Aachen to Köln Travel Information

Cheapest Way Bus — $17
Fastest Way Train — 1h 25min
Eco-Friendly Way Bus — 10 lb CO2
Available Modes 3 modes — bus, train and by car
Distance 46 miles
Travel Companies DB
$19 · 1h 52min · 11 lb of CO2
Aachen to Köln
+3 more options
$18 · 1h 25min · 16 lb of CO2
Aachen to Porz-Wahn
+1 more option
$6 · 1h 8min · 13 lb of CO2
Aachen to Köln

Drive from Aachen to Köln

It's 46 miles between Aachen to Köln. On a typical day, it might take between 1h 8min and 1h 12min from Aachen to Köln under normal conditions. If traffic is heavy, it could take around 1h 15min and costs will only go up due to traffic and congestion to drive to Köln by car. In these situations, we would highly recommend public transit if available.

We estimate driving cost by using a 20 mpg fuel economy, fuel costing $2.70 per US gallon, the one-way cost of the drive, excluding tolls, may be about $6.

What is the best way to travel from Aachen to Köln?

The are 6 different ways across 3 unique modes of transportation to help you travel from Aachen to Köln. The fastest way out of Aachen towards Cologne is by bus, as it is the quickest to the Köln area. This doesn't necessarily take into consideration traffic or weather - so these may impact some of your decision making. It's common to find tickets for as low as $16. DB operates from Aachen to Köln, so you book your trip with them! Book as soon as you can, as there may be limited availability.

When to book trip from Aachen to Köln?

The trip to Köln is an excellent trip for the day or a nice trip for the weekend from Aachen. The cheapest way to get from Aachen to Köln is $17 and the quickest way takes just 1 hour 37 minutes with the bus. The earlier you can book your trip to Köln, the better.

Is the train or the bus better from Aachen to Köln ?

It's possible to take either the train or the bus from Aachen to Köln. There are quite a few things to consider for each. On a positive note, be glad you have the choice! Further, whenever you avoid driving - you don't have to worry about parking, focusing on the road. Additionally - you can focus on reading, work, or just relax.

While buses have recently gotten bad coverage because of cleanliness of bus stations or winter time accidents, they are can be very convenient for travel. The best part about traveling by bus to Köln is that it can be very cheap. That's because they usually have basic accomodations - WiFi and a restroom. Some of the Aachen/Köln buses' coverage has been overstated. The real thing to consider when taking a bus from Aachen is to consider the time of travel and the density of the cities that you're traveling to. If you are traveling by bus between Aachen North Rhine-Westphalia and Köln during high traffic times, you can expect to have your trip altered significantly due to traffic. Further, if you are traveling during winter, the bus schedule might be thrown off due to inclimate winter weather. Be sure to plan accordingly!

The plus side of taking the train from Aachen to Köln? The accomodations, scenery, and lack of Köln traffic can usually be on point. Moreover, you can usually expect your average concessions - such as food and drinks. Most trains have WiFi these days as well. The worst part about trains are the price. While the train to Köln is often cheaper than flying, they are generally more expensive than buses. Train prices are usually set and do not vary as much as bus prices or flights or so the likelihood of finding discounts is pretty rare.

What's the cheapest way from Aachen to Köln?

The absolute cheapest way to travel from Aachen to Köln is by bus. The bus costs $17 roughly and will take 1 hour 37 minutes.

How much does it cost to take the train from Aachen to Köln?

The train costs about $18 between Aachen and Köln. In total, the train will take roughly 1 hour 28 minutes and there are no connections that you will have to make. We recommend catching the train at Aachen Hbf, which is 1 miles from Aachen. Further, once you arrive at Porz-Wahn or you will still have 3 miles to Köln.

How long does it take from Aachen to Köln by car?

The total distance between Aachen and Köln is 46 miles and will take you about 1 hour 8 minutes. By car with an average gas consumption rate of 20 mpg or gas costs alone will run you $6.

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