You can get from Cologne to Zurich by train, bus or flight.
To get from Cologne to Zurich on Jul 07 we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.
Find all the dates and times for this journey by train, bus, and flight, .
|Distance||256 miles (413 km)|
|Available travel modes||Bus, flight, ferry or train|
|Fastest mode||Flight • $224 (€200) • 1 h 5 min|
|Popular travel companies||Flixbus, Eurowings or Deutsche Bahn|
Take a bus, flight, ferry or train to travel 256 miles (413 km) between Cologne and Zurich. The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Flixbus, Eurowings or Deutsche Bahn among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus, flight or train from Cologne to Zurich.
Travel between Cologne, Germany and Zurich, Switzerland is: Fully open.
International entry is allowed at this time for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany.
Conditions of entry into Switzerland:
To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the government of Switzerland has imposed the following measures:
This information was last checked on 7/2/22. As this information can change due to the nature of the pandemic, make sure to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your journey to Zurich from Cologne.
The current restriction level for returning to Cologne, Germany from Switzerland is: Fully open.
Reentering Germany is currently allowed for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Switzerland
All travelers returning to Germany must observe the following safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the country:
The information above was last checked on 7/5/22. We do our best to keep this information up-to-date, but regulations can change due to the nature of the coronavirus pandemic, so please double check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations ahead of your trip back to Cologne from Zurich here.
There are 4 travel options from Cologne to Zurich: bus, flight, ferry or train.
The cheapest way to go to Zurich from Cologne is by taking a ferry, which costs on average $1 (€1).
This is compared to other ways of getting to Zurich:
A ferry is generally $37 (€33) less than a bus for the same trip. Taking a bus costs on average $37 (€33) from Cologne to Zurich.
A ferry is $224 (€200) less than a flight for this journey with tickets for a flight from Cologne to Zurich costing on average $224 (€200).
Taking a ferry is usually $47 (€42) less than taking a train to Zurich, which costs on average $47 (€42) for the same trip.
The quickest way to travel between Cologne and Zurich is by flight, which takes on average 1 h 5 min compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:
In comparison, going by bus can take 10 h 55 min on average.
In comparison, going by ferry can take 0 h 0 min on average.
In comparison, taking a train requires on average 5 h 5 min of travel time.
The distance is approximately 256 miles (413 km) from Cologne to Zurich.
The average frequency per day from Cologne to Zurich is:
However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip to Zurich from Cologne as scheduled services by bus, flight, ferry or train can vary by season or day of the week.
These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Cologne to Zurich:
If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Cologne to Zurich, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:
Yes, there are direct services available from Cologne to Zurich with the following travel companies:
Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Zurich as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets to Zurich from Cologne.
When planning your trip from Cologne to Zurich, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to book and their prices in the next 7 days:
However, we recommend buying tickets from Cologne to Zurich online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.
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