How to travel from Erfurt to Cologne

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Travel Information between Erfurt and Cologne

distanceDistance177 miles (285 km)
modeAvailable travel modesTrain or bus
priceTicket price range$21 - $23
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • $21 (€18) • 3 h 25 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $21 (€18) • 3 h 25 min
carriersPopular travel companiesBlaBlaCar or Deutsche Bahn

Travel 177 miles (285 km) by train or bus between Erfurt and Cologne. The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are BlaBlaCar or Deutsche Bahn among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Erfurt to Cologne.

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from Erfurt to Cologne

How to get from Erfurt to Cologne by train, bus or flight.

Our recommendation

The best way to travel from Erfurt to Cologne is by taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

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Deutsche Bahn

All travel companies: Train and Bus from Erfurt to Cologne

Find the best trip to Cologne from Erfurt with Deutsche Bahn and FlixBus. Comparing schedules and prices and booking the most affordable trip has never been easier with over 1000 travel companies on Omio.

Deutsche Bahn (DB) is the main provider of travel services in Germany, making on average 40,000 journeys per day. A special feature of Deutsche Bahn is its wide range of ticket types, savings offers including Super Saver, Saver, and Flexible fares and discount cards like the Bahncard 25, 50 and 100, which you can also use for your travel to Cologne from Erfurt. DB uses different types of travel such as the ICE (Intercity Express), IC (Intercity), EC (Eurocity), IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional Express) and RB (Regionalbahn) on its routes, which differ in terms of comfort and the time required to travel. For example, while bathrooms are standard amenities, services like an onboard restaurant or free WiFi are only available on certain travel.

    FlixBus is one of the most popular low-cost travel companies in Europe. Founded in Germany, FlixBus has expanded its services throughout Europe and even to the United States, giving travelers in both continents the option to take a long-distance travel at an affordable price. FlixBus also operates overnight travel on select routes throughout Europe. FlixBus offers only the Standard ticket for all its routes, which allows you to bring one carry-on bag and one checked bag per person. Additional fees apply for bringing extra luggage and making specific seat reservations, such as if you want to book an Extra Seat, Table Seat or the Panorama Seat. Standard amenities onboard include free Wi-Fi, power outlets to charge your phone, tablet or laptop during long travel journeys, extra legroom, luggage space and toilets.

      FAQs: Travel from Erfurt to Cologne

      FAQs: 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 Erfurt to Cologne.

      There are 2 options to travel between Erfurt and Cologne including taking a train or bus.

      The cheapest way to get from Erfurt to Cologne is by taking a train with average ticket prices of $21 (€18) compared to other travel options to Cologne:

      Taking a train costs $2 (€2) less than taking a bus, which costs on average $23 (€20) for the same trip.

      The fastest way to get to Cologne from Erfurt is by train with an average travel time of 3 h 25 min.

      Other travel options to Cologne take longer:

      Getting to Cologne by bus takes 5 h 15 min on average.

      The Erfurt to Cologne distance is around 177 miles (285 km).

      The average frequency per day from Erfurt to Cologne is:

      • Around 2 buses per day.
      • Around 4 trains per day.

      However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route between Erfurt and Cologne as scheduled services by train or bus can vary by season or day of the week.

      These are the most popular departure and arrival points when traveling from Erfurt to Cologne:

      • Most travelers take a bus from Erfurt Hbf to Cologne, Siegburger Street (Access Tankstelle).
      • Most travelers who buy a train ticket from Erfurt to Cologne depart from Erfurt Hbf to Cologne Hbf.

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

      • You can travel to Cologne from Erfurt by bus with BlaBlaCar or FlixBus. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $23 (€20) with FlixBus from Erfurt to Cologne.
      • You can travel by train from Erfurt to Cologne with Deutsche Bahn, and you can find Deutsche Bahn Erfurt to Cologne tickets for $21 (€18) on Omio.

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

      • Direct trains with Deutsche Bahn with 1 direct train per day.

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

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

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