[menuItemContent][menuItemRightSideContent]
Currency

Cheap train tickets from Cologne to Zurich

Showing times and prices for May 18

Cheapest

$56

Average

$96

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.

Cheapest
08:53AMCologne Hbf5h59 02:52PMZürich HB
1 changes
$561One-way
11:56PMCologne Messe/Deutz7h30 07:26AMZürich HB
2 changes
$611One-way
11:56PMCologne Messe/Deutz8h09 08:05AMZürich HB
1 changes
$611One-way
03:49AMCologne Hbf7h11 11:00AMZürich HB
3 changes
$661One-way
06:53PMCologne Hbf6h13 01:06AMZürich HB
3 changes
$661One-way

Train schedule from Cologne to Zurich

Showing trains for tomorrow, Wed, May 18
03:49AMCologne Hbf7h11 11:00AMZürich HB
0 changes
04:17AMCologne Hbf5h43 10:00AMZürich HB
0 changes
05:48AMCologne Hbf5h12 11:00AMZürich HB
0 changes
05:48AMCologne Hbf5h35 11:23AMZürich HB
0 changes
06:53AMCologne Hbf6h07 01:00PMZürich HB
0 changes
06:54AMCologne Hbf5h06 12:00PMZürich HB
0 changes
07:55AMCologne Hbf5h05 01:00PMZürich HB
0 changes
07:55AMCologne Hbf5h28 01:23PMZürich HB
0 changes
08:53AMCologne Hbf5h59 02:52PMZürich HB
0 changes
08:54AMCologne Hbf5h06 02:00PMZürich HB
0 changes
09:17AMCologne Hbf6h43 04:00PMZürich HB
0 changes
09:17AMCologne Hbf7h06 04:23PMZürich HB
0 changes
09:17AMCologne Messe/Deutz5h35 02:52PMZürich HB
0 changes
09:55AMCologne Hbf5h28 03:23PMZürich HB
0 changes
09:55AMCologne Hbf5h05 03:00PMZürich HB
0 changes
10:53AMCologne Hbf5h59 04:52PMZürich HB
0 changes
10:53AMCologne Hbf6h07 05:00PMZürich HB
0 changes
10:53AMCologne Hbf6h07 05:00PMZürich HB
0 changes
10:53AMCologne Hbf5h59 04:52PMZürich HB
0 changes
10:54AMCologne Hbf5h06 04:00PMZürich HB
0 changes
11:16AMCologne Messe/Deutz5h36 04:52PMZürich HB
0 changes
11:17AMCologne Hbf6h43 06:00PMZürich HB
0 changes
11:17AMCologne Hbf7h06 06:23PMZürich HB
0 changes
11:17AMCologne Hbf6h43 06:00PMZürich HB
0 changes
11:55AMCologne Hbf5h28 05:23PMZürich HB
0 changes
11:55AMCologne Hbf5h05 05:00PMZürich HB
0 changes
12:53PMCologne Hbf6h07 07:00PMZürich HB
0 changes
12:54PMCologne Hbf5h06 06:00PMZürich HB
0 changes
01:53PMCologne Hbf7h07 09:00PMZürich HB
0 changes
01:55PMCologne Hbf5h28 07:23PMZürich HB
0 changes
01:55PMCologne Hbf5h05 07:00PMZürich HB
0 changes
02:54PMCologne Hbf5h06 08:00PMZürich HB
0 changes
03:17PMCologne Hbf6h43 10:00PMZürich HB
0 changes
03:17PMCologne Hbf7h06 10:23PMZürich HB
0 changes
03:53PMCologne Hbf7h09 11:02PMZürich HB
0 changes
03:55PMCologne Hbf5h05 09:00PMZürich HB
0 changes
03:55PMCologne Hbf5h28 09:23PMZürich HB
0 changes
04:54PMCologne Hbf5h06 10:00PMZürich HB
0 changes
05:55PMCologne Hbf5h07 11:02PMZürich HB
0 changes
05:55PMCologne Hbf5h28 11:23PMZürich HB
0 changes
06:53PMCologne Hbf6h13 01:06AMZürich HB
0 changes
06:54PMCologne Hbf5h30 12:24AMZürich HB
0 changes
07:55PMCologne Hbf5h11 01:06AMZürich HB
0 changes
07:55PMCologne Hbf5h29 01:24AMZürich HB
0 changes
08:54PMCologne Hbf8h55 05:49AMZürich HB
0 changes
11:56PMCologne Messe/Deutz7h30 07:26AMZürich HB
0 changes
11:56PMCologne Messe/Deutz8h09 08:05AMZürich HB
0 changes

This is the last train of the day.

Find all the dates and times for this journey

Compare prices and tickets by train, bus or flight

Wed
May 18
$51Deutsche Bahn
Find prices
$266Eurowings
Thu
May 19
$53Deutsche Bahn
Find prices
$221Eurowings
Fri
May 20
$53Deutsche Bahn
$40Flixbus
$199Eurowings
Sat
May 21
$53Deutsche Bahn
$37Flixbus
$271Lufthansa
Sun
May 22
$62Deutsche Bahn
Find prices
$177Eurowings
Mon
May 23
$158ÖBB | ICE
$36Flixbus
$177Eurowings
Tue
May 24
$44Deutsche Bahn
Find prices
$116Eurowings
Wed
May 25
$53Deutsche Bahn
Find prices
Find prices
Thu
May 26
$53Deutsche Bahn
$48Flixbus
$155Eurowings
Fri
May 27
$33Deutsche Bahn
Find prices
$155Eurowings
Sat
May 28
$44Deutsche Bahn
Find prices
$212Lufthansa
Sun
May 29
$62Deutsche Bahn
Find prices
$299Eurowings
Mon
May 30
$33Deutsche Bahn
$35Flixbus
$133Eurowings
Tue
May 31
$33Deutsche Bahn
Find prices
$111Eurowings
Wed
Jun 1
$33Deutsche Bahn
Find prices
$133Eurowings
Thu
Jun 2
$42Deutsche Bahn
$43Flixbus
$88Eurowings
Fri
Jun 3
$60Deutsche Bahn
Find prices
$88Eurowings
Sat
Jun 4
$158ÖBB | ICE
$41Flixbus
$350Air Dolomiti
Sun
Jun 5
$35Deutsche Bahn with connection
$45Flixbus
$111Tuifly
Mon
Jun 6
$55Deutsche Bahn
Find prices
$155Eurowings

