There are 12 ways to get from Cologne to Chamonix by train, bus, car, plane or shuttle

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Train  •  9 h 42 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Basel SBB Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Visp 6 / ...
  3. Take the train from Visp to Martigny 90 / ...

$212 - $363

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Fly Dusseldorf to Geneva, shuttle  •  6 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Geneva (GVA) DUS - GVA
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Geneva Airport to Chamonix sud

$61 - $180

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Train, bus  •  10 h 15 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Basel SBB Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Bern Ice / ...
  3. Take the train from Bern to Genève 1 / ...
  4. Take the bus from Genève Cornavin CFF to Chamonix Mont Blanc

$229 - $373

Bus Eurolines FR  •  15 h 4 min

  1. Take the bus from Köln to Lyon
  2. Take the bus from Lyon Gare Perrache to Chamonix Sud - Bus station Ouibus

$100 - $140

Bus FlixBus  •  16 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Bonn to Freiburg N11 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Freiburg to Martigny 222

$64 - $110

Train, drive  •  7 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Basel Bad Bf Ice / ...
  2. Drive from Lörrach Hbf to Chamonix

$150 - $228

Drive  •  7 h 13 min

  1. Drive from Cologne to Chamonix 473.9 miles

$100 - $150

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Geneva, shuttle  •  6 h 9 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Geneva (GVA) FRA - GVA
  3. Take a shuttle bus from Geneva Airport to Chamonix sud

$118 - $315

Train to Brussels, fly to Geneva, shuttle  •  7 h 31 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Brusel Nord
  2. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Geneva (GVA) BRU - GVA
  3. Take a shuttle bus from Geneva Airport to Chamonix sud

$96 - $268

Train to Luxembourg, fly to Geneva, shuttle  •  9 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Luxembourg, Gare Centrale
  2. Fly from Luxembourg (LUX) to Geneva (GVA) LUX - GVA
  3. Take a shuttle bus from Geneva Airport to Chamonix sud

$89 - $265

Fly Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich, train  •  9 h 31 min

  1. Fly from Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) to Zurich (ZRH) CGN - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Lausanne
  3. Take the train from Lausanne to Martigny

$176 - $408

Fly Cologne/Bonn Apt to Milan Malpensa, train  •  9 h 58 min

  1. Fly from Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) CGN - MXP
  2. Take the train from Gallarate to Sion
  3. Take the train from Martigny to Vallorcine
  4. Take the train from Vallorcine to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

$141 - $388

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Cologne to Chamonix station. However, there are services departing from Köln and arriving at Chamonix Sud - Bus station via Lyon Gare Perrache. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15 h 4 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Cologne to Chamonix. However, there are services departing from Köln Hbf and arriving at Chamonix-Mont-Blanc via Basel SBB, Visp, Martigny and Vallorcine. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 42 min.

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The distance between Cologne and Chamonix is 557 km. The road distance is 758.2 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Chamonix without a car is to train which takes 9 h 42 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 9 h 42 min to get from Cologne to Chamonix, including transfers.

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Cologne to Chamonix bus services, operated by Eurolines FR, depart from Köln station.

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

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The best way to get from Cologne to Chamonix is to train which takes 9 h 42 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 15 h 4 min.

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The quickest flight from Dusseldorf Airport to Geneva Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 40 min.

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Cologne to Chamonix bus services, operated by Ouibus, arrive at Chamonix Sud - Bus station.

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Map of how to get from Cologne to Chamonix.
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  • Distance: 348.1 miles
  • Duration: 9 h 42 min

What companies run services between Cologne, Germany and Chamonix, France?

You can take a train from Cologne to Chamonix via Basel SBB, Visp, Martigny, and Vallorcine in around 9 h 42 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cologne to Chamonix via Lyon and Lyon Gare Perrache in around 15 h 4 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$40 - $290
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $900
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $900
Flights from Frankfurt to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Frankfurt to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Brussels to Geneva via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Brussels to Geneva via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Luxembourg to Geneva via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $290
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Frankfurt to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Frankfurt to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Brussels to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $460
Flights from Brussels to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Flights from Luxembourg to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $1,000
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $330
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $290
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $330
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Brussels to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $460
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from Luxembourg to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $700
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Brussels to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $290
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
3 h 52 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$100 - $170
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Basel Bad Bf
Ave. Duration
3 h 39 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$100 - $160
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Brusel Nord
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
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 SBB to Visp
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $120
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Visp to Martigny
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $40
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Bern
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Bern to Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich Flughafen to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
2 h 32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$70 - $130
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lausanne to Martigny
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$27 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Martigny to Vallorcine
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $24
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
RegionalAlps
Website
regionalps.ch
Train from Visp to Martigny
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
regionalps.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Luxembourg Railways (CFL)
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 Gallarate to Sion
Ave. Duration
1 h 47 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $70
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Swiss Railways Mont-Blanc Express
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Martigny to Vallorcine
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $25
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Vallorcine to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$10 - $15
1st Class
$12 - $18
Bus operators
Geneve Airport Shuttle
Website
gva.ch
Bus from Genève Cornavin CFF to Chamonix Mont Blanc
Ave. Duration
2 h 3 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Schedules at
gva.ch
Eurolines FR
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Lyon Gare Perrache to Chamonix Sud - Bus station
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Website
Ouibus
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Bonn to Freiburg
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$23 - $40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Freiburg to Martigny
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$16 - $28
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Swisstours Transport SA
Phone
+41 22 781 04 04
Email
info@stts.ch
Website
cham-transfers.com
Shuttle from Geneva Airport to Chamonix sud
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$9
Schedules at
cham-transfers.com

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Chamonix is 758 km. It takes approximately 7 h 13 min to drive from Cologne to Chamonix.

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Eurowings, Swiss and Lufthansa offer flights from Dusseldorf Airport to Geneva Airport.

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There are 1966+ hotels available in Chamonix. Prices start at $81 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport is to train which takes 11 min and costs .

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