Cologne to Berlin train

Fri, 31 May
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Cheap train tickets from Cologne to Berlin

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Cheapest

The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Cologne to Berlin is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid travelling at rush hour.

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FlixTrain
05:515h33
Köln, Hbf
11:24Berlin
£281One-way
0 changes
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FlixTrain
16:015h27
Köln, Hbf
21:28Berlin
£281One-way
0 changes
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FlixTrain
16:015h37
Köln, Hbf
21:38Berlin
£281One-way
0 changes
FlixTrain
10:035h22
Köln, Hbf
15:25Berlin
£371One-way
0 changes
FlixTrain
07:507h35
Köln, Flughafen
15:25Berlin
£651One-way
1 change

Train timetableCologne to Berlin

Showing trains for tomorrow, Friday, 31 May
FlixTrain
05:515h33
Köln, Hbf
11:24Berlin
0 changes
FlixTrain
07:507h35
Köln, Flughafen
15:25Berlin
1 change
Deutsche Bahn
08:454h17
Cologne Hbf
13:02Berlin Hbf
0 changes
Deutsche Bahn
09:484h28
Cologne Hbf
14:16Berlin Hbf
0 changes
FlixTrain
10:035h22
Köln, Hbf
15:25Berlin
0 changes
Deutsche Bahn
10:454h18
Cologne Hbf
15:03Berlin Hbf
0 changes
Deutsche Bahn
12:173h57
Cologne Hbf
16:14Berlin Hbf
0 changes
Deutsche Bahn
12:454h19
Cologne Hbf
17:04Berlin Hbf
0 changes
FlixTrain
16:015h27
Köln, Hbf
21:28Berlin
0 changes
FlixTrain
16:015h37
Köln, Hbf
21:38Berlin
0 changes

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Train times from Cologne to Berlin

Showing times and prices for 31 May

Fastest Journey

3 h 57 m

Average

5 h 5 m

Trains per day

10

Distance

479 km

Of the 10 trains that leave Cologne for Berlin every day 9 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Fastest
Deutsche Bahn
12:173h57
Cologne Hbf
16:14Berlin Hbf
£1121One-way
0 changes
Deutsche Bahn
08:454h17
Cologne Hbf
13:02Berlin Hbf
£1121One-way
0 changes
Deutsche Bahn
10:454h18
Cologne Hbf
15:03Berlin Hbf
£1121One-way
0 changes
Deutsche Bahn
12:454h19
Cologne Hbf
17:04Berlin Hbf
£1121One-way
0 changes
Deutsche Bahn
09:484h28
Cologne Hbf
14:16Berlin Hbf
£1121One-way
0 changes

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ReviewsReviews for the rail journey from Cologne to Berlin

