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Overview: Train from Cologne to Basel

distanceDistance234 miles (377 km)
durationAverage train duration4 h 5 min
priceAverage train ticket price£27 (€31)
frequencyTrain frequency16 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 16 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersDeutsche Bahn

Trains from Cologne to Basel cover the 234 miles (377 km) long trip taking on average 4 h 5 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn. Normally, there are 16 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around £27, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £26. Travellers depart most frequently from Köln Hbf and arrive in Basel SBB.

Train providers: Deutsche Bahn trains Cologne to Basel

Deutsche Bahn trains will get you between Cologne and Basel from £26. 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 Germany’s main operator of train services and makes on average about 40, 000 domestic and international journeys per day. Deutsche Bahn’s fleet of trains includes the high-speed ICE (Intercity Express) as well as the IC (Intercity), EC (Eurocity), IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional Express) and RB (Regionalbahn), which differ in terms of comfort and the time needed to travel. For example, while toilets are standard amenities, services like onboard restaurants or free WiFi are only available on certain train types and routes. Deutsche Bahn is well-known for its wide range of fares like Super Saver, Saver, and Flexible and discount cards like the Bahncard 25, 50 and 100, which you can also use for your Cologne to Basel train.

Cologne to Basel train information with Deutsche Bahn:

  • Average Duration: 4 h 4 min
  • Average Price: £26
  • Deutsche Bahn frequency: 14 a day

Deutsche Bahn has updated its ticket policies due to the coronavirus. Keep these in mind when booking your Deutsche Bahn tickets between Cologne and Basel and when travelling by train:

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

Travel Tips: Trains from Cologne to Basel

Travel by train to Basel 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 Basel.
FAQs

Is travel by train currently allowed from Cologne, Germany to Basel, Switzerland?

Travel between Cologne, Germany and Basel, Switzerland by train is: Partially open.

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

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

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

Conditions of entry:

  • 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 Basel, Switzerland?

When travelling in Switzerland, 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 20/01/2022. This can change before your date of travel so please review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your train to Basel from Cologne before travelling.

Are there travel restrictions, such as quarantine measures, in place when returning to Cologne, Germany from Basel, Switzerland?

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

Is my return train into Cologne from Basel 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 Basel?

Conditions of reentry:

  • 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?

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 21/01/2022. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train to Cologne from Basel closer to your date of departure here.

What is the price of the cheapest train between Cologne and Basel?

Omio customers have found cheap train tickets from Cologne to Basel for as low as £26  for the next 7 days.

How much is a train ticket from Cologne to Basel?

In the next 7 days you’ll find that the average cost of a train ticket from Cologne to Basel is £27  one way.

What is the distance to Basel from Cologne via train?

The train distance from Cologne to Basel is around 234 miles (377 km).

How long is the train journey to Basel from Cologne?

On average the Cologne to Basel train time is 4 h 5 min  covering the 234 miles (377 km) long trip, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and bank holidays.

What station does the Cologne to Basel train leave from? Which Basel train station do I come into from Cologne?

When taking the train between Cologne and Basel, you can choose to depart from train stations like Köln Hbf, Köln Messe/Deutz and Köln/Bonn Flughafen. Your trip can end in train stations such as Basel SBB, Basel Bad Bhf and Basel, Birmannsgasse.

Omio customers who travel this route most frequently depart from Köln Hbf   and arrive in Basel SBB.

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

You can find the most popular departure train station for this journey, Köln Hbf, located approximately 0.7 miles (1.2 km) from the city centre of Cologne. The most popular arrival train station in Basel, called Basel SBB, is located around 1.1 miles (1.7 km) away from its city centre.

Which train providers can take me from Cologne to Basel?

Take the Cologne to Basel train with Deutsche Bahn. However, it's always good to check out all possible train providers for the trip to Basel from Cologne as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.

Are there any Cologne to Basel direct trains?

Yes, there are 16 direct trains per day from Cologne to Basel with Deutsche Bahn or ÖBB | Nightjet, and you won’t need to change in between. Direct train services tend to offer more convenience and save you time when travelling to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to before you purchase your train ticket.

How many trains per day are there between Cologne and Basel?

On average, there are 16 trains a day from Cologne to Basel. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.

What are the first and last departure train times from Cologne to Basel?

You can take the first train from Cologne to Basel at 04: 48   or take the last train from Cologne to Basel leaving at 22: 56. Look for the latest Cologne Basel train times on Omio and book the best time to take the train for this journey.

When should I buy Cologne Basel train tickets to score the best deals?

If you book a train ticket to Basel from Cologne within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average £27 one way. However, we recommend booking your train in advance to get access to the best prices. Train tickets between Cologne and Basel are generally on sale a few months before the planned departure date.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Cologne
Basel
Köln Hbf is the most popular Cologne railway station for Omio travellers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Cologne for your journey to Basel.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
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Phone Number
+49 2211411055
ticketOfficeHours
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Mon - Fri: 06: 00 - 21: 00 | Sat - Sun: 07: 00 - 21: 00
Public transport 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