omio will show you the best trip.

Deutsche Bahn is a German train company that operates trains throughout the country including trains between Hanover and Cologne. It offers a wide range of services, including high-speed InterCity Express (ICE) trains, regional trains, and night trains. ICE trains are the fastest and most comfortable way to travel, with speeds of up to 300 km/h. Regional trains are slower but offer more frequent stops and are ideal for shorter trips. Night trains are a great way to save time and money, with comfortable sleeping compartments and couchettes. Deutsche Bahn offers a variety of ticket types, including single tickets, day tickets, and group tickets. Onboard facilities include free Wi-Fi, power outlets, and a variety of food and beverage options. The most popular routes for Deutsche Bahn are between major cities such as Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, and Frankfurt. Other popular routes include Cologne to Stuttgart, Berlin to Dresden, and Hamburg to Cologne.

Hanover to Cologne train information with Deutsche Bahn:

  • Average Duration: 2 h 35 min
  • Cheapest Price: $27
  • Deutsche Bahn frequency: 17 a day

Deutsche Bahn, Inter City Express (ICE), Intercity (IC), Regional Express (RE), Regionalbahn (RB), FlixTrain classes from Hanover to Cologne

Check and compare train options, travel classes, and amenities for trains from Hanover to Cologne with Deutsche Bahn, Inter City Express (ICE), Intercity (IC), Regional Express (RE), Regionalbahn (RB), FlixTrain

Inter City Express (ICE)

1st class
  • Wi-Fi
  • Power socket at seat
  • Adjustable seat
  • Extra legroom (at least 89 cm)
  • Solo seats available
  • Face-to-face seats available
  • Folding table
  • 3 seat in a row
  • Seat reservation included
  • No dedicated space for bicycles*
  • Pets allowed
  • Meal service at seat and restaurant
  • No dedicated area for families with children
  • No dedicated space for prams
  • Quiet area/zone
  • 1 piece of hand luggage per person
  • 1 piece of large luggage per person
  • Air conditioning
  • No dedicated accessible seats
  • Partially barrier-free
  • Accessibility assistance service
  • Travel advisories priority lane
  • Access to lounge
  • Access to digital newspaper & magazine

Inter City Express (ICE)

2nd class
  • Wi-Fi
  • Power socket at seat
  • Adjustable seat
  • Extra legroom (at least 80 cm)
  • Solo seats available
  • Face-to-face seats available
  • Folding table
  • 4 seat in a row
  • Seat reservation not included
  • Dedicated space for bicycles
  • Pets allowed
  • Meal service at the restaurant
  • Area for families with children
  • Space for prams
  • Quiet area/zone
  • 1 piece of hand luggage per person
  • 1 piece of large luggage per person
  • Air conditioning
  • Dedicated accessible seats
  • Partially barrier-free
  • Accessibility assistance service
  • No Travel advisories priority lane
  • No access to lounge
  • No access to digital newspapers & magazines

Intercity (IC)

1st class
  • Wi-Fi
  • Power socket at seat
  • Seat not adjustable
  • Standard legroom
  • Solo seats available
  • Face-to-face seats available
  • Folding table
  • 3 seat in a row
  • Seat reservation included
  • No dedicated space for bicycles*
  • Pets allowed
  • No buy-on-board food
  • No dedicated area for families with children
  • No dedicated space for prams
  • No quiet area/zone
  • 1 piece of hand luggage per person
  • 1 piece of large luggage per person
  • Air conditioning
  • No dedicated accessible seats
  • Partially barrier-free
  • Accessibility assistance service
  • Travel advisories priority lane
  • Access to lounge
  • Access to digital newspaper & magazine

Intercity (IC)

2nd class
  • Wi-Fi
  • Power socket at seat
  • Seat not adjustable
  • Standard legroom
  • Solo seats available
  • Face-to-face seats available
  • Folding table
  • 4 seat in a row
  • Seat reservation not included
  • Dedicated space for bicycles*
  • Pets allowed
  • No buy-on-board food
  • Area for families with children
  • Space for prams
  • No quiet area/zone
  • 1 piece of hand luggage per person
  • 1 piece of large luggage per person
  • Air conditioning
  • Dedicated accessible seats
  • Partially barrier-free
  • Accessibility assistance service
  • No Travel advisories priority lane
  • No access to lounge
  • No access to digital newspapers & magazines

