Berlin to Cologne

Berlin to Cologne

  Oct 2, 2021, 3 trips (36 – 0)

Transportation from Berlin to Cologne

How to get from Berlin to Cologne

Travelling between Berlin and Cologne is possible by Bus and train. Train guarantees the fastest travel on this route. Bus is the slowest option.

The most expensive ticket will cost you EUR 40.00 if you go by Train; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a bus which will set you back mere EUR 19.99.

How long does it take to get from Berlin to Cologne?

It can take you anywhere between 6 and 18 hours to travel between Berlin and Cologne depending on the means of transport you choose.

Train is the fastest way to travel between Berlin and Cologne. Train will bring you to your destination in 5h 15m. Bus does a much slower job and take about 17h 25m to reach Cologne.

How much does it cost to get from Berlin to Cologne?

Travelling between Berlin and Cologne can be as cheap as EUR 19.99 if you opt for a FlixBus bus and as expensive as EUR 40.00 if you buy a Flixtrain Train ticket.

Here is the list of how much you can expect to pay travelling by each means of transport available for this route.

How many trips per day are there between Berlin and Cologne ?

  • 1 from Berlin to Cologne starting from 08:50 Cologne Airport until 19:55 Cologne Airport
  • 1 from Berlin to Cologne starting from 02:30 Cologne Airport until 23:20 Cologne Airport
  • 1 by Bus+Train from Berlin to Cologne starting from 12:45 Cologne Hbf until 13:00 Cologne Hbf
  • 1 from Berlin to Cologne starting from 08:28 Cologne Hbf until 16:24 Cologne Hbf

Check above for a bus, train, flight and ferry timetable from Berlin to Cologne.

What mode of transportation is the best one for my route?


Flying is the fastest and often the most expensive way to travel from Berlin to Cologne, but with a bit of luck you can score very good deals for as little as EUR 209.00.

Things to remember: Note that some of the airlines may have restrictions on checked luggage weight or require paying extra for check-in, choosing seats or transportation of oversized luggage.

If opting for a flight, calculate the time you will spend getting to and from the airports as well as the waiting time before your flight, getting through immigration in case of an international flight and recovering your checked luggage.

In certain cases all these procedures can add no less than 5 hours to your total travel time.

Airlines flying between Berlin and Cologne



Travelling from Berlin to Cologne overland will inevitably take longer but in many cases it is the cheapest option if you opt for a bus.

Things to remember: For a more comfortable ride opt for a higher-class bus wherever possible. These buses usually have soft reclining seats and are equipped with air-conditioning and on-board toilets.

They often include water, snacks or a light lunch into your ticket price and make bathroom stops en-route.

Companies operating bus routes between Berlin and Cologne

Blablabus, FlixBus


Train is a often a great choice for long-haul travel especially if you opt for a night sleeper train with berths which will allow you to sleep all your journey through. To make the most of your train journey, choose the class of your ticket wisely.

Note that there are air-conditioned and fan-only carriages; private compartments for 2 or 4; hard and soft seats.
Though the upper class you get the smoother is your journey, often second class air-conditioned or fan-only sleepers are a good money saving alternative.

What is the most popular transport to get from Berlin to Cologne?

There is a choice of transportation means any time of the day with Bus+Train remaining the most popular option due to their reasonable pricing and comfort.

Out of 1000 travellers who bought tickets for this route

  • 100% chosen Bus+Train