How to take the rail journey from Cologne/Köln to Dresden

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Köln / Cologne / Koeln to Dresden by train

Despite the distant between these two cities, Köln and Dresden are not connected by direct high-speed ICE trains.
So taking a rail journey which involves connecting between two ICE trains can typically more than an hour faster than taking these direct IC trains.
However, most of those quicker journeys which involve taking 2 x ICE trains, are dependent on making a non guaranteed connection of under 15 minutes between trains.
Taking the direct trains is also typically the cheaper option.

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

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: taking a direct train
Travel Time (approx)

7hr 24mins (approx)



Travel Info

Monday to Friday = 6 x trains per day
Saturday = 5 x trains
Sunday = 6 x trains

Route Information

Via stations: Frankfurt (Main) Hbf

Option 2: the optimum connection between 2 x ICE trains
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