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 Paris to Cologne will cost around £ 155 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 124.
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|Distance||249 miles (402 km)|
|Average train duration||5 h 55 min|
|Average train ticket price||£84 (€95)|
|Train frequency||3 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 3 direct trains a day|
|Train companies||Thalys, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Bahn with connection, TGV, SNCB, TGV or SNCB | IC|
Trains from Paris to Cologne cover the 249 miles (402 km) long trip taking on average 5 h 55 min with our travel partners like Thalys, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Bahn with connection, TGV, SNCB, TGV or SNCB | IC. Normally, there are 3 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around £84, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £63. Travellers depart most frequently from Paris Gare de Lyon and arrive in Köln Hbf.
Travel between Paris and Cologne from £63 with Omio’s train partners Deutsche Bahn! You can find the best timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the most convenient trip for you.
Find your perfect trip from Paris to Cologne with Deutsche Bahn (DB)! Check out the DB train timetables from Paris to Cologne and then book cheap DB tickets with Omio. The distance between Paris and Cologne by DB is 249 miles (402 km) and the cheapest price for a DB ticket from Paris to Cologne is £63.
DB is the main operator of train services in Germany, making on average 40, 000 train journeys per day. A special feature of DB is its wide range of ticket types, savings offers including Super Saver, Saver, and Flexible fares and discount cards like the Bahncard 25, 50 and 100, which you can also use at Omio.
DB uses different types of trains such as the ICE (Intercity Express), IC (Intercity), EC (Eurocity), IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional Express) and RB (Regionalbahn) on its routes, which differ in terms of comfort and the time required to travel. For example, while WCs are standard amenities, services like an onboard restaurant or free WiFi are only available on certain trains.
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Two providers operate trains to Cologne from Paris with over a dozen daily departures seven days a week. There are four direct trains a day with journey times of around 3.5 hours. Other services involve transfers in German cities and travel times of up to 7 hours. Departures start in the early morning and continue until early evening. Trains leave from either Paris Gare de l'Est or Gare du Nord and arrive at Cologne Hbf.
Trains from Paris to Cologne are operated by either the French-Belgian high-speed train provider Thalys or by the German national rail carrier Deutsche Bahn (DB). Both train types are comfortable with luggage space, power outlets, wifi and onboard catering.
The journey time of trains to Cologne from Paris varies according to the route taken and the waiting times at transfer stations. Direct services take approximately 3.5 hours while connecting routes take from four to seven hours. Transfers are made at Mannheim Hbf, Karlsruhe Hbf or Frankfurt Main Hbf.
There are around 14 departures a day on routes from Paris to Cologne. Sunday services are slightly reduced with the first train departing later in the morning. On weekdays and Saturdays, departures start at around 6:30 a.m. and continue until early evening.
Departure station:Trains on routes from Paris to Cologne depart from either Paris Gare de l'Est or Paris Gare du Nord. Both are large stations with good transport links to Paris by Metro and local buses. Facilities at both stations include car parking, taxi ranks, wifi, toilets, left luggage storage, shops, cafes and restaurants.
Arrival station:All trains to Cologne from Paris arrive at Cologne Hbf which is located in the heart of the city. Cologne's main historic and tourist attractions are within easy walking distance of the station. Transport links include taxis, S-Bahn trains and local buses. The station has left luggage lockers, ATMs, toilets, shops, food kiosks, cafes and restaurants.
The Thalys is a high-speed railroad company in France connecting the France to the rest of Europe and beyond. Perfect for multi-city train journeys in Europe.
When planning trips to Thalys destinations, consider checking back for offers on train tickets. Speak to the Customer Care team at the Omio help centre for cancellations or changes to your ticket from Antwerp to Cologne.
Travel between Paris, France and Cologne, Germany by train is: Partially open.
International entry status: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of France
Conditions of entry:
All travellers in Germany must observe these coronavirus safety measures:
The information above was last checked on 27/10/2021. Remember to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train between Paris and Cologne as this information can change.
Return travel from Germany to France is: Partially open.
Entry into France is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany
Requirements for reentering:
The government of France has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
Last checked on 27/10/2021. Please check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations closer to the travel date of your train to Paris from Cologne.
There are a few train stations in Paris to start your journey from including Paris Gare de Lyon, Paris Gare du Nord and Paris Gare de l'Est. In Cologne you have a few train station options to choose from for your arrival including Köln Hbf, Köln Messe/Deutz and Köln/Bonn Flughafen.
Omio customers travelling this route depart most frequently from Paris Gare de Lyon and arrive in Köln Hbf.
Passengers booking this journey most frequently board their trains from Paris Gare de Lyon and need to travel around 1 mile (s) / 2 km from the city centre to get to this train station.
Passengers arriving in Cologne most often arrive at Köln Hbf and need to travel around 1 mile (s) / 1 km from this train station to the city centre.
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