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

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 via Mannheim Hbf  •  5 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Mannheim Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Köln Hbf Ice / ...

$136 - $212

Cheapest option

Bus  •  10 h 49 min

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen N11

$35 - $60

8 alternative options

Train  •  6 h 5 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Köln Hbf Ec

$130 - $210

Bus, train  •  8 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Winterthur to Karlsruhe Ouibus
  2. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Koln Messe/Deutz ICE International

$85 - $131

Drive, train  •  5 h 48 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Bietigheim-Bissingen
  2. Take the train from Stuttgart Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf Ice / ...
  3. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 Ice

$124 - $184

Drive  •  5 h 11 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Cologne 358.1 miles

$75 - $110

Fly Zurich to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  3 h 33 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) ZRH - CGN

$54 - $208

Fly Zurich to Dusseldorf, train  •  4 h 25 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Dusseldorf (DUS) ZRH - DUS
  2. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Hbf

$47 - $185

Fly Zurich to Frankfurt, train  •  4 h 33 min

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

$128 - $339

Train to Basel, fly to Dusseldorf  •  5 h 35 min

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

$90 - $299

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Cologne is to bus which costs SFr 35 - SFr 60 and takes 10 h 49 min.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Cologne is to fly which costs SFr 50 - SFr 210 and takes 3 h 33 min.

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The distance between Zürich and Cologne is 413 km. The road distance is 573 km.

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It takes approximately 5 h 14 min to get from Zürich to Cologne, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Zürich to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Zurich and arriving at Köln, Heumarkt via Leverkusen, Wiesdorf Rathaus-Galerie. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 49 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Zürich HB and arriving at Köln Hbf. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 6 h 5 min.

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

You can take a train from Zürich to Cologne via Mannheim Hbf in around 5 h 14 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Zürich to Cologne once daily. Tickets cost $35 - $60 and the journey takes 9 h 15 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $310
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Geneva
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
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 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $290
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Geneva
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
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 Zurich to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $420
KLM
Website
klm.com
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)
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 14 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$85 - $140
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $210
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Deutsche Bahn
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
bahn.de
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Koln Messe/Deutz
Ave. Duration
2 h 9 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
bahn.de
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
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 Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
22 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $24
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
Flixtrain
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf central station to Cologne, Cologne central station
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
tgv.com
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$23 - $28
1st Class
$41 - $42
Bus operators
Ouibus
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Winterthur to Karlsruhe
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Website
Ouibus
FlixBus
Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zurich to Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen
Ave. Duration
9 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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