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Prices explained

Prices explained

At Loco2 we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Loco2 searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

Prices are sourced in GBP and converted to other currencies using the daily market exchange rate.

We're always seeking to improve how price-checking works, and we welcome feedback on how we can make it better.

More advice about how to find the cheapest tickets can be found in our infographic.

  1. Cheapest price $39.49
  2. 30 day advance $73.62
  3. 7 day advance $145.23
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    3hr 20m
  1. It is very easy to travel by train from Cologne to Paris. High-speed trains operated by Thalys provide a reliable link between the two cities. This is a premium service, aimed first and foremost at the business market, but some good deals are available if you are able to book well in advance and can opt for the more lightly loaded off-peak services. Tickets for Thalys services from Cologne to Paris go on sale three months prior to travel.

    Normally five direct trains run from Cologne to Paris each day. There are a handful of additional connections each day, each requiring a change of train at Brussels Midi, but this option is almost always more expensive than the direct service.

    The journey to Paris is less than 3 hrs 30 mins and takes in the territory of three countries: Germany, Belgium and France. As all three countries are committed to the Schengen Agreement, there are no border formalities. You are however advised to take a passport or identity card with you on the journey.


    Cologne to Paris

    The Thalys trains which run directly from Cologne to Paris normally make four intermediate stops en route. Trains depart from the Hauptbahnhof in Cologne and make a further stop in Germany at Aachen (Aix-la-Chapelle). In Belgium they stop at Liège and then twice in Brussels before running non-stop to Paris, where they terminate at the Gare du Nord. The main part of the journey is on high-speed lines through predominantly flat landscapes which include Brabant, Flanders and Picardie.

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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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