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IconYou can work well on the train
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IconUnfortunately not always on time
The wifi on the train was mostly reliable. However, during the cross-country journeys, the internet connection regularly broke down. Phone calls were difficult to make. Hygiene in the trains was average. The toilets were dirty, but this was also due to the passengers.
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IconRide was pleasant
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IconNo attention is paid to seat reservations
The journey from Cologne to Berlin by train (ICE) was relatively relaxing. There were free power sockets, free wifi, good service and you didn't have to change trains. Let's move on to the seats. Some passengers don't pay attention to the fact that some have reserved a seat and sat down somewhere. The seats were relatively comfortable, but after sitting for a long time, your buttocks hurt. The toilets were not clean and DB and punctuality is never the truth. Conclusion : The journey was ok, for the price you can't expect anything better.
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IconNice staff
It was a perfect trip.I had perfect wifi. The staff were very nice. The food tasted great, the food was also delivered very quickly. It has a great price-performance ratio. I can recommend it to everyone because it was very clean on the train. The toilets were also very clean. The train was also on time. Great trip!
Pro
IconThe train arrived on time.
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IconThe staff were not very nice.
My second class train journey from Cologne to Berlin was fine except for the staff. The staff were not very nice to me. Otherwise, the train was on time and the train was very clean. The toilets were also very hygienic. The performance of the price is also great. In general, it is a 4 star rating, Because the staff were not nice to me.
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IconNice staff
It was a very very great train ride. I had access to wifi and my seat had its own power socket. The seats were very comfortable and the train was very quiet. Two babies cried from time to time, but this is normal. If you needed food, you also got it. The staff were very friendly and you had many options. The train was very clean, and the toilets were also very clean, with a lot of attention paid to hygiene. There was no need to change trains and the train arrived on time - great value for money! I can recommend it to everyone, as it is so cheap and a great train ride!
Pro
IconVery nice staff
I had wifi on the train, every single seat had its own bin, or socket. The seats were very comfortable and it was very quiet on the train. The staff provided very great service and everything was clean. The toilets were also very clean and there were many food options. The value for money is great. It was so cheap. I can just recommend it to everyone.
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IconEmployees
I had wifi on the train. Each one had its own power socket. The seats were very comfortable and the train was very quiet and there was also catering. The staff were very very friendly and there were lots of reservation options. It was very very clean very clean rise and we would not have to change trains. So great for such a price. I would recommend it to anyone!
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IconThe staff
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IconNothing
I travelled by train from Cologne to Berlin and once again had a very good experience. The staff inside the train were very friendly and courteous. The toilets were kept very clean and in general the train was also in very good hygienic condition. The volume throughout the journey was very quiet and it was easy to relax and work inside the train. Gladly again.
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IconPunctuality
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Iconlong duration
There was wifi on the train and each seat had a power socket. The seats were very comfortable and well maintained and it was quiet on the train. The staff were very, very friendly and the reservation was very easy. It was very clean, the toilets were also very clean. There was no change, the train was on time and it was very cheap.
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I am satisfied with the Cologne to Berlin route. I travelled on ICE 953 and the on-board restaurant was open and had everything ready. Delicious food as well as beer and other drinks. It was a pity that the wifi worked but was not constantly stable. There were a few wireless holes, but I think that's normal. Price-performance ratio was okay. I didn't book a seat reservation because I spent the whole trip in the restaurant. Service was super nice.
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IconPersonnel
Iconcomfortable
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IconWIFI
IconSockets
IconCleanliness
The journey on the ICE was very comfortable and convenient. The good thing is that the journey is always stress-free. The train staff are very friendly and helpful. The seats are comfortable in 1st class and also in 2nd class. Unfortunately, one thing to criticise is the poor wifi on the entire journey. The power sockets are unfortunately also too few for all the electronic devices that I have to carry as a passenger.
Pro
IconComfortable seat
IconSmooth ride
IconNice staff
Cons
IconThere was a slight lack of cleanliness in the toilets
IconLong journey time
IconHigh fare
My train journey from Cologne to Berlin was a really pleasant experience. The legroom on the train was generous and the atmosphere was calm and relaxing. The train was well equipped and the modern amenities helped to make the journey very pleasant. Comfortable seats and ample space made for a particularly comfortable seat. The staff on board deserve praise for their friendliness and helpfulness, which made the journey even more enjoyable. The overall cleanliness of the train was fine, although the toilets could be improved. Despite this minor shortcoming, it did not have a lasting effect on my overall impression. One small negative point was the longer journey time, especially for business travellers or those on a tight schedule. The price-performance ratio could also be optimised, as I found the fare to be a little high compared to the duration of the journey. Nevertheless, the positive aspects outweigh the negative ones. The legroom, comfort and excellent service make the train journey from Cologne to Berlin an option worth recommending. With a shorter journey time and possibly adjusted prices, this journey could be even more appealing. All in all, however, it was a positive experience that I would gladly repeat. Therefore "only" 4 stars from me.
Pro
IconNice staff
IconVery clean
Cons
IconDisappointing comfort
IconPoor equipment
IconPoor price-performance ratio
IconLong journey duration
The train journey from Cologne to Berlin was disappointing. I would like to praise the cleanliness of the train and the helpful staff. However, this did not make the journey a pleasant experience. The journey was unpleasantly long. I felt that the price-performance ratio was not fair, especially in comparison to the amenities on offer. The train's facilities left a lot to be desired and the comfort was rather mediocre, which made the long-distance journey really tiring. Despite the positive aspects, my overall impression of the journey from Cologne to Berlin remains disappointing, as the negative elements were unfortunately too many. I would therefore not recommend the journey.
Pro
IconItinerary
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IconSanitary facilities
I travelled to Berlin with my wife for a city trip. We were really impressed with the service provided by Deutsche Bahn, the train arrived on time in Cologne Deutz. The train made a clean and well-kept impression until we needed to use the sanitary facilities. Unfortunately, these were not so clean and hygienic. The wifi on board worked very well and the staff were also very helpful and friendly.
Pro
IconA reasonably quiet seat
IconComfortable seats
Cons
IconUnpunctual
IconFull
I sat in first class on the train, where there was plenty of legroom and a power socket for every seat. The seats were comfortable so far and I was also asked very quickly if I wanted something from the dining car. The staff were very friendly. Before my journey, I booked an extra seat for €5.90 because the train was full and I sat in my seat the whole time. Information was only available in the DB app or from the train crew, but no more than necessary, because when everyone wondered why we were suddenly travelling so slowly, they just said we weren't allowed to travel at more than 133 km/h. In my opinion, the journey time of over 6.5 hours (thanks to a 1.5 hour delay) was far too long and unjustified. As a result, I missed 2 connecting trains. As I booked the ticket very early, it was very cheap.

