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Take the train from Berlin to Köln Hbf in 4 hours 26 minutes

If you want to travel from Berlin to Köln Hbf by train, you've come to the right place.

You can expect the journey from Berlin to Köln Hbf by train to take around 5 hours 5 minutes. If you want to get there as quickly as possible, it can take as little as 4 hours 26 minutes on the fastest services. You’ll usually find around 22 trains per day running on this route, which spans 296 miles (476 km). There’s no need for any changes along the way, as there are direct trains available to Köln Hbf. ICE, DB or FlixTrain are the main rail operators on this route, all of which offer modern trains with plenty of space for luggage and comfortable seating.

Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to search for cheap ticket prices and we'll show you how much you can save. Tickets from Berlin to Köln Hbf start from €9.99 when you book in advance.

If you want to know more about the journey, keep reading for timetables, tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs, including first and last train times. Want to go straight to booking? Start a search with us today!

Berlin to Köln Hbf by train

It takes an average of 5h 5m to travel from Berlin to Köln Hbf by train, over a distance of around 296 miles (476 km). There are normally 22 trains per day travelling from Berlin to Köln Hbf and tickets for this journey start from €9.99 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 4h 26m
PriceFrom €9.99
Distance296 miles (476 km)
Frequency22 trains per day
First train00:20
Last train21:28
Departure stationBerlin
Arrival stationKöln Hbf
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsDeutsche Bahn, Flixbus

Berlin to Köln Hbf train times

Check out the next trains departing from Berlin to Köln Hbf for Tuesday 7th December 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
06:00 11:12 5h 12m, direct
06:46 11:16 4h 30m, direct
07:46 12:18 4h 32m, direct
08:46 13:13 4h 27m, direct
09:46 14:18 4h 32m, direct
10:46 15:13 4h 27m, direct
11:46 16:13 4h 27m, direct
12:46 17:13 4h 27m, direct
13:46 18:17 4h 31m, direct
14:46 19:17 4h 31m, direct

Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express), FlixTrain and IC (Intercity) trains from Berlin to Köln Hbf

You can travel from Berlin to Köln Hbf on Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express), FlixTrain and IC (Intercity) 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.

Operating alongside its sister coach company FlixBus since 2018, FlixTrain provides cheap intercity connections using 100% green energy. The main routes served by FlixTrain are Cologne-Hamburg, Aachen-Cologne-Berlin, and Berlin-Stuttgart. The network will expand in future to include more routes to Munich and Leipzig. FlixTrain carriages are fitted with free WiFi and power outlets or USB charge points. Plus, every ticket comes with a seat reservation, guaranteeing you a seat for the journey.

PhotoFalk2, under licence CC4.0

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.

Cheap train tickets from Berlin to Köln Hbf

The price of train tickets from Berlin to Köln Hbf starts at €9.99 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 Berlin to Köln Hbf 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.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Berlin to Köln Hbf? 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 Berlin to Köln Hbf take?

The average journey time by train between Berlin and Köln Hbf is 5 hours and 5 minutes, with around 22 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 Berlin and Köln Hbf by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Berlin to Köln Hbf is 4 hours and 26 minutes.

How much does the train from Berlin to Köln Hbf cost?

Train ticket prices from Berlin to Köln Hbf can start from as little as €9.99 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from Berlin to Köln Hbf?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Berlin to Köln Hbf without having to change trains. There are 18 direct trains from Berlin to Köln Hbf each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Berlin to Köln Hbf leave?

The first train from Berlin to Köln Hbf leaves at 00:20. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Berlin to Köln Hbf leave?

The last train from Berlin 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.

What's the distance between Berlin and Köln Hbf by train?

Trains travelling from Berlin to Köln Hbf cover a distance of around 296 miles (476 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Köln Hbf to Berlin.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Berlin to Köln Hbf for a typical week day using timetable data for 12/07/2021. 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 01/12/2022 for travel on 01/12/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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