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Duration 4h 9m
Distance 491.2 km
Average price 170€
Frequency 11/day

Trip overview

The average train between Basel and Cologne takes 4h 9m and the fastest train takes 3h 41m. The train service runs several times per day from Basel to Cologne. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays; use the search form on this page to search for a specific travel date.

Train

  1. Basel Bad Bf
  2. Cologne
3h 41m
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85€ - 120€

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Basel Bad Bf and arriving at Koeln Hbf. Services depart every two hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 41m.

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The distance between Basel and Cologne is 378 km. The road distance is 491.2 km.

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Basel to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Basel Bad Bf station.

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Basel to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Koeln Hbf station.

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What companies run services between Basel and Cologne?

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Basel Bad Bf to Koeln Hbf every 3 hours. Tickets cost 85€ - 120€ and the journey takes 3h 41m. Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) also services this route twice daily.
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express
Ave. Duration
3h 41m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
85€ - 120€

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It offers many different types of rail transportation, including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Bad Bf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 41m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
85€ - 120€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Ave. Duration
4h 48m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
130€ - 250€

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Basel Bad Bf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 48m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
130€ - 250€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Basel Sbb to Bonn-Beuel
Ave. Duration
4h 39m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
130€ - 240€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

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