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Trains to Cologne
Cologne by train
Travel to Cologne by train
Take the high speed ICE or Thalys-train to Cologne, Germany, and arrive at the Hauptbahnhof (Central Station) right next to the Dom of Cologne. Stroll along the Rhine or take the cable car to the other side of the river. Explore the vibrant and historic city center. Direct trains run from all over Europe to Cologne.
International fares from Belgium and the Netherlands to Cologne start at only €19for a single journey with an optional seat reservation for €4,50 p.p. Thalys-tickets from Paris and Brussels to Cologne start at €35 from Paris and €25 from Brussels. Tickets from Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Czech Republic and Poland start at €39 each way, with an optional €4,50 for seat reservation. International tickets are for sale 3 months for departure.
Domestic train tickets from any station in Germany to Cologne start at €19 only with a €4,50 for a seat reservation. Booking for domestic train tickets start 6 months before travel date.
How to travel by train to Cologne
ICE-International trains run from the Netherlands (Amsterdam, Utrecht and Arnhem) to Cologne about 6 to 7 times each day. Brussels is connected 3 times daily with ICE-International trains. Thalys runs 5 high-speed services from Paris and Brussels to Cologne.
Direct connections from Switzerland exist with Zürich (1 time daily), Interlaken (1 time daily) and Basel (every 2 hours). Two direct ICE-trains links Vienna and Linz with Cologne, a EuroCity runs from Graz and Salzburg to Cologne and a direct Intercity connects Innsbruck and Cologne. Direct CityNightLine/EuroNight run from Warsaw, Prague, Zürich, Vienna and Basel to Cologne one time daily.
Domestic ICE and Intercity-trains run frequent to Frankfurt (every 60 or 30 minutes), Munich (every hour), Berlin (almost every hour) and Hamburg (every hour). Many other German cities have at least a daily or two-daily connection with Cologne.
Köln Hbf - Info
Railway Station Cologne
The main station in Cologne is Köln Hauptbahnhof. The station is located next to the Dom, the beautiful cathedral of Cologne. The centre is at a walking distance. The train enters the station after a long travers along the long and impressive Hohenzollernbrücke over the Rhine.
- Wifi: yes, free for 30 minutes
- Lockers: yes, 24h
- Restaurants: yes
- Parking: yes, paid
To the city centre
- Walking: 5 minutes
- Bike: no city bikes
- Tram: -
- Bus: possible, best to walk
- Taxi: yes
Finding your platform:
- On each platform and in the departure hall there are screens on which the departing trains are listed.
Finding your carriage:
- If you have a reserved seat, you can find the right spot on the platform where the carriage stops, by looking at the board of train compositions that can be found on any platform.
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Travel to the airport by train
The following connections are available to get from the airport to the city center of Cologne:
There are bus services and train services to Cologne city centre. Tickets can be bought at the ticketmachines on the airport or at the railway station. Costs to get from the airport to the city centre is €2,80 per ticket one way.
S-Bahn Rail S13
(7 days a week) take the S13 S-Bahn train towards Düren Bf/Sindorf and alight at Cologne Hbf.
S-Bahn Rail S19
(7 days a week) take the S19 S-Bahn train towards Düren Bf and alight at Cologne Hbf.
(7 days a week) take the RE6a train towards Düsseldorf Hbf and alight at Cologne Hbf.
(7 days a week) take the RE8 train towards Mönchengladbach Hbf and alight at Cologne Hbf.
Public Transport in Cologne
Public transport information: KVB Köln
Single journeys and Day- or Week Travelcards:
Single journey tickets are for sale at the major stations in Cologne. If you are staying for a longer time in Cologne you can buy a KölnCard which is available for 24 hours (€9,-) or 48 hours (€18,-).
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