You can get from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main by train, bus or flight.
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.
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|Distance||94 miles (152 km)|
|Available travel modes||Bus or train|
|Ticket price range||$8 - $21|
|Cheapest mode||Bus • $8 (€7) • 2 h 5 min|
|Fastest mode||Train • $21 (€18) • 1 h 3 min|
|Popular travel companies||BlaBlaCar 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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
There are 2 ways that you can travel between Cologne and Frankfurt am Main. You can take a bus or train.
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.
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.
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:
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.
These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main:
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Yes, there are direct services available from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main with the following travel companies:
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.
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:
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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