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Taking the train from Cologne to Mannheim in 8 hours 35 minutes

Thinking about taking the train from Cologne to Mannheim? We've got you covered.

It usually takes around 11 hours 4 minutes to travel the 448 km from Cologne to Mannheim by train, although you can get there in as little as 8 hours 35 minutes on the fastest services. You'll normally find around 24 trains per day running on this route. You'll need to make 2 changes along the way as there aren't any direct services on this line. You can travel on this route with either ICE, Trenitalia or DB. As the main train operators on this route, all offer comfortable seating and plenty of space for luggage as standard.

Train tickets from Cologne to Mannheim start from $69.20 when you book in advance, which can be cheaper than buying them on the day. Start a search in our Journey Planner to check out the latest prices.

Keen to book your train tickets to Mannheim? No need to wait, start a search with us today! If you want to find out a bit more about the journey first, you can find our train schedule below, tips on booking cheap tickets and our FAQs, including first and last train times.

Cologne to Mannheim by train

It takes an average of 11h 4m to travel from Cologne to Mannheim by train, over a distance of around 278 miles (448 km). There are normally 24 trains per day traveling from Cologne to Mannheim and tickets for this journey start from $69.20 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 8h 35m
PriceFrom $69.20
Distance278 miles (448 km)
Frequency24 trains per day
First train05:20
Last train21:40
Departure stationCologne
Arrival stationMannheim
Changes2 changes
Train and bus operatorsDeutsche Bahn, Trenitalia, SBB CFF FFS, Trenord, ÖBB

Cologne to Mannheim train times

Check out the next trains departing from Cologne to Mannheim for Tuesday Dec 6th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
08:40 17:25 8h 45m, 5 changes
09:20 18:14 8h 54m, 4 changes
09:20 19:24 10h 4m, 3 changes
11:40 20:25 8h 45m, 4 changes
12:20 21:28 9h 8m, 4 changes
13:40 22:47 9h 7m, 4 changes
13:40 23:22 9h 42m, 3 changes
14:20 02:40 12h 20m, 7 changes
15:20 03:20 12h 0m, 4 changes
15:40 03:20 11h 40m, 5 changes

Trenitalia, SBB, ÖBB and Deutsche Bahn trains from Cologne to Mannheim

You can travel from Cologne to Mannheim on Trenitalia, SBB, ÖBB and Deutsche Bahn 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.

The Swiss rail network is operated by SBB. SBB train ticket prices are based on travel and not on the type of trains. You will find available return tickets (standard price, one way or round trip), Multiple journey tickets (for six individual trips on a pre-determined itinerary) and the City-Ticket (including a one-day transportation pass from the city of departure or arrival).

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.

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.

Cheap train tickets from Cologne to Mannheim

The price of train tickets from Cologne to Mannheim starts at $69.20 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 Mannheim 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 Mannheim

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

The average journey time by train between Cologne and Mannheim is 11 hours and 4 minutes, with around 24 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 Mannheim by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Cologne to Mannheim is 8 hours and 35 minutes.

How much does the train from Cologne to Mannheim cost?

Train tickets from Cologne to Mannheim can start from as little as $69.20 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 Mannheim?

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

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

The first train from Cologne to Mannheim leaves at 05:20. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Cologne to Mannheim 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 Mannheim by train?

Trains travelling from Cologne to Mannheim 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 Mannheim to Cologne.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Cologne to Mannheim for a typical week day using timetable data for 12/06/2022. 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 11/07/2022 for travel on 11/07/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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