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.
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.
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.
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).
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.§
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 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Köln Hbf to London is 5 hours and 22 minutes.
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.
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.
The first train from Köln Hbf to London leaves at 08:44. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
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.
Trains travelling from Köln Hbf to London cover a distance of around 307 miles (494 km) during the journey.