There are 13 ways to get from Cologne to Salzburg by train, plane, car train, bus or car

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 to Frankfurt, fly to Salzburg  •  3 h 3 min

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

$134 - $355

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Bus  •  12 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Cologne to Nuremberg
  2. Take the bus from Nuremberg to Munich, Munich central bus station 037 / ...
  3. Take the bus from Munich, Munich central bus station to Salzburg 086 / ...

$59 - $97

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Fly Cologne/Bonn Apt to Salzburg  •  3 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) to Salzburg (SZG) CGN - SZG

$86 - $358

Fly Dusseldorf to Salzburg  •  4 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Salzburg (SZG) DUS - SZG

$72 - $261

Fly Cologne/Bonn Apt to Munich, train  •  5 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) to Munich (MUC) CGN - MUC
  2. Take the train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf

$109 - $291

Fly Dusseldorf to Munich, train  •  5 h 58 min

  1. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Munich (MUC) DUS - MUC
  2. Take the train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf

$110 - $254

Train to Dortmund, fly to Munich, train  •  6 h 52 min

  1. Take the train from Köln, Dom / Hbf to Holzwickede Bf
  2. Fly from Dortmund (DTM) to Munich (MUC) DTM - MUC
  3. Take the train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf

$117 - $313

Train  •  6 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to München Hbf Ice
  2. Take the train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf M / ...

$145 - $212

Train via München-Pasing  •  7 h 19 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to München-Pasing Ice
  2. Take the train from München-Pasing to Salzburg Hbf Ic

$148 - $210

Train #2  •  8 h 41 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Salzburg Hbf Ec

$140 - $200

Cartrain  •  10 h 24 min

  1. Take the cartrain from Köln Messe/Deutz to Salzburg Hauptbahnhof UEX 1387

$65 - $140

Bus, train  •  13 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Cologne to Munich Ouibus
  2. Take the train from München Ost to Salzburg Hbf M / ...

$70 - $106

Drive  •  6 h 40 min

  1. Drive from Cologne to Salzburg 450.1 miles

$90 - $140

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No, there is no direct bus from Cologne to Salzburg. However, there are services departing from Cologne and arriving at Salzburg via Nuremberg and Munich, Munich central bus station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 15 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Köln Hbf and arriving at Salzburg Hbf. Services depart once daily, and operate Monday to Friday. The journey takes approximately 8 h 41 min.

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The distance between Cologne and Salzburg is 562 km. The road distance is 720.2 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Salzburg without a car is to train which takes 6 h 50 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 3 min to get from Cologne to Salzburg, including transfers.

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Cologne to Salzburg bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, depart from Cologne station.

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

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The best way to get from Cologne to Salzburg is to fly which takes 3 h 35 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 6 h 50 min, you could also bus, which costs and takes 12 h 15 min.

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The quickest flight from Frankfurt Airport to Salzburg Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Cologne to Salzburg bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Salzburg station.

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Map of how to get from Cologne to Salzburg.
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  • Distance: 351.2 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 3 min

What companies run services between Cologne, Germany and Salzburg, Austria?

Eurowings flies from Cologne to Salzburg 5 times a week. Alternatively, you can take a train from Cologne to Salzburg via München Hbf in around 6 h 50 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Salzburg
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Dusseldorf to Salzburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $600
Flights from Dusseldorf to Salzburg via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Munich
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $480
Flights from Dusseldorf to Munich
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $470
Flights from Dortmund to Munich
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $340
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Salzburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $700
Flights from Dusseldorf to Salzburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $600
Flights from Dusseldorf to Salzburg via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
3 h 37 min
When
Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$70 - $600
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Munich
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Dusseldorf to Munich
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $1,700
Flights from Dortmund to Munich
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $340
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Salzburg
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Salzburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $700
Flights from Dusseldorf to Salzburg via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $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 Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to München Hbf
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$110 - $170
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to München-Pasing
Ave. Duration
4 h 23 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$110 - $160
Website
bahn.de
Train from München-Pasing to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 56 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
8 h 41 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $200
Website
bahn.de
Train from München Ost to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
bahn.de
National Express Rail
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Köln, Dom / Hbf to Holzwickede Bf
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $30
Website
nationalexpress.de
Urlaubs-Express
Phone
+49 (0) 221 800 20 820
Email
info@urlaubs-express.de
Website
urlaubs-express.de
Car train from Köln Messe/Deutz to Salzburg Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
10 h 24 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$65 - $140
Schedules at
urlaubs-express.de
Passenger
$68
Motorcycle
$115
Vehicle
$126
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Cologne to Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
6 h 14 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $70
Website
eurolines.de
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 Nuremberg to Munich, Munich central bus station
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $16
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Munich, Munich central bus station to Salzburg
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$8 - $14
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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 Cologne to Munich
Ave. Duration
9 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
Ouibus

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Cologne to Salzburg train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Salzburg Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Salzburg is 720 km. It takes approximately 6 h 40 min to drive from Cologne to Salzburg.

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Austrian Airlines offers flights from Frankfurt Airport to Salzburg Airport.

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There are 1241+ hotels available in Salzburg. Prices start at $69 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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