There are 11 ways to get from Interlaken to Cologne by train, car, bus or plane

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Train via Basel SBB  •  6 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Interlaken West to Basel SBB Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Köln Hbf Ice / ...

$154 - $256

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Bus  •  11 h 29 min

  1. Take the bus from Interlaken, Interlaken West to Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station 322
  2. Take the bus from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne

$65 - $109

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Drive, train  •  6 h 36 min

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

$126 - $200

Train  •  7 h

  1. Take the train from Interlaken West to Köln Hbf Ec

$160 - $280

Drive  •  5 h 49 min

  1. Drive from Interlaken to Cologne 398.5 miles

$80 - $130

Train, train to Zurich, fly to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  5 h 48 min

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

$121 - $313

Train to Basel, fly to Dusseldorf  •  6 h 41 min

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

$111 - $348

Train, train to Zurich, fly to Dusseldorf  •  6 h 37 min

  1. Take the train from Interlaken West to Bern
  2. Take the train from Bern to Zürich Flughafen
  3. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Dusseldorf (DUS) ZRH - DUS

$114 - $301

Train, bus to Milan Malpensa, fly to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  8 h 21 min

  1. Take the train from Spiez to Domodossola
  2. Take the bus from Domodossola, Stazione to Malpensa, aeroporto
  3. Fly from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) MXP - CGN

$113 - $362

Train, train to Geneva, fly to Dusseldorf  •  8 h 20 min

  1. Take the train from Interlaken West to Bern
  2. Take the train from Bern to Genève-Aéroport
  3. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Dusseldorf (DUS) GVA - DUS

$114 - $316

Train, train to Friedrichshafen, fly to Dusseldorf  •  8 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from Interlaken West to Bern
  2. Take the train from Bern to Zürich HB
  3. Take the train from Zürich HB to Schaffhausen
  4. Take the train from Schaffhausen to Friedrichshafen Flughafen
  5. Fly from Friedrichshafen (FDH) to Dusseldorf (DUS) FDH - DUS

$194 - $650

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Interlaken to Cologne is to bus which costs SFr 60 - SFr 110 and takes 11 h 29 min.

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The quickest way to get from Interlaken to Cologne is to train and fly which costs SFr 110 - SFr 310 and takes 5 h 48 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Interlaken to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Interlaken, Interlaken West and arriving at Cologne via Frankfurt am Main. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 29 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Interlaken West and arriving at Köln Hbf. Services depart once daily, and operate Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 7 h.

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The distance between Interlaken and Cologne is 477 km. The road distance is 637.5 km.

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The best way to get from Interlaken to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 6 h 51 min and costs SFr 140 - SFr 250.

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It takes approximately 6 h 51 min to get from Interlaken to Cologne, including transfers.

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Interlaken to Cologne bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Interlaken, Interlaken West station.

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

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The best way to get from Interlaken to Cologne is to train which takes 6 h 51 min and costs SFr 140 - SFr 250. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 60 - SFr 110 and takes 11 h 29 min.

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Map of how to get from Interlaken to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 298.1 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 51 min

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

You can take a train from Interlaken to Cologne via Basel SBB in around 6 h 51 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Interlaken to Cologne via Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station and Frankfurt am Main in around 11 h 29 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $310
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$40 - $290
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $900
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $900
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $290
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $330
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $290
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Zurich to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $330
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$40 - $330
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $290
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Friedrichshafen to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $440
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf via Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $300
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 Interlaken West to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $100
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 52 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$100 - $160
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel Bad Bf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 42 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$95 - $150
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Interlaken West to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$160 - $280
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Interlaken West to Bern
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $45
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Bern to Zürich Flughafen
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Spiez to Domodossola
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $40
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Bern to Genève-Aéroport
Ave. Duration
1 h 53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Bern to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Schaffhausen
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$13 - $24
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Schaffhausen to Friedrichshafen Flughafen
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $45
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
3 h 51 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Website
bahn.de
Train from Basel Bad Bf to Koln Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 41 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Website
bahn.de
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.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Interlaken, Interlaken West to Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$29 - $50
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne
Ave. Duration
2 h 44 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
eurolines.de
Swiss PostAuto
Email
info@postauto.ch
Website
postauto.ch
Bus from Domodossola, Stazione to Malpensa, aeroporto
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Autoservizi Comazzi srl
Phone
0322 844 862
Email
comazzi@comazzibus.com
Website
comazzibus.com
Bus from Domodossola to Malpensa Airport T1
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $18
Schedules at
comazzibus.com

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

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Interlaken to Cologne bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, arrive at Cologne station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Interlaken to Cologne is 638 km. It takes approximately 5 h 49 min to drive from Interlaken to Cologne.

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

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