Overview: Train from Cologne to Berlin

distanceDistance296 miles
durationAverage train duration3 h 58 min
priceAverage train ticket price£96 (€108)
frequencyTrain frequency12 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 12 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersDeutsche Bahn or FlixTrain

Trains from Cologne to Berlin cover the 296 miles long trip taking on average 3 h 58 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn or FlixTrain. Normally, there are 12 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around £96, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £18. Travellers depart most frequently from Cologne Hbf and arrive in Berlin Hbf.

Train providers: Deutsche Bahn and FlixTrain trains Cologne to Berlin

Buy your official Deutsche Bahn and FlixTrain train tickets from Cologne to Berlin from £18 with Omio. Find train times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies to compare and book the most affordable journey.

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 Cologne to Berlin train.

Train information from Cologne to Berlin with Deutsche Bahn:

  • Average Duration: 4 h 26 min
  • Cheapest Price: £34
  • Deutsche Bahn frequency: 11 a day

Trains from Cologne to Berlin: Journey Details

Trains in Germany are an efficient way to travel between cities, with Deutsche Bahn offering domestic and international train routes. High-speed trains from Cologne and Berlin are quick and efficient, allowing anyone to visit the German capital with ease. Deutsche Bahn operates a daily service, with departures every hour. The earliest trains from Cologne to Berlin depart shortly after 4:00 a.m. and the last train of the day leaves Cologne at 11:15 p.m. Direct journeys take just over 4 hours to make the trip, and you can also choose to change once or twice without adding much time onto the journey.

Return trains from Berlin to Cologne are also available.

Taking the Train from Cologne

All trains from Cologne to Berlin leave from the city's Messe Station and arrive at Berlin's Hauptbahnhof. You can find Messe in the Deutz district of Cologne, not far from the River Rhine. From the city center, the best choice is to take Cologne's S-Bahn overground train system from the Hauptbahnhof, which takes a few minutes. Lines S6, S11, S12 and S13 all stop at Messe, and S-Bahn trains run until late.

