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Take the train from Cologne to Linz in 9 hours 31 minutes

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

You can expect the journey from Cologne to Linz by train to take around 10 hours 54 minutes. If you want to get there as quickly as possible, it can take as little as 9 hours 31 minutes on the fastest services. You'll usually find around 11 trains per day running on this route, which spans 448 km. You'll have to make 2 changes along the way on your journey to Linz. Both ÖBB and WESTbahn trains operate on this route, offering modern comfortable services with plenty of room for luggage as standard.

Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to search for cheap ticket prices – we'll show you how much you can save on train tickets from Cologne to Linz if 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 Linz by train

First train

12:20 am

Last train

10:40 pm

Departure station

Cologne

Arrival station

Linz

Journey time

From 9h 31m

Distance

278 miles (448 km)

Frequency

11 trains per day

Changes

2 changes

Train and bus operators

ÖBB, Italo, Trenord, Westbahn

Cologne to Linz train times

Check out the next trains departing from Cologne to Linz for lundi juin 3 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
11:20 pm 2:34 pm 15h 14m, 5 changes
5:44 am 3:15 pm 9h 31m, 3 changes
7:40 am 5:15 pm 9h 35m, 3 changes
8:40 am 6:15 pm 9h 35m, 4 changes
9:40 am 8:15 pm 10h 35m, 4 changes
11:40 am 9:15 pm 9h 35m, 3 changes
12:40 pm 10:18 pm 9h 38m, 4 changes
5:40 pm 3:30 am 9h 50m, 3 changes
5:40 pm 4:58 am 11h 18m, 2 changes
8:40 pm 7:15 am 10h 35m, 2 changes

Italo, ÖBB and WESTbahn trains from Cologne to Linz

You can travel from Cologne to Linz on Italo, ÖBB and WESTbahn 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).

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.

PhotoGT1976, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

WESTbahn is Austria's first private long-distance rail company with trains running from Vienna to Salzburg via St. Pölten, Amstetten, Linz, Wels and Attnang-Puchheim. This route is one of the most important in Austria, covering a distance of around 155 miles (250 km) and a duration of about 2h 30m. The company offers many discounted fares, allows travel with pets and bicycles and has no baggage restrictions.

Italo, Trenord and WESTbahn classes from Cologne to Linz

Compare the different travel classes offered by Italo, Trenord and WESTbahn when traveling from Cologne to Linz.

Onboard services on Italo, Trenord and WESTbahn

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Cologne to Linz.

LuggageLuggageBaggage
  • You can take your bags on board free of charge. If you have a small bag or backpack, you can place it under your seat.
  • If you’re traveling with a larger bag, you can place it on the luggage racks above your seat.
  • In most cases, there are no baggage size limits. However, if you travel in Italo Smart, your bags must not be larger than 75 x 53 x 30cm (29.5 x 20.8 x 11.8 inches).
RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

While there’s no bar or restaurant car on Italo trains, you can use the vending machines on board to get snacks and drinks during your journey.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment
  • Italo trains offer free WiFi and a free entertainment portal called ItaloLive, where you can choose from a wide selection of movies, TV series, live news, eBooks, games, music, and podcasts.
  • You can also charge your devices thanks to the power outlets that are available at your seat.
ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children
  • Kids aged 0-3 travel for free on Italo trains if they don’t occupy a seat. However, if an adult travels with more than one child aged 0-3, they will need to pay for a seat.
  • Children aged 2-14 get 50% off the Flex fare if they’re traveling in Italo’s Smart Class.
ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes
  • You can travel with a folding bike if it’s stored in one of the dedicated luggage racks.
  • You can travel with a traditional bike if it’s disassembled and placed in a bag that is not larger than 80 x 110 x 40cm (31.4 x 43.3 x 15.7 inches).
PetPetPets
  • Pets under 10kg (22 lbs) can travel for free on all Italo trains provided they’re placed in a carrier or cage
  • Pets over 10kg (22 lbs) will need a ticket to travel with you. They must also be kept on a leash and equipped with a muzzle.
WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

Priority seats for passengers with reduced mobility are available on Italo trains. They’re usually located next to an accessible toilet. All accessible toilets also have tactile and Braille signs.

InfoInfoOther

Air-conditioning is available on all Italo trains, as well as power outlets at every seat.

