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Travelling from London to Cologne by train

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!

London to Cologne by train

It takes an average of 22h 25m to travel from London to Cologne by train, over a distance of around 613 miles (987 km). There are normally 4 trains per day travelling from London to Cologne and tickets for this journey start from €114.70 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 18h 55m
Price€114.70 - €380.30
Distance613 miles (987 km)
Frequency4 trains per day
Departure stationLondon
Arrival stationCologne
Changes6 changes

London to Cologne train times

Check out the next trains departing from London to Cologne for Sunday 27th Sep 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
08:19 London St-Pancras05:19 CologneEurostar 9010 Eurostar Get tickets20h 00m, 3 changes
08:54 London St-Pancras07:19 CologneEurostar 9116 Eurostar Get tickets21h 25m, 4 changes
10:24 London St-Pancras08:19 CologneEurostar 9018 Eurostar Get tickets20h 55m, 6 changes
12:24 London St-Pancras08:19 CologneEurostar 9024 Eurostar Get tickets18h 55m, 8 changes
12:24 London St-Pancras09:19 CologneEurostar 9024 Eurostar Get tickets19h 55m, 6 changes
14:22 London St-Pancras12:39 CologneEurostar 9032 Eurostar Get tickets21h 17m, 5 changes
07:55 London St-Pancras05:19 CologneEurostar 9008 Eurostar Get tickets20h 24m, 3 changes
07:55 London St-Pancras05:19 CologneEurostar 9008 Eurostar Get tickets20h 24m, 5 changes
10:24 London St-Pancras08:19 CologneEurostar 9018 Eurostar Get tickets20h 55m, 6 changes
11:04 London St-Pancras08:19 CologneEurostar 9126 Eurostar Get tickets20h 15m, 8 changes

Cheap train tickets from London to Cologne

Train tickets from London to Cologne start at €114.70 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 €352.38.
lowest price found
from114.70
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price172.37
on the day
avg. single price352.38

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 London to Cologne 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 London to Cologne? 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 London to Cologne take?

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.

What's the fastest journey time between London and Cologne by train?

The fastest journey time by train from London to Cologne is 18 hours and 55 minutes.

How much does the train from London to Cologne cost?

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.

Is there a direct train from London to Cologne?

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.

What time does the first train from London to Cologne leave?

The first train from London to Cologne leaves at 11:04. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from London to Cologne leave?

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.

What's the distance between London and Cologne by train?

Trains travelling from London to Cologne cover a distance of around 613 miles (987 km) during the journey.

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 London to Cologne for a typical week day using timetable data for 27/09/2020. 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 21/09/2020 for travel on 21/10/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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