Paris to Cologne train

Cheap train tickets from Paris to Cologne

Showing times and prices for Oct 06

Cheapest

103

Average

127

The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

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05:10PMParis Gare de l'Est5h55 11:05PMCologne Hbf
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1031One-way
07:06PMParis Gare de l'Est6h56 02:02AMCologne Hbf
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1151One-way
10:55AMParis Gare de l'Est5h10 04:05PMCologne Hbf
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1231One-way
07:20AMParis Gare de l'Est4h45 12:05PMCologne Hbf
1 transfer
1231One-way
07:06PMParis Gare de l'Est5h00 12:06AMCologne Hbf
1 transfer
1231One-way

Train schedule from Paris to Cologne

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07:20AMParis Gare de l'Est4h45 12:05PMCologne Hbf
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07:20AMParis Gare de l'Est5h45 01:05PMCologne Hbf
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09:06AMParis Gare de l'Est4h59 02:05PMCologne Hbf
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10:55AMParis Gare de l'Est5h10 04:05PMCologne Hbf
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10:55AMParis Gare de l'Est6h09 05:04PMCologne Hbf
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01:10PMParis Gare de l'Est4h55 06:05PMCologne Hbf
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01:55PMParis Gare de l'Est5h09 07:04PMCologne Hbf
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01:55PMParis Gare de l'Est4h46 06:41PMCologne Messe/Deutz
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03:20PMParis Gare de l'Est4h45 08:05PMCologne Hbf
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03:55PMParis Gare de l'Est4h47 08:42PMCologne Messe/Deutz
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03:55PMParis Gare de l'Est5h10 09:05PMCologne Hbf
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05:10PMParis Gare de l'Est5h55 11:05PMCologne Hbf
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05:10PMParis Gare de l'Est4h55 10:05PMCologne Hbf
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05:55PMParis Gare de l'Est5h09 11:04PMCologne Hbf
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07:06PMParis Gare de l'Est6h56 02:02AMCologne Hbf
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07:06PMParis Gare de l'Est5h00 12:06AMCologne Hbf
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Fastest train times from Paris to Cologne

Showing times and prices for Oct 06

Fastest Journey

4 h 45 m

Average

5 h 15 m

Trains per day

16

Distance

403 km

It's difficult to get from Paris to Cologne without transferring at least once.

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03:20PMParis Gare de l'Est4h45 08:05PMCologne Hbf
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1431One-way
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07:20AMParis Gare de l'Est4h45 12:05PMCologne Hbf
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1231One-way
01:55PMParis Gare de l'Est4h46 06:41PMCologne Messe/Deutz
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1431One-way
03:55PMParis Gare de l'Est4h47 08:42PMCologne Messe/Deutz
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Overview: Train from Paris to Cologne

distanceDistance249 miles (402 km)
durationAverage train duration4 h 45 min
priceAverage train ticket price$115 (€110)
frequencyTrain frequency10 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 4 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesThalys, Deutsche Bahn with connection or Deutsche Bahn

Trains from Paris to Cologne cover the 249 miles (402 km) long route taking on average 4 h 45 min with our travel partners like Thalys, Deutsche Bahn with connection or Deutsche Bahn. Normally, there are 10 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around $115 (€110), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $82 (€78). Travelers depart most frequently from Paris Gare de Lyon and arrive in Köln Hbf.

Train companies: Thalys and Deutsche Bahn from Paris to Cologne trains

Travel between Paris and Cologne from $82 (€78) with Omio’s train partners Thalys and Deutsche Bahn! You can find the best schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the most convenient journey for you.

Deutsche Bahn
Thalys

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 Paris to Cologne. 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.

  • Average Price: $82

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

Are you making plans to travel between Paris and Cologne? Why not take a train with Thalys? Omio can show you current Thalys train times, tickets, travel information (such as baggage allowance and amenities offered onboard) and prices so you can find the best deals on Paris to Cologne trains all in one place. On the Thalys train, you can expect to travel 249 miles (402 km) from Paris to Cologne. If you use the Omio app to search for trains between Paris and Cologne, you can quickly see if the Thalys ticket is a mobile ticket, making it easy for you to go paperless when taking a train. Once you have found your perfect one-way Thalys train from Paris to Cologne, book your cheap train tickets online on Omio or in the Omio app quickly and easily so you can spend the rest of your time enjoying your upcoming trip!

