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Köln Hbf to Berlin Hbf by train

It takes an average of 4h 42m to travel from Köln Hbf to Berlin Hbf by train, over a distance of around 295 miles (475 km). There are normally 20 trains per day travelling from Köln Hbf to Berlin Hbf and tickets for this journey start from €9.99 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 4h 17m
Price€9.99 - €239.90
Distance295 miles (475 km)
Frequency20 trains per day
Departure stationKöln Hbf
Arrival stationBerlin Hbf
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operators

Köln Hbf to Berlin Hbf train times

Check out the next trains departing from Köln Hbf to Berlin Hbf for Tuesday 21st Jul 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
08:48 13:05 4h 17m, direct
09:48 14:10 4h 22m, direct
10:48 15:05 4h 17m, direct
11:48 16:10 4h 22m, direct
12:48 17:06 4h 18m, direct
13:48 18:09 4h 21m, direct
14:48 19:05 4h 17m, direct
15:48 20:10 4h 22m, direct
16:48 21:05 4h 17m, direct
17:48 22:18 4h 30m, direct

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

You can travel from Köln Hbf to Berlin Hbf on Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express), IC (Intercity) and Thalys 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.

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.

Cheap train tickets from Köln Hbf to Berlin Hbf

Train tickets from Köln Hbf to Berlin Hbf start at €9.99 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 €96.72.
lowest price found
from9.99
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price66.76
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price73.05
on the day
avg. single price96.72

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 Köln Hbf to Berlin 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 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 Köln Hbf to Berlin 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 Köln Hbf to Berlin Hbf take?

The average journey time by train between Köln Hbf and Berlin Hbf is 4 hours and 42 minutes, with around 20 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 Köln Hbf and Berlin Hbf by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Köln Hbf to Berlin Hbf is 4 hours and 17 minutes.

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

Train tickets from Köln Hbf to Berlin Hbf can start from as little as €9.99 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 Köln Hbf to Berlin Hbf?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Köln Hbf to Berlin Hbf without having to change trains. There are 17 direct trains from Köln Hbf to Berlin Hbf. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Köln Hbf to Berlin Hbf leaves at 04:18. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Köln Hbf to Berlin Hbf leaves at 22:49. 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 Köln Hbf and Berlin Hbf by train?

Trains travelling from Köln Hbf to Berlin Hbf cover a distance of around 295 miles (475 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Berlin Hbf to Köln Hbf.
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 Köln Hbf to Berlin Hbf 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 11/08/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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