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

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Train via Bern  •  7 h 12 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 / ...

$189 - $309

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Bus RegioJet  •  13 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from Bonn to Strasbourg N11
  2. Take the bus from Strasbourg, Place de l'Étoile to Geneve, Gare Routiere, pl. Dorciere RegioJet

$35 - $55

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Train  •  7 h 25 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Basel SBB Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Olten to Genève 5 / ...

$188 - $309

Bus Eurolines FR  •  13 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Köln to Lyon
  2. Take the bus from Lyon to Saint-Julien-en-Genevois

$105 - $146

Train, drive  •  6 h 47 min

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

$145 - $223

Drive  •  6 h 46 min

  1. Drive from Cologne to Geneva 462.2 miles

$95 - $140

Fly from Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  5 h 30 min

  1. Fly from Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) to Geneva (GVA) CGN - GVA

$116 - $336

Fly from Dusseldorf  •  4 h 50 min

  1. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Geneva (GVA) DUS - GVA

$62 - $189

Train to Frankfurt, fly  •  4 h 23 min

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

$120 - $324

Train to Brussels, fly  •  5 h 45 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Brusel Nord
  2. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Geneva (GVA) BRU - GVA

$97 - $277

Train to Luxembourg, fly  •  7 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Luxembourg, Gare Centrale
  2. Fly from Luxembourg (LUX) to Geneva (GVA) LUX - GVA

$90 - $274

Train, train to Amsterdam, fly  •  7 h 15 min

  1. Take the train from Koln Hbf to Utrecht Centraal
  2. Take the train from Utrecht Centraal to Schiphol Airport
  3. Fly from Amsterdam (AMS) to Geneva (GVA) AMS - GVA

$110 - $297

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Cologne to Geneva. However, there are services departing from Köln and arriving at Genève, Bel-Air via Lyon and St-Julien-en-G., SNCF. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13 h 15 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Cologne to Geneva. However, there are services departing from Köln Hbf and arriving at Genève via Basel SBB and Bern. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 12 min.

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The distance between Cologne and Geneva is 529 km. The road distance is 739.5 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Geneva without a car is to train which takes 7 h 12 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 7 h 12 min to get from Cologne to Geneva, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Cologne to Geneva is to train which takes 7 h 12 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 13 h 1 min, you could also fly, which costs and takes 5 h 30 min.

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There is no direct flight from Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport to Geneva Airport. The quickest flight takes 2 h 55 min and has one stopover.

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Cologne to Geneva bus services, operated by Isilines, arrive at Saint-Julien-en-Genevois station.

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Map of how to get from Cologne to Geneva.
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  • Distance: 330.9 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 12 min

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

You can take a train from Cologne to Geneva via Basel SBB and Bern in around 7 h 12 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cologne to Geneva via Bonn, Gronau Heussallee/Museumsmeile, Bonn, Strasbourg, and Strasbourg, Place de l'Étoile in around 13 h 1 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Geneva via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$440 - $1,300
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 Amsterdam to Geneva via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
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 Amsterdam to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Brussels to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $290
Flights from Amsterdam to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $300
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Brussels to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $460
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $470
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
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $290
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Geneva via Vienna
Ave. Duration
6 h 12 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $900
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
Train from Koln Hbf to Utrecht Centraal
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 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 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 Olten to Genève
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $110
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Luxembourg Railways (CFL)
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 Utrecht Centraal to Schiphol Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $20
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Bonn to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
flixbus.co.uk
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.sk
Bus from Strasbourg, Place de l'Étoile to Geneve, Gare Routiere, pl. Dorciere
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$14 - $18
Schedules at
regiojet.sk
Eurolines FR
Isilines
Phone
0 892 89 12 00
Website
isilines.com
Bus from Lyon to Saint-Julien-en-Genevois
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $13
Schedules at
isilines.com
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Lyon to Saint-Julien-en-Genevois - Gare
Ave. Duration
2 h 43 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $22
Book at
eurolines.ch

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Geneva is 740 km. It takes approximately 6 h 46 min to drive from Cologne to Geneva.

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Austrian Airlines, Swiss, Eurowings and Lufthansa offer flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport to Geneva Airport.

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There are 393+ hotels available in Geneva. Prices start at $85 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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