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The cheapest trains from Paris to Cologne

Showing times and prices for Aug 2

Cheapest

$116

Average

$150

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.

The average ticket from Paris to Cologne will cost around $ 150 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 116.

Cheapest
07:06PMParis Gare de l'Est7h00 02:06AMCologne Hbf
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$1161One-way
2nd Cheapest
05:10PMParis Gare de l'Est5h55 11:05PMCologne Hbf
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$1171One-way
2nd Cheapest
07:06PMParis Gare de l'Est6h56 02:02AMCologne Hbf
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$1171One-way
07:08AMParis Gare de l'Est4h57 12:05PMCologne Hbf
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$1291One-way
03:46PMParis Gare de l'Est4h56 08:42PMCologne
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$1291One-way

Timetable Paris to Cologne

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07:08AMParis Gare de l'Est4h57 12:05PMCologne Hbf
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09:06AMParis Gare de l'Est4h59 02:05PMCologne Hbf
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10:46AMParis Gare de l'Est5h19 04:05PMCologne Hbf
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10:46AMParis Gare de l'Est6h19 05:05PMCologne Hbf
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01:10PMParis Gare de l'Est4h55 06:05PMCologne Hbf
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01:47PMParis Gare de l'Est4h54 06:41PMCologne
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01:47PMParis Gare de l'Est5h18 07:05PMCologne Hbf
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03:19PMParis Gare de l'Est5h46 09:05PMCologne Hbf
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03:19PMParis Gare de l'Est4h46 08:05PMCologne Hbf
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03:46PMParis Gare de l'Est4h56 08:42PMCologne
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03:46PMParis Gare de l'Est5h19 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'Est4h56 10:06PMCologne Hbf
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05:43PMParis Gare de l'Est7h01 12:44AMCologne Hbf
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05:43PMParis Gare de l'Est5h22 11:05PMCologne Hbf
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07:06PMParis Gare de l'Est7h00 02:06AMCologne Hbf
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07:06PMParis Gare de l'Est5h33 12:39AMCologne Hbf
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07:06PMParis Gare de l'Est6h56 02:02AMCologne Hbf
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Sun
Aug 1
$117Deutsche Bahn with connection
$44Flixbus
Mon
Aug 2
$116Deutsche Bahn
$34Flixbus
Tue
Aug 3
$116Deutsche Bahn
$50Flixbus
Wed
Aug 4
$103Deutsche Bahn
$73BlaBlaCar Bus
Thu
Aug 5
$103Deutsche Bahn
$50BlaBlaCar Bus
Fri
Aug 6
$104Deutsche Bahn with connection
$44Flixbus
Sat
Aug 7
$104Deutsche Bahn with connection
$49Flixbus
Sun
Aug 8
$92Deutsche Bahn
$55Flixbus
Mon
Aug 9
$79Deutsche Bahn
$38Flixbus
Tue
Aug 10
$79Deutsche Bahn
$67BlaBlaCar Bus
Wed
Aug 11
$73Deutsche Bahn
$67BlaBlaCar Bus
Thu
Aug 12
$54Deutsche Bahn
$50BlaBlaCar Bus
Fri
Aug 13
$73Deutsche Bahn with connection
$45BlaBlaCar Bus
Sat
Aug 14
$79Deutsche Bahn with connection
$44Flixbus
Sun
Aug 15
$79Deutsche Bahn
$45BlaBlaCar Bus
Mon
Aug 16
$72Deutsche Bahn
$28BlaBlaCar Bus
Tue
Aug 17
$59Deutsche Bahn
$31Flixbus
Wed
Aug 18
$67Deutsche Bahn
$28Flixbus
Thu
Aug 19
$65Deutsche Bahn
$28BlaBlaCar Bus
Fri
Aug 20
$73Deutsche Bahn
$31Flixbus
Sat
Aug 21
$73Deutsche Bahn with connection
$31Flixbus

The fastest trains from Paris to Cologne

Showing times and prices for Aug 2

Fastest Journey

4 h 46 m

Average

5 h 33 m

Trains per day

18

Distance

403 km

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

Fastest
03:19PMParis Gare de l'Est4h46 08:05PMCologne Hbf
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$1551One-way
2nd Fastest
01:47PMParis Gare de l'Est4h54 06:41PMCologne
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$1551One-way
01:10PMParis Gare de l'Est4h55 06:05PMCologne Hbf
1 changes
$2191One-way
03:46PMParis Gare de l'Est4h56 08:42PMCologne
2 changes
$1291One-way
05:10PMParis Gare de l'Est4h56 10:06PMCologne Hbf
1 changes
$1291One-way

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Paris to Cologne with Thalys, Deutsche Bahn and SNCB

Travel from Paris to Cologne from $103 (€82) with Omio’s train partners Thalys, Deutsche Bahn and SNCB! You can find the best schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the most affordable route for you.

