Cheap train tickets from Zurich to Cologne

Showing times and prices for Jan 22

Cheapest

$55

Average

$79

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 Zurich to Cologne will cost around $ 79 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 55.

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11:08AMZürich HB5h57 05:05PMCologne Hbf
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$551One-way
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09:59PMZürich HB7h54 05:53AMCologne Hbf
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$551One-way
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01:08PMZürich HB5h57 07:05PMCologne Hbf
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$551One-way
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06:59AMZürich HB6h06 01:05PMCologne Hbf
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$571One-way
10:32PMZürich HB10h32 09:04AMCologne Hbf
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$631One-way

Train schedule from Zurich to Cologne

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01:08AMZürich HB7h34 08:42AMCologne Messe/Deutz
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01:08AMZürich HB8h07 09:15AMCologne Hbf
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01:08AMZürich HB8h57 10:05AMCologne Hbf
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05:59AMZürich HB4h43 10:42AMCologne Messe/Deutz
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05:59AMZürich HB6h06 12:05PMCologne Hbf
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05:59AMZürich HB5h16 11:15AMCologne Hbf
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06:37AMZürich HB5h25 12:02PMCologne Messe/Deutz
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06:59AMZürich HB6h06 01:05PMCologne Hbf
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06:59AMZürich HB5h03 12:02PMCologne Messe/Deutz
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07:59AMZürich HB4h42 12:41PMCologne Messe/Deutz
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07:59AMZürich HB5h16 01:15PMCologne Hbf
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07:59AMZürich HB6h06 02:05PMCologne Hbf
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08:34AMZürich HB7h09 03:43PMCologne Hbf
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08:37AMZürich HB5h28 02:05PMCologne Messe/Deutz
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08:59AMZürich HB5h06 02:05PMCologne Messe/Deutz
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08:59AMZürich HB6h06 03:05PMCologne Hbf
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09:59AMZürich HB6h06 04:05PMCologne Hbf
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09:59AMZürich HB4h42 02:41PMCologne Messe/Deutz
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09:59AMZürich HB5h19 03:18PMCologne Hbf
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10:37AMZürich HB5h25 04:02PMCologne Messe/Deutz
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10:59AMZürich HB5h03 04:02PMCologne Messe/Deutz
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10:59AMZürich HB6h06 05:05PMCologne Hbf
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11:08AMZürich HB5h57 05:05PMCologne Hbf
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11:37AMZürich HB7h05 06:42PMCologne Hbf
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11:59AMZürich HB6h43 06:42PMCologne Hbf
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11:59AMZürich HB5h15 05:14PMCologne Hbf
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12:37PMZürich HB5h25 06:02PMCologne Messe/Deutz
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12:59PMZürich HB5h03 06:02PMCologne Messe/Deutz
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01:08PMZürich HB5h57 07:05PMCologne Hbf
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01:59PMZürich HB6h06 08:05PMCologne Hbf
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01:59PMZürich HB4h42 06:41PMCologne Messe/Deutz
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02:37PMZürich HB5h25 08:02PMCologne Messe/Deutz
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02:59PMZürich HB5h03 08:02PMCologne Messe/Deutz
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02:59PMZürich HB6h06 09:05PMCologne Hbf
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03:37PMZürich HB7h28 11:05PMCologne Hbf
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03:59PMZürich HB5h15 09:14PMCologne Messe/Deutz
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03:59PMZürich HB5h16 09:15PMCologne Hbf
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04:59PMZürich HB6h06 11:05PMCologne Hbf
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04:59PMZürich HB5h06 10:05PMCologne Hbf
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05:59PMZürich HB5h05 11:04PMCologne Hbf
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06:59PMZürich HB5h07 12:06AMCologne Hbf
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06:59PMZürich HB7h07 02:06AMCologne Hbf
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09:59PMZürich HB7h54 05:53AMCologne Hbf
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10:08PMZürich HB10h56 09:04AMCologne Hbf
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10:32PMZürich HB10h32 09:04AMCologne Hbf
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Sat
Jan 22
$55Deutsche Bahn
$354Lufthansa Cityline
Sun
Jan 23
$24Deutsche Bahn
$144Eurowings
Mon
Jan 24
$36Deutsche Bahn
$240Eurowings
Tue
Jan 25
$36Deutsche Bahn
$192Eurowings
Wed
Jan 26
$24Deutsche Bahn
$168Eurowings
Thu
Jan 27
$36Deutsche Bahn
$216Eurowings
Fri
Jan 28
$36Deutsche Bahn
$168Tuifly
Sat
Jan 29
$31Deutsche Bahn with connection
$230Lufthansa Cityline
Sun
Jan 30
$24Deutsche Bahn
$96Tuifly
Mon
Jan 31
$24Deutsche Bahn
$240Eurowings
Tue
Feb 1
$24Deutsche Bahn
$144Eurowings
Wed
Feb 2
$24Deutsche Bahn
$168Eurowings
Thu
Feb 3
$36Deutsche Bahn
$58Eurowings
Fri
Feb 4
$24Deutsche Bahn
$144Eurowings
Sat
Feb 5
$24Deutsche Bahn
$181Lufthansa Cityline
Sun
Feb 6
$36Deutsche Bahn
$96Eurowings
Mon
Feb 7
$24Deutsche Bahn
$96Eurowings
Tue
Feb 8
$24Deutsche Bahn
$120Eurowings
Wed
Feb 9
$24Deutsche Bahn
$84Eurowings
Thu
Feb 10
$36Deutsche Bahn
$70Eurowings

