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Take the train from Cologne to Katowice in 15 hours 19 minutes

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

You can expect the journey from Cologne to Katowice by train to take around 17 hours 14 minutes. If you want to get there as quickly as possible, it can take as little as 15 hours 19 minutes on the fastest services. You'll usually find around 4 trains per day running on this route, which spans 853 km. You'll have to make 3 changes along the way on your journey to Katowice. Frecciargento, Trenitalia or ÖBB 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 Katowice start from $66.64 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 Katowice by train

It takes an average of 17h 14m to travel from Cologne to Katowice by train, over a distance of around 530 miles (853 km). There are normally 4 trains per day traveling from Cologne to Katowice and tickets for this journey start from $66.64 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 15h 19m
PriceFrom $66.64
Distance530 miles (853 km)
Frequency4 trains per day
First train07:40
Last train21:40
Departure stationCologne
Arrival stationKatowice
Changes3 changes
Train and bus operatorsRegiojet, Trenitalia, ÖBB, Trenord, Italo

Cologne to Katowice train times

Check out the next trains departing from Cologne to Katowice for Tuesday Dec 13th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
06:40 21:59 15h 19m, 3 changes
08:40 03:34 18h 54m, 4 changes
17:40 09:54 16h 14m, 4 changes
20:40 15:10 18h 30m, 3 changes

Italo, Trenitalia, Frecciargento and ÖBB trains from Cologne to Katowice

You can travel from Cologne to Katowice on Italo, Trenitalia, Frecciargento and ÖBB 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.

Italo is a high-speed train operator that runs services between many of the major cities across Italy. All Italo trains are modern, air conditioned, and have free WiFi available for all travellers. There are four comfort classes, or "ambiances", as Italo like to call them – Smart (the cheapest price), Comfort (with wider seats and extra legroom), Prima (with a welcome selection of food and drink, fast track boarding and extra space), and Executive Club (with all Prima services, extra-wide seats, access to Italo Club lounges and personal entertainment screens at your seat).

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.

PhotoRob Dammers, under licence CC 2.0

Frecciargento "silver arrow" high-speed trains connect the main cities of the north-west, central and southern Italy at speeds of up to 155 mph (250 km/h). All Frecciargento trains are equipped with a food carriage, free WiFi, reclining seats and power sockets. There are two levels of service – First Class and Second Class. First Class travellers can enjoy reclining leather seats, welcome service with drink and a sweet or savoury snack, and a free morning newspaper.

ÖBB is the major railway company for Austria, subdivided into several subsidiaries, responsible for certain areas of transport, such as long distance and local transport, the operation of postal buses and the transport of goods. Railjet is ÖBB's high-speed train, which travels at speeds of up to 143 mph (230 km/h) and connects the main Austrian cities with Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Italy.

Cheap train tickets from Cologne to Katowice

The price of train tickets from Cologne to Katowice starts at $66.64 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 Katowice 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 Katowice

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

The average journey time by train between Cologne and Katowice is 17 hours and 14 minutes, with around 4 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 Katowice by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Cologne to Katowice is 15 hours and 19 minutes.

How much does the train from Cologne to Katowice cost?

Train tickets from Cologne to Katowice can start from as little as $66.64 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 Katowice?

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

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

The first train from Cologne to Katowice leaves at 07:40. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Cologne to Katowice leaves at 21:40. 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 Katowice by train?

Trains travelling from Cologne to Katowice cover a distance of around 530 miles (853 km) during the journey.

The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Cologne to Katowice 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 10/02/2018 for travel on 10/02/2018 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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