Head from Germany's capital city to the beautiful city of Cologne in less than four and a half hours when you travel by train from Berlin Main station to Cologne Main station. Thanks to the high-speed ICE trains, you can enjoy a scenic and comfortable journey without any of the hassle of parking or navigating unfamiliar roads. With spacious seats, free WiFi and power outlets, you'll arrive relaxed and refreshed ready to see the sights.
There's plenty to see and do in Cologne within easy walking distance of the main station. Take a boat trip along the Rhine, discover the stunning cathedral or sample the treats at the Chocolate Museum. When you travel by train from Berlin to Cologne you'll arrive at the city centre ready to explore.
Ready to book your train tickets from Berlin Main station to Cologne Main station? Start a search in our Journey Planner at the top of the page or keep reading for times and FAQs.
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.
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.
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.
Thalys is the railway company connecting four European countries – France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Thalys trains run at a speed of up to 186 mph (300 km/h) and have three comfort classes on all services called – Standard, Comfort and Premium (equivalent to the First Class, with access to the Thalys Lounge). All Thalys trains have a car restaurant (called Thalys Welcome Bar) and a free WiFi connection.
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 Berlin Hbf to Köln Hbf 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 Berlin Hbf and Köln Hbf is 4 hours and 50 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Berlin Hbf to Köln Hbf is 4 hours and 18 minutes.
Train tickets from Berlin Hbf to Köln Hbf can start from as little as €9.99 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Berlin Hbf to Köln Hbf without having to change trains. There are 17 direct trains from Berlin Hbf to Köln Hbf. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Berlin Hbf to Köln Hbf leaves at 00:16. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Berlin Hbf to Köln Hbf leaves at 21:28. 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 Berlin Hbf to Köln Hbf cover a distance of around 295 miles (475 km) during the journey.