There are 10 ways to get from Basel to Cologne by train, bus, 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.

Recommended option

Train  •  3 h 42 min

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

$100 - $160

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  4 h 57 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Basel to Cologne 306.5 miles

$27 - $35

8 alternative options

Bus FlixBus  •  9 h 29 min

  1. Take the bus from Basel Mulhouse Freiburg - Airport to Strasbourg Ouibus
  2. Take the bus from Strasbourg to Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen N11

$29 - $52

Bus Eurolines FR  •  11 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Basel to Strasbourg
  2. Take the bus from Strasbourg to Köln

$94 - $153

Drive  •  4 h 18 min

  1. Drive from Basel to Cologne 307 miles

$60 - $95

Fly Basel to Frankfurt, train  •  3 h 22 min

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

$113 - $334

Fly Basel to Dusseldorf, train  •  4 h 13 min

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

$69 - $249

Fly Basel to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  5 h 17 min

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

$59 - $261

Train to Zurich, fly to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  4 h 31 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 22 min

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

$92 - $253

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. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Basel to Cologne via Basel EuroAirport, Basel Mulhouse Freiburg - Airport, Strasbourg, Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen, and Leverkusen, Wiesdorf Rathaus-Galerie in around 9 h 29 min.

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 Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Basel to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Basel to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
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
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $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
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 15 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 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $300
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Flights from Basel to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$160 - $650
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 25 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
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Basel to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Vienna
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $450
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
Deutsche Bahn
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
22 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Website
bahn.de
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
5 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
26 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
Bus operators
Ouibus
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Basel Mulhouse Freiburg - Airport to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Website
Ouibus
FlixBus
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Strasbourg to Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Basel to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $65
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
Bus from Strasbourg to Köln
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
Other operators
BlaBlaCar
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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Questions & Answers

The distance between Basel and Cologne is 378 km. The road distance is 491 km.

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

The quickest way to get from Basel to Cologne is to fly and train which takes 3 h 22 min and costs SFr 110 - SFr 330.

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

No, there is no direct bus from Basel to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Basel, Brausebad and arriving at Köln, Heumarkt via Basel Mulhouse Freiburg - Airport, Strasbourg and Leverkusen, Wiesdorf Rathaus-Galerie. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 29 min.

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