Thalys from Paris to Cologne train information:

  • Average Duration: 3 h 20 min
  • Thalys frequency: 4 a day

Trains from Paris to Cologne

Traveling by train from Paris to Cologne is a convenient method of transportation for this route. There around 22 trains which depart daily from Paris to Cologne. This route has only five direct trains and 17 trains that require a number of transfers. Passengers can choose from two different train providers, Deutsche Bahn and Thalys. The average total travel time from Paris to Cologne is around five hours and 55 minutes. 

Paris to Cologne Train Time: Daily Departures

There are two companies that travel by train from Paris to Cologne, giving passengers 22 options when choosing a travel time. The trains on this route run from either Paris Gare du Nord station or the Paris Gare de l'Est station and arrive in either Cologne Hbf or Cologne Messe/Deutz. The first train on this route leaves at around 6:00 a.m. and the last one is at around 7:00 p.m.

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

Traveling by train from Paris to Cologne is not only convenient but it is also relatively quick. The average travel time for the journey is of around five hours. However, with the direct trains, passengers will arrive at the final destination in just three hours and 35 minutes. The longest train, which requires multiple transfers, takes about five hours and 55 minutes. 

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

Departure train station: When departing from Paris travelers will leave from the Paris Gare du Nord station or the Paris Gare de l'Est station. Paris Gare du Nord station is located almost three miles (four km) from the city center and may be reached by subway in 27 minutes. The Paris Gare de l'Est station is located almost half a mile (one km) away from the city center and can be accessed by subway in three minutes or on foot in ten minutes. Both train stations are equipped with public bathrooms, shops, cafes, as well as restaurants.

Arrival train station: When arriving in Cologne passengers will either get off at Cologne Hbf station or Cologne Messe/Deutz station. The Cologne Hbf station is located around one mile (two km) away from the city center and can be accessed in 15 minutes on the tram. The Cologne Messe/Deutz station is located about two miles (three km) away from the city center and may be reached in 17 minutes with the tram.  Both train stations are complete with cafes, restaurants, public bathrooms, and shops. 

Which train companies travel from Paris to Cologne?

Travelers will be able to choose from two train companies for their journey by train from Paris to Cologne. Deutsche Bahn and Thalys both provide modern, fast, and reliable trains for the route between these two cities. However, only Thalys services the five direct trains from Paris to Cologne. 

Deutsche Bahn Paris to Cologne

Deutsche Bahn company services around 15 trains for the route by train from Paris to Cologne. The Deutsche Bahn will bring passengers to their destination in a little over five hours. The Deutsche Bahn train departs at all hours of the day and only from Paris Gare de l'Est station.

Thalys Paris to Cologne

The Thalys company provides five daily direct trains for the route from Paris to Cologne. Thalys offers high-speed and direct trains with the shortest total travel time of three hours and 20 minutes. Trains depart from morning to evening and only leave from the Paris Gare du Nord station.

Paris to Cologne Trains: Services on Board

Travelers will have the choice of purchasing first and second class tickets while riding with both Thalys and Deutsche Bahn. The service on first class carriages in these trains provides passengers with spacious and comfortable seating, in-carriage dining and WiFi. Passengers with limited mobility may request assistance for their travel by contacting Deutsche Bahn or Thalys at least 48 hours before their departure. In regards to luggage, Thalys allows only one small bag and two suitcases, while Deutsche Bahn does not have any restrictions. Travelers may bring a small pet on board of the train, free of charge, if it weighs less than 22 pounds (ten kg) for Deutsche Bahn trains and 14 pounds (six kg) for Thalys trains. Bikes may also be brought on board all trains if they are folded or dissembled.

 How to find cheap train tickets from Paris to Cologne?

Train tickets from Paris to Cologne may become quite expensive but there are a few tips to ensure that travelers get the best price for this route. Booking tickets at least a few weeks to a month before the departure date will help travelers find the cheapest prices. Moreover, looking at various departure dates and times with the Omio app will allow travelers to have multiple price offers which they can choose from.

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

Time Price Savings
1 week earlier 77 €
2 weeks earlier 59 €31%
3 weeks earlier 55 €40%
1 month before 50 €54%
2 months earlier 57 €35%
3 months earlier 55 €40%


Train companies often offer promotional prices and offers—by buying in advance—you can get access the best prices for trains in the U.S., Canada, and the major European railroad operators. Search on Omio to check prices and cheap train tickets from Paris - Cologne. Easily find the most attractive rates and choose the your preferred route for your journey. Book and choose your mobile ticket: avoid the queues at the station and the added stress of printing your ticket.

