There's no city that can’t be made better by train journey (at least, that’s what we think). And when we say there’s a train that can take you from London to Cologne, starting with the impressively sleek Eurostar and calling on the awesome services of Italo and Deutsche Bahn trains, we’re sure you’ll agree that this London adventure suddenly became an awesome adventure.
The journey of a little over 12 hours covers just over 600 miles, a pretty epic way to take in the continent as you travel across the channel, through France and over Switzerland to reach Germany. Once you’ve reached Cologne, start your exploring at the city’s icon, the Cologne Cathedral. Enjoy a drink in its shadow before heading to Museum Ludwig, home to an impressive collection of artworks from masters such as Picasso. Another iconic structure is the Hohenzollern Bridge, so take a walk across the river and to KölnTriangle where you can take in panoramic views from over 100 metres up. Take a grand tour of Europe by train with this amazing route, see our FAQs below!
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 London to Cologne 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 London and Cologne is 22 hours and 25 minutes, with around 4 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 London to Cologne is 18 hours and 55 minutes.
Train tickets from London to Cologne can start from as little as €114.70 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 London to Cologne. Travelling from London to Cologne by train will require a minimum of 6 changes.
The first train from London to Cologne leaves at 11:04. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from London to Cologne leaves at 21:02. 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 London to Cologne cover a distance of around 613 miles (987 km) during the journey.