Regional Express (RE)

1st class & 2nd class
  • Wi-Fi
  • Power socket at seat
  • Seat not adjustable
  • Standard legroom
  • Solo seats available
  • Face-to-face seats available
  • Folding table
  • Dedicated space for bicycles
  • Pets allowed
  • No buy-on-board food
  • No dedicated area for families with children
  • No dedicated space for prams
  • No quiet area/zone
  • 1 piece of hand luggage per person
  • 1 piece of large luggage per person
  • Air conditioning
  • No dedicated accessible seats for 1st class
  • Partially barrier-free
  • Accessibility assistance service

Regionalbahn (RB)

1st class & 2nd class
  • No Wi-Fi
  • Power sockets on some trains
  • Seat not adjustable
  • Standard legroom
  • Solo seats available
  • Face-to-face seats available
  • Folding table
  • Dedicated space for bicycles
  • Pets allowed
  • No buy-on-board food
  • No dedicated area for families with children
  • No dedicated space for prams
  • No quiet area/zone
  • 1 piece of hand luggage per person
  • 1 piece of large luggage per person
  • Air conditioning
  • No dedicated accessible seats for 1st class
  • Partially barrier-free
  • Accessibility assistance service

Train tickets from Hanover to Cologne: when to book to save $

Time Price Savings
1 week earlier 20 €
2 weeks earlier 17 €18%
3 weeks earlier 12 €67%
1 month before 15 €33%
2 months earlier 14 €43%
3 months earlier 14 €43%


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The rule of buying in advance to save money is not only valid when booking a flight but also for train travel. Train tickets are generally on sale 6 months before the departure date. Some train booking tips from us:

  • Buying your train ticket from Hanover - Cologne 3 weeks in advance means you can save on average up to 67% compared to the price available on the day of departure.
  • If you book a ticket Hanover - Cologne with 2 months in advance you save up to about 43% compared to the initial price.
  • By booking 3 months in advance, you could save up to 43%.
  • On Omio you can find all offers, train times and prices for train travel in Europe, the U.S., and Canada.

FAQs: Trains from Hanover to Cologne

FAQs: Travel by train from Hanover to Cologne 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 Hanover to Cologne.
FAQs
Cheap train tickets from Hanover to Cologne can start from as little as $14 (€12) when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Hanover to Cologne is $40 (€36); however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
On average the Hanover to Cologne train time is 2 h 35 min   covering the 154 mile (249 km) long route, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or if traveling on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Hanover to Cologne leaves at 6: 40 AM. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Hanover to Cologne leaves at 10: 31 PM.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Hanover to Cologne without having to change trains with Deutsche Bahn or FlixTrain. There are 9 direct trains from Hanover to Cologne each day. There may be fewer direct services available on weekends or holidays.
Take the Hanover to Cologne train with Deutsche Bahn or FlixTrain. However, it's always good to check out all possible train companies for the journey to Cologne from Hanover as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
No, there are no night trains, the latest train for this route is 10: 31 PM.

When departing from Hanover, you have various train station options to start your route from including Hanover Hbf, Hanover-Linden/Fischerhof and Hanover-Kleefeld. When arriving in Cologne, you can end your trip in train stations like Cologne Hbf, Cologne Messe/Deutz and Cologne/Bonn Flughafen.

Passengers board the train most frequently from Hanover Hbf, which is located around 1.4 miles (2.2 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Cologne Hbf, located 1.6 miles (2.5 km) away from the city centre.

A trip to Cologne from Hanover is worth doing but not as a day trip with a journey time of 2 h 35 min each way. Check with Omio app   the best way to travel.
The cheapest month for a train from Hanover to Cologne is January.
You have options as you can travel to Cologne from Hanover 3 different ways: train, bus or flight.

Important Stations and Airports in Hanover and Cologne

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Hanover Hbf is the most popular Hanover 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 Hanover for your trip to Cologne.
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Mon - Sat: 07: 00 - 20: 00 | Sun: 08: 00 - 20: 00
Public transit options for Hanover Hbf
U-Bahn lines: U1, U2, U3, U7, U8, U9
S-Bahn lines: S1, S2, S4, S4, S5, S6, S7, S8, S21, S51
Train lines: ICE, IC, EC, NJ, FLX 30, RE1, RE2, RE3, RE8, RE10, RE30, RE60, RE70, RB38
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