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from Zurich to Cologne

You can get from Zurich to Cologne by train, bus or flight.

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To get from Zurich to Cologne on Dec 6 we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

08:45PMZurich Airport1h10 09:55PMCologne/Bonn Airport
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08:40AMZurich Airport1h10 09:50AMCologne/Bonn Airport
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08:45PMZurich Airport1h10 09:55PMCologne/Bonn Airport
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Dec 5
$31Deutsche Bahn with connection
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$168Eurowings
Mon
Dec 6
$23Deutsche Bahn
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$216Tuifly
Tue
Dec 7
$23Deutsche Bahn
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$216Eurowings
Wed
Dec 8
$23Deutsche Bahn
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$84Eurowings
Thu
Dec 9
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$120Eurowings
Fri
Dec 10
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$216Tuifly
Sat
Dec 11
$23Deutsche Bahn
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$274Lufthansa Cityline
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Dec 12
$24Deutsche Bahn
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Mon
Dec 13
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$120Eurowings
Tue
Dec 14
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$26Flixbus
$58Eurowings
Wed
Dec 15
$24Deutsche Bahn
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Thu
Dec 16
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Fri
Dec 17
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$96Eurowings
Sat
Dec 18
$24Deutsche Bahn
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$236Swiss
Sun
Dec 19
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$70Eurowings
Mon
Dec 20
$24Deutsche Bahn
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$58Tuifly
Tue
Dec 21
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$84Eurowings
Wed
Dec 22
$24Deutsche Bahn
$54Flixbus
$70Tuifly
Thu
Dec 23
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$120Eurowings
Fri
Dec 24
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Sat
Dec 25
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Travel Information from Zurich to Cologne

distanceDistance256 miles (413 km)
modeAvailable travel modesFlight, bus or train
priceTicket price range$30 - $144
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $30 (€25) • 10 h 15 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $144 (€120) • 1 h 10 min
carriersPopular travel companiesEurowings, Flixbus or Deutsche Bahn

Travel 256 miles (413 km) by flight, bus or train to Cologne from Zurich. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 10 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $30 (€25). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Eurowings, Flixbus or Deutsche Bahn among others. Travelers can even take a direct flight from Zurich to Cologne.

How to get from Zürich to Cologne

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Zürich to Cologne, 71,72% of our customers choose the train as their preferred mode of transportation. By traveling by train on this route, you can enjoy the comfort of spacious seats, spectacular views—and in some cases free Wi-Fi—in both second and first class. Our customers have decided that the train is the best way to get from Zürich to Cologne and have chosen to enjoy this fast, safe and efficient way to arrive at their destination. Taking the train also avoids long lines or potential expenses for transfers to/from the station—especially since most main railway stations are located in the city center. Train companies in Europe vary from country to country, but most of them offer high-speed train routes, therefore when you add up at the end-to-end journey time, the train is often also the fastest way to get to your destination.

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FAQs
What are the COVID-19 travel restrictions for Cologne, Germany if I’m coming from Zurich, Switzerland?

Travel between Zurich, Switzerland and Cologne, Germany is: Partially open.

Can travelers from Switzerland enter Germany?

International entry is allowed at this time for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Switzerland.

Are there rules for self-quarantine when arriving to Cologne from Zurich?

Conditions of entry into Germany:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state

Are there COVID-19 safety rules for social distancing and wearing face masks in Cologne, Germany?

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the government of Germany has imposed the following measures:

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

This information was last checked on 12/5/21. 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 Cologne from Zurich.

Do I need to self-quarantine when I arrive back to Switzerland from Cologne, Germany?

The current restriction level for returning to Zurich, Switzerland from Germany is: Partially open.

Am I allowed to reenter Zurich, Switzerland from Cologne, Germany?

Reentering Switzerland is currently allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany

Do I need to self-quarantine when I arrive back to Zurich from Cologne?

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 14 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 4 in quarantine
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Health declaration required
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival

Which rules do I need to follow in Zurich, Switzerland regarding COVID-19?

All travelers returning to Switzerland must observe the following safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the country:

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

The information above was last checked on 11/29/21. 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 Zurich from Cologne here.

How do I get from Zurich to Cologne?

There are 3 ways to travel from Zurich to Cologne including taking a flight, bus or train.

What is the cheapest way from Zurich to Cologne?

The cheapest way to go to Cologne from Zurich is by taking a bus, which costs on average $30 (€25).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Cologne:

A bus is generally $114 (€95) less than a flight for the same journey. Taking a flight costs on average $144 (€120) from Zurich to Cologne.

A bus is generally $2 (€2) less than a train for the same trip. Taking a train costs on average $32 (€27) from Zurich to Cologne.

What is the fastest way from Zurich to Cologne?

The fastest way from Zurich to Cologne is by flight with an average journey time of 1 h 10 min.

There are alternative travel options to Cologne that can usually take longer:

In comparison, traveling by bus can take you on average 10 h 15 min.

In comparison, going by train can take 5 h 57 min   on average.

How far is Cologne from Zurich?

The Zurich to Cologne distance is around 256 miles (413 km).

How many services a day are there to Cologne from Zurich?

The average frequency per day from Zurich to Cologne is:

  • 5 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey from Zurich to Cologne as scheduled services by flight, bus or train can vary by season or day of the week.

When traveling between Zurich and Cologne, what are the departure and arrival points in Zurich and Cologne?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Zurich to Cologne:

  • Flights mostly leave from Zurich Airport and tend to arrive in Cologne/Bonn Airport.
  • Buses from Zurich to Cologne most often leave from Zürich, Bus-Parkplatz Sihlquai and arrive in Köln, Köln Bonn Airport.
  • Trains mostly leave from Zürich HB and tend to arrive in Köln Hbf.
Which travel companies can get me from Zurich to Cologne?

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Zurich to Cologne, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Eurowings can get you to Cologne by plane. You can find a good deal for plane tickets with Eurowings from Zurich to Cologne for $144 (€120) on Omio.
  • Travel with Flixbus for buses to Cologne. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Flixbus Zurich to Cologne tickets on Omio for $30 (€25).
  • Travel with Deutsche Bahn to go to Cologne by train. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Deutsche Bahn Zurich to Cologne tickets on Omio for $32 (€27).
Is there a direct service from Zurich to Cologne?

Yes, there are direct routes from Zurich to Cologne with the following travel companies:

  • You can take a direct flight with Eurowings.

Direct services to Cologne tend to save you time and add more convenience as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking tickets for your trip.

Where else should I travel to after my journey between Zurich and Cologne ends?
Your trip from Zurich to Cologne doesn't have to end in Cologne. Many of our customers like to extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like Berlin, Amsterdam or Brussels. If you’d like to add Berlin, Amsterdam or Brussels to your Zurich to Cologne tour, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Cologne today!
How far in advance should I purchase my Zurich to Cologne one way ticket online to get the best deals?

Before traveling from Zurich to Cologne, it’s good to know what ticket you can buy and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • A plane ticket for this journey is costing $144 (€120) one way on average.
  • A bus ticket costs $30 (€25) one way on average for this trip.
  • A train ticket is costing on average $32 (€27) one way for this route.

But we recommend booking Zurich to Cologne tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

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