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Duration 6h 8m
Distance 583.7 km
Average price 230€
Frequency 10/day

Trip overview

The average train between Bern and Cologne takes 6h 8m and the fastest train takes 5h 1m. The train service runs several times per day from Bern 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 via Basel

  1. Bern
  2. Basel Sbb
  3. Cologne
5h 48m
119€ - 180€

Bern to Cologne train times

Trains run every three hours between Bern and Cologne. The earliest departure is at 08:04 in the morning, and the last departure from Bern is at 23:36 which arrives into Cologne at 11:05. All services require a transfer, and take on average 6h 8m. The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Bern and arriving at Koeln Hbf. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h 2m.

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The distance between Bern and Cologne is 445 km. The road distance is 583.7 km.

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Bern to Cologne train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Bern station.

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Bern to Cologne train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Koeln Hbf station.

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What companies run services between Bern and Cologne?

You can take a train from Bern to Cologne via Basel SBB and Basel Sbb in around 5h 48m.
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
30€ - 60€

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 Bern to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
30€ - 60€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Basel Sbb to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 57m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
130€ - 250€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Bern to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
6h 2m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
160€ - 300€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
25€ - 35€

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 Bern to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
25€ - 35€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Basel Sbb to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 52m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
85€ - 120€
Website
Deutsche Bahn

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