|Journey time||From 11h 22m|
|Distance||426 miles (685 km)|
|Frequency||23 trains per day|
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 Dortmund to Cologne by booking early.§
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.
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!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Dortmund and Cologne is 14 hours and 22 minutes, with around 23 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Dortmund to Cologne is 11 hours and 22 minutes.
Train tickets from Dortmund to Cologne can start from as little as $102.95 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.
No, there are no direct train services from Dortmund to Cologne. Travelling from Dortmund to Cologne by train will require a minimum of 3 changes.
The first train from Dortmund to Cologne leaves at 00:45. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Dortmund to Cologne leaves at 09:36. 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.
Trains travelling from Dortmund to Cologne cover a distance of around 426 miles (685 km) during the journey.