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from Cologne to Berlin

You can get from Cologne to Berlin by train, bus or flight.

Our recommendation

To get from Cologne to Berlin on Jan 21 we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

05:55PMCologne/Bonn Airport1h15 07:10PMBerlin Brandenburg Airport
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$951One-way
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11:30AMKöln, Köln Bonn Airport18h10 05:40AMBerlin
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$451One-way
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06:13AMCologne Hbf3h59 10:12AMBerlin Hbf
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$621One-way
05:55PMCologne/Bonn Airport1h10 07:05PMBerlin Brandenburg Airport
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$1201One-way
07:45PMCologne/Bonn Airport1h15 09:00PMBerlin Brandenburg Airport
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$1211One-way

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Fri
Jan 21
$62Deutsche Bahn
$45BlaBlaCar Bus
$95easyJet
Sat
Jan 22
$34Deutsche Bahn
$45BlaBlaCar Bus
$676Lufthansa
Sun
Jan 23
$34Deutsche Bahn
$46BlaBlaCar Bus
$84Eurowings
Mon
Jan 24
$34Deutsche Bahn
$24Flixbus
$108Eurowings
Tue
Jan 25
$34Deutsche Bahn
$41BlaBlaCar Bus
$95easyJet
Wed
Jan 26
$34Deutsche Bahn
$18Flixbus
$114easyJet
Thu
Jan 27
$43Deutsche Bahn
$30BlaBlaCar Bus
$36Eurowings
Fri
Jan 28
$24FlixTrain
$24Flixbus
$51easyJet
Sat
Jan 29
$24FlixTrain
$24Flixbus
$377Lufthansa
Sun
Jan 30
$34Deutsche Bahn
$41BlaBlaCar Bus
$45easyJet
Mon
Jan 31
$22Deutsche Bahn
$24Flixbus
$36Eurowings
Tue
Feb 1
$22Deutsche Bahn
$18Flixbus
$72Eurowings
Wed
Feb 2
$22Deutsche Bahn
$18Flixbus
$108Eurowings
Thu
Feb 3
$22Deutsche Bahn
$30BlaBlaCar Bus
$41easyJet
Fri
Feb 4
$22Deutsche Bahn
$18Flixbus
$42easyJet
Sat
Feb 5
$22Deutsche Bahn
$18Flixbus
$453Lufthansa
Sun
Feb 6
$18FlixTrain
$18Flixbus
$41easyJet
Mon
Feb 7
$22Deutsche Bahn
$18Flixbus
$41easyJet
Tue
Feb 8
$22Deutsche Bahn
$18Flixbus
$41easyJet
Wed
Feb 9
$22Deutsche Bahn
$18Flixbus
$41easyJet

Travel Information from Cologne to Berlin

distanceDistance296 miles (478 km)
modeAvailable travel modesFlight, bus or train
priceTicket price range$18 - $73
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $18 (€15) • 9 h 5 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $73 (€60) • 1 h 10 min
carriersPopular travel companiesEurowings, Flixbus or Deutsche Bahn

Take a flight, bus or train to travel 296 miles (478 km) to Berlin from 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 bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $18 (€15). The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are Eurowings, Flixbus or Deutsche Bahn among others. Travelers can even take a direct flight, bus or train from Cologne to Berlin.

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The Journey from Cologne to Berlin

Traveling from Cologne to Berlin across Germany can all be conveniently done by train, plane, or bus, depending on budget and available time. A direct route between the two cities measures 480 kilometers, and takes around an hour by plane. Journeys by rail and road will take around four and eight hours respectively. The quickest routes of both go north-west via Dortmund and Hanover on the way to Berlin.

Buses from Cologne to Berlin

Buses leave Leverkusen-Mitte bus station in Cologne more than a dozen times per day for the capital, and with several providers offering services, prices are competitive and usually lower than going by plane or train. Journey times traveling from Cologne direct to Berlin are around eight hours, with the final stop in Berlin city center dependent on the provider.

Trains from Cologne to Berlin

Traveling from Cologne to Berlin on Germany’s regional train service or Intercity Express (ICE) usually takes around four hours and 20 minutes from Cologne's central station to Berlin Hauptbanhof, and there are trains departing at least every hour until mid-evening.

