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Taking the train from Mannheim to Cologne in 8 hours 24 minutes

Thinking about taking the train from Mannheim to Cologne? We've got you covered.

It usually takes around 10 hours 13 minutes to travel the 448 km from Mannheim to Cologne by train, although you can get there in as little as 8 hours 24 minutes on the fastest services. You'll normally find around 19 trains per day running on this route. You'll need to make 2 changes along the way as there aren't any direct services on this line. You can travel on this route with either Frecciarossa, Frecciargento or ICE. As the main train operators on this route, all offer comfortable seating and plenty of space for luggage as standard.

Train tickets from Mannheim to Cologne start from $82.08 when you book in advance, which can be cheaper than buying them on the day. Start a search in our Journey Planner to check out the latest prices.

Keen to book your train tickets to Cologne? No need to wait, start a search with us today! If you want to find out a bit more about the journey first, you can find our train schedule below, tips on booking cheap tickets and our FAQs, including first and last train times.

Mannheim to Cologne by train

It takes an average of 10h 13m to travel from Mannheim to Cologne by train, over a distance of around 278 miles (448 km). There are normally 19 trains per day traveling from Mannheim to Cologne and tickets for this journey start from $82.08 when you book in advance.

First train

03:33

Last train

22:46

Departure station

Mannheim

Arrival station

Cologne

Journey time

8h 24m

Distance

448 miles (278 km)

Frequency

19 trains per day

Changes

2 changes

Price

From $82.08

Train and bus operators

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

Mannheim to Cologne train times

Check out the next trains departing from Mannheim to Cologne for Tuesday Jan 31st 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
03:57 13:39 9h 42m, 5 changes
06:35 15:19 8h 44m, 5 changes
06:35 15:39 9h 4m, 3 changes
07:35 16:19 8h 44m, 4 changes
07:35 16:39 9h 4m, 3 changes
07:43 17:39 9h 56m, 4 changes
09:35 17:59 8h 24m, 4 changes
09:44 20:19 10h 35m, 3 changes
10:02 19:19 9h 17m, 4 changes
11:46 20:19 8h 33m, 5 changes

Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express), IC (Intercity) and EC (Eurocity) trains from Mannheim to Cologne

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

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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.

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.

Cheap train tickets from Mannheim to Cologne

The price of train tickets from Mannheim to Cologne starts at $82.08 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 Mannheim 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 Mannheim to Cologne

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

The average journey time by train between Mannheim and Cologne is 10 hours and 13 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 Mannheim and Cologne by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Mannheim to Cologne is 8 hours and 24 minutes.

How much does the train from Mannheim to Cologne cost?

Train tickets from Mannheim to Cologne can start from as little as $82.08 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 Mannheim to Cologne?

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

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

The first train from Mannheim to Cologne leaves at 03:33. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Mannheim to Cologne leaves at 22:46. 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 Mannheim and Cologne by train?

Trains travelling from Mannheim to Cologne cover a distance of around 278 miles (448 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Cologne to Mannheim.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Mannheim to Cologne 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 02/19/2023 for travel on 02/19/2023 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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