Fastest train times from Zurich to Cologne

Showing times and prices for Jan 22

Fastest Journey

4 h 42 m

Average

6 h 6 m

Trains per day

45

Distance

413 km

Of the 45 trains that leave Zurich for Cologne 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 6 h 6 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 4 h 42 m .

The slowest trains will take 10 h 56 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
07:59AMZürich HB4h42 12:41PMCologne Messe/Deutz
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$841One-way
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01:59PMZürich HB4h42 06:41PMCologne Messe/Deutz
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$841One-way
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09:59AMZürich HB4h42 02:41PMCologne Messe/Deutz
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$841One-way
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05:59AMZürich HB4h43 10:42AMCologne Messe/Deutz
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$841One-way
10:59AMZürich HB5h03 04:02PMCologne Messe/Deutz
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$981One-way

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Overview: Train from Zurich to Cologne

distanceDistance256 miles (413 km)
durationAverage train duration5 h 28 min
priceAverage train ticket price$38 (€32)
frequencyTrain frequency5 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 5 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesDeutsche Bahn or Deutsche Bahn with connection

Trains from Zurich to Cologne cover the 256 miles (413 km) long route taking on average 5 h 28 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn or Deutsche Bahn with connection. Normally, there are 5 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this journey for as low as $24 (€20), but the average price of train tickets is $38 (€32). Travelers depart most frequently from Zürich HB and arrive in Köln Hbf.

Train companies: Deutsche Bahn from Zurich to Cologne trains

Travel to Cologne from Zurich from $24 (€20) with Omio’s train partners Deutsche Bahn! You can find the best schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the most popular journey for you.

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 between Zurich and Cologne. 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.

Deutsche Bahn from Zurich to Cologne train information:

  • Average Duration: 6 h 5 min
  • Average Price: $24
  • Deutsche Bahn frequency: 2 a day

When purchasing your Deutsche Bahn train tickets between Zurich and Cologne, keep the following coronavirus related policies and recommendations in mind outlined by our travel partner:

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

Train from Zurich to Cologne

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.

Train from Zurich

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.

By train to Cologne

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.

