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There are 12 ways to get from Cologne to Zermatt by train, car, bus or plane

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Train, drive  •  7 h 40 min

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

$143 - $217

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Fly Cologne/Bonn Apt to Milan Bergamo, train  •  9 h 36 min

  1. Fly from Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) to Milan Bergamo (BGY) CGN - BGY
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Brig
  3. Take the train from Brig Bahnhofplatz to Zermatt

$99 - $290

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Train  •  8 h 12 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Basel SBB Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Visp Eurocity / ...

$188 - $327

Bus FlixBus, train  •  13 h 26 min

  1. Take the bus from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main
  2. Take the bus from Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station to Bern 122 / ...
  3. Take the train from Bern to Visp 8 / ...

$119 - $214

Bus, train via Strasbourg  •  16 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from Köln to Strasbourg
  2. Take the bus from Strasbourg to Basel
  3. Take the train from Basel Sbb to Visp Ec

$146 - $251

Drive  •  7 h 59 min

  1. Drive from Cologne to Zermatt 444.2 miles

$90 - $140

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Zurich, train  •  7 h 31 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 Visp
  4. Take the train from Visp to Zermatt

$214 - $490

Fly Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich, train  •  8 h 8 min

  1. Fly from Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) to Zurich (ZRH) CGN - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Visp
  3. Take the train from Visp to Zermatt

$146 - $363

Fly Dusseldorf to Zurich, train  •  8 h 43 min

  1. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Zurich (ZRH) DUS - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Visp
  3. Take the train from Visp to Zermatt

$147 - $345

Fly Dusseldorf to Geneva, train  •  8 h 59 min

  1. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Geneva (GVA) DUS - GVA
  2. Take the train from Genève-Aéroport to Visp

$132 - $325

Fly Cologne/Bonn Apt to Milan Malpensa, train  •  8 h 57 min

  1. Fly from Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) CGN - MXP
  2. Take the train from Gallarate to Brig
  3. Take the train from Brig Bahnhofplatz to Zermatt

$121 - $369

Fly Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa, train  •  9 h 36 min

  1. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) DUS - MXP
  2. Take the train from Gallarate to Brig
  3. Take the train from Brig Bahnhofplatz to Zermatt

$122 - $351

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The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Zermatt is to drive which costs 80€ - 120€ and takes 7 h 59 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Zermatt is to train and fly which costs 180€ - 430€ and takes 7 h 31 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Cologne to Zermatt. However, there are services departing from Köln Hbf and arriving at Zermatt via Basel SBB and Visp. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 12 min.

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The distance between Cologne and Zermatt is 549 km. The road distance is 710.7 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Zermatt without a car is to train which takes 8 h 12 min and costs 160€ - 290€.

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It takes approximately 7 h 40 min to get from Cologne to Zermatt, including transfers.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Zermatt is 711 km. It takes approximately 7 h 59 min to drive from Cologne to Zermatt.

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  • Distance: 343.3 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 40 min

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

You can take a train from Cologne to Zermatt via Basel SBB and Visp in around 8 h 12 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 Apt to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 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 Dusseldorf to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $290
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $900
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 17 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $900
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
When
Every day
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
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Milan Bergamo via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,100
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $290
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt 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 Apt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Dusseldorf to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Flights from Dusseldorf to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $290
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt 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
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$25 - $240
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$160 - $750
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 Bad Bf
Ave. Duration
3 h 39 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$100 - $160
Website
bahn.de
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 Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
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 Visp
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $120
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Bern to Visp
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich Flughafen to Visp
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$70 - $130
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève-Aéroport to Visp
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $110
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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 Basel Sbb to Visp
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Gallarate to Brig
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Brig
Ave. Duration
1 h 53 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
MGB
Website
matterhorngotthardbahn.ch
Train from Visp to Zermatt
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $45
Website
matterhorngotthardbahn.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
2nd Class Ticket
$20 - $25
1st Class Ticket
$35 - $45
Train from Brig Bahnhofplatz to Zermatt
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $55
Website
matterhorngotthardbahn.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
2nd Class Ticket
$26 - $31
1st Class Ticket
$45 - $55
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main
Ave. Duration
2 h 44 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $60
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 Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station to Bern
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$25 - $45
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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Swiss and Lufthansa offer flights from Frankfurt Airport to Zurich Airport.

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There are 1490+ hotels available in Zermatt. Prices start at $80 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 13€ - 16€.

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