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from Cologne to Erfurt

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

Our recommendation

To get from Cologne to Erfurt on Sep 22 we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

07:55PMCologne Hbf3h43 11:38PMErfurt Hbf
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07:55PMCologne Hbf3h43 11:38PMErfurt Hbf
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04:24AMCologne Hbf4h02 08:26AMErfurt Hbf
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09:35AMCologne Messe/Deutz3h32 01:07PMErfurt Hbf
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06:44AMCologne Messe/Deutz3h42 10:26AMErfurt Hbf
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Deutsche Bahn

Travel Information from Cologne to Erfurt

distanceDistance177 miles (285 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or train
priceTicket price range$30 - $30
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • $30 (€24) • 4 h 2 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $30 (€24) • 4 h 2 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or Deutsche Bahn

Travel 177 miles (285 km) by bus or train to Erfurt from Cologne. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 4 h 2 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a train is the best option with prices starting as low as $30 (€24). The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are Flixbus or Deutsche Bahn among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Cologne to Erfurt.

Travel Tips

Travel from Cologne to Erfurt
Travel to Erfurt 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 Cologne to Erfurt.
How do I go from Cologne to Erfurt?

There are 2 travel options from Cologne to Erfurt: bus or train.

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

The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Erfurt is by taking a train. You can find average ticket prices around $30 (€24) compared to other travel options to Erfurt:

A train is $1 (€1) less than a bus for this trip with tickets for a bus from Cologne to Erfurt costing on average $30 (€24).

What is the fastest way from Cologne to Erfurt?

The quickest way to travel between Cologne and Erfurt is by train, which takes on average 4 h 2 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, going by bus can take 8 h 50 min   on average.

How many miles from Cologne to Erfurt would I travel?

Erfurt is approximately 177 miles (285 km) away from Cologne.

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

The average frequency per day from Cologne to Erfurt is:

  • 12 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route between Cologne and Erfurt as scheduled services by bus or train can vary by season or day of the week.

When traveling between Cologne and Erfurt, where do I depart from Cologne and where do I arrive in Erfurt?

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

  • Buses mostly depart from Köln, Köln Bonn Airport and arrive in Erfurt Hbf.
  • Trains from Cologne to Erfurt most often leave from Köln Hbf and arrive in Erfurt Hbf.
Which travel operators can get me to Erfurt from Cologne?

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Cologne to Erfurt:

  • You can travel between Cologne and Erfurt by bus with Flixbus. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $30 (€24) with Flixbus from Cologne to Erfurt.
  • You can take a train from Cologne to Erfurt with Deutsche Bahn. Cheap tickets can be found for $30 (€24) with Deutsche Bahn from Cologne to Erfurt.
Can I travel directly between Cologne and Erfurt?

Yes, there are direct services available from Cologne to Erfurt with the following travel companies:

  • You can travel directly by train with with 12 direct trains per day.

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

What other destinations are worth visiting after traveling from Cologne to Erfurt?
Many of our customers who book a trip from Cologne to Erfurt often extend their vacation and travel to other popular destinations like Berlin, Frankfurt am Main or Munich. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Cologne and Erfurt itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Erfurt and any of these top destinations today!
How far in advance should I purchase tickets to Erfurt from Cologne online to get the best deals?

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

  • Bus tickets are costing on average $30 (€24) one way.
  • Train tickets are costing on average $30 (€24) one way.

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


Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Köln Hbf

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