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How to travel from Darmstadt Hbf to Köln Hbf by train

Want to find out more about taking the train from Darmstadt Hbf to Köln Hbf? Look no further.

There are around 47 trains per day running between Darmstadt Hbf and Köln Hbf, which usually take 2 hours 10 minutes to complete the 104 miles (168 km) journey. It can take as little as 1 hour 33 minutes on the fastest services though, if you want to get there as quickly as possible. Although there aren't any direct services on this line, it's still easy to travel to Köln Hbf from Darmstadt Hbf, you'll just need to make 1 change along the way. Hop on a train operated by either ICE or DB to reach your destination in no time. These train companies are the main operators of services on this route and run modern comfortable trains to make your journey as relaxing as possible.

You can save money on train tickets from Darmstadt Hbf to Köln Hbf if you book in advance, as tickets usually start from £22.40. 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.

Darmstadt Hbf to Köln Hbf by train

It takes an average of 2h 10m to travel from Darmstadt Hbf to Köln Hbf by train, over a distance of around 104 miles (168 km). There are normally 47 trains per day travelling from Darmstadt Hbf to Köln Hbf and tickets for this journey start from £22.40 when you book in advance.

First train

01:05

Last train

22:35

Departure station

Darmstadt Hbf

Arrival station

Köln Hbf

Journey time

From 1h 33m

Distance

104 miles (168 km)

Frequency

47 trains per day

Changes

1 change

Price

From £22.40

Train and bus operators

Deutsche Bahn

Darmstadt Hbf to Köln Hbf train times

Check out the next trains departing from Darmstadt Hbf to Köln Hbf for Tuesday 23rd April 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
10:35 12:33 1h 58m, 1 change
10:38 13:05 2h 27m, 1 change
11:38 14:05 2h 27m, 1 change
12:07 14:04 1h 57m, 2 changes
12:35 14:33 1h 58m, 1 change
13:07 14:57 1h 50m, 1 change
13:30 15:38 2h 8m, 1 change
13:38 16:05 2h 27m, 1 change
14:07 16:04 1h 57m, 2 changes
14:35 16:33 1h 58m, 1 change

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

You can travel from Darmstadt Hbf to Köln Hbf on Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express) 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.

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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.

Intercity (IC) and ICE classes from Darmstadt Hbf to Köln Hbf

Compare the different travel classes offered by Intercity (IC) and ICE when travelling from Darmstadt Hbf to Köln Hbf.

Onboard services on Intercity (IC) and ICE

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Darmstadt Hbf to Köln Hbf.

LuggageLuggageLuggage

You can take as much luggage as you like for free without making a reservation.

Luggage items include briefcases, laptops, rucksacks, trolley bags or suitcases. You can also take pushchairs, folding bikes, scooters, skis and surfboards.

Luggage should be stored under the seat or in the overhead luggage rack. Generally, the standard dimensions of luggage racks are 70 x 50 x 30 cm. Larger items of luggage such as suitcases can be stored in the large luggage racks by the doors.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

You will find an extensive menu in the on-board restaurant, or you can grab a snack from the bistro carriage. If you opt for the latter, you can enjoy your food and drink in the bistro or take it back to your seat.

If you upgrade to First Class, you will be served complimentary food and drink at your seat.

Although the menu changes every three months, you will always find a wide variety of locally sourced food and drink, including a range of vegetarian and vegan dishes.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

Currently, free WiFi is available on certain IC trains. Deutsche Bahn are gradually installing free WiFi on all their IC trains.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

On IC trains, children under 5 years old travel free of charge and don’t need a ticket. Kids up to 14 years old travel for free if they are accompanied by a person who is at least 15 years old.

On board, you will find family and children areas which are bookable.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

You need a bicycle ticket and reservation to take a bicycle on a IC train. The reservation for your bike is included in the price.

Bike storage spaces are usually located in second class carriages. Please note that your seat and bike storage space might be located in different carriages.

