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Travel time from Cologne to Berlin


Cologne to Berlin airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Cologne to Berlin? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Berlin, you need to include time at the airports. Eventually, you'll be able to customize this itinerary to select other nearby airports and choose your preferred airline.


Tuesday, 3:17 pm:  start in Cologne
drive for about 1.5 hours
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 5:30 pm at the latest

4:35 pm:  Dusseldorf Airport (DUS)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 6:00 pm

5:05 pm:  get your boarding pass and go through TSA security
allow enough time for long security lines during busy travel seasons or holidays, and prepare for the wait time

6:05 pm:  arrive at the gate
once you're ready to board, you can get something to eat in the airport or just relax near the gate

6:35 pm:  prepare for boarding
check your boarding pass for your group number or listen to the gate agent as they announce boarding, some airlines require you to be in the boarding area 10-15 minutes before departure or risk losing your seat

6:50 pm:  board Air Berlin PLC and CO flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

7:00 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but remember flights can be delayed, so take that into account
it takes the plane an average of 15 minutes to taxi to the runway

7:15 pm:  wheels up! take-off from DUS
fly for about 1 hour in the air

8:21 pm (local time):  Tegel (TXL)
Berlin is the same time as Cologne
taxi on the runway for an average of 15 minutes to the gate

8:36 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at TXL
deboard the plane, and claim any baggage
if you're renting a car, check if you need to take a shuttle to car rental agency, otherwise you can ride in a cab, limo, or Uber for about 17 minutes to your destination

8:53 pm (local time):  arrive in Berlin

Total travel time: 6 hours

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Flying non-stop from Cologne to Berlin

How far is Berlin from Cologne? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.

Flight distance: 298 miles or 479 km

Flight time: 1 hour, 6 minutes

Compare this to a whole day of commercial travel with the airports and waiting in line for security, which ends up taking a total of 5 hours, 35 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 5.6x faster, and saves you about 4.5 hours in your total travel time.

Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula.

This is a relatively short flight in a private plane, but you might be planning to book a commercial flight. In that case, your travel time would really need to include how many minutes to get to your local airport, wait for security, board and taxi on the runway, land at the other airport, and get to your destination. The flight itinerary at the top of the page takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.


Berlin Airports
  1. Berlin Tegel Airport
  2. Berlin Schönefeld Airport



Alternate flights from Cologne to Berlin

The most common route is DUS to TXL, so that's what we used in the sample itinerary. However, you may want to explore travel alternatives, you could try one of these routes:

  1. DUS to SXF
    Dusseldorf Airport to Schonefeld
  2. CGN to SXF
    Koln Bonn to Schonefeld
  3. DUS to TXL
    Dusseldorf Airport to Tegel
  4. CGN to TXL
    Koln Bonn to Tegel
  5. DUS to BER
    Dusseldorf Airport to Berlin Metropolitan Area
  6. CGN to BER
    Koln Bonn to Berlin Metropolitan Area


Airlines that fly to Berlin

We picked Air Berlin PLC and CO for your main flight, but there are other airlines that you should check if you're looking for the cheapest flight, or you need a different schedule. Check the websites of these airlines:

  1. Air Berlin PLC and CO (AB)
  2. Lufthansa German Airlines (LH)
  3. Hainan Airlines Company Limited (HU)
  4. Finnair Oy (AY)
  5. British Airways Plc (BA)


Plan a trip to Berlin

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Berlin, Germany. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Berlin. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Melia Berlin. A great place to eat might be Burgermeister. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Berlin like Brandenburg Gate. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Berlin like What are the top 3 things I can't miss in Berlin? Click the button below to explore Berlin in detail.





What about the return flight?

The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line. But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse flight itinerary to fly from Berlin to Cologne, or go to the main page to calculate other flight times.

You can also compare the travel time if you were to drive instead. Get the full itinerary for a Cologne to Berlin road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Cologne to Berlin?

If you happen to know Cologne, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Cologne!






At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 298 miles
flight time of 1 hour, 6 minutes
61 Cologne travel answers
330 Berlin travel answers










   
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