The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.
The average ticket from Berlin to Cologne will cost around £ 35 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 35.
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Of the 3 trains that leave Berlin for Cologne every day 3 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
These direct trains cover the 479 km distance in an average of 5 h 30 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 5 h 18 m .
The slowest trains will take 5 h 42 m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.
|Distance||296 miles (478 km)|
|Average train duration||4 h 39 min|
|Average train ticket price||£26 (€30)|
|Train frequency||12 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 12 direct trains a day|
|Train companies||Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain or Deutsche Bahn with connection|
Trains from Berlin to Cologne cover the 296 miles (478 km) long trip taking on average 4 h 39 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain or Deutsche Bahn with connection. Normally, there are 12 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this route for as low as £16, but the average price of train tickets is £26. Travellers depart most frequently from Berlin Hbf and arrive in Köln Hbf.
Deutsche Bahn trains will get you between Berlin and Cologne from £16. With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best train times and tickets for your trip.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) is Germany’s main operator of train services and makes on average about 40, 000 domestic and international journeys per day. Deutsche Bahn’s fleet of trains includes the high-speed ICE (Intercity Express) as well as the IC (Intercity), EC (Eurocity), IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional Express) and RB (Regionalbahn), which differ in terms of comfort and the time needed to travel. For example, while toilets are standard amenities, services like onboard restaurants or free WiFi are only available on certain train types and routes. Deutsche Bahn is well-known for its wide range of fares like Super Saver, Saver, and Flexible and discount cards like the Bahncard 25, 50 and 100, which you can also use for your Berlin to Cologne train.
Berlin to Cologne train information with Deutsche Bahn:
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Boarding a train from Berlin to Cologne is fast and stress-free. The fastest journey is 4 hours and 18 minutes. Passengers can catch an average of 17 trains a day between Berlin and Cologne. Trains leave the Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Hbf) station for Cologne every hour.
Depending on the day and passenger volume, people who want to take a train from Berlin to Cologne can expect between 11 and 22 trains daily. The first train leaves some minutes past midnight, and the last before midnight, but the times can change on weekends and during holidays and festivities. Passengers taking earlier and later trains may only have sleeper services to choose from.
The distance by train from Berlin to Cologne is approximately 298 miles. If travellers board the fastest train, they can get to Cologne in 4 hours and 18 minutes. The average duration for the journey depends on the number of changes, ticket class, time of the day, and other factors. Passengers travelling from Berlin to Cologne have up to 17 direct trains every day to choose from, especially if they book in advance.
Departure train station: Trains travelling from Berlin to Cologne depart from Berlin Hbf at the heart of the city. Berlin's underground, municipal rail, and express buses connect the station to the airport and the city. Facilities at the station include toilets, disability assistance, luggage storage, ticket offices, waiting rooms, shops and bars, and a first-class lounge.
Arrival train station: The arrival station in Cologne is Köln Hbf. The station's central location makes it easily accessible via the U-Bahn, S-Bahn, trams, and city buses. It's located next to the magnificent Kölner Cathedral and other popular attractions. Passenger facilities include waiting rooms, shops, bars, toilets, luggage storage, disability assistance, ticket counters, and an information desk.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) and FlixTrain operate trains between Berlin and Cologne. DB is owned by the German government, operates most of the intercity and regional trains in the country, and can run up to 20 Berlin-Cologne trains daily. Meanwhile, FlixTrain's services are limited to a few trains per week.
Deutsche Bahn's hourly services between Berlin and Cologne offer direct and connecting trains. Travellers can choose from 10 to 20 DB trains going to Cologne from Berlin every day. Trains reach their destination in approximately 4 hours and 18 minutes.
FlixTrain operates trains and coaches all over Europe. Some of its trains service the Berlin-Cologne route, with some direct connections. Its trains are slower than DB's but more affordable.
DB operates different types of trains, including high-speed ICE trains, intercity trains, and regional and local trains. Passengers riding in first class can expect complimentary snacks, drinks, newspapers, and unrestricted wireless internet access. Standard coaches are also spacious and comfortable.
Passengers can bring luggage on DB trains for free. Travelling with a bike on a long-distance journey needs a reservation. Guide dogs can ride DB trains without a ticket or a muzzle, but other pets may need to be restrained depending on their size. Larger dogs need a ticket to get on the train.
FlixTrain also offers first- and second-class seats. There is food on board, charging outlets, free WiFi, bathrooms, and more. The company helps passengers with reduced mobility and allows them to travel with wheelchairs and scooters weighing up to 350 kg. The luggage policy is generous, and passengers can transport a bicycle if they make a reservation. FlixTrain allows travelling with pets, but dogs need to be on a lead or muzzled.
Finding cheap train tickets requires planning and flexibility. Travellers can get excellent deals on train tickets from Berlin to Cologne if they book in advance - buying a ticket on the departure day is often expensive. Passengers can also get low-cost tickets if they travel when most people aren't on the move or opt for slower journeys and connecting trains. Omio's user-friendly tools help find the cheapest tickets to travel by train from Berlin to Cologne.
When departing from Berlin, you have various train station options to start your trip from including Berlin Hbf, Berlin Spandau and Berlin Südkreuz. When arriving in Cologne, you can end your journey in train stations like Köln Hbf, Köln Messe/Deutz and Köln/Bonn Flughafen.
Omio customers book a train from Berlin Hbf to Köln Hbf most frequently for this route.
Passengers board the train most frequently from Berlin Hbf, which is located around 1 mile (s) / 2 km away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Köln Hbf, located 1 mile (s) / 1 km away from the city centre.
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