Paris to Cologne train

Cheap train tickets from Paris to Cologne

Showing times and prices for 21 May

Cheapest

£109

Average

£130

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.

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07:20Paris Gare de l'Est4h45 12:05Cologne Hbf
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£1091One-way
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15:20Paris Gare de l'Est4h45 20:05Cologne Hbf
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£1091One-way
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15:20Paris Gare de l'Est5h45 21:05Cologne Hbf
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£1091One-way
11:55Paris Gare du Nord3h20 15:15Cologne Hbf
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£1131One-way
09:55Paris Gare du Nord3h21 13:16Cologne Hbf
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£1131One-way

Train schedule Paris to Cologne

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07:20Paris Gare de l'Est4h45 12:05Cologne Hbf
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08:55Paris Gare du Nord3h20 12:15Cologne Hbf
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09:04Paris Gare de l'Est5h01 14:05Cologne Hbf
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09:04Paris Gare de l'Est6h01 15:05Cologne Hbf
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09:55Paris Gare du Nord3h21 13:16Cologne Hbf
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10:25Paris Gare du Nord3h50 14:15Cologne Hbf
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10:55Paris Gare de l'Est5h10 16:05Cologne Hbf
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10:55Paris Gare de l'Est6h09 17:04Cologne Hbf
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11:55Paris Gare du Nord3h20 15:15Cologne Hbf
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12:25Paris Gare du Nord3h50 16:15Cologne Hbf
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12:25Paris Gare du Nord3h50 16:15Cologne Hbf
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13:08Paris Gare de l'Est4h57 18:05Cologne Hbf
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13:08Paris Gare de l'Est5h57 19:05Cologne Hbf
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15:20Paris Gare de l'Est4h45 20:05Cologne Hbf
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15:20Paris Gare de l'Est5h45 21:05Cologne Hbf
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17:55Paris Gare de l'Est5h09 23:04Cologne Hbf
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19:04Paris Gare de l'Est7h01 02:05Cologne Hbf
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19:04Paris Gare de l'Est5h02 00:06Cologne Hbf
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Fastest train times from Paris to Cologne

Showing times and prices for 21 May

Fastest Journey

3 h 20 m

Average

4 h 50 m

Trains per day

18

Distance

403 km

Of the 18 trains that leave Paris for Cologne every day 2 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

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08:55Paris Gare du Nord3h20 12:15Cologne Hbf
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£1361One-way
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11:55Paris Gare du Nord3h20 15:15Cologne Hbf
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£1131One-way
09:55Paris Gare du Nord3h21 13:16Cologne Hbf
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£1131One-way
12:25Paris Gare du Nord3h50 16:15Cologne Hbf
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£1191One-way
10:25Paris Gare du Nord3h50 14:15Cologne Hbf
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£1821One-way

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Overview: Train from Paris to Cologne

distanceDistance249 miles (402 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 20 min
priceAverage train ticket price£116 (€131)
frequencyTrain frequency1 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there is 1 direct train a day
carriersTrain providersThalys, Deutsche Bahn with connection or Deutsche Bahn

Trains from Paris to Cologne cover the 249 miles (402 km) long journey taking on average 3 h 20 min with our travel partners like Thalys, Deutsche Bahn with connection or Deutsche Bahn. Normally, there is 1 train operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around £116, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £73. Travellers depart most frequently from Paris Gare de Lyon and arrive in Köln Hbf.

Train companies: Thalys and Deutsche Bahn trains Paris to Cologne

For as little as £73 you can travel by train from Paris to Cologne with Thalys and Deutsche Bahn. Omio will show you the best deals, timetables and tickets available for this trip.

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Thalys

Deutsche Bahn (DB) is the main operator of train services in Germany, making on average 40, 000 journeys per day. A special feature of Deutsche Bahn 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 for your train from Paris to Cologne. 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 toilets are standard amenities, services like an onboard restaurant or free WiFi are only available on certain trains.

