There are 10 ways to get from Cologne to Zürich by train, bus, car or plane

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Train via Basel  •  5h 10m

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

SFr 74 - SFr 186

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Bus  •  10h 11m

  1. Take the bus from Cologne, Cologne South, Airport to Zurich N177 / ...

SFr 32 - SFr 58

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Train  •  6h 7m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Zuerich Hb Ec

SFr 55 - SFr 80

Drive  •  5h 11m

  1. Drive from Cologne to Zürich 573.1 km

SFr 70 - SFr 110

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Zurich  •  3h 16m

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

SFr 101 - SFr 404

Fly Cologne Bonn to Zurich  •  3h 55m

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

SFr 73 - SFr 308

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Zurich  •  4h 16m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Zurich (ZRH) DUS - ZRH

SFr 71 - SFr 276

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Basel, train  •  5h 43m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Basel (BSL) DUS - BSL
  3. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB

SFr 93 - SFr 451

Train, train to Luxembourg, fly to Zurich  •  7h 1m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Sued to Trier Hbf
  2. Take the train from Trier Hbf to Luxembourg
  3. Fly from Luxembourg (LUX) to Zurich (ZRH) LUX - ZRH

SFr 114 - SFr 276

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Friedrichshafen, train  •  5h 56m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Friedrichshafen (FDH) DUS - FDH
  3. Take the train from Friedrichshafen Flughafen to Singen
  4. Take the train from Singen to Zürich HB

SFr 154 - SFr 365

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The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Zürich is to bus which costs 29€ - 55€ and takes 10h 11m.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Zürich is to train and fly which costs 90€ - 380€ and takes 3h 16m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Koeln Hbf and arriving at Zuerich Hb. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h 7m.

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The distance between Cologne and Zürich is 413 km. The road distance is 573.1 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Zürich without a car is to train via Basel which takes 5h 10m and costs 65€ - 180€.

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It takes approximately 5h 10m to get from Cologne to Zürich, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Cologne to Zürich is to train via Basel which takes 5h 10m and costs 65€ - 180€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 29€ - 55€ and takes 10h 11m, you could also fly, which costs 65€ - 290€ and takes 3h 55m.

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

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Map of how to get from Cologne to Zürich.
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  • Distance: 413.3 km
  • Duration: 5h 10m

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

You can take a train from Cologne to Zürich via Basel Sbb and Basel SBB in around 5h 10m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Cologne, Cologne South, Airport to Zurich twice daily. Tickets cost SFr 30 - SFr 40 and the journey takes 9h.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 650
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 650
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich via Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 650
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 210 - SFr 550
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 90 - SFr 420
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2h 46m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 380
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 370
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 450
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 340
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 180 - SFr 390
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 380
Flights from Luxembourg to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 700
Flights from Dusseldorf to Friedrichshafen via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 220 - SFr 380
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 650
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 95 - SFr 360
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 400
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 340
Flights from Luxembourg to Zurich
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 750
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 95 - SFr 360
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 450
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 340
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 280
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Friedrichshafen
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 410
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Basel via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 90 - SFr 310
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It 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 (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
3h 52m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 90 - SFr 130
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 25 - SFr 35
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 55
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 18 - SFr 26
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
4h 42m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 70
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 15 - SFr 22
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
6h 7m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 80
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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 Koeln Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
3h 53m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 100
Website
NS
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
SFr 40 - SFr 65
1st Class
SFr 70 - SFr 100
Train from Koeln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 19 - SFr 45
Website
NS
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
SFr 19 - SFr 27
1st Class
SFr 30 - SFr 45
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 60
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Singen to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 50
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 40
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 32 - SFr 37
1st Class
SFr 26 - SFr 31
Deutsche Bahn Intercity

Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed InterCity (IC) trains connect cities within Germany. They’re a popular way to travel as they’re faster than Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains and offer a frequent, fast service. All IC trains have first and second class carriages, power sockets and toilets, and most have a bistro cafe or restaurant. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
2h 6m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 75
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 55
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Trier Hbf to Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 55
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Singen(Hohentwiel) to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 60
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Deutsche Bahn Regional

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 9 - SFr 13
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Koeln Sued to Trier Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 58m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 29 - SFr 45
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Trier Hbf to Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 9 - SFr 14
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Friedrichshafen Flughafen to Singen(Hohentwiel)
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 13 - SFr 19
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Köln Hbf to D-Flughafen Bf
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 12 - SFr 15
Website
National Express Rail
VRR
Phone
+49 209 1584-0
Email
info@vrr.de
Website
vrr.de
Train from Köln Hbf to D-Flughafen Bf
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 2
Website
VRR
DB ZugBus RAB GmbH
Website
zugbus-rab.de
Train from Friedrichshafen Flughafen to Singen
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Website
DB ZugBus RAB
Schedules at
SBB
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Cologne, Cologne South, Airport to Zurich
Ave. Duration
9h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 40
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Cologne to Zürich train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Eurocity, arrive at Zuerich Hb station.

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

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Swiss and Lufthansa offer flights from Frankfurt Airport to Zurich Airport.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Cologne Bonn Airport is to train which takes 11 min and costs 1€ - 17€.

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