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There are 10 ways to get from Cologne to Bern 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 Basel  •  5h 27m

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

SFr 143 - SFr 227

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Train, bus  •  8h 15m

  1. Take the train from Koln Messe/Deutz to Frankfurt Flughafen Fernb ICE International / ...
  2. Take the bus from Frankfurt, Frankfurt Airport to Bern N122

SFr 69 - SFr 100

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Train  •  6h 3m

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Bern Ec

SFr 140 - SFr 230

Drive  •  5h 15m

  1. Drive from Cologne to Bern 364.4 miles

SFr 75 - SFr 110

Fly Cologne Bonn to Zurich, train  •  4h 57m

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

SFr 82 - SFr 266

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Zurich, train  •  4h 24m

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Zurich (ZRH) FRA - ZRH
  3. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Bern

SFr 164 - SFr 395

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Basel, train  •  4h 33m

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

SFr 147 - SFr 395

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Zurich, train  •  5h 47m

  1. Take the train from Köln, Dom / Hbf to Düsseldorf, Flughafen
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Zurich (ZRH) DUS - ZRH
  3. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Bern

SFr 101 - SFr 260

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Basel, train  •  6h 16m

  1. Take the train from Köln, Dom / Hbf to Düsseldorf, Flughafen
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Basel (BSL) DUS - BSL
  3. Take the train from Basel SBB to Bern

SFr 109 - SFr 320

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Geneva, train  •  7h 7m

  1. Take the train from Köln, Dom / Hbf to Düsseldorf, Flughafen
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Geneva (GVA) DUS - GVA
  3. Take the train from Genève-Aéroport to Bern

SFr 106 - SFr 270

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Bern is to train and bus which costs 60€ - 90€ and takes 8h 15m.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Bern is to train and fly which costs 140€ - 350€ and takes 4h 24m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Köln Hbf and arriving at Bern. Services depart once daily, and operate Monday to Saturday. The journey takes approximately 6h 3m.

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The distance between Cologne and Bern is 445 km. The road distance is 583 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Bern without a car is to train via Basel which takes 5h 27m and costs 120€ - 200€.

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It takes approximately 5h 27m to get from Cologne to Bern, including transfers.

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Cologne to Bern train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Köln Hbf station.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Bern is 583 km. It takes approximately 5h 15m to drive from Cologne to Bern.

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  • Distance: 277.9 miles
  • Duration: 5h 27m

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

You can take a train from Cologne to Bern via Basel SBB in around 5h 27m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 170 - SFr 1100
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 650
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 650
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich via Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
2h 42m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 650
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 370
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 300
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 410
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
2h 58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 410
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 420
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 220 - SFr 950
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 220 - SFr 950
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 290
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 900
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 850
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 900
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 310
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 650
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 370
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 320
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 420
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 290
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 850
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 310
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 270
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 420
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 290
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 600
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 170 - SFr 600
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 280
Train operators
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 Köln Hbf to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
3h 52m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 170
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Köln Hbf to Bern
Ave. Duration
6h 3m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 230
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koln Messe/Deutz to Frankfurt Flughafen Fernb
Ave. Duration
46m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 55
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
54m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 55
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Köln, Dom / Hbf to Düsseldorf, Flughafen
Ave. Duration
54m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 18 - SFr 27
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Bern
Ave. Duration
59m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 65
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zürich Flughafen to Bern
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 80
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Genève-Aéroport to Bern
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 90
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Düsseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
34m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 20 - SFr 40
Website
Thalys
2nd Class
SFr 20 - SFr 40
1st Class
SFr 35 - SFr 45
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 Frankfurt, Frankfurt Airport to Bern
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 45
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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

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There are 184+ hotels available in Bern. Prices start at SFr 89 per night.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Cologne Bonn Airport is to train which takes 12m and costs 1€ - 15€.

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