Trains Cologne to Paris
Cheap Train Tickets Thalys
About 5 Thalys trains a day from Cologne to Paris
Fastest journey is 3 hours and 21 minutes (direct)

Trains Paris <> Cologne

Booking horizon  4 months
Duration 3h21
Distance  448km 
Direct trains Yes
First train Paris 06h01
Last train Paris 21h25
First train Cologne 06h44
Last train Cologne 23h53
Trains per day


Train company Thalys
Station Paris Paris Gare du Nord
Station Cologne Köln Hbf






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The first train leaves at 06h44 from Koln Hauptbahnhof to Paris Gare du Nord, the last train leaves at 23h53. The journey time is 3 hours and 21 minutes between the two cities. Each day around 5 trains run between Cologne and Paris. Here, at HappyRail, you can buy all cheap train tickets from Cologne to Paris!


2nd class

  • Comfortable seats
  • Reservation included
  • Bistro coach where drinks, snacks and small meals are available for sale
  • Free wifi for holders 
  • Power sockets at all seats

1st class 

  • Comfortable seats with more leg room
  • Reservation included
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • Power points at all seats 
  • Free wifi 
  • A light cold meal served at your seat is included in the price
  • Use of the NS International lounges in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Schiphol Airport. Holders of the Thalys
  • ThePass and TheCard can use the Thalys-lounges in Brussels, Paris and Cologne.

Tips and tricks to book cheap train tickets France

  • Book as early as possible, tickets are available three months in advance (tickets for the summer can be booked from February) Train tickets can be three times as cheap if they are booked in advance

  • If possible, avoid trains during rush hour and TGV's used by Parisians for "weekend breaks" to travel to the country side

  • If tickets are sold out or very expensive, you could try to buy tickets to a destination nearby and from there to your final destination

  • Sometimes regionals trains are much cheaper than TGV-trains, but often the travel time is much longer

  • Travel on very early trains or late in the evening is often the cheapest option, except for some busy routes, like Paris to London

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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

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

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.   


Railway station Paris 

Paris Gare du Nord is one of the seven major stations in Paris. It is the departure station of the Thalys (to Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne), Eurostar (to London) and TGV's to Lille and regional trains to Reims. You can walk from the station to Montmartre and the Sacre Couer (about 30 minutes)


  • Wifi: free, but limited 
  • Lockers: 06h15-23h15
  • Restaurants: yes
  • Parking: yes, paid, not recommended

To the Eiffel Tower

  • Walking: 1h10
  • Bike: 25 minutes, (cheap) city bikes, Velib
  • Subway: 35 minutes, Metro 4 and 9 
  • Bus: 40 minutes, Bus 42
  • Taxi: yes

To the Louvre

  • Walking: 30 minutes
  • Bike: 18 minutes, (cheap) city bikes, Velib
  • Subway: 20 minutes, Metro 4 and 7
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To Paris Gare de Lyon 

  • Walking: 55 minutes
  • Bike: 20 minutes, (cheap) city bikes, Velib
  • Subway: 7 minutes, RER D
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To Paris Gare Montparnasse 

  • Walking: 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Bike: 30 minutes, (cheap) city bikes, Velib
  • Subway: 25 minutes, Metro 4 
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To Paris Gare de l'Est  

  • Walking: 10 minutes
  • Bike: 5 minutes, (cheap) city bikes, Velib
  • Subway: 4 minutes, Metro 4
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To Paris Gare d'Austerlitz  

  • Walking: 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Bike: 20 minutes, (cheap) city bikes, Velib
  • Subway: 15 minutes, Metro 5
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

Find cheap hotels with good ratings near Paris Gare du Nord

  •  Walking distance from the train station   •  Rating: 8+ 
Cheap hotels near Paris Gare du Nord - Trains to Paris

Hotel Amiens***

Walking distance: 5 minutes. Affordable, modern rooms. Typical Parisien hotel.  •  Agoda  •  Trivago

Cheap hotels near Paris Gare du Nord - Trains to Paris

Hotel Whistler****

Brand new hotel in opposite of the station. Very modern, high ratings.  •  Agoda  •  Trivago 

Cheap hotels near Paris Gare du Nord - Trains to Paris

Hotel Terminus Nord****

Classic hotel next to the station. Modern rooms. Typical Parisien bistro. Rating 7+  •  Agoda  •  Trivago 

•  Find more cheap hotels:  •  Agoda  •  Trivago

Rent a cheap car at the train station

Cheap rental cars near Paris Gare du Nord - Rent a car in Paris

Rental Cars

8 rental car companies. A few have offices in the departure hall. Sixt, Hertz, Europcar, Avis, Alamo, Budget, Dollar and more.