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Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf by train

It takes an average of 31m to travel from Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf by train, over a distance of around 21 miles (33 km). There are normally 105 trains per day travelling from Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf and tickets for this journey start from $3.81 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 22m
Price$3.81 - $39.32
Distance21 miles (33 km)
Frequency105 trains per day
Departure stationCologne (Germany)
Arrival stationDüsseldorf
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsDeutsche Bahn, Thalys, Flixbus

Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf train times

Check out the next trains departing from Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf for Tuesday Mar 2nd 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
11:40 00:12 32m, direct
11:48 00:22 34m, 1 change
00:01 00:26 25m, direct
00:08 00:38 30m, 1 change
00:27 00:49 22m, direct
00:33 01:06 33m, 1 change
00:40 01:12 32m, direct
00:50 01:14 24m, direct
00:53 01:17 24m, direct
00:58 01:29 31m, direct

Deutsche Bahn and Thalys trains from Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf

You can travel from Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf on Deutsche Bahn and Thalys trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

PhotoJoachimKohlerBremen, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

The Deutsche Bahn Group is owned by the German State and controls the majority of rail traffic in Germany as well as in many border regions of the country. Every year, Deutsche Bahn transports several million passengers and many stations in Germany are served exclusively by DB trains, including the ICE, IC and EC fleet.

Thalys is the railway company connecting four European countries – France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Thalys trains run at a speed of up to 186 mph (300 km/h) and have three comfort classes on all services called – Standard, Comfort and Premium (equivalent to the First Class, with access to the Thalys Lounge). All Thalys trains have a car restaurant (called Thalys Welcome Bar) and a free WiFi connection.

Cheap train tickets from Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf

The price of train tickets from Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf starts at $3.81 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.
lowest price found
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price$18.40
on the day
avg. single price$18.42

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf

Want to know more about your journey from Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf take?

The average journey time by train between Cologne (Germany) and Düsseldorf is 31 minutes, with around 105 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Cologne (Germany) and Düsseldorf by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf is 22 minutes.

How much does the train from Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf cost?

Train tickets from Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf can start from as little as $3.81 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf without having to change trains. There are 85 direct trains from Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf leave?

The first train from Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf leaves at 11:08. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf leave?

The last train from Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf leaves at 10:58. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Cologne (Germany) and Düsseldorf by train?

Trains travelling from Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf cover a distance of around 21 miles (33 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Düsseldorf to Cologne (Germany).
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf for a typical week day using timetable data for 03/02/2021. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 02/22/2021 for travel on 02/12/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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