  • Average Price: £82

Thalys is a French-Belgian high-speed train company that connects the main capital cities. For your next train to Cologne from Paris with Thalys, you can choose from these different ticket fares: Standard Mini, Standard, Comfort and Premium.

Book your Thalys Paris to Cologne train with Omio and enjoy a smooth and relaxing journey! Check Thalys up-to-date train timetables for the ideal departure and arrival times, compare the fastest Paris to Cologne routes as well as the amenities offered in the class fare you choose and buy the most affordable Thalys train tickets online that fit your budget. The distance from Paris to Cologne is 249 miles (402 km), and the best price for a one-way Paris - Cologne Thalys train ticket starts at £112 if you book in advance. If you would rather search for your Thalys ticket in the Omio app, you can quickly see if it's a mobile ticket so that you can go paperless when travelling by train. Waiting in a queue at the train station to purchase your train ticket will become yesterday's news. So, book your train tickets online quickly and easily and enjoy your trip with Thalys!

Thalys from Paris to Cologne train information:

  • Average Duration: 3 h 27 min
  • Average Price: £112
  • Thalys frequency: 1 a day

Trains from Paris to Cologne

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.

Which train companies travel from Paris to Cologne?

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.

How long is the train from Paris to Cologne?

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.

How many trains are there from Paris to Cologne?

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.

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Paris to Cologne?

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.


Thalys trains from Paris to Cologne

The Thalys is a high-speed train in France which travels to over 17 cities throughout Europe, making it a very handy railway company to take if you’re looking to explore several European countries in one. The Thalys train map connects several destinations in France—the most popular being the Thalys train from Paris to Brussels and onwards to Cologne or Amsterdam. Picking up cheap Thalys tickets is easy in the app; just book Ticketless Journeys in advance or add discount cards to get deals on your next trip to France.

Thalys Standard, Thalys Comfort or Thalys Premium fare types are available; you to compare prices for high-speed trains from Paris to Cologne on Omio. The differences between each class is WiFi speed, seat comfort and more quiet zones. With Premium tickets you get served a meal and drinks throughout the journey with access to the Thalys lounge and newspapers. Pick up a cheap Thalys ticket by travelling during off-peak, mid-week hours and by planning in advance. The cheapest day to travel by train on tends to be on a Tuesday or Wednesday.

By booking your train from Paris to Cologne with Omio, you can pay in GBP and receive travel updates in English, so if your Thalys train is cancelled, Omio will suggest alternatives—we are with you all the way.


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Thalys Trains from Antwerp to Cologne

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 Tips: Trains from Paris to Cologne

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FAQs

Travel between Paris, France and Cologne, Germany by train is: Partially open.

What is the status of international entry into Germany from France?

International entry status: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of France

Do I need to self-quarantine on arrival in Germany from Paris?

Conditions of entry:

  • Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test as either a RT-PCR performed within 3 hours prior to arrival, or an Antigen test performed within 2 hours prior to arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 9 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)

What are the safety rules to follow in Cologne, Germany?

When travelling in Germany, you must follow these COVID-19 safety rules:

  • Physical distance requirement: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Mandatory

The information above was last checked on 18/05/2022. This can change before your date of travel so please review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your train to Cologne from Paris before travelling.

The current restriction level for your return trip by train from Cologne to Paris is: Partially open

Are there any international entry restrictions on returning to France from Germany?

Reentry to France is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in France from Cologne?

What are the entry requirements?

  • Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test as either a RT-PCR performed within 72 hours prior to arrival, or an Antigen test performed within 48 hours prior to arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Health declaration required

What are the safety rules to follow in Paris, France?

The government of France has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Physical distance: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
  • Face mask: Mandatory

Last verified on 18/05/2022. We do our best to keep this information up to date, but regulations can change so please double check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations ahead of your Cologne to Paris train here.

