How to travel from Berlin to Köln / Cologne by train

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Berlin to Köln / Cologne / Koeln by train

Every hour during the day a swish ICE train travels from Berlin to Köln / Cologne so this is an exceptionally easy journey.
And now there are also two 'Sprinter' services per day which are non-stop from the German capital to Koln.
Then for travel overnight, sleeper trains aren't available on this route, but one of the ICE trains is made available.

Cities including Aachen, Bonn and Koblenz have less frequent trains from Berlin, so when the timings of those trains don't suit, connections are available in Köln hbf.

Routes you can take to go from Berlin to Köln / Cologne / Koeln

When travelling between most cities by train there is only one logical option, though on other journeys there is a choice between different trains or alternative routes. If different options are available you can use the info to decide which is best for you.

Choose one of the following options:

Route Information

Option 1: Travel by day on an ICE
Travel Time (approx)

4hr 24min - 4hr 29min



Travel Info

1 or 2 x trains per hour

Route Information

Option 2: taking the faster 'Sprinter' services

Route Information

Option 3: Travel overnight on an ICE train
Travel Time (approx)

7hr 5 min



Travel Info

1 x train per night

Route Information

Option 4: Taking the FlixTrains
Travel Time (approx)

5hr 15min (approx)


Not Every Day

Travel Info

Monday = 2 x trains
Tues / Weds = 1 x train per day
Thursday to Sunday = 2 x trains per day

The timetable

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