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Essen to Cologne by train

  • First train
    04:27
  • Last train
    00:48
  • Avg changes
    0
  • Fastest journey
    46m
  • Distance
    57 kilometres
  • Trains per Day
    59
  • Avg. journey time
    56m
  • Train Operators

Travelling from Essen to Cologne by train

Fast trains from Essen to Cologne take around 46 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 57 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Essen and Cologne.

1. Are there direct trains from Essen to Cologne?

Direct trains from Essen to Cologne have been found.

We usually find around 60 direct trains on the route from Essen to Cologne every weekday.

Trains are typically more frequent on weekends, when we found around 64 departures.

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

The Essen to Cologne train travel time is normally about 46 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

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

On weekdays the earliest direct train to Cologne is usually scheduled to depart Essen around 04:27 and the last train is around 00:48. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Essen around 04:24, and the last at 00:48.

When to book Essen to Cologne 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 Essen to Cologne by train.

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Which train companies operate between Essen and Cologne?

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

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

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

Cologne to Essen by train

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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.