Want to find out more about taking the train from Cologne (Germany) to Paris? Look no further.
There are around 30 trains per day running between Cologne (Germany) and Paris, which usually take 7 hours 33 minutes to complete the 251 miles (404 km) journey. It can take as little as 3 hours 25 minutes on the fastest services though, if you want to get there as quickly as possible. As soon as you board the train, you'll be able to make yourself comfortable and enjoy the journey as there are direct services available. You may travel on a high-speed Thalys train for all or part of your journey to Paris. These modern trains can reach speeds of up to 186 mph (300 km/h) and offer free WiFi, an onboard restaurant and three seat classes to choose from.
You can save money on train tickets from Cologne (Germany) to Paris if you book in advance, as tickets usually start from €32.00. Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to compare ticket prices and get the cheapest fares.
Want to book your train tickets now? Just start a search with us today. If you want to find out more about the journey, read on for timetables (including first and last train times), FAQs and tips on how to book cheap train tickets.
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 Cologne (Germany) to Paris 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 Cologne (Germany) and Paris is 7 hours and 33 minutes, with around 30 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 Cologne (Germany) to Paris is 3 hours and 25 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Cologne (Germany) to Paris can start from as little as €32 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Cologne (Germany) to Paris without having to change trains. There are 2 direct trains from Cologne (Germany) to Paris each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Cologne (Germany) to Paris leaves at 04:22. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Cologne (Germany) to Paris leaves at 23:57. 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 Cologne (Germany) to Paris cover a distance of around 251 miles (404 km) during the journey.