Cologne is one of the most important train stations in Germany with national and international connections.
Cologne has two stations for long distance trains: Cologne Central Station (Köln Hbf) and Cologne Traidfair Deutz (Köln Messe/Deutz).
The Central Station has plenty of national, but also some great international connections to various European countries:
- To Paris using the Thalys trains (3:14h)
- To Brussels using the ICE international trains (1:50h)
- To Amsterdam using the ICE international trains (2:40h)
- To Basel using the ICE trains (3:50h)
If your are traveling by train, make sure to book your ticket in advance to get some low fare tickets. You can book your tickets only at bahn.de.