How to travel from Hanover to Cologne

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Travel Information from Hanover to Cologne

distanceDistance154 miles (249 km)
modeAvailable travel modesTrain, bus or flight
priceTicket price range$14 - $165
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $14 (€12) • 3 h 22 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $14 (€12) • 2 h 35 min
carriersPopular travel companiesBlaBlaCar or Deutsche Bahn

Take a train, bus or flight to travel 154 miles (249 km) from Hanover to Cologne. The most popular travel companies which serve this route are BlaBlaCar or Deutsche Bahn among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Hanover to Cologne.

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from Hanover to Cologne

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

Our recommendation

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

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How to get from Hanover to Cologne

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Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Hanover to Cologne, 69,81% 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 Hanover 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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Deutsche Bahn

All travel companies: Train and Bus from Hanover to Cologne

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

Deutsche Bahn (DB) is Germany’s main provider of travel services and makes on average about 40,000 domestic and international journeys per day. Deutsche Bahn’s fleet of travel includes the high-speed ICE (Intercity Express) as well as the IC (Intercity), EC (Eurocity), IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional Express) and RB (Regionalbahn), which differ in terms of comfort and the time needed to travel. For example, while toilets are standard amenities, services like onboard restaurants or free WiFi are only available on certain train types and routes. Deutsche Bahn is well-known for its wide range of fares like Super Saver, Saver, and Flexible and discount cards like the Bahncard 25, 50 and 100, which you can also use for your Hanover to Cologne 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 Hanover 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 Hanover to Cologne.

      There are 3 options to travel to Cologne from Hanover including taking a train, bus or flight.

      The cheapest way to go to Cologne from Hanover is by taking a bus, which costs on average $14 (€12).

      This is compared to other ways of getting from Hanover to Cologne:

      Taking a bus costs $151 (€131) less than taking a flight, which costs on average $165 (€143) for the same trip.

      A bus is $1 (€1) less than a train with an average ticket price of $14 (€12) from Hanover to Cologne.

      The fastest way from Hanover to Cologne is by train with an average journey time of 2 h 35 min.

      There are alternative travel options to Cologne that take longer:

      Getting to Cologne by bus takes 3 h 22 min on average.

      Flight takes on average 3 h 5 min.

      The distance from Hanover to Cologne is approximately 154 miles (249 km).

      The average frequency per day from Hanover to Cologne is:

      • Around 3 buses per day.
      • Around 12 trains per day.

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

      • Buses most often depart from Hanover at Hanover Central Station and arrive in Cologne at Cologne, Siegburger Street (Access Tankstelle).
      • Flights most often depart from Hanover at Hannover Airport and arrive in Cologne at Cologne Bonn Airport.
      • Trains from Hanover to Cologne most often leave from Hanover Hbf and arrive in Cologne Hbf.

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

      • You can take a bus from Hanover to Cologne with BlaBlaCar or FlixBus. Cheap tickets can be found for $14 (€12) with FlixBus from Hanover to Cologne.
      • You can take a train from Hanover to Cologne with Deutsche Bahn or FlixTrain. Cheap tickets can be found for $14 (€12) with FlixTrain from Hanover to Cologne.

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

      • 2 direct buses per day with FlixBus.
      • Direct train available with Deutsche Bahn or FlixTrain 9 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 from Hanover to Cologne.

      Your trip from Hanover to Cologne doesn't have to end in Cologne. Many of our customers like to extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Brussels or Frankfurt am Main. If you’d like to add Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Brussels or Frankfurt am Main to your Hanover to Cologne tour, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Cologne today!

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