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

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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Train to Munich, fly to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  5 h 20 min

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

$109 - $292

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Bus  •  11 h 31 min

  1. Take the bus from Salzburg to Munich, Munich central bus station 086
  2. Take the bus from Munich, Munich central bus station to Cologne, Cologne South, Airport 027 / ...

$38 - $74

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Fly Salzburg to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  3 h 39 min

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

$85 - $355

Fly Salzburg to Dusseldorf  •  4 h 43 min

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

$63 - $267

Train to Munich, fly to Dusseldorf  •  6 h 9 min

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

$102 - $260

Fly Salzburg to Frankfurt, train  •  4 h 39 min

  1. Fly from Salzburg (SZG) to Frankfurt (FRA) SZG - FRA
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf

$138 - $351

Train, train to Nuremberg, fly to Dusseldorf  •  6 h 49 min

  1. Take the train from Salzburg Hbf to München Hbf
  2. Take the train from München Hbf to Nürnberg Hbf
  3. Fly from Nuremberg (NUE) to Dusseldorf (DUS) NUE - DUS

$116 - $350

Train Deutsche Bahn  •  7 h 6 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

$145 - $220

Drive, train  •  7 h 10 min

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

$140 - $213

Train  •  8 h 17 min

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

$140 - $210

Train, bus  •  15 h 42 min

  1. Take the train from Salzburg Hbf to München Hbf M / ...
  2. Take the bus from München ZOB to Cologne Hbf

$91 - $162

Drive  •  6 h 42 min

  1. Drive from Salzburg to Cologne 450.3 miles

$90 - $140

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The cheapest way to get from Salzburg to Cologne is to bus which costs 30€ - 65€ and takes 11 h 31 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 39 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Salzburg Hbf and arriving at Köln Hbf. Services depart once daily. 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 6 min and costs 120€ - 190€.

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It takes approximately 5 h 20 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 39 min and costs 70€ - 310€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 120€ - 190€ and takes 7 h 6 min, you could also bus, which costs 30€ - 65€ and takes 11 h 31 min.

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

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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: 5 h 20 min

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

Eurowings flies from Salzburg to Cologne 5 times a week. Alternatively, you can take a train from Salzburg to Cologne via München Hbf in around 7 h 6 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Munich to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $480
Flights from Salzburg to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 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
$70 - $370
Flights from Salzburg to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Nuremberg to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $330
Flights from Nuremberg to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $360
Flights from Nuremberg to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$120 - $360
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Munich to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Salzburg to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $700
Flights from Salzburg to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $600
Flights from Salzburg to Dusseldorf via Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
3 h 52 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$70 - $600
Flights from Salzburg to Dusseldorf via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Monday and Tuesday
Estimated price
$70 - $600
Flights from Munich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $1,700
Flights from Nuremberg to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $330
Flights from Nuremberg to Dusseldorf via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$60 - $330
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Salzburg to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $700
Flights from Salzburg to Dusseldorf via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
Flights from Salzburg to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Nuremberg to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $900
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
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
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Raileurope.com
Train from Salzburg Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
8 h 17 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $210
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 Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from München Hbf to Nürnberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$40 - $60
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 - $170
Website
bahn.de
Train from München-Pasing to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
4 h 29 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$110 - $170
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 Salzburg to Munich, Munich central bus station
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $14
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Munich, Munich central bus station to Cologne, Cologne South, Airport
Ave. Duration
8 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from München ZOB to Cologne Hbf
Ave. Duration
12 h 32 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$55 - $110
Website
eurolines.de

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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 and Lufthansa offer flights from Munich Airport to Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport.

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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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