Final Destination: Hamburg-Altona or Kiel
Despite there being no high speed lines between Koln/Cologne and Bremen most of the trains between the two cities are ICE trains.
Two of the trains in the timetable, the departures which typically leave at 17:09 and 19:09 are EC trains as these trains will have commenced their journeys in Switzerland; so you may find yourself on a Swiss train.
Trains either take a route via Essen or a route via Wuppertal.
The lack of a high speed line means that it doesn't matter which train you take, they all have similar journey times.
Trains that travel via Wuppertal are slightly faster than those which travel via Essen, but the time difference is marginal, so it's not worth targeting the trains that travel via Wuppertal.
Whether a train travels via Wuppertal or Essen also makes no difference to the ticket price.
1 x train per hour
Book early and save: Yes
Online bookings usually open: 6 months ahead of the travel date
When looking for tickets from Köln Hbf on DB type ‘K‘ or 'COLOGNE' into the ‘from‘ box and not ‘Ko‘.
On the DB booking site look for journeys that have:
Use the earlier/later buttons to search for the cheapest ticket prices.
Reservations are highly recommended for this journey, book a 1st class ticket and your seat will be assigned, but not if you book 2nd class.
This is one of Germany's busiest rail routes.
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
|Save A Train||from €17.90|
|Happy rail||from €17.90|
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