Fastest train times from Cologne to Zurich

Showing times and prices for May 18

Fastest Journey

5 h 5 m

Average

5 h 58 m

Trains per day

47

Distance

413 km

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.

Fastest
03:55PMCologne Hbf5h05 09:00PMZürich HB
2 changes
$1251One-way
Fastest
07:55AMCologne Hbf5h05 01:00PMZürich HB
2 changes
$1011One-way
Fastest
01:55PMCologne Hbf5h05 07:00PMZürich HB
2 changes
$1251One-way
Fastest
11:55AMCologne Hbf5h05 05:00PMZürich HB
2 changes
$1011One-way
Fastest
09:55AMCologne Hbf5h05 03:00PMZürich HB
2 changes
$1011One-way

More than 1,000 travel companies trust us to sell their tickets all in one place.

Deutsche Bahn
Renfe
Italo
Frecciarossa

Overview: Train from Cologne to Zurich

distanceDistance256 miles (413 km)
durationAverage train duration6 h 7 min
priceAverage train ticket price$70 (€63)
frequencyTrain frequency3 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 3 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesDeutsche 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.

Train companies: Deutsche Bahn from Cologne to Zurich trains

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

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:

  • Average Duration: 7 h 58 min
  • Average Price: $51
  • Deutsche Bahn frequency: 2 a day

Deutsche Bahn's current ticket policies due to COVID-19 for your train to Zurich from Cologne are the following:

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

Train from Cologne to Zurich

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.

Which train companies travel from Cologne to Zurich?

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.

How long does the train journey from Cologne to Zurich take?

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.

How often can I travel by train from Cologne to Zurich?

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.

Stations on the line Cologne - Zurich?

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 Tips: Trains from Cologne to Zurich

Travel by train to Zurich 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 Cologne to Zurich.
FAQs

What COVID-19 travel safety information and restrictions should I be aware of for my train between Cologne and Zurich?

Travel between Cologne, Germany and Zurich, Switzerland by train is: Fully open.

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

International entry status: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany

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

Conditions of entry:

  • No COVID-19 testing required
  • No quarantine required

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Is my return train into Cologne from Zurich restricted?

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

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in Germany from Zurich?

Conditions of reentry:

  • Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test as either a RT-PCR performed within 3 hours prior to arrival, or an Antigen test performed within 2 hours prior to arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 9 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)

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

The government of Germany 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 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.

What is the price of the cheapest train from Cologne to Zurich?

Train tickets between Cologne and Zurich for some dates and times can be found for as cheap as $51 (€46)  one way in the next 7 days.

How much is a train ticket from Cologne to Zurich?

The Cologne to Zurich train ticket price is on average $70 (€63)  if you are looking to buy your tickets for this route in the next week.

How many miles is it from Cologne to Zurich by train?

When traveling this route you should expect the distance between Cologne and Zurich by train to be approximately 256 miles (413 km).

How long is the train from Cologne to Zurich?

On average the Cologne to Zurich train time is 6 h 7 min  covering the 256 miles (413 km) long journey, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or traveling on weekends and holidays.

What station does the train from Cologne to Zurich depart from? Which Zurich train station do I come into from Cologne?

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.

Where is the train station in Cologne to go to Zurich? Where is the train station in Zurich located?

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.

Which train providers can get me from Cologne to Zurich?

For the best Cologne to Zurich train to purchase, you can travel safely and comfortably with Deutsche Bahn, ÖBB | InterCity or Deutsche Bahn with connection. However, it's always good to check all possible train companies with services between Cologne and Zurich to compare what amenities they may offer.

Is there a direct train from Cologne to Zurich?

Yes, there are 3 direct trains per day from Cologne to Zurich with Deutsche Bahn, and you won’t need to transfer at another stop in between. Direct train services tend to offer more convenience and save you time when traveling to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to before you buy your train ticket.

How many train services per day are there between Cologne and Zurich?

The average number of trains departing Cologne for Zurich is 3 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.

When is the earliest train from Cologne to Zurich? When is the last train from Cologne to Zurich?

The earliest train for this trip departs from Cologne at 6: 53 AM. The last train leaves from Cologne at 10: 59 PM. Check Omio for the latest train schedule from Cologne to Zurich and book the best time to depart on your chosen travel date.

When should I book the Cologne to Zurich train for the best deals on tickets?

You can find trains from Cologne to Zurich to cost on average $70 (€63) 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 journey. You’ll see tickets for the Cologne to Zurich train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Cologne
Zurich
Köln Hbf is the most popular Cologne railway station for Omio travelers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Cologne for your trip to Zurich.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
phone
Phone Number
+49 2211411055
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Fri: 06: 00 - 21: 00 | Sat - Sun: 07: 00 - 21: 00
Public transit options for Köln Hbf
U-Bahn lines: U5, U16, U18
S-Bahn lines: S6, S11, S12, S19
Bus lines: 172, 173
Train lines: ICE, IC, EC, FLX, RE, RB