Travel safely - Get the latest travel advice and booking info here

Deutsche Bahn
SNCF

The best prices from hundreds of train and coach companies

Join millions of people who use us every day

Travel to thousands of destinations in 45 countries

Independent
"Trainline’s take-off has been vertical. It’s the only global digital travel platform of its sort."
GQ
"For those travelling by train, the most efficient and trustworthy way to purchase tickets is Trainline."
MSN
"If you’re thinking of getting the train the best site to use is thetrainline.com."

Frankfurt (Main) to Cologne (Germany) by train

It takes an average of 1h 23m to travel from Frankfurt (Main) to Cologne (Germany) by train, over a distance of around 94 miles (152 km). There are normally 51 trains per day travelling from Frankfurt (Main) to Cologne (Germany) and tickets for this journey start from €17.50 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 4m
PriceFrom €17.50
Distance94 miles (152 km)
Frequency51 trains per day
Departure stationFrankfurt (Main)
Arrival stationCologne (Germany)
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsDeutsche Bahn, Flixbus, Regiojet, BlaBlaBus

Frankfurt (Main) to Cologne (Germany) train times

Check out the next trains departing from Frankfurt (Main) to Cologne (Germany) for mardi 27 avril 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
10:55 00:13 1h 18m, 1 change
11:18 00:31 1h 13m, direct
11:31 00:48 1h 17m, 1 change
11:54 01:28 1h 34m, 1 change
00:07 01:31 1h 24m, 1 change
00:24 01:48 1h 24m, 1 change
00:55 02:15 1h 20m, 1 change
01:27 02:31 1h 4m, direct
01:31 02:48 1h 17m, 1 change
01:54 03:25 1h 31m, 1 change

Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express) and IC (Intercity) trains from Frankfurt (Main) to Köln

You can travel from Frankfurt (Main) to Köln 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.

PhotoFalk2, under licence CC4.0

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.

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

The price of train tickets from Frankfurt (Main) to Cologne (Germany) 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.

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 Frankfurt (Main) to Cologne (Germany) 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 Frankfurt (Main) to Cologne (Germany)? 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 Frankfurt (Main) to Cologne (Germany) take?

The average journey time by train between Frankfurt (Main) and Cologne (Germany) is 1 hour and 23 minutes, with around 51 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 Frankfurt (Main) and Cologne (Germany) by train?

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

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

Train ticket prices from Frankfurt (Main) to Cologne (Germany) 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 Frankfurt (Main) to Cologne (Germany)?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Frankfurt (Main) to Cologne (Germany) without having to change trains. There are 13 direct trains from Frankfurt (Main) to Cologne (Germany) each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Frankfurt (Main) to Cologne (Germany) leaves at 11:18. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Frankfurt (Main) to Cologne (Germany) leaves at 10:55. 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 Frankfurt (Main) and Cologne (Germany) by train?

Trains travelling from Frankfurt (Main) to Cologne (Germany) 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 Cologne (Germany) to Frankfurt (Main). If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Frankfurt (Main) to Cologne (Germany).
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Frankfurt (Main) to Cologne (Germany) for a typical week day using timetable data for 04/27/2021. 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 12/30/2020 for travel on 12/30/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

Europe’s leading train and coach app

We help customers across Europe make more than 172,000 smarter journeys every day.