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

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Train  •  7h 34m

  1. Take the train from Genève to Bern 1 / ...
  2. Take the train from Bern to Basel SBB 61 / ...
  3. Take the train from Basel SBB to Köln Hbf Ice / ...

$180 - $302

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Bus  •  12h 12m

  1. Take the bus from Geneve, Gare Routiere, pl. Dorciere to Strasbourg, Place de l'Étoile RegioJet
  2. Take the bus from Strasbourg to Bonn N11

$35 - $56

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Train via Mannheim Hbf  •  7h 41m

  1. Take the train from Genève to Olten 5 / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Mannheim Hbf Ice / ...
  3. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Köln Hbf Ice

$179 - $299

Drive, train  •  7h 16m

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

$135 - $209

Drive  •  6h 45m

  1. Drive from Geneva to Cologne 462.7 miles

$95 - $150

Fly Geneva to Cologne Bonn  •  5h 34m

  1. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) GVA - CGN

$111 - $336

Fly Geneva to Dusseldorf, train  •  5h 21m

  1. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Dusseldorf (DUS) GVA - DUS
  2. Take the train from Dusseldorf Hbf to Koln Messe/Deutz

$61 - $189

Fly Geneva to Frankfurt, train  •  4h 55m

  1. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Frankfurt (FRA) GVA - FRA
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

$115 - $323

Train to Zurich, fly to Cologne Bonn  •  6h 32m

  1. Take the train from Genève to Zürich Flughafen
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) ZRH - CGN

$139 - $343

Fly Geneva to Brussels, train  •  6h 36m

  1. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Brussels (BRU) GVA - BRU
  2. Take the train from Brusel Nord to Köln Hauptbahnhof

$94 - $279

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The cheapest way to get from Geneva to Cologne is to bus which costs SFr 35 - SFr 60 and takes 12h 12m.

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The quickest way to get from Geneva to Cologne is to fly and train which costs SFr 110 - SFr 330 and takes 4h 55m.

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No, there is no direct train from Geneva to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Genève and arriving at Köln Hbf via Bern and Basel SBB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 34m.

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The distance between Geneva and Cologne is 529 km. The road distance is 740.3 km.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 7h 34m and costs SFr 180 - SFr 310.

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It takes approximately 7h 34m to get from Geneva to Cologne, including transfers.

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Geneva to Cologne train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Genève station.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Cologne is to train which takes 7h 34m and costs SFr 180 - SFr 310. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 35 - SFr 60 and takes 12h 12m, you could also fly, which costs SFr 110 - SFr 340 and takes 5h 34m.

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There is no direct flight from Geneva Airport to Cologne Bonn Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 10m and has one stopover.

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Geneva to Cologne train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Köln Hbf station.

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Map of how to get from Geneva to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 330.9 miles
  • Duration: 7h 34m

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

You can take a train from Geneva to Cologne via Bern and Basel SBB in around 7h 34m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Geneva to Cologne via Strasbourg, Bonn, and Bonn, Gronau Heussallee/Museumsmeile in around 12h 12m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Geneva to Cologne Bonn via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$440 - $1,300
Flights from Geneva to Cologne Bonn via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$440 - $1,300
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $290
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $900
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $900
Flights from Geneva to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Geneva to Frankfurt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Zurich to Cologne Bonn via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
Flights from Geneva to Brussels via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Geneva to Brussels via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Geneva to Cologne Bonn via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $290
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Geneva to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Geneva to Frankfurt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Zurich to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Geneva to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $460
Flights from Geneva to Brussels via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $290
Flights from Zurich to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Geneva to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $460
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Geneva to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $290
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Geneva to Cologne Bonn via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Geneva to Cologne Bonn via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $900
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Train operators
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 Genève to Bern
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Bern to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$28 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 52m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$100 - $160
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Olten
Ave. Duration
2h 3m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$65 - $120
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $85
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel Bad Bf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 42m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$90 - $140
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Zürich Flughafen
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$85 - $160
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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 Basel SBB to Koln Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 52m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$85 - $130
Website
bahn.de
Train from Basel SBB to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
bahn.de
Train from Basel Bad Bf to Koln Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 42m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$85 - $130
Website
bahn.de
Train from Dusseldorf Hbf to Koln Messe/Deutz
Ave. Duration
25m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
48m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
bahn.de
Train from Brusel Nord to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1h 41m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
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 Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 32m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Bus operators
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Geneve, Gare Routiere, pl. Dorciere to Strasbourg, Place de l'Étoile
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$14 - $18
Website
regiojet.com
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 Strasbourg to Bonn
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$18 - $35
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Geneva to Cologne is 740 km. It takes approximately 6h 45m to drive from Geneva to Cologne.

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Austrian Airlines, TAP Portugal, Swiss and two other airlines offer flights from Geneva Airport to Cologne Bonn Airport.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Geneva Airport is to line 1 train which takes 7m and costs SFr 10 - SFr 18.

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