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There are 12 ways to get from Cologne to Interlaken by train, car, bus 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 SBB  •  6 h 9 min

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

$158 - $257

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Fly Cologne Bonn to Milan Malpensa, train  •  8 h 9 min

  1. Fly from Cologne Bonn (CGN) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) CGN - MXP
  2. Take the train from Gallarate to Spiez

$119 - $366

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Train, drive  •  5 h 51 min

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

$134 - $202

Train  •  6 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Interlaken West Ec

$160 - $270

Bus, train  •  12 h 9 min

  1. Take the bus from Köln to Strasbourg
  2. Take the train from Gare de Strasbourg to Gare de Basel-SBB
  3. Take the train from Basel SBB to Interlaken West Ice / ...

$137 - $224

Drive  •  5 h 51 min

  1. Drive from Cologne to Interlaken 398.2 miles

$80 - $130

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Zurich, train  •  5 h 25 min

  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
  4. Take the train from Bern to Interlaken West

$188 - $440

Fly Cologne Bonn to Zurich, train  •  6 h 2 min

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

$120 - $313

Fly Dusseldorf to Basel, train  •  6 h 50 min

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

$120 - $340

Fly Dusseldorf to Zurich, train  •  6 h 36 min

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

$121 - $295

Fly Dusseldorf to Friedrichshafen, train  •  8 h 23 min

  1. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Friedrichshafen (FDH) DUS - FDH
  2. Take the train from Friedrichshafen Flughafen to Singen(Hohentwiel)
  3. Take the train from Singen(Hohentwiel) to Zürich HB
  4. Take the train from Zürich HB to Bern
  5. Take the train from Bern to Interlaken West

$199 - $604

Fly Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa, train  •  8 h 49 min

  1. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) DUS - MXP
  2. Take the train from Gallarate to Spiez

$120 - $348

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The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Interlaken is to drive which costs 70€ - 110€ and takes 5 h 51 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Interlaken is to train and fly which costs 160€ - 390€ and takes 5 h 25 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Köln Hbf and arriving at Interlaken West. Services depart once daily, and operate Monday to Saturday. The journey takes approximately 6 h 58 min.

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The distance between Cologne and Interlaken is 477 km. The road distance is 637.1 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Interlaken without a car is to train which takes 6 h 9 min and costs 130€ - 230€.

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It takes approximately 6 h 9 min to get from Cologne to Interlaken, including transfers.

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

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The quickest flight from Frankfurt Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Interlaken is 637 km. It takes approximately 5 h 51 min to drive from Cologne to Interlaken.

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  • Distance: 298.1 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 9 min

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

You can take a train from Cologne to Interlaken via Basel SBB in around 6 h 9 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $310
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Dusseldorf to Friedrichshafen via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$40 - $330
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $330
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $330
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $330
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$40 - $330
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$160 - $750
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Friedrichshafen
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$80 - $390
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 Interlaken West
Ave. Duration
6 h 58 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$160 - $270
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 Friedrichshafen Flughafen to Singen(Hohentwiel)
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Train from Singen(Hohentwiel) to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $45
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 Interlaken West
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich Flughafen to Bern
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 Interlaken West
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $45
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Singen to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Bern
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$40 - $75
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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 Gare de Strasbourg to Gare de Basel-SBB
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$25 - $40
1st Class
$35 - $55
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 Spiez
Ave. Duration
1 h 56 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Bus operators
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Köln to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Schedules at
eurolines.fr

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