Köln Messe/Deutz

Köln / Cologne / Koeln, (Germany)

The part of Messe/Deutz station used by the ICE trains, those heading south depart from gleis 11 The part of Messe/Deutz station used by the ICE trains, those heading south depart from gleis 11

The part of Messe/Deutz station used by the ICE trains, those heading south depart from gleis 11

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About the station

Köln Messe/Deutz is the secondary station in Köln/Cologne, it’s located away from the heart of the city.

It is on the opposite bank of the River Rhine to the city’s main station, Köln Hauptbahnhof.

Though Messe/Deutz lives up to its name as it located adjacent to Köln Messe, the city’s trade exhibition halls – the Laxness Arena is also close by.

All of the local S-Bahn trains that serve the city call at Köln Messe/Deutz, along with most of the Regio train services to and from Köln/Cologne.

Some ICE trains from and to Köln/Cologne call at Messe/Deutz station and NOT at Köln Hauptbahnhof/Köln Hauptbahnhof.

ICE trains trains travelling between the cities to the north of Köln (such as Dusseldorf and Essen) and the Seigburg/Bonn to Frankfurt high speed line, have to divert off of the direct route in order to call at Köln Hauptbahnhof.

So some ICE trains call instead at Koln Messe-Deutz.

These include the trains on this popular ICE route:

Essen – Duisburg – Dusseldorf - Köln Messe/Deutz  – Frankfurt Flughafgen/Airport – Frankfurt (Main) Hbf – Wurzburg – Nurnberg – Munchen/Munich.

Due to this routing if you’ll be travelling from Köln/Cologne to Wurzburg and Nurnberg, then by far the most frequent and fastest trains to these cities depart from Messe/Deutz and not, Köln Hauptbahnhof.

Also if you want to travel from Köln/Cologne to Munchen/Munich by ICE trains in even hours, you’ll need to take trains from Messe/Deutz, the ICE trains to Munchen/Munich from Köln Hauptbahnhof only depart every other hour – odd hours.

The service of ICE trains between Köln/Cologne and both Frankfurt Flughafgen and Frankfurt (Main) Hbf is also split between trains departing from/arriving at Messe/Deutz and Köln Hauptbahnhof.

In some hours during the day, if you want to travel from Köln/Cologne to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf, there will only be a train from Köln Messe/Deutz station.

A new development is that some ICE trains from Koln to Stuttgart also depart from Koln-Messe/Deutz.

Also at weekends trains can be diverted from Köln Hauptbahnhof to call at Köln Messe/Deutz.

If you can’t find the train you were expecting to take on the departure screens at Köln Hauptbahnhof, it’s worth checking to see whether it will instead be leaving from Messe/Deutz

Accessing Köln Messe/Deutz station:

(1) By S-Bahn local train:

If you will be commencing your journey in the area around Köln Hauptbahnhof/Hbf, or will be making a connection from a train arriving at Köln Hbf, then the easiest means of accessing Köln Messe/Deutz is to make the one station hop on a S-Bahn train.

You shouldn’t have to wait more than 10 mins at Köln Hbf for a train – take any train from gleis (platform/track) 10.

On arrival at Köln Messe/Deutz the access down to the gleis (platforms/tracks) which the ICE trains will depart from is at the rear of the train - you will have to use the stairs, there is no elevator access down to this part of the station

(1) By U-bahn:

U-Bahn lines 1, 3, 4 and 9 call at Köln Messe/Deutz -  all four lines connect the area of the city centre south of Köln Hbf to Messe/Deutz.

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