How to travel from Dortmund to Cologne

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from Dortmund to Cologne

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

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To get from Dortmund to Cologne on Dec 07 we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

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06:35PMDortmund Hbf1h10 07:45PMCologne Messe/Deutz
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Travel Information to Cologne from Dortmund

distanceDistance45 miles (73 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$13 - $18
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $13 (€12) • 1 h 35 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $18 (€16) • 1 h 9 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or FlixTrain

Travel 45 miles (73 km) by bus, ferry, flight or train from Dortmund to Cologne. The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Flixbus or FlixTrain among others. Travelers can even take a direct from Dortmund to Cologne.

How to get from Dortmund to Cologne

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Dortmund to Cologne, 79,25% 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 Dortmund to Cologne 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 Dortmund to Cologne

Travel Tips: Travel to Cologne 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 Dortmund to Cologne.

You can travel from Dortmund to Cologne 4 different ways: bus, ferry, flight or train.

The cheapest way to travel to Cologne from Dortmund is by taking a bus with an average price of $13 (€12).

This is compared to other travel options to Cologne:

A bus is $4 (€4) less than a train for this trip with tickets for a train from Dortmund to Cologne costing on average $18 (€16).

The fastest way to get to Cologne from Dortmund is by train with an average travel time of 1 h 9 min.

Other travel options to Cologne can usually take longer:

In comparison, getting to Cologne by bus can take on average 1 h 35 min.

The Dortmund to Cologne distance is around 45 miles (73 km).

The average frequency per day from Dortmund to Cologne is:

  • Around 1 bus per day.
  • 81 trains a day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route from Dortmund to Cologne 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 from Dortmund to Cologne:

  • Buses from Dortmund to Cologne most often leave from Dortmund, ZOB am Hbf and arrive in Köln, Köln Bonn Airport (Fernbusbahnhof).
  • Trains mostly leave from Dortmund Hbf and tend to arrive in Köln Hbf.

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

  • Travel with Flixbus to go to Cologne by bus. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Flixbus Dortmund to Cologne tickets on Omio for $13 (€12).
  • FlixTrain can take you to Cologne by train. If searching for a good deal on trains, you can find tickets for FlixTrain from Dortmund to Cologne for $18 (€16).
Your trip from Dortmund to Cologne doesn't have to end in Cologne. Many of our customers like to extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like Berlin, Amsterdam or Brussels. If you’d like to add Berlin, Amsterdam or Brussels to your Dortmund to Cologne tour, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Cologne today!

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

  • Bus tickets cost $13 (€12) one way on average.
  • Train tickets are costing $18 (€16) one way on average.

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

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