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from Erfurt to Cologne

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

Our recommendation

To get from Erfurt to Cologne on Sep 26 we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

08:33AMErfurt Hbf6h05 02:38PMCologne Hbf
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11:41PMErfurt Hbf6h24 06:05AMCologne Hbf
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07:18AMErfurt Hbf5h20 12:38PMCologne Hbf
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08:17AMErfurt Hbf3h48 12:05PMCologne Hbf
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09:30AMErfurt Hbf4h03 01:33PMCologne Hbf
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Sep 26
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Sep 29
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Oct 1
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Travel Information from Erfurt to Cologne

distanceDistance177 miles (285 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or train
priceTicket price range$30 - $37
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $30 (€24) • 5 h 55 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $37 (€30) • 3 h 25 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or Deutsche Bahn

Take a bus or train to travel 177 miles (285 km) from Erfurt to Cologne. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 3 h 25 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $30 (€24). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Flixbus or Deutsche Bahn among others. Travelers can even take a direct train from Erfurt to Cologne.

Travel Tips

Travel from Erfurt to Cologne
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.
How do I reach Cologne from Erfurt?

There are 2 travel options from Erfurt to Cologne: bus or train.

What is the cheapest way to go from Erfurt to Cologne?

The cheapest way to travel from Erfurt to Cologne is by taking a bus with an average price of $30 (€24).

This is compared to other travel options to Cologne:

Taking a bus is about $7 (€6) less than taking a train, which costs on average $37 (€30) for this route.

What is the quickest way to get from Erfurt to Cologne?

The quickest way to travel to Cologne from Erfurt is by train, which takes on average 3 h 25 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 5 h 55 min   of travel time.

How far is it from Erfurt to Cologne?

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

How many services a day are there from Erfurt to Cologne?

The average frequency per day from Erfurt to Cologne is:

  • Around 16 trains per day.

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

Where do I depart from Erfurt? Where do I arrive in Cologne?

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

  • Most travelers who book a bus ticket from Erfurt to Cologne depart from Erfurt Hbf to Köln, Köln Bonn Airport.
  • Most travelers board their train from Erfurt Hbf and arrive in Köln Hbf.
Which travel operators can get me to Cologne from Erfurt?

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

  • Travel with Flixbus for buses to Cologne. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Flixbus Erfurt to Cologne tickets on Omio for $30 (€24).
  • Deutsche Bahn can take you to Cologne by train. If searching for a good deal on trains, you can find tickets for Deutsche Bahn from Erfurt to Cologne for $37 (€30).
Is there a way to travel directly from Erfurt to Cologne?

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

  • You can find 16 direct trains per day to Cologne with Deutsche Bahn.

Direct services to Cologne 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 route.

What other popular destinations should I add to my itinerary for my trip from Erfurt to Cologne?
Your trip from Erfurt 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 Erfurt to Cologne tour, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Cologne today!
How early should I buy Erfurt to Cologne tickets online to score the best deals?

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

  • Bus tickets are costing $30 (€24) one way on average.
  • Train tickets are costing on average $37 (€30) one way.

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


Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Erfurt Hbf
Erfurt, Hauptbahnhof, Steig 7

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