The cheapest trains from Paris to Cologne

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Cheapest

£124

Average

£155

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.

Cheapest
14:25Paris Gare du Nord3h50 18:15Cologne Hbf
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£1241One-way
12:25Paris Gare du Nord3h50 16:15Cologne Hbf
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£1461One-way
10:25Paris Gare du Nord3h50 14:15Cologne Hbf
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£1951One-way

Timetable Paris to Cologne

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10:25Paris Gare du Nord3h50 14:15Cologne Hbf
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12:25Paris Gare du Nord3h50 16:15Cologne Hbf
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14:25Paris Gare du Nord3h50 18:15Cologne Hbf
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28 Oct
£91Deutsche Bahn
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29 Oct
£82Deutsche Bahn
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30 Oct
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31 Oct
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Mon
1 Nov
£82Deutsche Bahn with connection
£35BlaBlaCar Bus
£199Eurowings
Tue
2 Nov
£63Deutsche Bahn
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Wed
3 Nov
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£17BlaBlaCar Bus
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Thu
4 Nov
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5 Nov
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6 Nov
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7 Nov
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8 Nov
£50Deutsche Bahn
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9 Nov
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10 Nov
£51Deutsche Bahn
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Thu
11 Nov
£41Deutsche Bahn
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Fri
12 Nov
£76Thalys
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13 Nov
£42Deutsche Bahn with connection
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14 Nov
£56Deutsche Bahn
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15 Nov
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16 Nov
£37Deutsche Bahn
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The fastest trains from Paris to Cologne

Showing times and prices for 28 Oct

Fastest Journey

3 h 50 m

Average

3 h 50 m

Trains per day

3

Distance

403 km

It's difficult to get from Paris to Cologne without changing at least once.

Fastest
14:25Paris Gare du Nord3h50 18:15Cologne Hbf
1 changes
£1241One-way
Fastest
10:25Paris Gare du Nord3h50 14:15Cologne Hbf
1 changes
£1951One-way
Fastest
12:25Paris Gare du Nord3h50 16:15Cologne Hbf
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£1461One-way

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Train Information to Cologne from Paris

distanceDistance249 miles (402 km)
durationAverage train duration5 h 55 min
priceAverage train ticket price£84 (€95)
frequencyTrain frequency3 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 3 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesThalys, 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.

Train companies

Travel with Deutsche Bahn between Paris and Cologne

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.

Deutsche Bahn

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.

Operator ticket policies for COVID

  • Normal conditions apply
  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended

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.

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Trains from Paris to Cologne
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FAQs
Is cross-border travel by train between Paris, France and Cologne, Germany allowed?

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

Can I enter Germany from France?

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

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

Conditions of entry:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from compulsory quarantine (certificate needed)
  • Pre-arrival health declaration
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival

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

All travellers in Germany must observe these coronavirus safety measures:

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

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.

What COVID restrictions are there for my return journey by train to Paris, France from Cologne, Germany?

Return travel from Germany to France is: Partially open.

Are there any international entry restrictions on returning to Paris from Cologne?

Entry into 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?

Requirements for reentering:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • 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 requirement: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Mandatory

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.

How much do cheap train tickets between Paris and Cologne cost?
Looking to save money on your journey? Omio customers have found the cheapest train from Paris to Cologne for the next 7 days starting from £63  one way.
What is the cost of a train ticket from Paris to Cologne on average?
In the next 7 days you’ll find that the average cost of a train ticket from Paris to Cologne is £84  one way.
What is the distance from Paris to Cologne via train?
The Paris to Cologne train distance is approximately 249 miles (402 km).
How long is the train from Paris to Cologne?
The Paris to Cologne train duration is on average 5 h 55 min, which is to be expected when travelling 249 miles (402 km) from Paris to Cologne. However, the time it takes can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and bank holidays.
What is the departure train station in Paris and arrival train station in 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.

Where is the train station in Paris? Where is the train station in Cologne?

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.

Which train companies should I travel with from Paris to Cologne?
When taking a train from Paris to Cologne, you can count on Thalys, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Bahn with connection, TGV, SNCB, TGV or SNCB | IC for the best way to get you to Cologne. You can also check all possible train companies who offer a service to Cologne from Paris and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.
Are there any Paris to Cologne direct train services?
Yes, there are 3 direct trains from Paris to Cologne per day with Thalys  on Omio. This is worth paying attention to when you book your train ticket as direct services tend to offer more convenience and help save you time travelling to your destination.
How many trains per day are there from Paris to Cologne?
The average number of trains departing Paris for Cologne is 3 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
When can I take the first train from Paris to Cologne? When can I take the last train for the day?
The earliest train departing from Paris to Cologne leaves at 05: 33. The last train departing from Paris to Cologne leaves at 18: 06. You can find the latest Paris to Cologne train timetable on Omio and book the best time to leave for your journey on your chosen travel date.
How early should I purchase Paris to Cologne train tickets to get the best deals?
The price of a one way train ticket from Paris to Cologne is on average £84 if you buy within the next 7 days. But we recommend booking tickets before your planned travel date to find the best prices for trains from all possible train companies offering this journey. In general, you can find train tickets from Paris to Cologne available a few months in advance.

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
TaxiTaxi
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket office hours
Mon - Sun: 04: 45 - 01: 30
Connections to/from station
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
TaxiTaxi
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket office hours
Mon - Sun: 04: 45 - 01: 30
Connections to/from station
Metro lines: 4, 5
Bus lines: 65, 26, 43
Train lines: RER B, D, E
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxiTaxi
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket office hours
Mon - Fri: 06: 45 - 20: 30 | Sat: 09: 00 - 20: 00 | Sun: 09: 00 - 20: 30
Connections to/from station
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
TaxiTaxi
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket office hours
Mon - Fri: 08: 00 - 19: 30 | Sat: 10: 00 - 18: 00
Connections to/from station
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
TaxiTaxi
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket office hours
Mon - Sun: 10: 45 - 18: 00
Connections to/from station
Metro lines: 6, 14
Bus lines: 24, 87, N32, N35
Train lines: TER, Intercités
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxiTaxi
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket office hours
Mon - Sun: 08: 00 - 20: 00
Connections to/from station
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