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Taking the train from Cologne to London

When you travel by train from Cologne to London, you can be living it up like a local in England's historic capital less than five hours later. You'll arrive in the heart of the city at London St Pancras, with travel links to the rest of the United Kingdom and across the whole of London.

Travel in ultimate comfort on a combination of Deutsche Bahn and Eurostar services, all of which offer free WiFi connection, a dining carriage, and power sockets onboard. Sit back and relax as you're whisked almost 310 miles (500km) across the stunning European countryside at high speed, with room to stretch your legs and relax. The best part? Travelling by train means you can forget about long airport security queues and tight luggage restrictions - you'll even be dropped off right in the heart of London city centre, without the hassle of airport transfers.

Ready to start your journey? Browse ticket prices and train times from Cologne to London using the Journey Planner at the top of this page, or keep reading below for more details on the journey, including answers to your most frequently asked question, money-saving tips and so much more.

Köln Hbf to London by train

It takes an average of 15h 02m to travel from Köln Hbf to London by train, over a distance of around 307 miles (494 km). There are normally 13 trains per day travelling from Köln Hbf to London and tickets for this journey start from €56.40 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 5h 22m
Price€56.40 - €647.40
Distance307 miles (494 km)
Frequency13 trains per day
Departure stationKöln Hbf
Arrival stationLondon
Changes1 change
Train and bus operatorsABR, DB, erb, Regiojet, union_ivkoni

Köln Hbf to London train times

Check out the next trains departing from Köln Hbf to London for Thursday 9th Jul 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
14:31 Köln Hbf08:24 London Liverpool StreetNational Express 28520 National Express Get tickets18h 53m, 5 changes
14:31 Köln Hbf08:54 London Liverpool StreetNational Express 28520 National Express Get tickets19h 23m, 4 changes
15:43 Köln Hbf08:24 London Liverpool StreetICE 14 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets17h 41m, 6 changes
15:43 Köln Hbf08:54 London Liverpool StreetICE 14 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets18h 11m, 5 changes
16:25 Köln Hbf08:24 London Liverpool StreetRE 10622 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets16h 59m, 7 changes
16:25 Köln Hbf08:54 London Liverpool StreetRE 10622 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets17h 29m, 6 changes
19:43 Köln Hbf10:02 London St-PancrasICE 10 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets15h 19m, 1 change
19:47 Köln Hbf10:02 London St-PancrasRE 10928 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets15h 15m, 3 changes
20:53 Köln Hbf11:30 London St-PancrasIC 2315 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets15h 37m, 3 changes
21:15 Köln Hbf10:02 London St-PancrasRE 28156 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets13h 47m, 4 changes

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

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

PhotoSmiley.toerist, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

Eurostar is the exclusive high-speed train service that links London to Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and the rest of Europe at speeds of up to 186 mph (300 km/h). All Eurostar trains have modern, comfortable facilities, plenty of room for luggage, and onboard food and beverage car. There are three comfort classes on offer – Standard, Standard Premier (equivalent to Premium Economy, with light refreshments served), and Business Premier (equivalent to First or Business Class, with flexible travel options, priority boarding, lounge access and delicious food and drink included).

Cheap train tickets from Köln Hbf to London

Train tickets from Köln Hbf to London start at €56.40 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 €317.44.
lowest price found
from56.40
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price194.20
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price214.71
on the day
avg. single price317.44

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 London 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 London? 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 London take?

The average journey time by train between Köln Hbf and London is 15 hours and 2 minutes, with around 13 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 London by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Köln Hbf to London is 5 hours and 22 minutes.

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

Train tickets from Köln Hbf to London can start from as little as €56.40 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 London?

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

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

The first train from Köln Hbf to London leaves at 08:44. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Köln Hbf to London leaves at 21:53. 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 London by train?

Trains travelling from Köln Hbf to London cover a distance of around 307 miles (494 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from London 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 London for a typical week day using timetable data for 09/07/2020. 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 06/07/2020 for travel on 22/02/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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