Train tickets from Zürich to Cologne: when to book to save $

Time Price Savings
1 week earlier 38 €
2 weeks earlier 35 €9%
3 weeks earlier 27 €41%
1 month before 32 €19%
2 months earlier 30 €27%
3 months earlier 38 €0%


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The rule of buying in advance to save money is not only valid when booking a flight but also for train travel. Train tickets are generally on sale 6 months before the departure date. Some train booking tips from us:

  • Buying your train ticket from Zürich - Cologne 3 weeks in advance means you can save on average up to 41% compared to the price available on the day of departure.
  • If you book a ticket Zürich - Cologne with 2 months in advance you save up to about 27% compared to the initial price.
  • By booking 3 months in advance, you could save up to 0%.
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Travel Tips: Trains from Zurich to Cologne

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FAQs

Are there COVID-19 travel restrictions for trains from Zurich to Cologne?

Travel between Zurich, 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 Zurich?

Conditions of entry:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from compulsory quarantine
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from compulsory quarantine (certificate needed)
  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 5 in quarantine
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state

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 1/19/22. This can change before your date of travel so please review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your train to Cologne from Zurich before traveling.

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

Return travel from Germany to Switzerland is: Partially open.

Are there any international entry restrictions on returning to Zurich from Cologne?

Entry into Switzerland 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?

Requirements for reentering:

  • Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test as either a RT-PCR performed within 72 hours prior to arrival, or an Antigen test performed within 24 hours prior to arrival
  • COVID-19 test required after arrival, between day 4 and day 7
  • Health declaration required
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival

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

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

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

Last checked on 1/20/22. Please check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   closer to the travel date of your train to Zurich from Cologne.

How much does a cheap train between Zurich and Cologne cost?

Looking to save money on your route? Omio customers have found the cheapest train between Zurich and Cologne for the next 7 days starting from $24 (€20)  one way.

How much is the train between Zurich and Cologne on average?

If you’re looking to book your train tickets in the next week, you can expect the Zurich to Cologne train price to come in at an average of $38 (€32)  one way.

What is the distance from Zurich to Cologne by train?

You should expect to travel around 256 miles (413 km)  from Zurich to Cologne by train.

What is the Zurich to Cologne train travel time?

While the time it takes to travel 256 miles (413 km) between Zurich and Cologne can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays, the Zurich to Cologne train journey time is on average 5 h 28 min.

What is the departure train station in Zurich and arrival train station in Cologne?

Some of the Zurich train stations to Cologne you can start your journey from include Zürich HB, Zürich Stadelhofen and Zürich, Central Bus Station. Similarly, some of the arrival train stations in Cologne include Köln Hbf, Köln Messe/Deutz and Köln/Bonn Flughafen.

When traveling this route, Omio customers are departing most frequently from Zürich HB   and arriving in Köln Hbf.

Where is the train station in Zurich? Where is the train station in Cologne?

Passengers booking this route most frequently board their trains from Zürich HB and need to travel around 0.9 miles (1.5 km) from the city center to get to this train station.

Passengers arriving in Cologne most often arrive at Köln Hbf and need to travel around 0.7 miles (1.2 km) from this train station to the city center.

Which train providers should I travel with from Zurich to Cologne?

For the route from Zurich to Cologne you can take a train with Deutsche Bahn or Deutsche Bahn with connection. Be sure to check out all possible train companies that offer services between Zurich and Cologne on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.

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

On average, there are 5 trains a day from Zurich to Cologne. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.

When does the first train depart from Zurich to Cologne? When does the last train depart from Zurich to Cologne?

The earliest train for this route departs from Zurich at 5: 37 AM. The last train leaves from Zurich at 11: 08 PM. Check Omio for the latest train schedule from Zurich to Cologne and book the best time to depart on your chosen travel date.

How early should I purchase train tickets to Cologne from Zurich to score the best deals?

In general, we recommend booking tickets for trains in advance to score the best deals from all possible train providers offering this route and save money. If you buy train tickets to Cologne from Zurich within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average $38 (€32) one way. To find the best prices for this trip, consider booking your train ticket from Zurich to Cologne a few months in advance.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Zurich
Cologne
Zürich HB is the most popular Zurich 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 Zurich for your trip to Cologne.

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