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Overview: Train from London to Cologne

distanceDistance308 miles (496 km)
frequencyTrain frequency2 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 2 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesDeutsche Bahn with connection or Deutsche Bahn

Trains from London to Cologne cover the 308 miles (496 km) long route taking on average 4 h 58 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn with connection or Deutsche Bahn. Normally, there are 2 trains operating per day, including direct services available. Travelers depart most frequently from London Victoria and arrive in Köln Hbf.

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Travel with Deutsche Bahn from London to Cologne

Deutsche Bahn will get you to Cologne from London at great prices. With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best train times, prices and tickets for your trip.

Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn (DB) is Germany’s main provider of train services and makes on average about 40, 000 domestic and international journeys per day. Deutsche Bahn’s fleet of trains includes the high-speed ICE (Intercity Express) as well as the IC (Intercity), EC (Eurocity), IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional Express) and RB (Regionalbahn), which differ in terms of comfort and the time needed to travel. For example, while toilets are standard amenities, services like onboard restaurants or free WiFi are only available on certain train types and routes. Deutsche Bahn is well-known for its wide range of fares like Super Saver, Saver, and Flexible and discount cards like the Bahncard 25, 50 and 100, which you can also use for your London to Cologne train.

Train information from London to Cologne with Deutsche Bahn:

  • Average Duration: 5 h 42 min
  • Deutsche Bahn frequency: 1 a day

Read on for COVID-19 recommendations and policies for your Deutsche Bahn train ticket between London and Cologne:

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

Trains from London to Cologne

The journey by train from London to Cologne is made in two stages. The first leg is made on the high-speed Eurostar service, traveling from London St Pancras to Brussels-Midi where passengers will transfer to Deutsche Bahn services to complete the second leg and arrive in Cologne. Numerous departures throughout the day give passengers a choice of departure, starting as early as 7:00 a.m. on weekdays and 9:00 a.m. on weekends.

Which train companies travel from London to Cologne?

The train journey from London to Cologne is shared by high-speed Eurostar services and Deutsche Bahn trains. Deutsche Bahn is Germany's leading rail provider, known for their reliability of service. Eurostar trains connect London to many destinations across Europe, with trains reaching up to 186 mph.

How long is the train from London to Cologne?

The fastest trains along this 370-mile route complete the journey in just under four hours. This includes transfers from Eurostar trains to Deutsche Bahn services at Brussels-Midi. Most services complete the journey in under four hours 30 minutes. The last train leaving St Pancras does not arrive in Cologne until the following morning, requiring passengers to stay overnight in Brussels.

How many trains are there from London to Cologne?

During the week, passengers can expect six departures from London heading to Cologne. Services begin in the morning, not long after 7:00 a.m., with departures spread throughout the day until approximately 7:30 p.m. Services begin slightly later over the weekend and there is one fewer train, offering passengers five options for travel.

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

Departure train station: Trains depart from London St Pancras International Station. This attractive station is located in central London at the heart of a transport network with great connections to local, regional and intercity buses, and trains. Facilities at St Pancras include showers, toilets, banking and currency services, shops, and supermarkets as well as high-end boutiques. Dining options include everything from cafes to elite restaurants and even a champagne bar.

Arrival train station: Services terminate at Cologne Hbf, Cologne's main train station. The station can be found directly in the center of Cologne, near the historic cathedral and a short walk from the River Rhine. Station amenities include a DB First Class lounge, left luggage facilities, and toilets as well as numerous cafes, coffee shops, and restaurants.


Deutsche Bahn trains from London to Cologne

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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 London to Cologne. 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 London to Cologne and book cheap DB tickets. More information on rail travel in Germany and Europe.


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

Time Price Savings
1 week earlier 89 €
2 weeks earlier 81 €10%
3 weeks earlier 78 €14.%
1 month before 74 €20%
2 months earlier 72 €24%
3 months earlier 75 €19%


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  • Buying your train ticket from London - Cologne 3 weeks in advance means you can save on average up to 14% compared to the price available on the day of departure.
  • If you book a ticket London - Cologne with 2 months in advance you save up to about 24% compared to the initial price.
  • By booking 3 months in advance, you could save up to 19%.
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Trains from London to Cologne
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FAQs
What are the travel restrictions for Cologne, Germany if I'm coming from London, United Kingdom by train?

