Cologne by train

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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.

Train tickets

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. 


Köln Hbf - Hotels near the station

Find cheap hotels with good ratings near Koln Hbf Train Station

  •  Walking distance from the train station   •  Rating: 8+ 
Cheap hotels near Koln Hbf - Trains to Cologne

Savoy Hotel****

5 minutes by foot from the station. Classic, modern, stylish. Very high ratings.  •  Agoda  •  Trivago

Cheap hotels near Koln Hbf - Trains to Cologne

Ibis Hotel Köln am Dom***

Next to the train station and the Dom. Perfect location. Fine hotel with good ratings.  •  Agoda  •  Trivago 

Cheap hotels near Koln Hbf - Trains to Cologne

TRYP by Windham Koln City Centre****

Convenient 4-star hotel, 300 meters from the station.  •  Agoda  •  Trivago 

•  Find more cheap hotels:  •  Agoda  •  Trivago

Köln Hbf - Rental cars

Cheap rental cars at Koln Hbf train station

Cheap rental cars near Koln Hauptbahnhof - Rent a car in Cologne

Rental Cars

3 rental car companies: Avis, Flizzr, Sixt.   

Airport Connection

Travel to the airport by train

The following connections are available to get from the airport to the city center of Cologne:

Köln-Bonn Airport: 
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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