How to travel from Cologne to Paris

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from Cologne to Paris

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

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To get from Cologne to Paris on Dec 05 we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

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Travel Information between Cologne and Paris

distanceDistance249 miles (402 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$5 - $74
fastestFastest modeTrain • $74 (€68) • 3 h 21 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or Deutsche Bahn

Take a bus, ferry, flight or train to travel 249 miles (402 km) to Paris from Cologne. 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 Paris.

How to get from Cologne to Paris

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Cologne to Paris, 77,33% 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 Paris 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 Paris

Travel Tips: Travel to Paris 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 Paris.

Travel from Cologne, Germany to Paris, France is: Unrestricted.

Is international entry into Paris from Cologne restricted?

International entry is currently allowed for: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Germany.

Do I need to self-quarantine upon arrival to Paris, France from Cologne?

  • There are no current restrictions

What are the COVID-19 safety measures to follow in Paris, France?

The government of France has imposed the following measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Social distance requirement: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Recommended

The above information was last verified on 11/6/22. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip to Paris from Cologne closer to your planned date of departure here.

The current restriction level for returning to Cologne, Germany from France is: Unrestricted.

Am I allowed to reenter Cologne, Germany from Paris, France?

Reentering Germany is currently allowed for: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of France

Do I need to self-quarantine when I arrive back to Cologne from Paris?

  • There are no current restrictions

Which rules do I need to follow in Cologne, Germany regarding COVID-19?

All travelers returning to Germany must observe the following safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the country:

  • Physical distance: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face masks: Mandatory

The information above was last checked on 11/6/22. We do our best to keep this information up-to-date, but regulations can change due to the nature of the coronavirus pandemic, so please double check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations ahead of your trip back to Cologne from Paris here.

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

The cheapest way to go to Paris from Cologne is by taking a flight, which costs on average $5 (€5).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Paris:

A flight is generally $60 (€55) less than a bus for the same route. Taking a bus costs on average $66 (€60) from Cologne to Paris.

Taking a flight is usually $69 (€63) less than taking a train to Paris, which costs on average $74 (€68) for the same trip.

The fastest way from Cologne to Paris is by train with an average journey time of 3 h 21 min.

There are alternative travel options to Paris that can usually take longer:

In comparison, traveling by bus can take you on average 7 h 30 min.

In comparison, taking a flight requires on average 0 h 0 min   of travel time.

Paris is approximately 249 miles (402 km) away from Cologne.

The average frequency per day from Cologne to Paris is:

  • Around 4 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey between Cologne and Paris 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 Paris:

  • Most travelers catch their bus from Köln, Köln Bonn Airport (Fernbusbahnhof) and arrive in Paris, Quai de Bercy (Bercy Seine).
  • Most travelers take a flight from Cologne/Bonn Airport to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.
  • Most travelers catch their train from Köln Hbf and arrive in Paris Gare de Lyon.

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

  • You can travel between Cologne and Paris by bus with Flixbus. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $66 (€60) with Flixbus from Cologne to Paris.
  • You can travel by train from Cologne to Paris with Deutsche Bahn, and you can find Deutsche Bahn Cologne to Paris tickets for $74 (€68) on Omio.

Yes, there are direct routes from Cologne to Paris with the following travel companies:

  • You can check for a direct train to Paris with Thalys with 4 direct trains per day.

Direct services to Paris 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 journey.

Many of our customers who book a trip from Cologne to Paris often extend their vacation and travel to other popular destinations like London, Barcelona or Amsterdam. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Cologne and Paris itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Paris and any of these top destinations today!

Before traveling from Cologne to Paris, it’s good to know what ticket you can purchase and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • A bus ticket for this journey costs on average $66 (€60) one way.
  • A plane ticket for this journey is costing $5 (€5) one way on average.
  • A train ticket for this journey costs on average $74 (€68) one way.

But we recommend booking Cologne to Paris tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

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