Cologne to Paris by train

Prices explained

Prices explained

At Rail Europe we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Rail Europe 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 $38.52
  2. 30 day advance $59.53
  3. 7 day advance $100.85
  • First train
  • Last train
  • Avg changes
  • Fastest journey
    3hr 20m
  • Distance
    405 kilometres
  • Trains per day
  • Avg. journey time
    3hr 24m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Cologne to Paris by train

Fast trains from Cologne to Paris take around 3 hours and 20 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 405 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Cologne and Paris.

1. Are there direct trains from Cologne to Paris?

Direct trains from Cologne to Paris have been found.

We usually find around 10 direct trains on the route from Cologne to Paris every weekday.

Trains are typically more frequent on weekends, when we found around 25 departures.

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

The Cologne to Paris train travel time is normally about 3 hours and 20 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

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

On weekdays the earliest direct train to Paris is usually scheduled to depart Cologne around 06:44 and the last train is around 18:43. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Cologne around 05:49, and the last at 18:43.

What's the Cologne to Paris train price?

The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Cologne to Paris are $38.52.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $59 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $100. Booking on the day of travel is likely to be more expensive, so it is worth booking in advance if you can to save money.

When to book Cologne to Paris train tickets?

Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 7 and a half 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 Paris by train.

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Which train companies operate between Cologne and Paris?

Thalys is the train company that operates on the route from Cologne to Paris.

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

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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.

Normally 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 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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Child and youth passengers

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