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How to Travel from Cologne to Frankfurt?

Trains and buses are the most popular means of transportation between Cologne and Frankfurt. A number of service providers operate daily connections between the two cities, and it takes an average of 1 hour 30 minutes to cover the journey by train, or 3 hours by a direct bus.

What is the Cheapest Way To Get from Cologne to Frankfurt?

The cheapest way to travel from Cologne to Frankfurt is by bus. Several operators such as Karat-S, FlixBus and Blablacar offer coach services along this route, with most running direct connections between the two destinations. Out of the 20 connections made daily, 16 are provided by FlixBus, 3 by Blablacar and 1 by Karat-S. It takes about three hours to cover the journey. The three main departure points for buses leaving Cologne for Frankfurt are Cologne Central Bus Station, Cologne Bonn Airport and Breslauer Platz. Most bus connections arriving in Frankfurt arrive into the Frankfurt Central Station.

What is the Fastest Way to Travel from Cologne to Frankfurt?

A train ride provides the quickest option to travel from Cologne to Frankfurt, with the journey lasting an average of 1 hour 30 minutes, although some trips take less time, about one hour. Deutsche Bahn (DB) is the main train operator along this route. Cologne Central Station is the main departure point for trains leaving Cologne, and Frankfurt Central Station is the main arrival station. On average, 33 trains leave Cologne for Frankfurt every day, with a departure scheduled once every 35 minutes.

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Travel from Cologne to Frankfurt by Train

It will take you approximately 1 hour 30 minutes to travel from Cologne to Frankfurt by train. Deutsche Bahn offers all the services on this route, most of which are direct trips. On average, there are 33 trains that travel the Cologne to Frankfurt route daily, with at least one transfer connection per day, mostly via Mainz or Frankfurt Airport. The main departure point for trains leaving Cologne for Frankfurt is Cologne Central Station, while Frankfurt Central Station is the arrival Station. From there, you can easily access the city center via taxi.  

Travel from Cologne to Frankfurt by Bus

Coach providers like FlixBus, Blablacar and Karat-S offer reliable transport services between Cologne and Frankfurt, a journey that lasts three hours. There is an average of 20 direct connections per day between the two cities. FlixBus is the most popular service provider, making at least 16 trips daily. Blablacar makes three trips per day, while Karat-S offers at least one trip per day. The main departure point in Cologne is the Cologne Central Bus Station, with Frankfurt Central Station as the arrival point. Passengers can access the city center via taxi or a 20 minute walk on foot.

How to get from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main, 84,73% 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 Frankfurt am Main 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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Travel from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main
Travel to Frankfurt am Main 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 Frankfurt am Main.
FAQs
How do I get from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main?

There are 2 ways to travel from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main including taking a bus or train.

How far is Frankfurt am Main from Cologne?

The distance is approximately 94 miles (152 km) from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main.

Where do people depart from and arrive in when traveling from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main:

  • Buses most often depart from Cologne at Köln, Köln Bonn Airport and arrive in Frankfurt am Main at Frankfurt am Main, Hauptbahnhof Fernbusse.
  • Trains mostly leave from Köln Hbf and tend to arrive in Frankfurt (Main) Flughafen.
Which travel companies can get me from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main?

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

  • You can travel by bus from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main with BlaBlaCar Bus, and you can find BlaBlaCar Bus Cologne to Frankfurt am Main tickets for $10 (€8) on Omio.
  • You can go to Frankfurt am Main from Cologne by train with Deutsche Bahn. You'll see cheap train tickets for $23 (€18) with Deutsche Bahn from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main on Omio.
Is there a direct service between Cologne and Frankfurt am Main?

Yes, there are direct routes from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main with the following travel companies:

  • You'll find direct bus services to Frankfurt am Main with BlaBlaCar.

Direct services to Frankfurt am Main 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 trip.

What other popular destinations should I add to my itinerary for my trip from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main?
Looking to extend your trip from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main? Many Omio customers who go from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main usually extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like Berlin, Paris or Munich. If you're looking to explore Berlin, Paris or Munich from Frankfurt am Main, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.
How early should I purchase Cologne to Frankfurt am Main tickets online to score the best deals?

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

  • Bus tickets cost $10 (€8) one way on average.
  • Train tickets cost $23 (€18) one way on average.

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

What is the cheapest way to travel from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main?

The cheapest way to travel from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main is by taking a bus with an average price of $10 (€8).

This is compared to other travel options to Frankfurt am Main:

Taking a bus is about $13 (€10) less than taking a train, which costs on average $23 (€18) for this journey.

What is the quickest way to get from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main?

The fastest way from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main is by flight with an average journey time of 50 min.

There are alternative travel options to Frankfurt am Main that can usually take longer:

In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 2 h  of travel time.

In comparison, traveling by train can take you on average 1 h 24 min.

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Cologne
Frankfurt am Main
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