A Thalys train to Paris awaits departure from Koln

How to take a train journey from Paris to Köln / Cologne

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Paris to Köln / Cologne / Koeln by train

The only direct trains between Paris and north-east Germany are the high speed Thalys trains, so this is a straightforward journey.

Köln hbf, the main station in Cologne, offers connections on to a swathe of destinations with no direct trains from Paris, including Berlin, Bonn, Hannover, Koblenz and Wuppertal.

Routes you can take to go from Paris 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

Travel Time (approx)

3hr 21min (approx)



Travel Info

Monday to Friday: 5 x trains per day
Sat/Sun: 4 x trains per day

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