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

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Train  •  6h 56m

  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 / ...

$163 - $272

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Bus  •  15h 7m

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

$76 - $110

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Train via Mannheim Hbf  •  7h 6m

  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 Mannheim Hbf Ice / ...
  4. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Köln Hbf Ice

$163 - $272

Drive, train  •  6h 45m

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

$127 - $198

Bus, train  •  10h 8m

  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 / ...

$79 - $110

Drive  •  6h 14m

  1. Drive from Lausanne to Cologne 427.9 miles

$90 - $130

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

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

$124 - $315

Train to Geneva, fly to Dusseldorf  •  5h 59m

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

$77 - $216

Train to Geneva, fly to Frankfurt, train  •  5h 33m

  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 Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

$131 - $350

Train, train to Basel, fly to Dusseldorf  •  7h 29m

  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

$132 - $358

Train to Geneva, fly to Brussels, train  •  7h 14m

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

$110 - $306

Train to Geneva, fly to Luxembourg, train  •  8h 48m

  1. Take the train from Lausanne to Genève-Aéroport
  2. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Luxembourg (LUX) GVA - LUX
  3. Take the train from Trier Hbf to Köln, Dasselstr./Bf Süd

$139 - $347

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

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The quickest way to get from Lausanne to Cologne is to train and fly which costs SFr 130 - SFr 350 and takes 5h 33m.

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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 15h 7m.

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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 6h 56m.

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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 6h 56m and costs SFr 160 - SFr 280.

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It takes approximately 6h 56m 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 6h 56m and costs SFr 160 - SFr 280. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 75 - SFr 110 and takes 15h 7m.

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Map of how to get from Lausanne to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 307.3 miles
  • Duration: 6h 56m

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 6h 56m. 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 15h 7m.

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 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 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 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
Flights from Geneva to Luxembourg via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
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 Basel to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $420
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
Flights from Geneva to Luxembourg via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $1,000
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Zurich to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $290
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $420
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 Basel to Dusseldorf via Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $300
Flights from Geneva to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $290
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from Geneva to Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $700
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Geneva to Dusseldorf via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
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
1h 6m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $65
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 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 Lausanne to Zürich Flughafen
Ave. Duration
2h 34m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$70 - $130
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lausanne to Genève-Aéroport
Ave. Duration
45m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $50
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 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
Bahn DE
Website
bahn.de
Train from Trier Hbf to Köln, Dasselstr./Bf Süd
Ave. Duration
2h 18m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Schedules at
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
8h 35m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
flixbus.co.uk
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Lausanne, park.Velodrome to Strasbourg, Place de l'Étoile
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$12 - $16
Website
regiojet.com
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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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 6h 14m to drive from Lausanne to Cologne.

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Eurowings and Lufthansa offer flights from Zurich Airport to Cologne Bonn Airport.

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