How to get from Berlin to Cologne by train, bus or flight.
The best way to travel from Berlin to Cologne is by taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.
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|Distance||296 miles (478 km)|
|Available travel modes||Bus, flight or train|
|Ticket price range||$23 - $104|
|Cheapest mode||Train • $23 (€20) • 5 h 12 min|
|Fastest mode||Flight • $104 (€90) • 1 h 10 min|
|Popular travel companies||FlixBus, Eurowings or FlixTrain|
Travel 296 miles (478 km) by bus, flight or train from Berlin to Cologne. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 10 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a train is the best option with prices starting as low as $23 (€20). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are FlixBus, Eurowings or FlixTrain among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus, flight or train from Berlin to Cologne.
You can travel by train, bus or flight for as low as $23 (€20). When you search for schedules and tickets, Omio will show you the best route.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) is the main provider of travel 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 travel from Berlin to Cologne. DB uses different types of travel 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 travel.
FlixBus is one of Europe's leading low-cost travel companies, founded in Germany and offering long-distance travel services in Europe and the U. S. FlixBus also operates overnight travel on select routes throughout Europe. Standard amenities on FlixBus include free Wi-Fi, power outlets to charge your phone, tablet or laptop during long travel journeys, extra legroom, luggage space and toilets. You can even purchase snacks and drinks onboard. FlixBus offers only the Standard ticket for all its routes, which allows you to bring one carry-on luggage and one checked bag per person. Additional fees apply for extra luggage and specific seat reservations, such as if you want to book an Extra Seat, Table Seat or the Panorama Seat.
Eurowings is Germany's leading low-cost airline and offers a choice of Smart, Best and BIZclass fares for your next travel from Berlin to Cologne.
You can get to Cologne from Berlin 3 different ways: bus, flight or train.
The cheapest way to go to Cologne from Berlin is by taking a train, which costs on average $23 (€20).
This is compared to other ways of getting from Berlin to Cologne:
Taking a train costs $12 (€10) less than taking a bus, which average ticket prices of $34 (€30).
A train is $81 (€70) less than a flight with an average ticket price of $104 (€90) from Berlin to Cologne.
The fastest way to get to Cologne from Berlin is by flight with an average travel time of 1 h 10 min.
Other travel options to Cologne take longer:
Bus takes on average 9 h 30 min.
Train takes on average 5 h 12 min.
The distance from Berlin to Cologne is approximately 296 miles (478 km).
The average frequency per day from Berlin to Cologne is:
However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip to Cologne from Berlin as scheduled services by bus, flight or train can vary by season or day of the week.
These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Berlin to Cologne:
The following travel companies offer services from Berlin to Cologne:
Yes, there are direct services available from Berlin to Cologne with the following travel companies:
Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Cologne as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets between Berlin and Cologne.
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