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

Thalys tickets from Paris to Cologne are available online on Omio. We help you compare and book your perfect journey with Thalys between Paris and Cologne all in one place. If you’re specifically looking for the cheapest, fastest or earliest train, you can find all the current Thalys train schedules and train tickets available on Omio for the 249 miles (402 km) journey. You can also see relevant travel information for the Thalys train, such as baggage allowance and amenities onboard depending on the class fare. Search for your ideal departure and arrival times for this train, compare the fastest Paris to Cologne routes as well as the cheapest ticket prices available, and buy the best Thalys Paris to Cologne train ticket that fits your needs. If you purchase tickets in the Omio app, you can quickly see if the Thalys train ticket is available as a mobile ticket, which makes it easy for you to travel paperless. You’ll then be ready to embark on your smooth and relaxing journey to Cologne with Thalys!

Read on for COVID-19 recommendations and policies for your Thalys train ticket between Paris and Cologne:

  • 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.

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.

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

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

Is international entry into Cologne from Paris restricted?

International entry 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?

Entry Requirements:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival for all travellers by air
  • Pre-arrival health declaration
  • 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 compulsory quarantine (certificate needed)
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required

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 7/30/21. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train between Paris and Cologne closer to your date of departure here

Are there travel restrictions, such as quarantine measures, in place when returning to Paris, France from Cologne, Germany?

Return travel from Germany to France is: Partially open.

Are there any international entry restrictions on returning to Paris from Cologne?

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

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

Requirements for reentering:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • 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)
  • Health declaration required
  • Exempted International Movement Certificate for travel required

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

Last checked on 7/30/21. Please check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   closer to the travel date of your train to Paris from Cologne.

How much are cheap trains to Cologne from Paris?
Omio customers have found the cheapest trains from Paris to Cologne to cost as little as $103 (€82)  in the next 7 days.
How much is the train between Paris and Cologne on average?
In the next 7 days you can expect to pay on average $109 (€87)  for a train ticket to Cologne from Paris.
How many miles is it from Paris to Cologne by train?
The train distance from Paris to Cologne is around 249 miles (402 km).
How many hours is the train time between Paris and Cologne?
While the time it takes to travel 249 miles (402 km) from Paris to Cologne can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays, the Paris to Cologne train journey time is on average 5 h 55 min.
What train station in Paris goes to Cologne? What train station do I come into Cologne from Paris?

When departing from Paris, you have various train station options to start your trip 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.

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

Passengers board the train most frequently from Paris Gare de Lyon, which is located around 0 mile (s) / 0 km away from the city center, and they get off the train at Köln Hbf, located 0 mile (s) / 0 km away from the city center.

What train providers go from Paris to Cologne?
When taking a train from Paris to Cologne, you can count on Thalys, Deutsche Bahn, SNCB or TGV for the best way to get you to Cologne. You can also check all possible train companies who offer a service between Paris and Cologne and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.
Is there a direct train from Paris to Cologne?
Yes, there are direct trains from Paris to Cologne, and you can find a direct train for this route 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.
When can I take the first train from Paris to Cologne? When can I take the last train for the day?
The first Paris to Cologne train departs at 5: 08 AM   and the last train from Paris to Cologne leaves at 5: 06 PM. Check out the most up-to-date train schedule from Paris to Cologne on Omio and find the best time to travel to your destination.
How far in advance should I book train tickets between Paris and Cologne for the best deals?
The price of a one way train ticket from Paris to Cologne is on average $109 (€87) if you purchase 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 journey. In general, you can find train tickets between Paris and Cologne available a few months in advance.
Stations

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Paris
Cologne
Gare Saint-Lazare
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Paris Gare Montparnasse
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Paris Gare d'Austerlitz
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Paris Gare de Lyon
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is not located in the city centre but it can be reached by public transport.<br>Metro lines 1, 14<br>Bus lines 29, 57, 61, 91, 20, 24, 63, 65, 87<br>Suburban train lines RER A, D
Paris Gare de l'Est
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Paris Gare du Nord
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Refreshments
WC

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is within walking distance of the city centre and is connected to other parts of the city by public transport.<br>Metro lines 4, 5<br>Suburban train lines RER B, D
How long does it take to get from the train station to the city centre?
This station is a 5-10 minute walk from the city centre.