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Travel from Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf by train in 19 minutes

If you want to know more about the journey from Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf by train, look no further!

The average journey time from Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf by train is 24 minutes, although on the fastest services it can take just 19 minutes. You'll usually find 121 trains per day traveling the 33 km between these two destinations. Direct trains are usually available every day on the route to Düsseldorf. You're likely to be traveling with Thalys, ICE or DB to Düsseldorf. As the main train operators on this route, all offer plenty of space for luggage and comfortable seating as standard.

Book train tickets from Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf in advance instead of buying them on the day and they can start from $3.21. We'll always highlight the cheapest prices when you search in our Journey Planner.

Ready to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information, including our train schedule where you can view first and last train times, as well as tips on how to find cheap train tickets.

Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf by train

It takes an average of 24m to travel from Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf by train, over a distance of around 21 miles (33 km). There are normally 121 trains per day traveling from Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf and tickets for this journey start from $3.21 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 19m
PriceFrom $3.21
Distance21 miles (33 km)
Frequency121 trains per day
First train00:41
Last train23:53
Departure stationCologne (Germany)
Arrival stationDüsseldorf
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsDeutsche Bahn, Other, Thalys, Flixbus

Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf train times

Check out the next trains departing from Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf for mardi août 9 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
11:27 11:46 19m, direct
11:33 11:56 23m, direct
11:34 12:01 27m, direct
11:46 12:10 24m, direct
11:52 12:19 27m, direct
12:09 12:31 22m, direct
12:17 12:36 19m, direct
12:22 12:45 23m, direct
12:34 13:01 27m, direct
12:43 13:10 27m, direct

Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express), FlixTrain and IC (Intercity) trains from Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf

You can travel from Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf on Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express), FlixTrain and IC (Intercity) 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.

PhotoNelso Silva, under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The high-speed train of Deutsche Bahn, with a maximum speed of 205 mph (330 km/h), the ICE connects major cities and is also used for international travel to neighbouring countries such as Austria, France and Denmark. This train is equipped with air conditioning, a dining car, a children's compartment and power sockets. Passengers enjoy a free WiFi connection throughout the duration of the ICE trip.

Operating alongside its sister coach company FlixBus since 2018, FlixTrain provides cheap intercity connections using 100% green energy. The main routes served by FlixTrain are Cologne-Hamburg, Aachen-Cologne-Berlin, and Berlin-Stuttgart. The network will expand in future to include more routes to Munich and Leipzig. FlixTrain carriages are fitted with free WiFi and power outlets or USB charge points. Plus, every ticket comes with a seat reservation, guaranteeing you a seat for the journey.

PhotoFalk2, under licence CC4.0

An express train running on German domestic routes, the Intercity is a little slower than the ICE and is also used for long distance trips. The integrated circuit covers long distances with a maximum speed of 125 mph (200 km/h). In recent years, trains of the new generation "Intercity 2" run on some lines at 100 mph (160 km/h) only – these trains, however, offer extra legroom and extra space for toddlers. They are also equipped with air conditioning, a food carriage and wheelchair parking spaces.

Cheap train tickets from Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf

The price of train tickets from Cologne (Germany) to Düsseldorf starts at $3.21 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.

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 24 minutes, with around 121 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 19 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 $3.21 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 121 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 00:41. 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 23:53. 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 08/09/2022. 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 08/06/2022 for travel on 08/06/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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