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Manchester to Cologne by train

  • First train
    04:42
  • Last train
    23:35
  • Avg changes
    2
  • Fastest journey
    7hr 20m
  • Distance
    688 kilometres
  • Trains per day
    30
  • Avg. journey time
    13hr 38m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Manchester to Cologne by train

Fast trains from Manchester to Cologne take around 7 hours and 20 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 688 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Manchester and Cologne.

1. Are there direct trains from Manchester to Cologne?

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

We usually find around 31 departures on the route from Manchester to Cologne 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 27 departures.

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

The Manchester to Cologne train travel time is normally about 7 hours and 20 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

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

On weekdays the earliest train to Cologne is usually scheduled to depart Manchester around 05:05 and the last train is around 23:35. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Manchester around 04:42, and the last at 22:28.

When to book Manchester to Cologne train tickets?

Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 5 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 Manchester to Cologne by train.

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Which train companies operate between Manchester and Cologne?

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

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

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

Cologne to Manchester by train

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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.