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There are 9 ways to get from Basel to Cologne by train, rideshare, 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  •  3 h 42 min

  1. Take the train from Basel Bad Bf to Köln Hbf Ec / ...

$100 - $160

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Rideshare  •  4 h 57 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Basel to Cologne 306.5 miles

$27 - $35

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Train via Mannheim Hbf  •  4 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Basel Bad Bf to Mannheim Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Köln Hbf Ice

$109 - $163

Drive  •  4 h 18 min

  1. Drive from Basel to Cologne 307 miles

$60 - $95

Fly Basel to Frankfurt, train  •  3 h 23 min

  1. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Frankfurt (FRA) BSL - FRA
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf

$108 - $334

Fly Basel to Cologne Bonn  •  5 h 25 min

  1. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) BSL - CGN

$84 - $372

Train to Zurich, fly to Cologne Bonn  •  5 h 1 min

  1. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) ZRH - CGN

$94 - $266

Fly Basel to Dusseldorf, train  •  5 h 2 min

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

$69 - $245

Train to Zurich, fly to Dusseldorf  •  6 h 8 min

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

$99 - $249

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Basel to Cologne is to rideshare which costs SFr 27 - SFr 35 and takes 4 h 57 min.

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The quickest way to get from Basel to Cologne is to fly and train which costs SFr 100 - SFr 340 and takes 3 h 23 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Basel Bad Bf and arriving at Köln Hbf. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 42 min.

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The distance between Basel and Cologne is 378 km. The road distance is 491.1 km.

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The best way to get from Basel to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 3 h 42 min and costs SFr 100 - SFr 160.

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The train from Basel Bad Bf to Köln Hbf takes 3 h 42 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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

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The best way to get from Basel to Cologne is to train which takes 3 h 42 min and costs SFr 100 - SFr 160. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs SFr 80 - SFr 380 and takes 5 h 25 min.

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The quickest flight from Basel Airport to Frankfurt Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Basel to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 236.2 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 42 min

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

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Basel to Cologne hourly. Tickets cost $100 - $160 and the journey takes 3 h 42 min. Deutsche Bahn also services this route once daily. Alternatively, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and five other airlines fly from Basel to Cologne hourly.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Basel to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Basel to Cologne Bonn via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Basel to Cologne Bonn via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Zurich to Cologne Bonn via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
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 Zurich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 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
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Basel to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Zurich to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Basel to Cologne Bonn via Dusseldorf, Hamburg
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $390
Flights from Basel to Cologne Bonn via Dusseldorf, Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $440
Flights from Zurich to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Basel to Cologne Bonn via Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
5 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $350
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
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Basel to Cologne Bonn via Vienna
Ave. Duration
5 h 27 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
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 Basel Bad Bf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$100 - $160
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel Bad Bf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $90
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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 Bad Bf to Koln Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 42 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $140
Website
bahn.de
Train from Basel Bad Bf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $80
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 Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Dusseldorf Hbf to Koln Messe/Deutz
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $23
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 Bad Bf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 18 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility you’ll get to your destination – often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Basel to Cologne
Ave. Duration
4 h 57 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27 - $35
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Basel to Cologne is 491 km. It takes approximately 4 h 18 min to drive from Basel to Cologne.

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Lufthansa offers flights from Basel Airport to Frankfurt Airport.

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There are 970+ hotels available in Cologne. Prices start at $58 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Basel and Cologne. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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The best way to get from Basel to Basel Airport is to line 50 bus which takes 8 min and costs SFr 2 - SFr 4.

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