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 Ice / ...

$100 - $160

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Rideshare  •  4 h 57 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Basel to Cologne 306.5 miles

$26 - $35

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Drive  •  4 h 18 min

  1. Drive from Basel to Cologne 307 miles

$60 - $95

Fly Basel to Frankfurt, train  •  3 h 29 min

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

$108 - $329

Fly Basel to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  5 h 20 min

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

$59 - $262

Fly Basel to Dusseldorf, train  •  4 h 30 min

  1. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Dusseldorf (DUS) BSL - DUS
  2. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Hbf

$57 - $251

Train to Zurich, fly to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  4 h 33 min

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

$87 - $265

Train to Zurich, fly to Dusseldorf  •  5 h 24 min

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

$80 - $254

Train to Friedrichshafen, fly to Frankfurt, train  •  5 h 28 min

  1. Take the train from Basel Bad Bf to Friedrichshafen Flughafen
  2. Fly from Friedrichshafen (FDH) to Frankfurt (FRA) FDH - FRA
  3. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf

$156 - $413

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Basel to Cologne is to rideshare which costs SFr 26 - 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 330 and takes 3 h 29 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 train from Basel Bad Bf to Köln Hbf takes 3 h 42 min including transfers and departs every two hours.

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

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Lufthansa offers flights from Basel Airport to Frankfurt Airport.

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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 every 2 hours. Tickets cost $100 - $160 and the journey takes 3 h 42 min. Deutsche Bahn also services this route once daily. Alternatively, Lufthansa, Ryanair and seven other airlines fly from Basel to Cologne hourly.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Basel to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Basel to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Zurich to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Zurich to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $310
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Flights from Friedrichshafen to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Basel to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Flights from Zurich to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $290
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Basel to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Flights from Zurich to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Basel to Cologne/Bonn Apt via London Stansted
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$45 - $240
Flights from Basel to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Dublin
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$65 - $300
Cairo Aviation
Website
cairoaviation.com.eg
Flights from Basel to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
TUIfly
Website
tuifly.com
Flights from Basel to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $420
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Basel to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Vienna
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $450
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf via Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $300
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Basel Bad Bf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 42 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$100 - $160
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel Bad Bf to Friedrichshafen Flughafen
Ave. Duration
2 h 12 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Deutsche Bahn
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Bad Bf to Koln Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 41 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $140
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
bahn.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
22 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Website
bahn.de
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Düsseldorf to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $35
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$16 - $35
1st Class
$30 - $40
Flixtrain
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf central station to Cologne, Cologne central station
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar
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Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Basel to Cologne
Ave. Duration
4 h 57 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $35
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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