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There are 10 ways to get from Bern to Cologne by train, car, plane or bus

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Train  •  5 h 32 min

  1. Take the train from Bern to Basel SBB 61 / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Köln Hbf Ice / ...

$136 - $224

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Train to Zurich, fly to Cologne Bonn  •  4 h 42 min

  1. Take the train from Bern to Zürich Flughafen
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) ZRH - CGN

$95 - $265

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Train via Mannheim Hbf  •  5 h 42 min

  1. Take the train from Bern to Basel SBB 61 / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Mannheim Hbf Ice / ...
  3. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Köln Hbf Ice

$136 - $224

Train #2  •  6 h 1 min

  1. Take the train from Bern to Köln Hbf Ec

$140 - $230

Drive  •  5 h 14 min

  1. Drive from Bern to Cologne 364.8 miles

$75 - $120

Train to Basel, fly to Frankfurt, train  •  4 h 29 min

  1. Take the train from Bern to Basel SBB
  2. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Frankfurt (FRA) BSL - FRA
  3. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

$144 - $394

Train to Zurich, fly to Dusseldorf  •  5 h 49 min

  1. Take the train from Bern to Zürich Flughafen
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Dusseldorf (DUS) ZRH - DUS

$100 - $248

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

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

$105 - $310

Train to Geneva, fly to Dusseldorf  •  7 h 7 min

  1. Take the train from Bern to Genève-Aéroport
  2. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Dusseldorf (DUS) GVA - DUS

$102 - $261

Train, bus to Milan Malpensa, fly to Cologne Bonn  •  7 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Bern to Domodossola
  2. Take the bus from Domodossola, Stazione to Malpensa, aeroporto
  3. Fly from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) MXP - CGN

$124 - $365

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Bern to Cologne is to drive which costs SFr 75 - SFr 120 and takes 5 h 14 min.

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The quickest way to get from Bern to Cologne is to train and fly which costs SFr 140 - SFr 400 and takes 4 h 29 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Bern and arriving at Köln Hbf. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 1 min.

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The distance between Bern and Cologne is 445 km. The road distance is 583.7 km.

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The best way to get from Bern to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 5 h 32 min and costs SFr 130 - SFr 230.

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It takes approximately 5 h 32 min to get from Bern to Cologne, including transfers.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Bern to Cologne is 584 km. It takes approximately 5 h 14 min to drive from Bern to Cologne.

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  • Distance: 277.9 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 32 min

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

You can take a train from Bern to Cologne via Basel SBB in around 5 h 32 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 Basel to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
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 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 Geneva to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$40 - $290
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $900
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $900
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Cologne Bonn via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
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 Basel to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $290
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Cologne Bonn via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $330
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
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $290
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $330
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
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
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
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 Bern to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 52 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$100 - $160
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 Bern to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
6 h 1 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $230
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Bern to Zürich Flughafen
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $80
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Bern to Genève-Aéroport
Ave. Duration
1 h 53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $90
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Bern to Domodossola
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $75
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 SBB to Koln Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 52 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$85 - $130
Website
bahn.de
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 Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
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
Swiss PostAuto
Email
info@postauto.ch
Website
postauto.ch
Bus from Domodossola, Stazione to Malpensa, aeroporto
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Autoservizi Comazzi srl
Phone
0322 844 862
Email
comazzi@comazzibus.com
Website
comazzibus.com
Bus from Domodossola to Malpensa Airport T1
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $18
Schedules at
comazzibus.com

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