Getting into Berlin by Train

Berlin is one of Europe's most forward-looking cities - filled with music venues, art galleries, technology companies, museums and cultural events. It has one of the world's great nightlife scenes, but also caters for lovers of history, with attractions like the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin Wall. All trains from Cologne to Berlin arrive at the city's Hauptbahnhof, which is located at Potsdamer Platz near the city center. The best way to reach the center is via the U55 U-Bahn line, or by using Berlin's suburban S-Bahn train services. Be aware that the U55 line is not directly connected to the rest of the U-Bahn network, but that the U5 line is a short walk from the station.

FAQs: Cologne to Berlin train

FAQs: Travel by train from Cologne to Berlin easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Cologne to Berlin.
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Cheap train tickets from Cologne to Berlin can start from as little as £18 when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Cologne to Berlin is £96; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
The average journey time by train from Cologne to Berlin is 3 h 58 min   to travel the 296 mile long trip, with around there are 12 trains per day. Journey times can vary on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Cologne to Berlin leaves at 06: 14. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Cologne to Berlin leaves at 22: 56.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Cologne to Berlin without having to change trains with Deutsche Bahn or FlixTrain. There are 12 direct trains from Cologne to Berlin each day. There may be fewer direct services available on weekends or holidays.
When taking a train from Cologne to Berlin, you can count on Deutsche Bahn or FlixTrain for the best way to get you to Berlin. You can also check all possible train providers who offer a service from Cologne to Berlin and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.
No, there are no night trains, the latest train for this route is 22: 56.

When departing from Cologne, you have various train station options to start your route from including Cologne Hbf, Cologne Messe/Deutz and Cologne/Bonn Flughafen. When arriving in Berlin, you can end your trip in train stations like Berlin Hbf, Berlin Südkreuz station and Berlin Ostbahnhof.

Passengers board the train most frequently from Cologne Hbf, which is located around 1.6 miles (2.5 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Berlin Hbf, located 3.5 miles (5.6 km) away from the city centre.

A trip to Berlin from Cologne is worth doing but not as a day trip with a journey time of 3 h 58 min each way. Check with Omio app   the best way to travel.
The cheapest month for a train from Cologne to Berlin is September.
It's helpful to compare your options as there are 3 ways to travel to Berlin from Cologne including taking a train, coach or flight.

Important Stations and Airports in Cologne and Berlin

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Cologne Hbf is the most popular Cologne railway station for Omio travellers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Cologne for your journey to Berlin.
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+49 2211411055
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Mon - Fri: 06: 00 - 21: 00 | Sat - Sun: 07: 00 - 21: 00
Public transport options for Cologne Hbf
U-Bahn lines: U5, U16, U18
S-Bahn lines: S6, S11, S12, S19
Bus lines: 172, 173
Train lines: ICE, IC, EC, FLX, RE, RB
Cologne Messe/DeutzWifiLockersParkingATMTaxisAccessibility
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ParkingParking
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At a Travel Center you will receive the following services with personal consultation: Tickets and reservations up to shortly before departure, season tickets and DB monthly season tickets on subscription as well as DB BahnCard related offers. Furthermore, national and international timetable and fare information is available in addition to supplementary services and offers for your rail journey.
Cologne/Bonn FlughafenShoppingParkingATMTaxisAccessibility
Amenities at station
ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
At a Travel Center you will receive the following services with personal consultation: Tickets and reservations up to shortly before departure, season tickets and DB monthly season tickets on subscription as well as DB BahnCard related offers. Furthermore, national and international timetable and fare information is available in addition to supplementary services and offers for your rail journey.
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Cologne MülheimShoppingParkingATMTaxisAccessibility
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ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
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ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
At a Travel Center you will receive the following services with personal consultation: Tickets and reservations up to shortly before departure, season tickets and DB monthly season tickets on subscription as well as DB BahnCard related offers. Furthermore, national and international timetable and fare information is available in addition to supplementary services and offers for your rail journey.
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Cologne TrimbornstrATMAccessibility
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Cologne Geldernstr. /ParkgürtelATMTaxisAccessibility
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