How to Reach Cologne - The Easiest Way to Reach Cologne


  • If you’re coming from anywhere else in the EU, take a train to Cologne.
  • You could also fly to Cologne as many international airlines fly to the city.
  • For travelers on a budget, taking a bus would be your best bet. It could be a long journey, but feasible if you’re traveling on a budget.
  • You could drive to Cologne in a rented car, but if you aren’t an EU citizen, it isn’t an advisable option.


  • Cologne has an excellent system of public transport covering the entire city.
  • The best way to see the city is to take a tram/subway or bus to a particular stop and explore that area on foot.
  • You could rent a car and drive around the city, but unless you’re aware of the traffic laws it’s a bad idea.
  • Bicycles too can be rented and ridden around town for all those looking to exercise and sightsee.

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Modes of Transportation in Cologne

Know about the preferred mode of transport, average time spent and average distance traveled for commute in Cologne. The most preferred mode of transport in Cologne is Car.

Average distance: 23.11 km Average time: 39.42 min

  • Car 45%
    Driving 45.44 min Walking 2.22 min Overall average time for 35.44 kms 47.67 min
  • Bus/Trolleybus 15%
    Bus 14.33 min Waiting 5 min Walking 2 min Tram 1.67 min Other 1.67 min Train 1 min Overall average time for 7.5 kms 25.67 min
  • Walking 5%
    Waiting 10 min Walking 8 min Tram 4 min Bus 4 min Overall average time for 4 kms 26 min
  • Train/Metro 20%
    Train 22.75 min Walking 10 min Waiting 8.25 min Overall average time for 20.15 kms 41 min
  • Bike 10%
    Bike 20 min Other 5 min Walking 1.5 min Overall average time for 6.5 kms 26.5 min

How to Reach Cologne from Nearby Cities

Route Distance Time
Dusseldorf to Cologne 38.16 km 38 mins
Ratingen to Cologne 41.82 km 41 mins
Essen to Cologne 57.55 km 57 mins
Bochum to Cologne 66.42 km 1 hour 6 mins
Schleiden to Cologne 70.14 km 1 hour 10 mins
Dortmund to Cologne 85.11 km 1 hour 25 mins
Issum to Cologne 89.23 km 1 hour 29 mins
Aachen to Cologne 99.02 km 1 hour 39 mins
Lanaken to Cologne 144.9 km 2 hours 24 mins
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