Cologne to Kiel by train

  • First train
    05:09
  • Last train
    21:11
  • Avg changes
    1
  • Fastest journey
    5hr 10m
  • Distance
    432 kilometres
  • Trains per Day
    40
  • Avg. journey time
    7hr 7m
  • Train Operators

Travelling from Cologne to Kiel by train

Fast trains from Cologne to Kiel take around 5 hours and 10 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 432 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Cologne and Kiel.

1. Are there direct trains from Cologne to Kiel?

Journeys between Cologne and Kiel usually involve one change of train.

We usually find around 37 departures on the route from Cologne to Kiel every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.

Trains are typically more frequent on weekends, when we found around 49 departures.

2. How long is the train journey from Cologne to Kiel?

The Cologne to Kiel train travel time is normally about 5 hours and 10 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the Cologne to Kiel train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest train to Kiel is usually scheduled to depart Cologne around 05:09 and the last train is around 21:11. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Cologne around 04:48, and the last at 21:11.

When to book Cologne to Kiel train tickets?

Trains in Germany usually open for booking around 6 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Cologne to Kiel by train.

Help with booking alerts

Which train companies operate between Cologne and Kiel?

More than one train company operates on the route from Cologne to Kiel, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • Eurocity (EC)
  • Hamburg-Köln-Express
  • ICE
  • Intercity
  • Intercity-Express (ICE)
  • Intercités
  • Regional-Express
  • Regionalbahn
  • S-Bahn

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

Kiel to Cologne by train

Other journeys to Kiel Hbf View all journeys to Kiel Hbf

Loco2 means a new way of booking trains online, but it also stands for low CO2 and lower cost travel. By simplifying the booking process, Loco2 hopes to encourage more people to ditch the plane and opt for a lower-carbon journey by train.

  • Easy, fast and cheap
  • Pay in EUR, GBP or USD
  • Zero booking fees
  • 24/7 customer support

Subscribe to our newsletter

Sign up to receive top tips, train news and travel inspiration straight to your inbox

Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.

Log in / Register

  1. We'd love to send you (occasional) emails with travel tips, sales and special offers. You can change your preferences at any time.
  1. By registering you agree with our privacy policy.