How to travel from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne

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Travel Information from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne

distanceDistance94 miles (152 km)
modeAvailable travel modesTrain, bus or flight
priceTicket price range$10 - $96
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $10 (€9) • 2 h
fastestFastest modeFlight • $96 (€83) • 45 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixBus or Deutsche Bahn

Travel 94 miles (152 km) by train, bus or flight between Frankfurt am Main and 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 Frankfurt am Main to Cologne.

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from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne

How to get from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne by train, bus or flight.

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

FlixBus
09:30AM2h10
Frankfurt am Main
11:40AMKöln, Flughafen
$221One-way
0 transfers
Cheapest
STUDENT AGENCY k.s.
05:25AM2h40
Frankfurt am Main
08:05AMCologne
$141One-way
0 transfers
Fastest
FlixBus
01:40AM1h55
Frankfurt, Flughafen Terminal 2
03:35AMKöln, Flughafen
$221One-way
0 transfers
Other options
Deutsche Bahn
09:09AM2h34
Frankfurt (Main) Hbf
11:43AMCologne Hbf
$461One-way
0 transfers
Deutsche Bahn
10:09AM2h34
Frankfurt (Main) Hbf
12:43PMCologne Hbf
$461One-way
0 transfers
Deutsche Bahn
05:46AM2h30
Frankfurt (Main) Hbf
08:16AMCologne Hbf
$301One-way
0 transfers
FlixBus
10:00AM2h10
Frankfurt am Main
12:10PMKöln, Flughafen
$261One-way
0 transfers
FlixBus
11:00AM2h10
Frankfurt am Main
01:10PMKöln, Flughafen
$221One-way
0 transfers
FlixBus
08:15AM2h15
Frankfurt am Main
10:30AMKöln, Flughafen
$221One-way
0 transfers

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Travel from Frankfurt to Cologne: Journey Details

There are no practical or economical methods of flying between the cities of Frankfurt am Main and Cologne; however, the journey can be made by either bus and train. Making the journey by train is slightly quicker than by bus for travelers in Germany, but both have direct routes leaving and arriving in the city centers of Frankfurt and Cologne.

Return trips from Cologne to Frankfurt are also available.

How to get from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne, 85,60% 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 Frankfurt am Main 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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Buses from Frankfurt to Cologne

There are 11 daily direct buses from Frankfurt to Cologne are operated by Postbus, Eurolines, Megabus, RegioJet, and SemiTimes with journey times of between 2 and 4 hours. Departures commence at around 3:00 a.m. and continue until just before 8:00 p.m. Postbus, RegioJet and Eurolines depart from Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof and terminate at Cologne Flughafen Station. Semi Times buses leave from Frankfurt Sudbahnhof and finish on Gummersbacherstrasse while Megabus departures are from Pforzheimerstrasse into Flughafen. All departure and arrival points are within walking distance of tourist attractions and conveniently located to join the cities' efficient public transport networks.

Trains from Frankfurt to Cologne

Direct Deutsche Bahn trains from Frankfurt to Cologne commence at just before 4:00 a.m. with frequent departures throughout the day until around 11:30 p.m. The journey takes approximately 1.5 hours. Trains depart from Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof which is well situated for the city center's transport network of S and U-Bahn trains, buses and night buses. Trains arrive at Cologne Hauptbahnhof, located next to the cathedral and linked to the rest of the city by local buses and the Cologne Stadtbahn light rail system. Both stations have car rentals and taxis.

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All travel companies: Train and Bus from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne

Find the best route to Cologne from Frankfurt am Main with Omio's travel partners Deutsche Bahn, BlaBlaCar Bus and FlixBus! You'll find the best deals, schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the most popular journey for you.

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 Frankfurt am Main. 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.

    BlaBlaCar Bus (formerly known as Ouibus or iDBUS), a subsidiary of the popular French carpooling company, BlaBlaCar, is a travel company operating long-distance services in 10 countries in Europe. Founded in France, BlaBlaCar Bus provides connections to over 300 destinations. Standard amenities on the travel include air conditioning, toilets, USB and power outlets for charging phones, tablets and laptops during long travel journeys, extra legroom and adjustable seats. On select routes there is also free Wi-Fi available. BlaBlaCar Bus offers only the Standard ticket for all its routes, which allows you to bring one carry-on bag and up to two checked bags per person.

      FAQs: Travel from Frankfurt am Main 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 Frankfurt am Main to Cologne.
      FAQs

      There are 3 ways to get from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne: train, bus or flight.

      The cheapest way to go to Cologne from Frankfurt am Main is by taking a bus, which costs on average $10 (€9).

      This is compared to other ways of getting from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne:

      Taking a bus costs $85 (€74) less than taking a flight, which average ticket prices of $96 (€83).

      Taking a bus costs $20 (€17) less than taking a train, which average ticket prices of $30 (€26).

      The fastest way from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne is by flight with an average journey time of 45 min.

      There are alternative travel options to Cologne that take longer:

      Getting to Cologne by bus takes 2 h on average.

      Train takes on average 51 min.

      You should expect to travel around 94 miles (152 km) between Frankfurt am Main and Cologne.

      The average frequency per day from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne is:

      • 16 buses per day.
      • Around 25 trains per day.

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

      These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne:

      • Buses mostly leave from Frankfurt am Main, Flughafen Frankfurt (Terminal 1 - Busparkplatz P36) and tend to arrive in Cologne, Siegburger Street (Access Tankstelle).
      • Flights most often depart from Frankfurt am Main at Frankfurt am Main Airport and arrive in Cologne at Cologne Bonn Airport.
      • Trains mostly depart from Frankfurt am Main Flughafen and arrive in Cologne Hbf.

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

      • You can travel by bus between Frankfurt am Main and Cologne with FlixBus, BlaBlaCar, BlaBlaCar Bus, STUDENT AGENCY k. S. Globtour Medjugorjie or Infobus, and you can find STUDENT AGENCY k. S. Frankfurt am Main to Cologne tickets for $10 (€9) on Omio.
      • You can travel by train to Cologne from Frankfurt am Main with Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain or Hessische Landesbahn, and you can find Deutsche Bahn Frankfurt am Main to Cologne tickets for $30 (€26) on Omio.

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

      • Direct buses with FlixBus or STUDENT AGENCY k. S. With 15 direct buses per day.
      • Direct trains with Deutsche Bahn with 24 direct trains 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 Frankfurt am Main.

      Omio customers who travel from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne often also extend their vacation to go to Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam or Brussels. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Cologne and these popular destinations at a great price.
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