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How to travel from Cologne to Trier by train

Want to find out more about taking the train from Cologne to Trier? Look no further.

You'll usually find 19 trains per day running between Cologne and Trier, which usually take 14 hours 29 minutes to complete the 526 km journey. It can take as little as 11 hours 47 minutes on the fastest services though, if you want to get there as quickly as possible. Although there aren't any direct services on this line, it's still easy to travel to Trier from Cologne, you'll just need to make 3 changes along the way. During your journey, you're likely to be traveling with Trenitalia, DB or SBB, as these are the main train operators on this route.

You can save money on train tickets from Cologne to Trier if you book in advance, as tickets usually start from $76.32. Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to compare ticket prices and get the cheapest fares.

Want to book your train tickets now? Just start a search with us today. If you want to find out more about the journey, read on for train schedules (including first and last train times), FAQs and tips on how to book cheap train tickets.

Cologne to Trier by train

It takes an average of 14h 29m to travel from Cologne to Trier by train, over a distance of around 327 miles (526 km). There are normally 19 trains per day traveling from Cologne to Trier and tickets for this journey start from $76.32 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 11h 47m
PriceFrom $76.32
Distance327 miles (526 km)
Frequency19 trains per day
First train05:20
Last train21:40
Departure stationCologne
Arrival stationTrier
Changes3 changes
Train and bus operatorsDeutsche Bahn, Trenitalia, Trenord, SBB CFF FFS

Cologne to Trier train times

Check out the next trains departing from Cologne to Trier for Tuesday Sep 27th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
07:20 19:27 12h 7m, 4 changes
07:40 19:27 11h 47m, 5 changes
08:20 20:27 12h 7m, 3 changes
08:40 20:27 11h 47m, 6 changes
09:20 21:27 12h 7m, 6 changes
12:20 04:47 16h 27m, 7 changes
15:20 06:05 14h 45m, 4 changes
15:40 06:05 14h 25m, 5 changes
17:40 09:24 15h 44m, 8 changes
17:40 09:27 15h 47m, 5 changes

Trenitalia, Deutsche Bahn, EC (Eurocity) and IC (Intercity) trains from Cologne to Trier

You can travel from Cologne to Trier on Trenitalia, Deutsche Bahn, EC (Eurocity) and IC (Intercity) 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.

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.

PhotoQualle, under licence CC3.0

EuroCity (EC) trains offer convenient European cross-border connections between major cities in Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria – it's often a good alternative to air travel.

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An express train running on German domestic routes, the Intercity is a little slower than the ICE and is also used for long distance trips. The integrated circuit covers long distances with a maximum speed of 125 mph (200 km/h). In recent years, trains of the new generation "Intercity 2" run on some lines at 100 mph (160 km/h) only – these trains, however, offer extra legroom and extra space for toddlers. They are also equipped with air conditioning, a food carriage and wheelchair parking spaces.

Cheap train tickets from Cologne to Trier

The price of train tickets from Cologne to Trier starts at $76.32 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 Trier 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 Trier

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

The average journey time by train between Cologne and Trier is 14 hours and 29 minutes, with around 19 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 Trier by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Cologne to Trier is 11 hours and 47 minutes.

How much does the train from Cologne to Trier cost?

Train tickets from Cologne to Trier can start from as little as $76.32 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 Trier?

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

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

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

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

The last train from Cologne to Trier 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 Trier by train?

Trains travelling from Cologne to Trier cover a distance of around 327 miles (526 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Trier to Cologne.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Cologne to Trier for a typical week day using timetable data for 09/27/2022. 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 11/26/2022 for travel on 11/26/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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