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 Paris - Cologne 3 weeks in advance means you can save on average up to 40% compared to the price available on the day of departure.
  • If you book a ticket Paris - Cologne with 2 months in advance you save up to about 35% compared to the initial price.
  • By booking 3 months in advance, you could save up to 40%.
  • On Omio you can find all offers, train times and prices for train travel in Europe, the U.S., and Canada.

Travel Tips: Trains from Paris to Cologne

Travel Tips: Travel by train 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 Paris to Cologne.
FAQs

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

Can I enter Germany from France?

International entry status: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of France

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

Conditions of entry:

  • There are no current restrictions

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

All travelers in Germany must observe these coronavirus safety measures:

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

The information above was last checked on 10/4/22. Remember to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your train between Paris and Cologne as this information can change.

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

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

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

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

What are the requirements?

  • There are no current restrictions

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

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

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

Last checked on 10/4/22. 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 Paris from Cologne here.

If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find cheap Paris to Cologne trains for as little as $82 (€78)  in the next 7 days.
The train price from Paris to Cologne is on average $115 (€110)  if you are looking to purchase your tickets for this journey in the next 7 days.
You should expect to travel around 249 miles (402 km)  from Paris to Cologne by train.
The Paris to Cologne train duration is on average 4 h 45 min, which is to be expected when traveling 249 miles (402 km) between Paris and Cologne. However, the time it takes can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays.

When departing from Paris, you have various train station options to start your route from including Paris Gare de Lyon, Paris Gare du Nord and Paris Gare de l'Est. When arriving in Cologne, you can end your route in train stations like Köln Hbf, Köln Messe/Deutz and Köln/Bonn Flughafen.

Omio customers book a train from Paris Gare de Lyon   to Köln Hbf   most frequently for this route.

Passengers board their train most frequently from Paris Gare de Lyon and travel around 1.9 miles (3.1 km) from the city center to this train station.

Passengers traveling this route most often arrive at Köln Hbf and need to travel approximately 1.1 miles (1.7 km) from the train station to the city center in Cologne.

If you're looking for trains from Paris to Cologne, you can rely on Thalys, Deutsche Bahn with connection or Deutsche Bahn to get you to Cologne. It's also good to check out all possible train companies for the Paris to Cologne route to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
Yes, there are 4 direct trains per day from Paris to Cologne with Thalys, and you won’t need to transfer at another stop in between. Direct train services tend to offer more convenience and save you time when traveling to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to before you book your train ticket.
On average, there are 10 trains a day from Paris to Cologne. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
The earliest train departing from Paris to Cologne leaves at 4: 55 AM. The last train departing from Paris to Cologne leaves at 7: 55 PM. You can find the latest Paris to Cologne train schedule on Omio and book the best time to leave for your journey on your chosen travel date.
The price of a one way train ticket from Paris to Cologne is on average $115 (€110) if you buy within the next 7 days. But we recommend booking tickets before your planned travel date to find the best prices for trains from all possible train companies offering this route. In general, you can find train tickets to Cologne from Paris available a few months in advance.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Paris
Cologne
Paris Gare de Lyon is the most popular Paris 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 Paris for your trip to Cologne.
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Mon - Sun: 04: 45 - 01: 30
Public transit options for Paris Gare de Lyon
Metro lines: 1, 14
Bus lines: 24, 57, 61, 63, 72, 77, 91
Train lines: TGV, RER A, RER D, Transilien R
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Public transit options for Paris Gare du Nord
Metro lines: 4, 5
Bus lines: 65, 26, 43
Train lines: RER B, D, E
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Public transit options for Paris Gare de l'Est
Metro lines: 4, 5, 7
Bus lines: 31, 32, 35, 38, 39, 46, 54, 56, 91
Train lines: RER B, TGV, TGV/ICE, TER, Intercités, OUIGO, Transilien, Russian Railways
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Public transit options for Paris Gare Saint-Lazare
Metro lines: 3, 9, 12, 13, 14
Bus lines: 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, 32, 42, 43, 66, 80, 94, 95, 528, RoissyB
Train lines: TER, Intercités, Transilien J, Transilien L, RER E
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Mon - Sun: 10: 45 - 18: 00
Public transit options for Gare de Paris Bercy
Metro lines: 6, 14
Bus lines: 24, 87, N32, N35
Train lines: TER, Intercités
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Public transit options for Paris Gare d'Austerlitz
Metro lines: 5, 10
Bus lines: 24, 57, 61, 63, 89, 91, 215
Train lines: TER Centre-Val de Loire, Intercités, Intercités de Nuit, Transilien, RER C

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