The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid travelling at rush hour.
The average ticket from Zurich to Cologne will cost around $ 156 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 67.
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4 h 41 m
5 h 49 m
Trains per day
Of the 40 train that leave Zurich for Cologne every day 1 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
These direct train cover the 413 km distance in an average of 5 h 49 m but if you time it right, some train will get you there in just 4 h 41 m .
The slowest train will take 9 h 57 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.
|Avg. Train Duration:|
7 hours 54 minutes
|Train Ticket Price:||$31|
|Trains depart from:||Zurich|
|Trains arrive in:||Cologne|
|Train Companies:||Deutsche Bahn|
The connection from Zurich to Cologne is used very frequently. Several trains run every hour from Zurich main station to Cologne. Theoretically, there are more than 60 connections a day. In practice, however, only those connections are of interest where you have to change at most once or twice. The destination of the trip is either Cologne Central Station or Messe/Deutz. Depending on how often you have to change, the journey takes between some more than 5 hours with one change (in Mannheim) up to 11 hours with six changes. Twice a day a direct connection is offered from Zurich, where the driving time is 6 hours.
Here it goes directly to the travel details.
Cologne is the largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia and has about 1 million inhabitants. Visible from afar, Cologne Cathedral is the city's landmark. With a construction period of over 600 years, it was once the longest construction site in the world. Today it is completed and the third highest church building in the world. In addition to the cathedral, Cologne is known above all for its carnival, which is attended by millions of people every year.
Zurich Central Station is the largest train station in Switzerland and registers almost 3,000 train movements and more than 400,000 passengers every day. From the station 15 S-Bahn lines lead to the closer and further surroundings of the city. In city traffic, the main station is the stop of tram lines 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14 and 17. buses lines 31 and 46 also stop there.
The Zurich-Cologne route initially runs via Basel and Freiburg (Breisgau). From there it continues via Karlsruhe and Mannheim. You may have to change there. Afterwards, most of the trains still run to Frankfurt Airport's long-distance train station before continuing their journey to Cologne.
Cologne's main train station is an important hub for long-distance and local traffic. From there several S-Bahn lines travel every 20 minutes to all parts of the Ruhr area. Below the main station are the underground stations Dom/Hauptbahnhof and Breslauer Platz/Hauptbahnhof. There the underground lines 5, 16 and 18 of the Cologne public transport services run every 5 or 10 minutes.
The Köln Deutz/Messe train station is on the right bank of the Rhine not far from the main train station. There are 4 S-Bahn lines every 20 minutes, and there is also the U-Bahnhof Deutz/Messe, which is served by lines 1, 3, 4 and 9 of Kölner Verkehoursbetriebe.