PetPetPets

With IC, you can travel with your pet. If you have a small dog or pet, you do not need an extra ticket and they can travel for free in a transport box. If your dog or pet is bigger than the size of a house cat, you will need an additional ticket, which costs 50% less than a standard ticket. Dogs not travelling in a transport box must be on a lead and wear a muzzle.

Assistance dogs travel free of charge and do not have to wear a muzzle on the train.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

Deutsche Bahn offer the Mobility Service, where staff will help you board, disembark or change trains. Staff will also answer any questions or assist with any queries to make your journey easier.

LuggageLuggageLuggage

You can take as much luggage as you like for free without making a reservation.

Luggage items include briefcases, laptops, rucksacks, trolley bags or suitcases. You can also take pushchairs, folding bikes, scooters, skis and surfboards.

Luggage should be stored under the seat or in the overhead luggage rack. Generally, the standard dimensions of luggage racks are 70 x 50 x 30 cm. Larger items of luggage such as suitcases can be stored in the large luggage racks by the doors.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

When travelling with ICE, you can enjoy an extensive menu in the on-board restaurant, or you can grab a snack from the bistro carriage. If you choose the latter, you can enjoy your food and drink in the bistro or take it back to your seat.

Upgrade to First Class and you will be served complimentary food and drink at your seat.

DB change their menu every three months, but you will always find a wide variety of locally sourced food and drink, including a range of vegetarian and vegan dishes.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

If you’re travelling on a ICE train, you can connect to the free WiFi and catch up on some work or your favourite TV show.

You can also connect to the ICE portal, where you’ll find a wide range of entertainment, such as films, television, audiobooks, games, newspapers and magazines.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

On DB’s ICE trains, kids under 5 years old travel for free and don’t need a ticket. Children up to 14 years old travel for free if they are accompanied by a person who is at least 15 years old.

You can also book family areas and children compartments on all ICE trains.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

With ICE, you need a bicycle ticket and reservation to take a bicycle onboard. The reservation for your bike is included in the price.

Generally, bike storage spaces are located in second class carriages. Please note that your seat and bike storage space might be located in different carriages.

PetPetPets

You can travel with your pet on all ICE trains. You do not need an extra ticket If you have a small dog and they can travel in a transport box. If your dog or pet is bigger than the size of a house cat, you will need an additional ticket, which costs 50% less than a standard ticket. Dogs not travelling in a transport box must be on a lead and wear a muzzle.

Assistance dogs travel free of charge and do not have to wear a muzzle on the train.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

DB’s Mobility Service can assist you with boarding, disembarking or changing trains. Also, staff are happy to answer any questions or assist with any queries to make your journey easier.

Cheap train tickets from Darmstadt Hbf to Köln Hbf

The price of train tickets from Darmstadt Hbf to Köln Hbf starts at £22.40 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 Darmstadt Hbf 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 Darmstadt Hbf 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 Darmstadt Hbf to Köln Hbf take?

The average journey time by train between Darmstadt Hbf and Köln Hbf is 2 hours and 10 minutes, with around 47 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 Darmstadt Hbf and Köln Hbf by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Darmstadt Hbf to Köln Hbf is 1 hour and 33 minutes.

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

Train ticket prices from Darmstadt Hbf to Köln Hbf can start from as little as £22.40 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 Darmstadt Hbf to Köln Hbf?

No, there are no direct train services from Darmstadt Hbf to Köln Hbf. Travelling from Darmstadt Hbf to Köln Hbf by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

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

The first train from Darmstadt Hbf to Köln Hbf leaves at 01:05. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Darmstadt Hbf to Köln Hbf leaves at 22:35. 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 Darmstadt Hbf and Köln Hbf by train?

Trains travelling from Darmstadt Hbf to Köln Hbf cover a distance of around 104 miles (168 km) during the journey.

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If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Köln Hbf to Darmstadt Hbf.

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