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Cologne (Germany) to Frankfurt (Main) by train

It takes an average of 1h 25m to travel from Cologne (Germany) to Frankfurt (Main) by train, over a distance of around 94 miles (152 km). There are normally 54 trains per day travelling from Cologne (Germany) to Frankfurt (Main) and tickets for this journey start from €17.50 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 4m
Price€17.50 - €111.90
Distance94 miles (152 km)
Frequency54 trains per day
Departure stationCologne (Germany)
Arrival stationFrankfurt (Main)
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsDeutsche Bahn, Flixbus, BlaBlaBus, Regiojet

Cologne (Germany) to Frankfurt (Main) train times

Check out the next trains departing from Cologne (Germany) to Frankfurt (Main) for Tuesday 2nd Mar 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
11:15 00:53 1h 38m, 1 change
11:42 01:05 1h 23m, 1 change
00:10 01:29 1h 19m, 1 change
00:27 01:39 1h 12m, 1 change
00:44 02:05 1h 21m, 1 change
01:10 02:29 1h 19m, 1 change
01:27 02:33 1h 6m, direct
01:42 03:05 1h 23m, 1 change
02:10 03:29 1h 19m, 1 change
02:16 03:49 1h 33m, 1 change

Deutsche Bahn trains from Cologne (Germany) to Frankfurt (Main)

You can travel from Cologne (Germany) to Frankfurt (Main) on Deutsche Bahn 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.

Cheap train tickets from Cologne (Germany) to Frankfurt (Main)

The price of train tickets from Cologne (Germany) to Frankfurt (Main) starts at €17.50 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.
lowest price found
from17.50
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price41.49
on the day
avg. single price55.29

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 Cologne (Germany) to Frankfurt (Main) 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 guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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 Cologne (Germany) to Frankfurt (Main)? 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 Cologne (Germany) to Frankfurt (Main) take?

The average journey time by train between Cologne (Germany) and Frankfurt (Main) is 1 hour and 25 minutes, with around 54 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 Cologne (Germany) and Frankfurt (Main) by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Cologne (Germany) to Frankfurt (Main) is 1 hour and 4 minutes.

How much does the train from Cologne (Germany) to Frankfurt (Main) cost?

Train ticket prices from Cologne (Germany) to Frankfurt (Main) can start from as little as €17.50 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 Cologne (Germany) to Frankfurt (Main)?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Cologne (Germany) to Frankfurt (Main) without having to change trains. There are 10 direct trains from Cologne (Germany) to Frankfurt (Main) each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Cologne (Germany) to Frankfurt (Main) leave?

The first train from Cologne (Germany) to Frankfurt (Main) leaves at 11:10. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Cologne (Germany) to Frankfurt (Main) leave?

The last train from Cologne (Germany) to Frankfurt (Main) leaves at 10:42. 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 Cologne (Germany) and Frankfurt (Main) by train?

Trains travelling from Cologne (Germany) to Frankfurt (Main) cover a distance of around 94 miles (152 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Frankfurt (Main) to Cologne (Germany). If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Cologne (Germany) to Frankfurt (Main).
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Cologne (Germany) to Frankfurt (Main) for a typical week day using timetable data for 02/03/2021. 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 15/02/2021 for travel on 01/01/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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