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Cologne to Düsseldorf by train

Driving within Germany can be stressful. Long traffic jams, confusing road systems and a lack of suitable parking can lead to your journey between cities being a challenging one. Luckily, there's a much better option that also happens to be environmentally friendly - take the train from Cologne to Düsseldorf and you'll arrive in your destination relaxed and without any of the stresses of driving!

The speedy and direct ICE service will whisk you into the heart of Düsseldorf in as little as 20 minutes - much faster than driving. You'll also enjoy spacious seating, great views and meal options on-board. When you arrive, you'll be within walking distance of the city's top attractions. Discover the elegant Königsallee, the beautiful Hofgarten, and the old town all within a mile of the station.

Are you ready to book your train from Cologne to Düsseldorf​? Then read on for FAQs, top tips and so much more to help you plan your perfect journey.

Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf by train

It takes an average of 30m to travel from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf by train, over a distance of around 21 miles (33 km). There are normally 105 trains per day travelling from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf and tickets for this journey start from €3 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 21m
Price€3 - €35.90
Distance21 miles (33 km)
Frequency105 trains per day
Departure stationKöln Hbf
Arrival stationDüsseldorf Hbf
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operators

Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf train times

Check out the next trains departing from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf for Tuesday 21st Jul 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
12:11 12:32 21m, direct
12:17 12:46 29m, 1 change
12:21 12:56 35m, 1 change
12:31 13:01 30m, direct
12:49 13:19 30m, direct
12:57 13:48 51m, direct
13:07 13:37 30m, 1 change
13:17 13:45 28m, 1 change
13:31 14:01 30m, direct
13:46 14:09 23m, direct

Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express), IC (Intercity) and EC (Eurocity) trains from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf

You can travel from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf on Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express), IC (Intercity) and EC (Eurocity) 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.

PhotoQualle, under licence CC3.0

EuroCity (EC) trains offer convenient European cross-border connections between major cities in Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria – it's often a good alternative to air travel.

Cheap train tickets from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf

Train tickets from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf start at €3 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 €14.39.
lowest price found
from3
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price13.31
on the day
avg. single price14.39

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 Düsseldorf 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 Düsseldorf 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 Düsseldorf Hbf take?

The average journey time by train between Köln Hbf and Düsseldorf Hbf is 30 minutes, with around 105 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 Düsseldorf Hbf by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf is 21 minutes.

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

Train tickets from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf can start from as little as €3 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 Düsseldorf Hbf?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf without having to change trains. There are 73 direct trains from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf 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 Düsseldorf Hbf leave?

The first train from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf leaves at 00:07. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf leaves at 23:52. 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 Düsseldorf Hbf by train?

Trains travelling from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf cover a distance of around 21 miles (33 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Hbf. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf 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 Düsseldorf 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 06/08/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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