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Take the train from Cologne to Stuttgart in 8 hours 12 minutes

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

You can expect the journey from Cologne to Stuttgart by train to take around 11 hours 20 minutes. If you want to get there as quickly as possible, it can take as little as 8 hours 12 minutes on the fastest services. You'll usually find around 24 trains per day running on this route, which spans 361 km. You'll have to make 3 changes along the way on your journey to Stuttgart. ICE, Trenitalia or DB 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 Stuttgart start from $66.22 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 Stuttgart by train

It takes an average of 11h 20m to travel from Cologne to Stuttgart by train, over a distance of around 224 miles (361 km). There are normally 24 trains per day traveling from Cologne to Stuttgart and tickets for this journey start from $66.22 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

8h 12m


361 miles (224 km)


24 trains per day


3 changes


From $66.22

Train and bus operators

Deutsche Bahn, BlaBlaCar Bus, Trenitalia, ÖBB, Italo, Trenord, SBB CFF FFS

Cologne to Stuttgart train times

Check out the next trains departing from Cologne to Stuttgart for Tuesday Jan 31st 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
09:40 18:33 8h 53m, 3 changes
12:20 20:32 8h 12m, 3 changes
13:20 21:43 8h 23m, 4 changes
13:40 22:55 9h 15m, 9 changes
13:40 23:21 9h 41m, 5 changes
15:40 02:33 10h 53m, 3 changes
16:40 06:45 14h 5m, 7 changes
16:40 06:48 14h 8m, 6 changes
16:40 07:45 15h 5m, 3 changes
17:20 06:59 13h 39m, 4 changes

Italo, Trenitalia, SBB and ÖBB trains from Cologne to Stuttgart

You can travel from Cologne to Stuttgart on Italo, Trenitalia, SBB 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.

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.

Cheap train tickets from Cologne to Stuttgart

The price of train tickets from Cologne to Stuttgart starts at $66.22 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 Stuttgart 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 Stuttgart

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

The average journey time by train between Cologne and Stuttgart is 11 hours and 20 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 Stuttgart by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Cologne to Stuttgart is 8 hours and 12 minutes.

How much does the train from Cologne to Stuttgart cost?

Train tickets from Cologne to Stuttgart can start from as little as $66.22 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 Stuttgart?

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

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

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

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

The last train from Cologne to Stuttgart 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 Stuttgart by train?

Trains travelling from Cologne to Stuttgart cover a distance of around 224 miles (361 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Stuttgart to Cologne.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Cologne to Stuttgart for a typical week day using timetable data for 01/31/2023. 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 11/29/2022 for travel on 11/29/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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