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Duration 5h 37m
Distance 573.1 km
Average price SFr 100
Frequency 10/day

Trip overview

The average train between Cologne and Zürich takes 5h 37m and the fastest train takes 5h 6m. The train service runs several times per day from Cologne to Zürich. 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. Koeln Hbf
  2. Basel SBB
  3. Zürich
5h 11m
SFr 74 - SFr 185

Cologne to Zürich train times

Trains run every three hours between Cologne and Zürich. The earliest departure is at 06:54 in the morning, and the last departure from Cologne is at 23:53 which arrives into Zürich at 07:26. All services require a transfer at BASEL SBB and take an average of 5h 37m. The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Koeln Hbf and arriving at Zuerich Hb. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h 7m.

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The distance between Cologne and Zürich is 413 km. The road distance is 573.1 km.

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Cologne to Zürich train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Eurocity, depart from Koeln Hbf station.

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Cologne to Zürich train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Eurocity, arrive at Zuerich Hb station.

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What companies run services between Cologne and Zürich?

You can take a train from Cologne to Zürich via Basel Sbb and Basel SBB in around 5h 11m.
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express
Ave. Duration
3h 52m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 90 - SFr 130

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 Koeln Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
3h 52m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 90 - SFr 130
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 25 - SFr 35
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity
Ave. Duration
4h 42m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 70

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
4h 42m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 70
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 15 - SFr 22
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
6h 7m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 80
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de

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