Getting to and From Cologne
There are several options available to travel to and from Cologne, Germany, including flights, trains, and buses.
- Cologne Bonn Airport (IATA: CGN) handles international and domestic flights and is a hub for low-cost airlines Germanwings and TUIfly. The airport is approximately 15 minutes by S-Bahn (local train) to the center of Cologne. S-Bahn fare (ticket zone 1b) is currently €2.80 one-way.
- Düsseldorf International Airport (IATA: DUS) offers many intercontinental connections. The train ride (S-Bahn or Regional-Express) from the airport train station to Cologne Central Station takes about 40 minutes.
- Frankfurt Rhein-Main International Airport (IATA: FRA) is the largest airport in Germany, served by all major international airlines.
- ICE (InterCityExpress) high speed trains connect Frankfurt Airport and Cologne central station in less than one hour. Standard one-way fare is €58. If you book your Deutsche Bahn train ticket online three days before your departure to Cologne, there are a limited number of seats at a reduced price of 30-50%. If you pay full price you do not have to take a specific train, but discounted tickets are restricted to the specific train on your reservation.
- Trains via Koblenz, which use the slower, yet extremely scenic route along the Rhine Valley, are also 30% cheaper. The ICE train takes about one hour, the slower more scenic route takes about two hours.
- Cologne is served by two major train stations - Köln Hauptbahnhof (Cologne Central Station) and Köln-Deutz.
- Cologne is linked with Amsterdam, Brussels, and Paris by Thalys and ICE High Speed trains. Additionally, Frankfurt airport (IATA:FRA) has direct service to Cologne and is within one hour by ICE trains.