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The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.
The average ticket from Cologne to Zurich will cost around $ 96 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 56.
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5 h 5 m
5 h 58 m
Trains per day
Of the 47 trains that leave Cologne for Zurich every day 2 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
These direct trains cover the 413 km distance in an average of 5 h 58 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 5 h 5 m .
The slowest trains will take 8 h 55 m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.
|Distance||256 miles (413 km)|
|Average train duration||6 h 7 min|
|Average train ticket price||$70 (€63)|
|Train frequency||3 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 3 direct trains a day|
|Train companies||Deutsche Bahn, ÖBB | InterCity or Deutsche Bahn with connection|
Trains from Cologne to Zurich cover the 256 miles (413 km) long route taking on average 6 h 7 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn, ÖBB | InterCity or Deutsche Bahn with connection. Normally, there are 3 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around $70 (€63), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $51 (€46). Travelers depart most frequently from Köln Hbf and arrive in Zürich HB.
Deutsche Bahn trains will get you to Zurich from Cologne from $51 (€46). With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best train times and tickets for your trip.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) is the main provider of train services in Germany, making on average 40, 000 journeys per day. A special feature of Deutsche Bahn is its wide range of ticket types, savings offers including Super Saver, Saver, and Flexible fares and discount cards like the Bahncard 25, 50 and 100, which you can also use for your train from Cologne to Zurich. DB uses different types of trains such as 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 required to travel. For example, while bathrooms are standard amenities, services like an onboard restaurant or free WiFi are only available on certain trains.
Train information from Cologne to Zurich with Deutsche Bahn:
Deutsche Bahn's current ticket policies due to COVID-19 for your train to Zurich from Cologne are the following:
Almost 600 kilometers of train platforms separate the two major cities from each other. If you want to travel by train from Cologne to Zurich, the fastest train connection will take you to the Swiss Metrople on the Limmat in less than 5 hours.
Deutsche Bahn takes travelers from the West German cathedral city to the Swiss metropolis with the ICE and the ICE Sprinter. There is also free WLAN on board as well as an on-board restaurant and rest areas.
travelers arrive in only 4 hours 30 minutes from Cologne Messe/Deutz to Zurich. This fastest connection is connected with a change in Mannheim. All other journeys take longer, on average 5 hours 20 minutes. The only direct connection on the day from Cologne Central Station to Zurich Central Station is 6.5 hours.
Every day travelers have the opportunity to choose from more than 40 train connections with a travel time of less than 6 hours 27 minutes. A direct train leaves in the late afternoon. Most train connections with less than 5 hours 20 minutes require one or two transfers. The earliest connection starts at 4.20, the latest at 19.55.
At which station does the train start in Cologne? Trains in the direction of Switzerland start in Cologne at Cologne Central Station in the centre of Cologne Cathedral or at Cologne Messe/Deutz station. This is a little outside, but shortens the travel time by up to 00.30 hours.
At which station does the train arrive in Zurich? Zurich's main train station is the largest in Switzerland and is located in the heart of the Limmat city. From there, passengers travel by rental car, cab, bus or regional train. The integrated shopping centre is open every day.
Travel between Cologne, Germany and Zurich, Switzerland by train is: Fully open.
International entry status: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany
Conditions of entry:
When traveling in Switzerland, you must follow these COVID-19 safety rules:
The information above was last checked on 5/9/22. This can change before your date of travel so please review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train from Cologne to Zurich before traveling.
The restriction level for your return train to Cologne, Germany from Zurich is: Partially open.
International entry is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Switzerland
Conditions of reentry:
The government of Germany has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
Last checked on 5/15/22. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train to Cologne from Zurich closer to your date of departure here here.
When taking the train to Zurich from Cologne, you can choose to depart from train stations like Köln Hbf, Köln Messe/Deutz and Köln/Bonn Flughafen. Your route can end in train stations such as Zürich HB, Zürich Stadelhofen and Zürich Oerlikon.
Omio customers who travel this route most frequently depart from Köln Hbf and arrive in Zürich HB.
You can find the most popular departure train station for this route, Köln Hbf, located approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) from the city center of Cologne. The most popular arrival train station in Zurich, called Zürich HB, is located around 1.4 miles (2.2 km) away from its city center.
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