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

Is international entry 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?

Entry Requirements:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 14 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
  • 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:

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

The above information was last checked on 12/7/21. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train between London and Cologne closer to your date of departure here

What COVID restrictions are there for my return journey by train to London, United Kingdom from Cologne, Germany?

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

Is my return train 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?

Conditions of reentry:

  • 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 monitored quarantine for arrivals without a COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
  • Prebook and pay for a COVID-19 test, to be taken on the end of day 2 for vaccinated travellers
  • 2-day mandatory monitored quarantine for arrivals with a COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
  • 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:

  • Social distancing required: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
  • Face mask required: Regional advice

Last checked on 12/7/21. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train to London from Cologne closer to your date of departure here here.

How many miles is it from London to Cologne by train?
When traveling this route you should expect the distance to Cologne from London by train to be approximately 308 miles (496 km).
What is the London to Cologne train travel time?
The London to Cologne train duration is on average 4 h 58 min, which is to be expected when traveling 308 miles (496 km) between London and Cologne. However, the time it takes can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays.
Which train station from London to Cologne do I depart from? Which Cologne train station from London do I arrive in?

There are a few train stations in London to start your trip from including London Victoria, London Euston and London Kings Cross. In Cologne you have a few train station options to choose from for your arrival including Köln Hbf, Köln Messe/Deutz and Köln/Bonn Flughafen.

Omio customers traveling this route depart most frequently from London Victoria   and arrive in Köln Hbf.

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

Passengers board the train most frequently from London Victoria, which is located around 1.2 miles (2 km) away from the city center, and they get off the train at Köln Hbf, located 0.7 miles (1.2 km) away from the city center.

What train providers go from London to Cologne?
For the best London to Cologne train to book, you can travel safely and comfortably with Deutsche Bahn with connection or Deutsche Bahn. However, it's always good to check all possible train providers with services to Cologne from London to compare what amenities they may offer.
How many trains are there from London to Cologne a day?
The average number of trains departing London for Cologne is 2 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

London
Cologne
London Victoria is the most popular London 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 London for your trip to Cologne.
Amenities at station
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LockersLockers
ParkingParking
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AccessibilityAccessibility
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Phone Number
+44 3457114141
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Fri: 06: 00 - 00: 00 | Sat: 06: 00 - 23: 00 | Sun: 07: 00 - 00: 00
Public transit options for London Euston
Tube lines: Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Northern (Bank and Charing Cross branches), Victoria
Overground lines: Watford DC
Bus lines: 18, 30, 59, 68, 73, 91, 168, 205, 253, 390, N5, N20, N73, N91, N205, N253
Rail lines: London North Western Railway, London Overground, Avanti West Coast, Caledonian Sleeper
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ParkingParking
ATMATM
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Phone Number
+44 3457114141
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Mon - Fri: 05: 00 - 01: 36 | Sat: 05: 00 - 00: 36 | Sun: 05: 30 - 01: 36
Public transit options for London Kings Cross
Underground lines: Circle, Piccadilly, Hammersmith & City, Northern, Metropolitan, Victoria
Bus lines: 10, 17, 30, 45, 46, 59, 63, 73, 91, 205, 214, 259, 390, 476
Train lines: Thameslink, Grand Central, Hull, London North Eastern, Gatwick Express
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ParkingParking
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Phone Number
+44 3457114141
ticketOfficeHours
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24/7
Public transit options for London Paddington
Underground lines: Bakerloo Line, Circle Line, District Line, Hammersmith Line
Bus lines: N7, 23, 27, N27, 36, 205, N205, 332, 7, 46, A1, 18, N18
Train lines: Great Western Main Line, Heathrow Express
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WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
ATMATM
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Phone Number
+44 2078437688
ticketOfficeHours
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Mon - Fri: 05: 45 - 22: 00 | Sat: 06: 00 - 21: 00 | Sun: 08: 00 - 22: 15
Public transit options for London St Pancras International
Subway lines: Circle Line, Hammersmith & City Line, Metropolitan Line, Northern Line, Piccadilly Line, Victoria Line
Train lines: Overground line, High Speed 1, Eurostar
Bus lines: 326, 139