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Train Information between Basel and Cologne

distanceDistance234 miles (377 km)
durationAverage train duration5 h 54 min
priceAverage train ticket price$30 (€24)
frequencyTrain frequency3 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 3 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersDeutsche Bahn or Deutsche Bahn with connection

Trains from Basel to Cologne cover the 234 miles (377 km) long trip taking on average 5 h 54 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn or Deutsche Bahn with connection. Normally, there are 3 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around $30 (€24), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $23 (€19). Travelers depart most frequently from Basel Bahnhof SBB and arrive in Köln Hbf.

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Deutsche Bahn Basel – Cologne

For as little as $23 (€19) you can travel by train between Basel and Cologne with Deutsche Bahn. Omio will show you the best deals, schedules and tickets available for this journey.

Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn (DB) trains take you between Basel and Cologne in comfort. Find the DB train schedule for your route between Basel and Cologne on Omio and book cheap DB tickets online. The distance between Basel and Cologne is 234 miles (377 km) by DB and prices for a Deutsche Bahn ticket from Basel to Cologne start at $23 (€19).

Deutsche Bahn is Germany’s main provider of train services and makes on average about 40, 000 domestic and international train journeys every day. DB is well-known for its wide range of ticket types, savings offers such as the Super Saver fares and discount cards like the Bahncard 25, 50 and 100, which you can also use at Omio.

Travel on different types of DB trains, including the ICE (Intercity Express), IC (Intercity), EC (Eurocity), IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional Express) and RB (Regionalbahn), on its routes, which differ in terms of comfort and the time needed to travel. For example, while bathrooms are standard, services like onboard restaurants or free WiFi are only available on certain trains.

Deutsche Bahn has updated its ticket policies due to the coronavirus. Keep these in mind when booking your Deutsche Bahn tickets between Basel and Cologne and when traveling by train:

  • Normal conditions apply
  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended

Travel Tips

Trains from Basel to Cologne
Travel by train to Cologne easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Basel to Cologne.
FAQs
What are the travel restrictions for Cologne, Germany if I'm coming from Basel, Switzerland by train?

Travel between Basel, Switzerland and Cologne, Germany by train is: Partially open.

What is the status of international entry into Germany from Switzerland?

International entry status: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Switzerland

Do I need to self-quarantine on arrival in Germany from Basel?

Conditions of entry:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Pre-arrival health declaration
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival

What are the safety rules to follow in Cologne, Germany?

When traveling in Germany, you must follow these COVID-19 safety rules:

  • Physical distance requirement: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Mandatory

The information above was last checked on 9/25/21. This can change before your date of travel so please review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your train between Basel and Cologne before traveling.

What restrictions are there on reentering Switzerland from Cologne, Germany?

The restriction level for your return train to Basel, Switzerland from Cologne is: Partially open.

Is my return train into Basel from Cologne restricted?

International entry is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in Switzerland from Cologne?

Conditions of reentry:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 14 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 4 in quarantine
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Health declaration required
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival

What are the safety rules to follow in Basel, Switzerland?

The government of Switzerland has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Social distancing required: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask required: Mandatory

Last checked on 9/23/21. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train to Basel from Cologne closer to your date of departure here here.

How much do cheap trains to Cologne from Basel cost?
Omio customers have found the cheapest trains from Basel to Cologne to cost as little as $23 (€19)  in the next 7 days.
How much is a train ticket to Cologne from Basel?
The Basel to Cologne train ticket price is on average $30 (€24)  if you are looking to buy your tickets for this route in the next week.
What is the distance to Cologne from Basel by train?
When traveling this route you should expect the distance from Basel to Cologne by train to be approximately 234 miles (377 km).
What is the Basel to Cologne train travel time?
The train time from Basel to Cologne is on average 5 h 54 min  for the 234 miles (377 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go between Basel and Cologne by train can vary depending on specific dates or traveling on weekends and holidays.
What station does the train from Basel to Cologne depart from? Which Cologne train station do I come into from Basel?

When departing from Basel, you have various train station options to start your journey from including Basel Bahnhof SBB, Basel SBB and Basel Bad Bhf. When arriving in Cologne, you can end your journey in train stations like Köln Hbf, Köln Messe/Deutz and Köln/Bonn Flughafen.

Omio customers book a train from Basel Bahnhof SBB   to Köln Hbf   most frequently for this route.

Where is the departure train station in Basel located? Where is the arrival train station in Cologne located?

Passengers board the train most frequently from Basel Bahnhof SBB, which is located around 1 mile (s) / 1 km away from the city center, and they get off the train at Köln Hbf, located 1 mile (s) / 1 km away from the city center.

Which train providers should I travel with from Basel to Cologne?
Take the Basel to Cologne train with Deutsche Bahn or Deutsche Bahn with connection. However, it's always good to check out all possible train providers for the route from Basel to Cologne as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
How many train services are there between Basel and Cologne a day?
On average, there are 3 trains a day from Basel to Cologne. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
When can I take the first train from Basel to Cologne? When can I take the last train for the day?
You can take the first train from Basel to Cologne at 5: 06 AM. The last train from Basel to Cologne that you can take departs at 9: 42 PM. Omio shows you the latest train from Basel to Cologne schedule to help you book the best departure time for this journey.
How early should I purchase Basel to Cologne train tickets to get the best deals?
You can find trains from Basel to Cologne to cost on average $30 (€24) one way if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend buying train tickets in advance to score the best deals and save money on your route. You’ll see tickets for the Basel to Cologne train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.
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Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Cologne
Köln Hbf
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