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Take the train from Cologne to Calais in 11 hours 33 minutes

If you want to travel from Cologne to Calais by train, you've come to the right place.

You can expect the journey from Cologne to Calais by train to take around 16 hours 52 minutes. If you want to get there as quickly as possible, it can take as little as 11 hours 33 minutes on the fastest services. You'll usually find around 16 trains per day running on this route, which spans 845 km. You'll have to make 3 changes along the way on your journey to Calais. TGV, SNCF or Trenitalia are the main rail operators on this route, all of which offer modern trains with plenty of space for luggage and comfortable seating.

Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to search for cheap ticket prices and we'll show you how much you can save. Tickets from Cologne to Calais start from $98.19 when you book in advance.

If you want to know more about the journey, keep reading for train schedules, tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs, including first and last train times. Want to go straight to booking? Start a search with us today!

Cologne to Calais by train

It takes an average of 16h 52m to travel from Cologne to Calais by train, over a distance of around 525 miles (845 km). There are normally 16 trains per day traveling from Cologne to Calais and tickets for this journey start from $98.19 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 11h 33m
PriceFrom $98.19
Distance525 miles (845 km)
Frequency16 trains per day
First train06:20
Last train22:30
Departure stationCologne
Arrival stationCalais
Changes3 changes
Train and bus operatorsSNCF, Trenord, Trenitalia

Cologne to Calais train times

Check out the next trains departing from Cologne to Calais for Tuesday Dec 13th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
08:40 21:13 12h 33m, 3 changes
09:40 21:13 11h 33m, 4 changes
12:40 07:43 19h 3m, 3 changes
13:20 07:43 18h 23m, 4 changes
14:20 09:24 19h 4m, 6 changes
14:40 09:24 18h 44m, 8 changes
16:40 12:26 19h 46m, 3 changes
16:40 13:13 20h 33m, 3 changes
17:40 12:26 18h 46m, 6 changes
18:40 13:13 18h 33m, 6 changes

Trenitalia, SNCF, TGV and TER trains from Cologne to Calais

You can travel from Cologne to Calais on Trenitalia, SNCF, TGV and TER 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.

Trenitalia is the national railway company of Italy, with a fleet including high-speed trains (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento and Frecciabianca), Intercity and Intercity night trains and regional trains. Trenitalia offers discounts and special promotions on selected routes, two types of discounted tickets for young people under 30 and people over 60.

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SNCF is the national train operator of France. It operates all domestic trains and routes across France, as well as international services to Spain and Germany. There are three different types of domestic trains that operate under the SNCF banner – TGV (high-speed, full-service trains that connect the major cities in France), Intercités (usually a more frequent stopping service, but with all the amenities), and TER (regional train services with basic onboard facilities).

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TGV is the high-speed train service of the SNCF company. It connects the major cities of France at speeds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h). All TGV trains are equipped with a food carriage, a free WiFi connection, power sockets and fold-down tables. Two comfort classes are offered – First Class and Second Class, with flexible fare options available and access to the Grand Voyageur lounge in some stations.

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TER (Transport Express Régional) trains are the regional service from SNCF that allow you to make trips to nearby towns and villages located within the same region. With 20 regions in France, TER trains are ideal for travelling to destinations not covered by high-speed services, although ticket prices vary between each region. TER trains have dedicated spaces for bicycles and allow animals on board. Not all TER trains include a First Class carriage.

Cheap train tickets from Cologne to Calais

The price of train tickets from Cologne to Calais starts at $98.19 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 to Calais 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 to Calais

Want to know more about your journey from Cologne to Calais? 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 to Calais take?

The average journey time by train between Cologne and Calais is 16 hours and 52 minutes, with around 16 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 and Calais by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Cologne to Calais is 11 hours and 33 minutes.

How much does the train from Cologne to Calais cost?

Train tickets from Cologne to Calais can start from as little as $98.19 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 to Calais?

No, there are no direct train services from Cologne to Calais. Travelling from Cologne to Calais by train will require a minimum of 3 changes.

What time does the first train from Cologne to Calais leave?

The first train from Cologne to Calais leaves at 06:20. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Cologne to Calais leave?

The last train from Cologne to Calais leaves at 22:30. 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 and Calais by train?

Trains travelling from Cologne to Calais cover a distance of around 525 miles (845 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Calais to Cologne.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Cologne to Calais for a typical week day using timetable data for 12/13/2022. 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 10/17/2022 for travel on 10/17/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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