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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly Salzburg to Cologne Bonn  •  3 h 44 min

  1. Fly from Salzburg (SZG) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) SZG - CGN

$85 - $354

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Car train  •  9 h 30 min

  1. Take the car train from Salzburg Hauptbahnhof to Köln Messe/Deutz Uex 1386

$65 - $140

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Train to Munich, fly to Cologne Bonn  •  5 h 19 min

  1. Take the train from Salzburg Hbf to München Hbf
  2. Fly from Munich (MUC) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) MUC - CGN

$108 - $290

Fly Salzburg to Dusseldorf  •  5 h 11 min

  1. Fly from Salzburg (SZG) to Dusseldorf (DUS) SZG - DUS

$75 - $261

Train to Munich, fly to Dusseldorf  •  6 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from Salzburg Hbf to München Hbf
  2. Fly from Munich (MUC) to Dusseldorf (DUS) MUC - DUS

$113 - $253

Fly Salzburg to Frankfurt, train  •  4 h 40 min

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

$133 - $346

Train  •  7 h 16 min

  1. Take the train from Salzburg Hbf to München Hbf M / ...
  2. Take the train from München Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 Ice

$144 - $209

Train via München-Pasing  •  7 h 24 min

  1. Take the train from Salzburg Hbf to München-Pasing Rj
  2. Take the train from München-Pasing to Köln Hbf Ice

$142 - $207

Train via Köln Hbf  •  7 h 39 min

  1. Take the train from Salzburg Hbf to München Hbf M / ...
  2. Take the train from München Hbf to Köln Hbf Ice

$144 - $219

Train #2  •  8 h 17 min

  1. Take the train from Salzburg Hbf to Köln Hbf Ec

$130 - $200

Drive  •  6 h 42 min

  1. Drive from Salzburg to Cologne 450.3 miles

$90 - $140

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Salzburg to Cologne is to drive which costs 80€ - 120€ and takes 6 h 42 min.

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The quickest way to get from Salzburg to Cologne is to fly which costs 70€ - 310€ and takes 3 h 44 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Salzburg Hbf and arriving at Köln Hbf. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8 h 17 min.

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The distance between Salzburg and Cologne is 562 km. The road distance is 720.5 km.

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The best way to get from Salzburg to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 7 h 16 min and costs 120€ - 190€.

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It takes approximately 3 h 44 min to get from Salzburg to Cologne, including transfers.

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Salzburg to Cologne train services, operated by Austrian Railways (ÖBB), depart from Salzburg Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Salzburg to Cologne is to fly which takes 3 h 44 min and costs 70€ - 310€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 120€ - 190€ and takes 7 h 16 min.

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The quickest flight from Salzburg Airport to Cologne Bonn Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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Salzburg to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 station.

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Map of how to get from Salzburg to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 351.2 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 44 min

What companies run services between Salzburg, Austria and Cologne, Germany?

Eurowings flies from Salzburg to Cologne once daily. Alternatively, you can take a train from Salzburg to Cologne via München Hbf in around 7 h 16 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Munich to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $480
Flights from Salzburg to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $600
Flights from Salzburg to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
Flights from Munich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $430
Flights from Salzburg to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Salzburg to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $700
Flights from Munich to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Salzburg to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $600
Flights from Salzburg to Dusseldorf via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $600
Flights from Munich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $1,700
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Salzburg to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $700
Flights from Salzburg to Dusseldorf via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $850
Flights from Salzburg to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Train operators
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

The national railway system of Austria, the OBB carried 209 million passengers on local and regional trains, and 35 million on long-distance trains in 2016 alone. The OBB’s 4865 km network covers 570 trains simultaneously at peak times, with one train leaving every 12 seconds, making it a supremely efficient way to travel around the country and surrounding region. The company’s extensive network connects cities in Austria, and adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia.

Contact Details
Website
oebb.at
Train from Salzburg Hbf to München Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
Train from Salzburg Hbf to München-Pasing
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
Train from Salzburg Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
8 h 17 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $200
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
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 Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
bahn.de
Train from München Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
4 h 24 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$110 - $160
Website
bahn.de
Train from München-Pasing to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
4 h 29 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$110 - $160
Website
bahn.de
Train from München Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
4 h 37 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$110 - $170
Website
bahn.de
Urlaubs-Express
Phone
+49 (0) 221 800 20 820
Email
info@urlaubs-express.de
Website
urlaubs-express.de
Car train from Salzburg Hauptbahnhof to Köln Messe/Deutz
Ave. Duration
9 h 30 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$65 - $140
Schedules at
urlaubs-express.de
Passenger
$68
Motorcycle
$114
Vehicle
$126

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Yes, the driving distance between Salzburg to Cologne is 720 km. It takes approximately 6 h 42 min to drive from Salzburg to Cologne.

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Eurowings offers flights from Salzburg Airport to Cologne Bonn Airport.

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There are 977+ hotels available in Cologne. Prices start at $57 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Salzburg to Salzburg Airport is to line 2 shuttle which takes 7 min and costs .

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