Cologne to Birmingham by train

  • First train
  • Last train
  • Avg changes
  • Fastest journey
    7hr 22m
  • Distance
    634 kilometres
  • Trains per day
  • Avg. journey time
    12hr 17m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Cologne to Birmingham by train

Fast trains from Cologne to Birmingham take around 7 hours and 22 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 634 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Cologne and Birmingham.

1. Are there direct trains from Cologne to Birmingham?

Journeys between Cologne and Birmingham usually involve 2 changes of train.

We usually find around 11 departures on the route from Cologne to Birmingham every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.

There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 9 departures.

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

The Cologne to Birmingham train travel time is normally about 7 hours and 22 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

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

On weekdays the earliest train to Birmingham is usually scheduled to depart Cologne around 07:42 and the last train is around 19:43. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Cologne around 07:42, and the last at 21:43.

When to book Cologne to Birmingham train tickets?

Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 5 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 Birmingham by train.

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Which train companies operate between Cologne and Birmingham?

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

  • Avanti West Coast
  • Eurostar
  • Intercity-Express (ICE)
  • London Underground
  • UK Rail Connections
  • Virgin Trains
  • West Midlands Trains

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 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.