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

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Train  •  6h 33m

  1. Take the train from Interlaken West to Basel SBB 61 / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Köln Hbf Ice / ...

$153 - $252

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Bus  •  11h 34m

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

$64 - $108

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Drive, train  •  6h 20m

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

$121 - $189

Train via Mannheim Hbf  •  6h 43m

  1. Take the train from Interlaken West to Basel SBB 61 / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Mannheim Hbf Ice / ...
  3. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Köln Hbf Ice

$153 - $252

Train #2  •  7h

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

$160 - $270

Train, bus  •  12h 39m

  1. Take the train from Interlaken West to Basel SBB 61 / ...
  2. Take the train from Gare de Basel-SBB to Gare de Strasbourg
  3. Take the bus from Strasbourg to Köln

$139 - $224

Drive  •  5h 49m

  1. Drive from Interlaken to Cologne 398.5 miles

$80 - $130

Train, train to Zurich, fly to Cologne Bonn  •  5h 51m

  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 (CGN) ZRH - CGN

$115 - $311

Train to Basel, fly to Dusseldorf  •  7h 7m

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

$122 - $338

Train, train to Zurich, fly to Dusseldorf  •  6h 58m

  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

$120 - $294

Train to Milan Malpensa, fly to Cologne Bonn  •  8h 1m

  1. Take the train from Spiez to Gallarate
  2. Fly from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) MXP - CGN

$92 - $333

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Interlaken to Cologne is to bus which costs SFr 60 - SFr 110 and takes 11h 34m.

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The quickest way to get from Interlaken to Cologne is to drive which costs SFr 80 - SFr 130 and takes 5h 49m.

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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 11h 34m.

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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 every day. The journey takes approximately 7h.

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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 6h 33m and costs SFr 150 - SFr 260.

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It takes approximately 6h 33m 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 6h 33m and costs SFr 150 - SFr 260. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 60 - SFr 110 and takes 11h 34m.

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Map of how to get from Interlaken to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 298.1 miles
  • Duration: 6h 33m

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

You can take a train from Interlaken to Cologne via Basel SBB in around 6h 33m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Interlaken to Cologne via Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station and Frankfurt am Main in around 11h 34m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Cologne Bonn via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $310
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Cologne Bonn via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Zurich to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $330
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Cologne Bonn via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $330
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf via Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $300
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
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
1h 54m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $95
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 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 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 Interlaken West to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
7h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$160 - $270
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Interlaken West to Bern
Ave. Duration
47m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $45
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Bern to Zürich Flughafen
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $80
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Spiez to Gallarate
Ave. Duration
1h 58m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $65
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 Bad Bf to Koln Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 42m
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
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
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Gare de Basel-SBB to Gare de Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$25 - $40
1st Class
$35 - $55
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 Interlaken, Interlaken West to Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
Frequency
4 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
2h 44m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
eurolines.de
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Strasbourg to Köln
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Schedules at
eurolines.fr

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Cologne Bonn Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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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 5h 49m to drive from Interlaken to Cologne.

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