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About the train journey from Fulda to Cologne

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The train from Fulda to Cologne usually takes 12 hours 34 minutes on average to travel 554 km, although the quickest services can take as little as 10 hours 29 minutes. You can expect to find 19 trains per day running on this popular route. As there aren't any direct services running between Fulda and Cologne, you'll need to make 2 changes on your way to Cologne. You can choose to travel with Frecciarossa, Frecciargento or ICE to get to Cologne. As the main rail operators on this route, their trains offer modern comfortable seating and plenty of space for luggage as standard.

To help you get the best train deals, we'll highlight the cheapest train ticket prices from Fulda to Cologne in our Journey Planner. Just remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the more you'll save, as advance tickets start from $100.37.

Keep reading for more information about the train journey to Cologne, including FAQs, timetables with first and last train times and tips on booking cheap train tickets. If you're ready to book, just start a search for tickets with us today.

Fulda to Cologne by train

It takes an average of 12h 34m to travel from Fulda to Cologne by train, over a distance of around 344 miles (554 km). There are normally 19 trains per day traveling from Fulda to Cologne and tickets for this journey start from $100.37 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

From 10h 29m


344 miles (554 km)


19 trains per day


2 changes


From $100.37

Train and bus operators

Deutsche Bahn, Trenitalia, ÖBB, Trenord

Fulda to Cologne train times

Check out the next trains departing from Fulda to Cologne for Tuesday Apr 11th 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
05:44 16:19 10h 35m, 5 changes
05:44 16:39 10h 55m, 4 changes
05:54 17:59 12h 5m, 3 changes
05:58 17:39 11h 41m, 5 changes
06:59 20:19 13h 20m, 3 changes
07:50 19:19 11h 29m, 4 changes
09:50 20:19 10h 29m, 5 changes
09:50 20:39 10h 49m, 3 changes
11:50 04:19 16h 29m, 3 changes
14:58 06:19 15h 21m, 2 changes

Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express), EC (Eurocity) and ÖBB trains from Fulda to Cologne

You can travel from Fulda to Cologne on Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express), EC (Eurocity) 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.

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.

PhotoNelso Silva, under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The high-speed train of Deutsche Bahn, with a maximum speed of 205 mph (330 km/h), the ICE connects major cities and is also used for international travel to neighbouring countries such as Austria, France and Denmark. This train is equipped with air conditioning, a dining car, a children's compartment and power sockets. Passengers enjoy a free WiFi connection throughout the duration of the ICE trip.

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.

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.

Frecciarossa and Frecciargento classes from Fulda to Cologne

Compare the different travel classes offered by Frecciarossa and Frecciargento when traveling from Fulda to Cologne.

Cheap train tickets from Fulda to Cologne

The price of train tickets from Fulda to Cologne starts at $100.37 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 Fulda to Cologne 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 Fulda to Cologne

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

The average journey time by train between Fulda and Cologne is 12 hours and 34 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 Fulda and Cologne by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Fulda to Cologne is 10 hours and 29 minutes.

How much does the train from Fulda to Cologne cost?

Train tickets from Fulda to Cologne can start from as little as $100.37 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 Fulda to Cologne?

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

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

The first train from Fulda to Cologne leaves at 05:36. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Fulda to Cologne leaves at 23:48. 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 Fulda and Cologne by train?

Trains travelling from Fulda to Cologne cover a distance of around 344 miles (554 km) during the journey.

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