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from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main

You can get from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main by train, bus or flight.

Our recommendation

To get from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main on Dec 9 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

07:15AMKöln, Köln Bonn Airport2h00 09:15AMFrankfurt, Flughafen Terminal 2
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$141One-way
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10:15AMKöln, Köln Bonn Airport2h15 12:30PMFrankfurt am Main, Hbf
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$121One-way
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11:30AMKöln, Köln Bonn Airport2h00 01:30PMFrankfurt, Flughafen Terminal 2
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$141One-way
07:15AMKöln, Köln Bonn Airport2h25 09:40AMFrankfurt am Main, Hbf
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$141One-way
11:30AMKöln, Köln Bonn Airport2h25 01:55PMFrankfurt am Main, Hbf
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$141One-way

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Wed
Dec 8
$21Deutsche Bahn
$14BlaBlaCar Bus
Thu
Dec 9
$21Deutsche Bahn
$12BlaBlaCar Bus
Fri
Dec 10
$21Deutsche Bahn
$9STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Sat
Dec 11
$21Deutsche Bahn
$8BlaBlaCar Bus
Sun
Dec 12
$12FlixTrain
$8BlaBlaCar Bus
Mon
Dec 13
$21Deutsche Bahn
$8BlaBlaCar Bus
Tue
Dec 14
$21Deutsche Bahn
$8BlaBlaCar Bus
Wed
Dec 15
$10FlixTrain
$8BlaBlaCar Bus
Thu
Dec 16
$21Deutsche Bahn
$9STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Fri
Dec 17
$10FlixTrain
$9STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Sat
Dec 18
$10FlixTrain
$9STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Sun
Dec 19
$21Deutsche Bahn
$9STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Mon
Dec 20
$21Deutsche Bahn
$9STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Tue
Dec 21
$21Deutsche Bahn
$9STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Wed
Dec 22
$12FlixTrain
$12STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Thu
Dec 23
$12FlixTrain
$12STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Fri
Dec 24
$10FlixTrain
$12BlaBlaCar Bus
Sat
Dec 25
$21Deutsche Bahn
$17BlaBlaCar Bus
Sun
Dec 26
$12FlixTrain
$17BlaBlaCar Bus
Mon
Dec 27
$21Deutsche Bahn
$9STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
Tue
Dec 28
$21Deutsche Bahn
$9STUDENT AGENCY k.s.

Travel Information from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main

distanceDistance94 miles (152 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or train
priceTicket price range$8 - $21
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $8 (€7) • 2 h 5 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $21 (€18) • 1 h 3 min
carriersPopular travel companiesBlaBlaCar Bus or Deutsche Bahn

Travel 94 miles (152 km) by bus or train between Cologne and Frankfurt am Main. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 3 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $8 (€7). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are BlaBlaCar Bus or Deutsche Bahn among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main.

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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FAQs
How do I get from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main?

There are 2 ways that you can travel between Cologne and Frankfurt am Main. You can take a bus or train.

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

The cheapest way to travel between Cologne and Frankfurt am Main is by taking a bus with an average price of $8 (€7).

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

A bus is generally $13 (€11) less than a train for the same route. Taking a train costs on average $21 (€18) from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main.

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

The fastest way to get to Frankfurt am Main from Cologne is by train with an average travel time of 1 h 3 min.

Other travel options to Frankfurt am Main can usually take longer:

In comparison, going by bus can take 2 h 5 min   on average.

How far is Frankfurt am Main from Cologne?

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

How many scheduled departures are there a day from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main?

The average frequency per day from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main is:

  • 16 trains a day.

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

When traveling to Frankfurt am Main from Cologne, what are the departure and arrival points in Cologne and Frankfurt am Main?

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

  • Buses mostly leave from Köln, Köln Bonn Airport and tend to arrive in Frankfurt am Main, Hbf.
  • Trains most often depart from Cologne at Köln Hbf and arrive in Frankfurt am Main at Frankfurt (M) Flughafen Regionalbf.
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 go to Frankfurt am Main from Cologne by bus with BlaBlaCar Bus. You'll see cheap bus tickets for $8 (€7) with BlaBlaCar Bus from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main on Omio.
  • You can take a train from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main with Deutsche Bahn. Cheap tickets can be found for $21 (€18) with Deutsche Bahn from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main.
Can I travel directly between Cologne and Frankfurt am Main?

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

  • You can travel directly by bus with Flixbus, BlaBlaCar, BlaBlaCar Bus or STUDENT AGENCY k. S.

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

What other popular destinations should I add to my itinerary for my trip from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main?
Omio customers who travel from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main often also extend their vacation to go to Berlin, Paris or Munich. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Frankfurt am Main and these popular destinations at a great price.
How early should I buy 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 $8 (€7) one way on average.
  • Train tickets cost on average $21 (€18) one way.

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.