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About the train journey from Lille to Cologne

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The train from Lille to Cologne usually takes 14 hours 4 minutes on average to travel 758 km, although the quickest services can take as little as 10 hours 57 minutes. You can expect to find 14 trains per day running on this popular route. As there aren't any direct services running between Lille and Cologne, you'll need to make 3 changes on your way to Cologne. You can choose to travel with TGV, Frecciarossa or SNCF 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 Lille to Cologne in our Journey Planner. Just remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the more you'll save, as advance tickets start from $53.31.

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.

Lille to Cologne by train

It takes an average of 14h 4m to travel from Lille to Cologne by train, over a distance of around 471 miles (758 km). There are normally 14 trains per day traveling from Lille to Cologne and tickets for this journey start from $53.31 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 10h 57m
PriceFrom $53.31
Distance471 miles (758 km)
Frequency14 trains per day
First train05:52
Last train21:02
Departure stationLille
Arrival stationCologne
Changes3 changes
Train and bus operatorsTrenitalia, BlaBlaCar Bus, SNCF, Trenord, OUIGO, TGV Lyria, Italo

Lille to Cologne train times

Check out the next trains departing from Lille to Cologne for Tuesday Oct 4th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
06:42 18:39 11h 57m, 4 changes
07:02 17:59 10h 57m, 5 changes
07:12 18:19 11h 7m, 5 changes
07:12 18:39 11h 27m, 4 changes
08:12 19:19 11h 7m, 6 changes
09:12 20:19 11h 7m, 3 changes
13:03 04:19 15h 16m, 3 changes
15:12 07:19 16h 7m, 6 changes
16:03 09:19 17h 16m, 7 changes
16:03 12:19 20h 16m, 3 changes

TGV, Trenitalia, OUIGO and TER trains from Lille to Cologne

You can travel from Lille to Cologne on TGV, Trenitalia, OUIGO and TER 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.

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TGV is the high-speed train service of the SNCF company. It connects the major cities of France at speeds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h). All TGV trains are equipped with a food carriage, a free WiFi connection, power sockets and fold-down tables. Two comfort classes are offered – First Class and Second Class, with flexible fare options available and access to the Grand Voyageur lounge in some stations.

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.

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OUIGO is the low-cost, high-speed train service operated by the French national train company SNCF. Despite having only one class on board, OUIGO trains offer the same comfort as Second Class seats on TGV trains, although OUIGO tickets are only available to purchase online. To make your journey as smooth as possible, arrive at least 30 minutes before departure and bear in mind that there's an additional fee for bringing a suitcase with you, having a seat with power sockets and travelling with a stroller/buggy.

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TER (Transport Express Régional) trains are the regional service from SNCF that allow you to make trips to nearby towns and villages located within the same region. With 20 regions in France, TER trains are ideal for travelling to destinations not covered by high-speed services, although ticket prices vary between each region. TER trains have dedicated spaces for bicycles and allow animals on board. Not all TER trains include a First Class carriage.

Cheap train tickets from Lille to Cologne

The price of train tickets from Lille to Cologne starts at $53.31 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 Lille 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 Lille to Cologne

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

The average journey time by train between Lille and Cologne is 14 hours and 4 minutes, with around 14 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 Lille and Cologne by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Lille to Cologne is 10 hours and 57 minutes.

How much does the train from Lille to Cologne cost?

Train tickets from Lille to Cologne can start from as little as $53.31 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 Lille to Cologne?

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

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

The first train from Lille to Cologne leaves at 05:52. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Lille to Cologne leaves at 21:02. 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 Lille and Cologne by train?

Trains travelling from Lille to Cologne cover a distance of around 471 miles (758 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Cologne to Lille.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Lille to Cologne for a typical week day using timetable data for 10/04/2022. 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 09/21/2022 for travel on 09/21/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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