Trains from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne

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Frankfurt am Main to Cologne Train Information

Trains arrive inCologne
Trains depart fromFrankfurt am Main
Distance153 km

Trains from Frankfurt to Cologne: Journey Details

Stylish, high-speed Deutsche Bahn ICE and InterCity trains in Germany provide most of the trips from Frankfurt to Cologne, making the trip in 1-2 hours. Trains depart from around 4 a.m. until midnight daily. Departures are scheduled multiple times per hour during most of the day, tapering off to twice an hour after 9 p.m. Fares vary by time, service, and demand level, with discounted fares for specific trips costing less than "flexpreis" tickets. Some trips transfer at Frankfurt airport or other stations en route. Weekend trips are nearly as numerous as weekday.

Return trains from Cologne to Frankfurt are also available.



Local Time 04:27
Population 963,300
Region North Rhine-Westphalia
Languages German

How expensive is Cologne?

An Average Meal

An average meal in a restaurant in Frankfurt costs 6.3% more than in Cologne.


Prices in Frankfurt are on average 7.9% higher than in Cologne.

Public Transport

Public transport in Frankfurt costs around 1.8% less than in Cologne.

A Night in a Hotel

A night in a hotel in Frankfurt is about 5.5% less expensive than in Cologne.

Taking the Train from Frankfurt

Passengers traveling from Frankfurt will depart from the "hauptbahnhof," or main train station, which is centrally located and easily accessible by U-bahn subway and many other transit lines including S-bahn, trams, and buses. Extensive public transit throughout the region allows easy access even from the suburbs. Night bus service makes it possible to reach the station even for the earliest 4 a.m. trains.

Getting into Cologne by Train

Travelers will know that they are arriving in Cologne as the famous Dom, or cathedral, grows from a distant landmark to a towering, medieval wonder. Built over several centuries, it is one of many historical attractions in Cologne, some dating back to Roman times. The main train station is centrally located close by the cathedral, making it easy to start one's visit to Cologne. S-bahn and U-bahn subway stations, especially on lines U-5 and U-18 which run through the night (see "nachtverkehr"), stop at the main stations, indicated by "Hbf" (for "Hauptbahnhof") in the stop name.