Flights from Cologne to Berlin

Traveling from Cologne to Berlin offers the shortest journey time and most direct route, with several providers offering flights several times per day. Flights take just over an hour from Cologne Bonn Airport to both Berlin Tegel and Berlin Schönefeld airports and just a short onward journey to the city's center. Flight prices are commonly higher when booking at short notice, but flights can be found with budget airlines such as Ryanair and Eurowings going to both Berlin airports that compete with or even beat the cost of many rail and bus tickets.

How to get from Cologne to Berlin

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Cologne to Berlin, 68,34% of our customers choose the train as their preferred mode of transportation. By traveling by train on this route, you can enjoy the comfort of spacious seats, spectacular views—and in some cases free Wi-Fi—in both second and first class. Our customers have decided that the train is the best way to get from Cologne to Berlin and have chosen to enjoy this fast, safe and efficient way to arrive at their destination. Taking the train also avoids long lines or potential expenses for transfers to/from the station—especially since most main railway stations are located in the city center. Train companies in Europe vary from country to country, but most of them offer high-speed train routes, therefore when you add up at the end-to-end journey time, the train is often also the fastest way to get to your destination.

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FAQs

How do I go from Cologne to Berlin?

There are 3 ways to get from Cologne to Berlin: flight, bus or train.

What is the cheapest way to go from Cologne to Berlin?

The cheapest way to go to Berlin from Cologne is by taking a bus, which costs on average $18 (€15).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Berlin:

Taking a bus is usually $54 (€45) less than taking a flight to Berlin, which costs on average $73 (€60) for the same trip.

A bus is generally $4 (€3) less than a train for the same journey. Taking a train costs on average $22 (€18) from Cologne to Berlin.

What is the quickest way to get from Cologne to Berlin?

The fastest way to get to Berlin from Cologne is by flight with an average travel time of 1 h 10 min.

Other travel options to Berlin can usually take longer:

In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 9 h 5 min   of travel time.

In comparison, traveling by train can take you on average 3 h 55 min.

What is the distance between Cologne and Berlin?

The Cologne to Berlin distance is around 296 miles (478 km).

How many scheduled departures are there a day from Cologne to Berlin?

The average frequency per day from Cologne to Berlin is:

  • 16 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip to Berlin from Cologne as scheduled services by flight, bus or train can vary by season or day of the week.

When traveling between Cologne and Berlin, what are the departure and arrival points in Cologne and Berlin?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Cologne to Berlin:

  • Flights from Cologne to Berlin most often leave from Cologne/Bonn Airport and arrive in Berlin Brandenburg Airport.
  • Buses from Cologne to Berlin most often leave from Köln, Köln Bonn Airport and arrive in Berlin, Zentralen Omnibusbahnhof.
  • Trains most often depart from Cologne at Köln Hbf and arrive in Berlin at Berlin Hbf.

Which travel operators can get me to Berlin from Cologne?

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Cologne to Berlin, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Eurowings can take you to Berlin by plane. If searching for a good deal on flights, you can find tickets for Eurowings from Cologne to Berlin for $73 (€60).
  • Travel with Flixbus for buses to Berlin. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Flixbus Cologne to Berlin tickets on Omio for $18 (€15).
  • Deutsche Bahn can get you to Berlin by train. You can find a good deal for train tickets with Deutsche Bahn from Cologne to Berlin for $22 (€18) on Omio.

Is there a way to travel directly from Cologne to Berlin?

Yes, there are direct routes from Cologne to Berlin with the following travel companies:

  • You can find 16 direct trains per day to take to Berlin with Deutsche Bahn or FlixTrain.

Direct services to Berlin tend to save you time and add more convenience as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking tickets for your journey.

What is another destination I should add to my tour from Cologne to Berlin?

Many of our customers who book a trip from Cologne to Berlin often extend their vacation and travel to other popular destinations like Amsterdam, Prague or Paris. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Cologne and Berlin itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Berlin and any of these top destinations today!

How far in advance should I buy tickets between Cologne and Berlin online to get the best deals?

When planning your trip from Cologne to Berlin, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to purchase and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Plane tickets cost $73 (€60) one way on average.
  • Bus tickets are costing $18 (€15) one way on average.
  • Train tickets cost $22 (€18) one way on average.

However, we recommend buying tickets from Cologne to Berlin online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.