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Taking the train from Paris to Cologne in 8 hours 36 minutes

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

It usually takes around 11 hours 59 minutes to travel the 679 km from Paris to Cologne by train, although you can get there in as little as 8 hours 36 minutes on the fastest services. You'll normally find around 23 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 TGV, Frecciarossa or Frecciargento. As the main train operators on this route, all offer comfortable seating and plenty of space for luggage as standard.

Train tickets from Paris to Cologne start from $41.19 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.

Paris to Cologne by train

It takes an average of 11h 59m to travel from Paris to Cologne by train, over a distance of around 422 miles (679 km). There are normally 23 trains per day traveling from Paris to Cologne and tickets for this journey start from $41.19 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

8h 36m


679 miles (422 km)


23 trains per day


2 changes


From $41.19

Train and bus operators

TGV Lyria, Trenitalia, BlaBlaCar Bus, SNCF, Italo, Trenord, Deutsche Bahn, OUIGO, SBB CFF FFS, ALSA

Paris to Cologne train times

Check out the next trains departing from Paris to Cologne for Tuesday Jan 31st 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
06:58 17:19 10h 21m, 6 changes
07:14 17:39 10h 25m, 4 changes
08:25 17:59 9h 34m, 5 changes
09:15 18:19 9h 4m, 4 changes
09:15 18:39 9h 24m, 3 changes
09:20 19:19 9h 59m, 3 changes
09:55 19:19 9h 24m, 5 changes
11:43 20:19 8h 36m, 2 changes
14:12 04:19 14h 7m, 2 changes
17:19 07:19 14h 0m, 5 changes

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

You can travel from Paris 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 Paris to Cologne

The price of train tickets from Paris to Cologne starts at $41.19 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 Paris 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 Paris to Cologne

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

The average journey time by train between Paris and Cologne is 11 hours and 59 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.

What's the fastest journey time between Paris and Cologne by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Paris to Cologne is 8 hours and 36 minutes.

How much does the train from Paris to Cologne cost?

Train tickets from Paris to Cologne can start from as little as $41.19 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 Paris to Cologne?

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

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

The first train from Paris to Cologne leaves at 06:35. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Paris to Cologne leaves at 20:25. 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 Paris and Cologne by train?

Trains travelling from Paris to Cologne cover a distance of around 422 miles (679 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Cologne to Paris.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Paris 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 02/01/2023 for travel on 02/01/2023 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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