Thalys is the railway company connecting four European countries – France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Thalys trains run at a speed of up to 300km/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.
Train tickets from Paris to Köln Hbf start at €20.00 if purchased from 3 to 6 months in advance. Prices for train journeys from Paris to Köln Hbf start at €97.20 when you book at least 28 days in advance.** Tickets usually go on sale 3 months in advance, yet in some rare cases this can be up to 6 months. For more precise information on when you can book your tickets or whether there are any promotional sales, click here.
The average journey time between Paris and Köln Hbf is 5 hours and 23 minutes and the fastest journey time is 3 hours and 26 minutes. On an average weekday, there are 19 trains per day travelling from Paris to Köln Hbf. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays; use our journey planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The first train from Paris to Köln Hbf departs at 06:03. The last train from Paris to Köln Hbf departs at 21:19. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services. Alternatively, some popular routes may run throughout the night at a reduced frequency. There may also be less services on weekends and holidays; use our journey planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Paris to Köln Hbf without having to change trains. There are 5 direct trains from Paris to Köln Hbf. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.