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Travelling from Essen to Cologne by train

The fastest trains from Essen to Cologne take around 48 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 57 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Essen and Cologne.

Direct trains run between Essen and Cologne.

We usually find around 49 direct trains on the route from Essen to Cologne every weekday.

There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 46 departures. The duration is normally about 48 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

On weekdays the earliest direct train to Cologne is usually scheduled to depart Essen around 05:00 and the last train is around 00:48. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Essen around 05:00, and the last at 23:36.

Route map is indicative only and may differ from the optimal route. Actual routes will be displayed when searching.

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.

Which trains operate between Essen and Cologne?

More than one type of train 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.

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and rail 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.

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