How to get from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne by train, bus or flight.
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.
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|Distance||94 miles (152 km)|
|Available travel modes||Bus or train|
|Ticket price range||$11 - $23|
|Cheapest mode||Bus • $11 (€10) • 2 h 50 min|
|Fastest mode||Train • $23 (€20) • 2 h 45 min|
|Popular travel companies||STUDENT AGENCY k. S. Or Deutsche Bahn|
Travel 94 miles (152 km) by bus or train to Cologne from Frankfurt am Main. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 2 h 45 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $11 (€10). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are STUDENT AGENCY k. S. Or Deutsche Bahn among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne.
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.
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.
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.
You can travel by train or bus for as low as $10 (€9). When you search for schedules and tickets, Omio will show you the best journey.
Deutsche Bahn is a German train company that operates trains throughout the country including trains between Frankfurt am Main and Cologne. It offers a wide range of services, including high-speed InterCity Express (ICE) trains, regional trains, and night trains. ICE trains are the fastest and most comfortable way to travel, with speeds of up to 300 km/h. Regional trains are slower but offer more frequent stops and are ideal for shorter trips. Night trains are a great way to save time and money, with comfortable sleeping compartments and couchettes. Deutsche Bahn offers a variety of ticket types, including single tickets, day tickets, and group tickets. Onboard facilities include free Wi-Fi, power outlets, and a variety of food and beverage options. The most popular routes for Deutsche Bahn are between major cities such as Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, and Frankfurt. Other popular routes include Cologne to Stuttgart, Berlin to Dresden, and Hamburg to Cologne.
FlixBus is one of Europe's leading low-cost travel companies, founded in Germany and offering long-distance travel services in Europe and the U. S. FlixBus also operates overnight travel on select routes throughout Europe. Standard amenities on FlixBus include free Wi-Fi, power outlets to charge your phone, tablet or laptop during long travel journeys, extra legroom, luggage space and toilets. You can even purchase snacks and drinks onboard. FlixBus offers only the Standard ticket for all its routes, which allows you to bring one carry-on luggage and one checked bag per person. Additional fees apply for extra luggage and specific seat reservations, such as if you want to book an Extra Seat, Table Seat or the Panorama Seat.
There are 2 travel options to Cologne from Frankfurt am Main. You can take a bus or train.
The cheapest way to travel from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne is a bus with an average price of $11 (€10).
This is compared to other travel options from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne:
A bus is $12 (€10) less than a train for this route with tickets for a train from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne costing on average $23 (€20).
The quickest way to travel from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne is by train, which takes on average 2 h 45 min compared to other travel options that take longer:
Taking a bus requires on average 2 h 50 min of travel time.
The distance from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne is approximately 94 miles (152 km).
The average frequency per day from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne is:
However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne as scheduled services by bus or train can vary by season or day of the week.
These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne:
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Yes, there are direct routes from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne with the following travel companies:
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.
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