There are 10 ways to get from Cologne to Interlaken 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.

Recommended option

Train via Mannheim Hbf  •  6 h 22 min

  1. Ice
  2. Ice / ...
  3. 61 / ...

$153 - $255

Cheapest option

Bus  •  11 h 18 min

  1. 322

$38 - $68

8 alternative options

Train  •  6 h 58 min

  1. Ec

$160 - $270

Bus, train  •  13 h 49 min

  1. 61 / ...

$143 - $247

Drive  •  5 h 51 min

  1. 398.2 miles

$80 - $130

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Basel, train  •  5 h 22 min

  1. FRA - BSL

$163 - $426

Fly Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich, train  •  5 h 57 min

  1. CGN - ZRH

$116 - $313

Fly Dusseldorf to Basel, train  •  6 h 45 min

  1. DUS - BSL

$119 - $342

Fly Dusseldorf to Zurich, train  •  6 h 38 min

  1. DUS - ZRH

$120 - $297

Fly Cologne/Bonn Apt to Milan Malpensa, train  •  8 h 18 min

  1. CGN - MXP

$115 - $366

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

You can take a train from Cologne to Interlaken via Mannheim Hbf and Basel SBB in around 6 h 22 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cologne to Interlaken via Hauptbahnhof/Karlstraße, Frankfurt am Main and Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station in around 11 h 18 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 6 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
$75 - $320
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $290
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 11 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $330
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
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
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Köln Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $85
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
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Interlaken West
Ave. Duration
1 h 52 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
Trenitalia Eurocity
Bus operators
Deinbus
Phone
+49 069/17 53 73 200
Email
info@deinbus.de
Website
deinbus.de
Bus from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Hauptbahnhof/Karlstraße, Frankfurt am Main
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$9 - $19
Schedules at
deinbus.de
FlixBus
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station to Interlaken, Interlaken West
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$29 - $50
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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
Bus from Strasbourg to Basel
Ave. Duration
2 h 44 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $65
Schedules at
eurolines.fr

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Cologne and Interlaken is 477 km. The road distance is 637 km.

The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Interlaken is to bus which costs 30€ - 60€ and takes 11 h 18 min.

The quickest way to get from Cologne to Interlaken is to train and fly which takes 5 h 22 min and costs 130€ - 370€.

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

No, there is no direct bus from Cologne to Interlaken. However, there are services departing from Köln Hauptbahnhof and arriving at Interlaken, Interlaken West via Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 18 min.

It takes approximately 6 h 22 min to get from Cologne to Interlaken, including transfers.