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How to get from Düsseldorf International Airport to Cologne

Cologne, also known in German as Köln, is located on the Western side of Germany near Belgium’s border, spanning the Rhine River. The 2,000-year-old city is notable for its incredible cathedral of High Gothic architecture and its friendly and fun residents. Its upbeat attitude, green spaces, the Cologne Carnival, and the kölsch beer makes this unique city the perfect holiday destination.

So if you are landing at Düsseldorf International Airport (DUS) and you are off to visit Cologne, you have two transportation options; you can take a taxi or a train. Getting around a new city is always best by taxi. Taxis from Düsseldorf airport to Cologne are available 24/7 and provide comfortable door-to-door services, taking you to your hotel in 45 minutes. Alternatively, a direct train from DUS to Cologne is available for travellers on a budget, taking just 30 minutes to reach the city centre.

Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Dusseldorf at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €90 45min 24/7
Train €28 30min 24/7

How to get from Düsseldorf International Airport to Cologne by taxi

The easiest and most comfortable way to get from Düsseldorf airport to Cologne is by taxi or private transfer. Taxis provide fast and reliable 24/7 door-to-door transportation, getting you to your Cologne hotel in 45 minutes.

Taxi fare from Düsseldorf Airport to Cologne

Taxis in Düsseldorf calculate their fares using a taximeter based on the time and distance travelled whilst only one tariff applies, as there is no price difference for day, night and weekend trips. Your one-way taxi fare from Düsseldorf airport to Cologne costs around €90, traffic dependant.

Nevertheless, if you prefer to travel at a fixed rate fare with a local English-speaking driver, you can pre-book your Düsseldorf airport transfer with Welcome Pickups.

Cost

€90

Trip Duration

45 Min.

*Rates may vary unless you book your taxi in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Düsseldorf International Airport

Where do I get a taxi from?

You can find the official taxi ranks at Düsseldorf International Airport (DUS) just outside the arrivals exit doors.

Convenience

Taking a taxi from Düsseldorf airport to Cologne is definitely the recommended way to travel. Taxis in Germany are safe and reliable, offering 24/7 door-to-door services in the comfort of a private vehicle; ideal if you are travelling at night, with children and/or heavy luggage.

Editor’s Note

Make sure that the taximeter has been turned on and reset before starting your journey to Cologne.

Useful Tips

Tipping your taxi driver in Germany is an excellent way of showing your appreciation. Most travellers leave a €2 tip, depending on the final fare.
Most taxi drivers in Cologne accept bank card payments; however, it is always best to ask your driver beforehand.
Please note that Düsseldorf has no price differences for day, night or weekend trips.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Dusseldorf. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

Best drivers

Hand-picked english-speaking drivers

Flight monitoring

Drivers are always on time

Quality support

24/7 email & phone support

Cancel up to 24h before and get a refund

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Prices

DAYTIME
€115.0
NIGHTTIME
€138.0
Same price as a regular taxi from the line

PRICES FOR

Sedan Car

4 pax, 4 pieces of luggage

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How to get from Düsseldorf International Airport to Cologne by train

A great cost-savvy travel alternative is to take the train to Cologne from Düsseldorf airport. The Deutsche Bahn Railways provide fast and direct trains from Düsseldorf airport to Cologne’s main train station, taking only 30 minutes.

How much is a train ticket from Düsseldorf airport to Cologne?

A one-way train ticket from Düsseldorf airport to Cologne’s Main Station costs €14. You can purchase your tickets online or at the ticket vending machines directly at the train station.

Cost

€14

Trip Duration

30 Min.

The Düsseldorf airport train to Cologne departs every 15 minutes.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The train from Düsseldorf airport to Cologne is available 24/7.

Where can I get the train from?

Düsseldorf Airport Terminal Station is located below Terminal C and is accessible via a moving walkway located at the airport’s arrivals hall.

Convenience

Choosing to take the train is a great travel alternative. The trains from Düsseldorf airport to Cologne are available 24/7, travel frequently and avoid Düsseldorf’s heavy traffic. However, once in Downtown Cologne you will have to find your own way to your hotel, which can be difficult if you are travelling with children and/or heavy luggage.

Editor’s Note

Please note that there are shorter and longer travel times depending on the train you take.

Useful Tips

Luggage items are allowed on the trains; you can take anything from briefcases, laptops, rucksacks, trolley bags or suitcases on board for no extra charge.
It is good to know that discounted tickets are available for children, students and senior citizens.

Frequently asked questions

How to get to Cologne from Düsseldorf airport?

There are two transportation options when travelling to Cologne from Düsseldorf International Airport; you can take a taxi or private transfer, taking 45 minutes, or you can take a train which takes 30 minutes.

How much is a taxi from Düsseldorf airport to Cologne?

Your fare from Düsseldorf airport to Cologne will be calculated using a taximeter; your 45-minute journey should cost around €90, depending on traffic conditions.

Is there a direct Düsseldorf airport to Cologne train?

Yes, a 24/7 direct train runs every 15 minutes from Düsseldorf airport, taking just 30 minutes to reach Cologne Main Station – excluding waiting times.

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