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Train Information from Cologne to Zurich

distanceDistance256 miles (413 km)
durationAverage train duration5 h 12 min
priceAverage train ticket price£29 (€33)
frequencyTrain frequency5 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 5 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesDeutsche Bahn

Trains from Cologne to Zurich cover the 256 miles (413 km) long journey taking on average 5 h 12 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn. 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 £17, but the average price of train tickets is £29. Travellers depart most frequently from Köln Hbf and arrive in Zürich HB.

Train companies

Deutsche Bahn Cologne – Zurich

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Deutsche Bahn

Find your perfect trip from Cologne to Zurich with Deutsche Bahn (DB)! Check out the DB train timetables from Cologne to Zurich and then book cheap DB tickets with Omio. The distance between Cologne and Zurich by DB is 256 miles (413 km) and the cheapest price for a DB ticket from Cologne to Zurich is £17.

DB is the main operator of train services in Germany, making on average 40, 000 train journeys per day. A special feature of DB 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 at Omio.

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 WCs are standard amenities, services like an onboard restaurant or free WiFi are only available on certain trains.

Operator ticket policies for COVID

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

Travel Tips

Trains from Cologne to Zurich
Travel by train to Zurich 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 Zurich.
FAQs
Are there any COVID-19 restrictions for international travel by train between Cologne and Zurich?

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

Is international entry into Zurich from Cologne restricted?

International entry 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?

Entry Requirements:

  • 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

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 required: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask required: Mandatory

The above information was last checked on 15/10/2021. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train between Cologne and Zurich closer to your date of departure here.

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

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

Is my return train into Cologne from Zurich 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 Zurich?

Conditions of reentry:

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

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 19/10/2021. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train to Cologne from Zurich closer to your date of departure here.

How much do cheap train tickets from Cologne to Zurich cost?
Looking to save money on your journey? Omio customers have found the cheapest train to Zurich from Cologne for the next 7 days starting from £17  one way.
What is the cost of a train ticket from Cologne to Zurich on average?
The Cologne to Zurich train ticket price is on average £29  if you are looking to purchase your tickets for this journey in the next week.
What is the distance by train from Cologne to Zurich?
When travelling this route you should expect the distance between Cologne and Zurich via train to be approximately 256 miles (413 km).
How long is the train to Zurich from Cologne?
While the time it takes to travel 256 miles (413 km) from Cologne to Zurich can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and bank holidays, the train duration from Cologne to Zurich is on average 5 h 12 min.
When travelling by train from Cologne to Zurich, which train station in Cologne do I depart from and which train station in Zurich do I arrive in?

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

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

Where is the departure train station in Cologne located? Where is the arrival train station in Zurich located?

Passengers board their train most frequently from Köln Hbf and travel around 1 mile (s) / 1 km from the city centre to this train station.

Passengers travelling this route most often arrive at Zürich HB and need to travel approximately 1 mile (s) / 1 km from the train station to the city centre in Zurich.

Which train companies should I travel with from Cologne to Zurich?
Take the Cologne to Zurich train with Deutsche Bahn. However, it's always good to check out all possible train providers for the trip to Zurich from Cologne as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
How many train services per day are there to Zurich from Cologne?
The average number of trains departing Cologne for Zurich is 5 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
When does the first train depart from Cologne to Zurich? When does the last train depart from Cologne to Zurich?
The first train from Cologne to Zurich leaves at 06: 53   and the last train for this leaves at 21: 59. Omio shows you the latest train from Cologne to Zurich times to help you book the best departure time for this journey.
How early should I buy Cologne to Zurich train tickets to get the best deals?
If you book a train ticket between Cologne and Zurich within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average £29 one way. However, we recommend booking your train in advance to get access to the best prices. Train tickets between Cologne and Zurich are generally on sale a few months before the planned departure date.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Cologne
Zurich
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 Zurich.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxiTaxi
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket office hours
Sat - Sun: 07: 00 - 21: 00 | Mon - Fri: 06: 00 - 21: 00
Connections to/from station
Bus lines: 172, 173
Train lines: ICE, IC, EC, FLX, RE, RB
U-Bahn lines: U5, U16, U18
S-Bahn lines: S6, S11, S12, S19