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Köln Hbf to Paris by train

It takes an average of 8h 17m to travel from Köln Hbf to Paris by train, over a distance of around 251 miles (404 km). There are normally 21 trains per day travelling from Köln Hbf to Paris and tickets for this journey start from €32 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 3h 21m
Price€32 - €297.20
Distance251 miles (404 km)
Frequency21 trains per day
Departure stationKöln Hbf
Arrival stationParis
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operators

Köln Hbf to Paris train times

Check out the next trains departing from Köln Hbf to Paris for jeudi 16 juil. 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
19:43 Köln Hbf08:14 Paris Gare du NordICE 10 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets12h 31m, 3 changes
19:43 Köln Hbf08:44 Paris Gare du NordICE 10 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets13h 01m, 2 changes
19:43 Köln Hbf09:35 Paris Gare du NordICE 10 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets13h 52m, 1 change
19:47 Köln Hbf08:14 Paris Gare du NordRE 10928 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets12h 27m, 5 changes
20:53 Köln Hbf08:23 Paris Gare de l’EstIC 2315 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets11h 30m, 3 changes
20:53 Köln Hbf08:53 Paris Gare de l’EstIC 2315 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets12h 00m, 2 changes
21:15 Köln Hbf08:44 Paris Gare du NordRE 28156 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets11h 29m, 5 changes
21:53 Köln Hbf08:53 Paris Gare de l’EstIC 2321 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets11h 00m, 3 changes
04:22 Köln Hbf09:54 Paris Gare de l’EstICE 521 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets5h 32m, 1 change
07:42 Köln Hbf11:35 Paris Gare du NordICE 18 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets3h 53m, 1 change

Thalys trains from Köln Hbf to Paris

You can travel from Köln Hbf to Paris on 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.

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 Paris

Train tickets from Köln Hbf to Paris start at €32 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 €153.79.
lowest price found
from32
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price111.71
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price119.69
on the day
avg. single price153.79

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 Paris 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 Paris? 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 Paris take?

The average journey time by train between Köln Hbf and Paris is 8 hours and 17 minutes, with around 21 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 Paris by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Köln Hbf to Paris is 3 hours and 21 minutes.

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

Train tickets from Köln Hbf to Paris can start from as little as €32 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 Paris?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Köln Hbf to Paris without having to change trains. There are 2 direct trains from Köln Hbf to Paris. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Köln Hbf to Paris leaves at 04:22. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Köln Hbf to Paris leaves at 21:23. 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 Paris by train?

Trains travelling from Köln Hbf to Paris cover a distance of around 251 miles (404 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Paris 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 Paris for a typical week day using timetable data for 16/07/2020. 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 05/09/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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