How to travel from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main

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from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main

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

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To get from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main on Dec 01 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

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Travel Information from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main

distanceDistance94 miles (152 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$28 - $221
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $28 (€26) • 2 h
fastestFastest modeTrain • $44 (€40) • 1 h 3 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or Deutsche Bahn

Travel 94 miles (152 km) by bus, ferry, flight 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 $28 (€26). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Flixbus or Deutsche Bahn among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train 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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Travel Tips: Travel from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main

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FAQs

There are 4 ways to get from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main: bus, ferry, flight or train.

The cheapest way to go to Frankfurt am Main from Cologne is by taking a bus, which costs on average $28 (€26).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Frankfurt am Main:

A bus is $192 (€176) less than a flight for this journey with tickets for a flight from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main costing on average $221 (€202).

Taking a bus is usually $15 (€14) less than taking a train to Frankfurt am Main, which costs on average $44 (€40) for the same trip.

The quickest way to travel to Frankfurt am Main from Cologne is by train, which takes on average 1 h 3 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

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

In comparison, traveling by flight can take you on average 0 h 0 min.

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

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

  • 1 bus per day.
  • 35 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip between Cologne and Frankfurt am Main as scheduled services by bus, ferry, flight or train can vary by season or day of the week.

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

  • Most travelers who purchase a bus ticket from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main depart from Köln, Köln Bonn Airport (Fernbusbahnhof) to Frankfurt am Main, Flughafen (Terminal 1).
  • Most travelers catch their flight from Cologne/Bonn Airport and arrive in Frankfurt am Main Airport.
  • Most travelers who purchase a train ticket from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main depart from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt (M) Flughafen Regionalbf.

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

  • Travel with Flixbus for buses to Frankfurt am Main. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Flixbus Cologne to Frankfurt am Main tickets on Omio for $28 (€26).
  • Deutsche Bahn can take you to Frankfurt am Main by train. If searching for a good deal on trains, you can find tickets for Deutsche Bahn from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main for $44 (€40).

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

  • You'll find 1 direct bus per day with Flixbus, BlaBlaCar or Globtour Medjugorjie d. O. O.
  • You can take a direct train with Deutsche Bahn with 35 direct trains per day.

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.

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.

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 on average $28 (€26) one way.
  • Plane tickets cost $221 (€202) one way on average.
  • Train tickets cost $44 (€40) 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.

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