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There are 9 ways to get from Zürich to Cologne by train, bus, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train via Mannheim Hbf  •  5 h 54 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB 37 / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Mannheim Hbf Ice / ...
  3. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Köln Hbf Ice

$133 - $219

Cheapest option

Bus  •  10 h 37 min

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen N11

$35 - $60

7 alternative options

Train  •  6 h 5 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Köln Hbf Ec

$130 - $210

Drive  •  5 h 11 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Cologne 358.1 miles

$75 - $110

Fly Zurich to Cologne Bonn  •  3 h 45 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) ZRH - CGN

$62 - $207

Fly Zurich to Dusseldorf, train  •  4 h 52 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Dusseldorf (DUS) ZRH - DUS
  2. Take the train from Dusseldorf Hbf to Koln Messe/Deutz

$67 - $190

Fly Zurich to Frankfurt, train  •  4 h 36 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Frankfurt (FRA) ZRH - FRA
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

$131 - $334

Train to Basel, fly to Dusseldorf  •  6 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
  2. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Dusseldorf (DUS) BSL - DUS

$102 - $305

Train, train to Friedrichshafen, fly to Dusseldorf  •  6 h 21 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Singen
  2. Take the train from Singen(Hohentwiel) to Friedrichshafen Flughafen
  3. Fly from Friedrichshafen (FDH) to Dusseldorf (DUS) FDH - DUS

$160 - $553

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Cologne is to bus which costs SFr 35 - SFr 60 and takes 10 h 37 min.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Cologne is to fly which costs SFr 60 - SFr 210 and takes 3 h 45 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Zürich to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Zurich and arriving at Köln, Heumarkt via Leverkusen, Wiesdorf Rathaus-Galerie. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 37 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Zürich HB and arriving at Köln Hbf. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 5 min.

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The distance between Zürich and Cologne is 413 km. The road distance is 573 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 5 h 54 min and costs SFr 130 - SFr 220.

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It takes approximately 5 h 54 min to get from Zürich to Cologne, including transfers.

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Zürich to Cologne bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Zurich station.

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

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The best way to get from Zürich to Cologne is to train which takes 5 h 54 min and costs SFr 130 - SFr 220. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 35 - SFr 60 and takes 10 h 37 min, you could also fly, which costs SFr 60 - SFr 210 and takes 3 h 45 min.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 258.3 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 54 min

What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and Cologne, Germany?

You can take a train from Zürich to Cologne via Basel SBB and Mannheim Hbf in around 5 h 54 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Zürich to Cologne 6 times a week. Tickets cost $35 - $60 and the journey takes 9 h 15 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Cologne Bonn via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $310
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Friedrichshafen to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Zurich to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$55 - $420
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf via Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $300
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Friedrichshafen to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$95 - $440
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

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. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $85
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $210
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Singen
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$22 - $28
1st Class
$41 - $42
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and 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.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel SBB to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
bahn.de
Train from Dusseldorf Hbf to Koln Messe/Deutz
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
bahn.de
Train from Singen(Hohentwiel) to Friedrichshafen Flughafen
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Trenitalia Eurocity

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 32 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zurich to Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen
Ave. Duration
9 h 15 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Cologne Bonn Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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Zürich to Cologne bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen station.

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Zürich to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Köln Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Cologne is 573 km. It takes approximately 5 h 11 min to drive from Zürich to Cologne.

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Eurowings and Lufthansa offer flights from Zurich Airport to Cologne Bonn Airport.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Zurich Airport is to line 16 train which takes 13 min and costs SFr 10 - SFr 20.

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