There are 12 ways to get from Cologne to Zürich 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  •  5 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Basel SBB Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB 36 / ...

$138 - $222

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Bus FlixBus  •  10 h 38 min

  1. Take the bus from Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen to Zurich N11

$35 - $60

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Train, drive  •  5 h 40 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Freiburg(Breisgau) Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Freiburg(Breisgau) Hbf to Weil am Rhein Re / ...
  3. Drive from Lörrach Hbf to Zürich

$129 - $188

Train  •  6 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Zürich HB Ec

$130 - $210

Bus Eurolines FR  •  13 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Köln to Strasbourg
  2. Take the bus from Strasbourg to Zurich

$96 - $161

Drive  •  5 h 11 min

  1. Drive from Cologne to Zürich 358.1 miles

$75 - $110

Fly Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich  •  3 h 50 min

  1. Fly from Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) to Zurich (ZRH) CGN - ZRH

$67 - $208

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Zurich  •  3 h 18 min

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

$135 - $335

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Zurich  •  4 h 30 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Düsseldorf Hbf
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Zurich (ZRH) DUS - ZRH

$68 - $190

Train to Luxembourg, fly to Zurich  •  6 h 26 min

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

$81 - $286

Fly Dusseldorf to Basel, train  •  5 h 43 min

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

$100 - $305

Fly Dusseldorf to Friedrichshafen, train  •  6 h 2 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

$143 - $500

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No, there is no direct bus from Cologne to Zürich. However, there are services departing from Köln, Heumarkt and arriving at Zurich via Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 38 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Köln Hbf and arriving at Zürich HB. Services depart once daily, and operate Monday to Friday. The journey takes approximately 6 h 14 min.

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The distance between Cologne and Zürich is 413 km. The road distance is 573 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Zürich without a car is to train which takes 5 h 11 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 11 min to get from Cologne to Zürich, including transfers.

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Cologne to Zürich bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen station.

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

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The best way to get from Cologne to Zürich is to train which takes 5 h 11 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 10 h 38 min, you could also fly, which costs and takes 3 h 50 min.

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The quickest flight from Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 5 min.

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

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  • Distance: 258.3 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 11 min

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

You can take a train from Cologne to Zürich via Basel SBB in around 5 h 11 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Cologne to Zürich once daily. Tickets cost $35 - $60 and the journey takes 9 h 5 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 58 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich via Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $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
2 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Dusseldorf to Friedrichshafen via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $290
Flights from Luxembourg to Zurich
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $900
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $420
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 23 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
Flairjet
Website
flair-jet.com
Flights from Luxembourg to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$27 - $230
FlexFlight ApS
Website
flexflight.dk
Flights from Luxembourg to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
$95 - $360
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 Freiburg(Breisgau) Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 4 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$85 - $130
Website
bahn.de
Train from Freiburg(Breisgau) Hbf to Weil am Rhein
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $28
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
6 h 14 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $210
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 Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Düsseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $23
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 Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
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
Luxembourg Railways (CFL)
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 Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen to Zurich
Ave. Duration
9 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $60
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 Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $75
Schedules at
eurolines.fr

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Zürich is 573 km. It takes approximately 5 h 11 min to drive from Cologne to Zürich.

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Swiss, Eurowings and Lufthansa offer flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport to Zurich Airport.

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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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