Never judge a country by a single city, and while we’re pretty sure you’ll have an excellent opinion of Germany after a stay in Frankfurt, Cologne will make it even better. Discover the perfect blend of old and new with a wander through the charming streets of Römer in Frankfurt. Then head to Cologne, where German urban living takes on an artsy vibe.
Cologne is where you can at least pretend to be cool, not that’s you’ll need to fake it, because you’ll have arrived by train. The ICE and IC trains will get you there in sleek style and are fully air-conditioned to boot. A little over an hour in travel time, it’s a perfect day trip option too. Get your cool on as only the Germans know how with this fab route. Cast your eyes down this page for more details, including train times, ticket prices and FAQs.
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.
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.
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.
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 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Köln Hbf 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 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf and Köln Hbf is 1 hour and 23 minutes, with around 46 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 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Köln Hbf is 1 hour and 4 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Köln Hbf can start from as little as €7.99 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Köln Hbf without having to change trains. There are 12 direct trains from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Köln Hbf each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Köln Hbf leaves at 03:00. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Köln Hbf leaves at 23:24. 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 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Köln Hbf cover a distance of around 95 miles (152 km) during the journey.