LuggageLuggageBaggage
  • You can take your bags on board Trenord trains free of charge, provided their dimensions do not exceed 80 x 110 x 40cm (31.4 x 43.3 x 15.7 inches).
  • You’ll need to make sure that your baggage is compatible with the space available on board.
RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

At the moment, a restaurant service is not available on Trenord trains. However, you can take your own food on board so pick up some snacks at the station before you set off.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

Trenord do not offer an entertainment portal on board. However, you can make use of your internet data, as well as charge your devices thanks to the power outlets that are available at your seat.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

Kids under 4 travel for free on all Trenord trains if they don’t occupy a seat and sit on an adult’s lap. Children aged 4-13 get 50% off the standard fare.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes
  • Each passenger can take only one bike onboard Trenord trains.
  • Folding bikes and scooters that do not exceed the maximum dimensions of 80 x 120 x 45cm (31.4 x 47.2 x 17.7 inches) are allowed on board free of charge.
  • If you can’t fold your bike, you may be able to take it onboard some Trenord trains. However, you’ll need to buy a ticket both for you and for your bike.
  • Please note that the last cars of some trains are only reserved for bikes of those working in the food delivery sector.
PetPetPets
  • Small pets can travel on all Trenord trains free of charge, if they’re placed in a carrier of max dimensions of 70 x 30 x 50cm (27.5 x 11.8 x 19.6 inches).
  • Bigger dogs are allowed on all trains if they have a ticket for unlimited travel for the whole day you’re traveling. They need to be kept on a leash and equipped with a muzzle.
  • Guide and assistance dogs are allowed on all trains at no additional cost.
  • Pets are not allowed on board on weekdays from 7 am to 9.30 am and from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm.
WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

Passengers with disabilities can:

  • Request, through the Lombardy Region, the IVOL regional card, which allows them to travel at a discounted price
  • Buy the ticket on board without going through control checks
  • Access the train with CartaBlu (free card for disabled passengers that live in Italy)

To request special assistance, passengers will need to call the toll-free number 800210955 (active every day from 8.15 am to 7:45 pm) at least 48 hours before departure.

LuggageLuggageBaggage

In general, there is no limit to your baggage on WESTbahn trains. However, a member of staff is authorized to charge a €5 supplement for bulky baggage or starting from a third piece of luggage.

On WESTbahn trains, you'll find a luggage rack in the lower deck of each car, so that you can secure your suitcase or bag with a metal band. You can unlock the corresponding lock by using a €1 coin which will be returned to you at the end of your journey.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

All WESTbahn trains have a bar car (WESTcafé) where you can buy hot and cold drinks, snacks, salads, and sandwiches. You can then eat or drink in the bar car or take your drink or snack back to your seat. Alternatively, you can buy snacks or drinks from the self-service vending machines available on board.

If you’re traveling in WESTbahn’s First Class, an in-seat meal service is available, meaning that your meal of choice will be served straight to your seat.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

WESTbahn do not offer an entertainment portal on board. However, they do have free WiFi - simply log into WESTlan and use the internet throughout your journey.

 

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

Kids under the age of 6 travel for free and don’t need a ticket. Children aged 6-14 years pay €2 if they're with a family member or get a half-price ticket if they're traveling alone.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

If your bike can’t be folded, you’ll need to pay a supplement of €4.90, €6.90 or €9.90 to take your bike on your WESTbahn train, depending on your chosen route. If you don’t book your bike space online prior to departure, you’ll need to pay an additional fee of €5.10.

Please note that trains with high passenger demand don’t always allow space for bikes and bike reservations are excluded from specific train services. Folding bikes and e-scooters can be stored free of charge.

PetPetPets

Small pets can travel on all WESTBahn trains free of charge, provided they’re in a carrier or cage. You’ll need to pay €2 for pets that are kept on a leash or are equipped with a muzzle.

WESTbahn staff can refuse entry to any dangerous pets without a leash and muzzle. Pets and pet carriers must not occupy seats, otherwise a full-priced ticket will be charged. Registered guide and assistance dogs are excluded from this regulation.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

WESTbahn trains have step-free access. If you travel with a wheelchair or a stroller, we recommend using car 400 in the middle of the train. This car is designed for the needs of people with reduced mobility – it offers a wider aisle than the other cars, two bookable wheelchair spaces, and access to a PRM toilet with baby-changing facilities.

Please note that WESTbahn’s wheelchair spaces cannot be reserved for strollers.

Cheap train tickets from Cologne to Linz

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 Linz 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.

FAQs for Cologne to Linz

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

The average journey time by train between Cologne and Linz is 10 hours and 54 minutes, with around 11 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 Linz by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Cologne to Linz is 9 hours and 31 minutes.

Is there a direct train from Cologne to Linz?

No, there are no direct train services from Cologne to Linz. Travelling from Cologne to Linz by train will require a minimum of 2 changes.

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

The first train from Cologne to Linz leaves at 00:20. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Cologne to Linz leaves at 22:40. 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 Linz by train?

Trains travelling from Cologne to Linz cover a distance of around 278 miles (448 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Linz to Cologne.


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