If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find a cheap train between Paris and Cologne for as little as £73  in the next 7 days.
If you are looking to buy your train ticket in the next 7 days, you can expect the Paris to Cologne train to cost on average £116  one way.
The distance to Cologne from Paris by train is approximately 249 miles (402 km).
On average the train from Paris to Cologne duration is 3 h 20 min  for the 249 miles (402 km) long journey, but the travel time can vary if you depart on weekends and holidays.

When departing from Paris, you have various train station options to start your trip from including Paris Gare de Lyon, Paris Gare du Nord and Paris Gare de l'Est. When arriving in Cologne, you can end your trip in train stations like Köln Hbf, Köln Messe/Deutz and Köln/Bonn Flughafen.

Omio customers book a train from Paris Gare de Lyon   to Köln Hbf   most frequently for this route.

Passengers board their train most frequently from Paris Gare de Lyon and travel around 1.9 miles (3.1 km) from the city centre to this train station.

Passengers travelling this route most often arrive at Köln Hbf and need to travel approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) from the train station to the city centre in Cologne.

For the trip from Paris to Cologne you can take a train with Thalys, Deutsche Bahn with connection or Deutsche Bahn. Be sure to check out all possible train companies that offer services from Paris to Cologne on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.
Yes, there is 1 direct train per day from Paris to Cologne, and you can find a direct train for this journey with Thalys  on Omio. It's worth paying attention to when you purchase your train ticket as direct services tend to offer more convenience and save you time getting to your destination.
On average, there is 1 train a day from Paris to Cologne. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
The earliest train departing from Paris to Cologne leaves at 04: 55. The last train departing from Paris to Cologne leaves at 20: 55. You can find the latest Paris to Cologne train times on Omio and book the best time to leave for your journey on your chosen travel date.
If you book a train ticket between Paris and Cologne within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average £116 one way. However, we recommend booking your train in advance to get access to the best prices. Train tickets from Paris to Cologne are generally on sale a few months before the planned departure date.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Paris
Cologne
Paris Gare de Lyon is the most popular Paris 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 Paris for your journey to Cologne.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
phone
Phone Number
+33 184943635
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Sun: 04: 45 - 01: 30
Public transport options for Paris Gare de Lyon
Metro lines: 1, 14
Bus lines: 24, 57, 61, 63, 72, 77, 91
Train lines: TGV, RER A, RER D, Transilien R
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
phone
Phone Number
+33 890640650
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Sun: 04: 45 - 01: 30
Public transport options for Paris Gare du Nord
Metro lines: 4, 5
Bus lines: 65, 26, 43
Train lines: RER B, D, E
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
phone
Phone Number
+33 184943635
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Fri: 06: 45 - 20: 30 | Sat: 09: 00 - 20: 00 | Sun: 09: 00 - 20: 30
Public transport options for Paris Gare de l'Est
Metro lines: 4, 5, 7
Bus lines: 31, 32, 35, 38, 39, 46, 54, 56, 91
Train lines: RER B, TGV, TGV/ICE, TER, Intercités, OUIGO, Transilien, Russian Railways
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
phone
Phone Number
+33 892353535
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Fri: 08: 00 - 19: 30 | Sat: 10: 00 - 18: 00
Public transport options for Paris Gare Saint-Lazare
Metro lines: 3, 9, 12, 13, 14
Bus lines: 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, 32, 42, 43, 66, 80, 94, 95, 528, RoissyB
Train lines: TER, Intercités, Transilien J, Transilien L, RER E
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
phone
Phone Number
+33 892353535
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Sun: 10: 45 - 18: 00
Public transport options for Gare de Paris Bercy
Metro lines: 6, 14
Bus lines: 24, 87, N32, N35
Train lines: TER, Intercités
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
phone
Phone Number
+33 892353535
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Sun: 08: 00 - 20: 00
Public transport options for Paris Gare d'Austerlitz
Metro lines: 5, 10
Bus lines: 24, 57, 61, 63, 89, 91, 215
Train lines: TER Centre-Val de Loire, Intercités, Intercités de Nuit, Transilien, RER C

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