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Take a high-speed train from Cologne to Berlin

Taking the train from Cologne to Berlin has never been easier. Berlin, one of the largest cities in Germany, is rich in culture with incredible exhibitions highlighting the city's history. In under five hours, you'll find yourself in the heart of the city relaxed and ready to explore.

Travelling by train from Cologne to Berlin is even more convenient and enjoyable than taking a flight. You have a variety of trains to choose from at a time that suits, no need to get up at 4 am. Eliminate the stress of arriving at the airport two hours early, and those long waits at security or baggage reclaim. Simply arrive at the station, hop on your train and let the high-speed Deutsche Bahn services do the hard work.

Trains are comfortable with air conditioners and plenty of room for your legs, stretch out and forget about the cramped spaces of prior travels! If the countryside views and gothic-style buildings on the way into Berlin don't interest you, just recline in your seat, and fall asleep. You can also plug your laptop or phone into the available power outlet, connect to the free WiFi and catch up with your friends and family via social media.

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Cologne to Berlin by train

It takes an average of 17h 50m to travel from Cologne to Berlin by train, over a distance of around 505 miles (812 km). There are normally 16 trains per day travelling from Cologne to Berlin and tickets for this journey start from €53.69 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 12h 23m
Price€53.69 - €377.80
Distance505 miles (812 km)
Frequency16 trains per day
Departure stationCologne
Arrival stationBerlin
Changes3 changes
Train and bus operatorsDB, Meridian, Regiojet,

Cologne to Berlin train times

Check out the next trains departing from Cologne to Berlin for Tuesday 21st Jul 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
12:40 07:32 18h 52m, 4 changes
12:40 07:54 19h 14m, 3 changes
13:40 06:19 16h 39m, 6 changes
15:40 09:22 17h 42m, 8 changes
15:40 09:27 17h 47m, 5 changes
15:40 09:54 18h 14m, 4 changes
17:40 09:44 16h 04m, 6 changes
18:40 11:21 16h 41m, 3 changes
19:10 15:28 20h 18m, 5 changes
19:40 15:21 19h 41m, 7 changes

Frecciarossa, Italo, Trenitalia and ÖBB trains from Cologne to Berlin

You can travel from Cologne to Berlin on Frecciarossa, Italo, Trenitalia and ÖBB 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.

Frecciarossa trains are Trenitalia's flagship high-speed trains capable of reaching speeds of up to 186 mph (300 km/h). The "red arrow" trains are distinguished by their comfort, their ultra-modern design and their reduced impact on the environment. All Frecciarossa trains are equipped with a food carriage, a free WiFi connection and four levels of service – Standard, Premium (with drinks and welcome snacks served on arrival, as well as a morning newspaper), Business (with drinks and snacks, morning newspaper and larger seats) and Executive (with Fast Track, access to FrecciaClub lounges in train selected stations, and gourmet meals served to your seat).

Italo is a high-speed train operator that runs services between many of the major cities across Italy. All Italo trains are modern, air conditioned, and have free WiFi available for all travellers. There are four comfort classes, or "ambiances", as Italo like to call them – Smart (the cheapest price), Comfort (with wider seats and extra legroom), Prima (with a welcome selection of food and drink, fast track boarding and extra space), and Executive Club (with all Prima services, extra-wide seats, access to Italo Club lounges and personal entertainment screens at your seat).

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.

ÖBB is the major railway company for Austria, subdivided into several subsidiaries, responsible for certain areas of transport, such as long distance and local transport, the operation of postal buses and the transport of goods. Railjet is ÖBB's high-speed train, which travels at speeds of up to 143 mph (230 km/h) and connects the main Austrian cities with Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Italy.

Cheap train tickets from Cologne to Berlin

Train tickets from Cologne to Berlin start at €53.69 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around €203.92.
lowest price found
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price122.59
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price134.16
on the day
avg. single price203.92

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 to Berlin 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 to Berlin? 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 to Berlin take?

The average journey time by train between Cologne and Berlin is 17 hours and 50 minutes, with around 16 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 and Berlin by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Cologne to Berlin is 12 hours and 23 minutes.

How much does the train from Cologne to Berlin cost?

Train tickets from Cologne to Berlin can start from as little as €53.69 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 Cologne to Berlin?

No, there are no direct train services from Cologne to Berlin. Travelling from Cologne to Berlin by train will require a minimum of 3 changes.

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

The first train from Cologne to Berlin leaves at 06:58. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Cologne to Berlin leaves at 21:40. 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 and Berlin by train?

Trains travelling from Cologne to Berlin cover a distance of around 505 miles (812 km) during the journey.

Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Cologne to Berlin for a typical week day using timetable data for 21/07/2020. 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 13/07/2020 for travel on 01/04/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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