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There are 6 ways to get from Cologne to Freiburg im Breisgau by train, rideshare, car, plane or bus

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Train  •  3h 5m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Freiburg(Breisgau) Hbf Ice / ...

35€ - 110€

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Rideshare  •  4h 23m

  1. Take the rideshare from Cologne to Freiburg im Breisgau 270.5 miles

18€ - 30€

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Drive  •  3h 47m

  1. Drive from Cologne to Freiburg im Breisgau 269.2 miles

45€ - 75€

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Basel, bus  •  4h 20m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Basel (BSL) FRA - BSL
  3. Take the bus from Basel EuroAirport, EuroAirport Basel to Freiburg

81€ - 284€

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Basel, bus  •  5h 50m

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

67€ - 228€

Fly Cologne Bonn to Zurich, train  •  5h 44m

  1. Fly from Cologne Bonn (CGN) to Zurich (ZRH) CGN - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
  3. Take the train from Basel Sbb to Freiburg(Breisgau) Hbf

60€ - 241€

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The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Freiburg im Breisgau is to rideshare which costs 18€ - 30€ and takes 4h 23m.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Freiburg im Breisgau is to train which costs 35€ - 110€ and takes 3h 5m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Koeln Hbf and arriving at Freiburg(Breisgau) Hbf. Services depart every two hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 5m.

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The distance between Cologne and Freiburg im Breisgau is 333 km. The road distance is 430.6 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Freiburg im Breisgau without a car is to train which takes 3h 5m and costs 35€ - 110€.

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The train from Koeln Hbf to Freiburg(Breisgau) Hbf takes 3h 5m including transfers and departs every two hours.

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Cologne to Freiburg im Breisgau train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Koeln Hbf station.

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The quickest flight from Frankfurt Airport to Basel Airport is the direct flight which takes 50m.

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Cologne to Freiburg im Breisgau train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Freiburg(Breisgau) Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Freiburg im Breisgau is 431 km. It takes approximately 3h 47m to drive from Cologne to Freiburg im Breisgau.

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  • Distance: 208.2 miles
  • Duration: 3h 5m

What companies run services between Cologne, Germany and Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany?

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Cologne to Freiburg im Breisgau every 2 hours. Tickets cost 75€ - 110€ and the journey takes 3h 5m. Dutch Railways (NS) also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 330€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
50€ - 370€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
190€ - 850€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
190€ - 850€
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
150€ - 950€
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
50€ - 370€
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
50€ - 270€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 550€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
140€ - 500€
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It 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 (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Freiburg(Breisgau) Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
75€ - 110€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
49m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
30€ - 50€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Köln Dom / Hbf to Düsseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
37m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
15€ - 22€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
53m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
21€ - 35€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Basel Sbb to Freiburg(Breisgau) Hbf
Ave. Duration
42m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
17€ - 25€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Koeln Hbf to Freiburg(Breisgau) Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
35€ - 85€
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
35€ - 55€
1st Class
60€ - 85€
Train from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
48m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
18€ - 45€
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
18€ - 26€
1st Class
30€ - 45€
National Express Rail
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Köln Dom / Hbf to Düsseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
37m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
11€ - 14€
Website
National Express Rail
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Düsseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
33m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
16€ - 30€
Website
Thalys
2nd Class
16€ - 30€
1st Class
30€ - 40€
AR Abellio Rail NRW GmbH
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Köln Dom / Hbf to Düsseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
38m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
AR Abellio Rail NRW GmbH
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
28€ - 55€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Basel Sbb to Freiburg(Breisgau) Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
22€ - 40€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
53m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
19€ - 24€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
19€ - 24€
1st Class
35€ - 36€
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

Austria's national railway system is not only punctual, reliable and efficient, but offers free wifi to boot. Choose from high-speed intercity Railjet trains, overnight Nightjet trains and regional services such as Cityjet. ÖBB also operates international routes that connect cities in Austria with adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia. If you're planning to be in Austria for a while, consider the ÖBB Vorteilscard, an annual railcard that offers discounts on routes within Austria and in neighbouring countries.

Contact Details
Website
oebb.at
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
13€ - 21€
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
Trenitalia

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 Freiburg(Breisgau) Hbf
Ave. Duration
42m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
4€ - 10€
Website
trenitalia.com
1st Class
8€ - 10€
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 Freiburg
Ave. Duration
42m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
17€ - 24€
Website
trenitalia.com
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Basel EuroAirport, EuroAirport Basel to Freiburg
Ave. Duration
55m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
3€ - 6€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility, you’ll get to your destination often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Cologne to Freiburg im Breisgau
Ave. Duration
4h 23m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
18€ - 30€
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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