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

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Train  •  7 h 10 min

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

$166 - $279

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Train to Geneva, fly to Dusseldorf  •  5 h 37 min

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

$66 - $224

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Drive, train  •  7 h

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

$132 - $209

Bus, train  •  9 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from Lausanne to Frankfurt, Frankfurt Airport N122
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 Ice

$84 - $115

Bus  •  15 h 7 min

  1. Take the bus from Lausanne, park.Velodrome to Strasbourg, Place de l'Étoile RegioJet
  2. Take the bus from Strasbourg to Köln

$81 - $115

Drive  •  6 h 14 min

  1. Drive from Lausanne to Cologne 427.9 miles

$90 - $130

Train to Geneva, fly to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  6 h 17 min

  1. Take the train from Lausanne to Genève-Aéroport
  2. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) GVA - CGN

$128 - $366

Train to Zurich, fly to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  6 h 1 min

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

$127 - $322

Train to Geneva, fly to Frankfurt, train  •  5 h 37 min

  1. Take the train from Lausanne to Genève-Aéroport
  2. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Frankfurt (FRA) GVA - FRA
  3. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf

$137 - $357

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

  1. Take the train from Lausanne to Bern
  2. Take the train from Bern to Basel SBB
  3. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Dusseldorf (DUS) BSL - DUS

$123 - $371

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Lausanne to Cologne is to bus which costs SFr 75 - SFr 110 and takes 15 h 7 min.

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The quickest way to get from Lausanne to Cologne is to train and fly which costs SFr 60 - SFr 220 and takes 5 h 37 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Lausanne to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Lausanne, Mirabeau and arriving at Köln via Lausanne, park.Velodrome and Strasbourg. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15 h 7 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Lausanne to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Lausanne and arriving at Köln Hbf via Bern and Basel SBB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 10 min.

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The distance between Lausanne and Cologne is 492 km. The road distance is 684.7 km.

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The best way to get from Lausanne to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 7 h 10 min and costs SFr 150 - SFr 270.

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It takes approximately 7 h 10 min to get from Lausanne to Cologne, including transfers.

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Lausanne to Cologne bus services, operated by RegioJet, depart from Lausanne, park.Velodrome station.

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

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The best way to get from Lausanne to Cologne is to train which takes 7 h 10 min and costs SFr 150 - SFr 270. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 75 - SFr 110 and takes 15 h 7 min.

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  • Distance: 307.3 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 10 min

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

You can take a train from Lausanne to Cologne via Bern and Basel SBB in around 7 h 10 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Lausanne to Cologne via Lausanne, Parc Vélodrome, Lausanne, park.Velodrome, Strasbourg, Place de l'Étoile, and Strasbourg in around 15 h 7 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Geneva to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$440 - $1,300
Flights from Geneva to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$440 - $1,300
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
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 Geneva to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Geneva to Frankfurt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Geneva to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
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
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Geneva to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
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
Flights from Zurich to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Geneva to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Geneva to Frankfurt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $290
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
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
Flights from Geneva to Frankfurt via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Geneva to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $900
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
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 Lausanne to Bern
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Bern to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$29 - $55
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 Lausanne to Genève-Aéroport
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lausanne to Zürich Flughafen
Ave. Duration
2 h 34 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $140
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
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Lausanne to Frankfurt, Frankfurt Airport
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
flixbus.co.uk
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.sk
Bus from Lausanne, park.Velodrome to Strasbourg, Place de l'Étoile
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$12 - $16
Schedules at
regiojet.sk
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Strasbourg to Köln
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Schedules at
eurolines.fr

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

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Lausanne to Cologne bus services, operated by Eurolines FR, arrive at Köln station.

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Lausanne 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 Lausanne to Cologne is 685 km. It takes approximately 6 h 14 min to drive from Lausanne to Cologne.

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Austrian Airlines, Swiss, Eurowings and Lufthansa offer flights from Geneva Airport to Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport.

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