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from Cologne to Basel

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

Our recommendation

To get from Cologne to Basel on 5 Dec we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

09:00Cologne Messe/Deutz4h33 13:33Basel SBB
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£411One-way
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23:47Cologne Messe/Deutz6h35 06:22Basel SBB
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£341One-way
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11:00Cologne Messe/Deutz4h36 15:36Basel SBB
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£461One-way
07:55Cologne Hbf3h52 11:47Basel SBB
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£551One-way
09:17Cologne Messe/Deutz3h38 12:55Basel SBB
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£611One-way

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Sat
4 Dec
£50Deutsche Bahn
£24Flixbus
Sun
5 Dec
£34Deutsche Bahn
£27Flixbus
Mon
6 Dec
£17Deutsche Bahn
£47Flixbus
Tue
7 Dec
£17Deutsche Bahn
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Wed
8 Dec
£17Deutsche Bahn
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Thu
9 Dec
£17Deutsche Bahn
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Fri
10 Dec
£17Deutsche Bahn
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Sat
11 Dec
£27Deutsche Bahn
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Sun
12 Dec
£18Deutsche Bahn
£29Flixbus
Mon
13 Dec
£18Deutsche Bahn
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Tue
14 Dec
£18Deutsche Bahn
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Wed
15 Dec
£18Deutsche Bahn
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Thu
16 Dec
£18Deutsche Bahn
£22Flixbus
Fri
17 Dec
£18Deutsche Bahn
£27Flixbus
Sat
18 Dec
£18Deutsche Bahn
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Sun
19 Dec
£18Deutsche Bahn
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Mon
20 Dec
£18Deutsche Bahn
£27Flixbus
Tue
21 Dec
£18Deutsche Bahn
£31Flixbus
Wed
22 Dec
£18Deutsche Bahn
£40Flixbus
Thu
23 Dec
£34Deutsche Bahn
£40Flixbus
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24 Dec
£18Deutsche Bahn
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Travel Information from Cologne to Basel

distanceDistance234 miles (377 km)
modeAvailable travel modesFlight, coach or train
priceTicket price range£20 - £373
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £20 • 8 h 40 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • £28 • 3 h 53 min
carriersPopular travel companiesLufthansa Cityline, Flixbus or Deutsche Bahn

Take a flight, coach or train to travel 234 miles (377 km) between Cologne and Basel. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 3 h 53 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a coach is the best option with prices starting as low as £20. The most popular travel providers which serve this journey are Lufthansa Cityline, Flixbus or Deutsche Bahn among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach or train from Cologne to Basel.

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FAQs
What are the international travel restrictions for Switzerland due to COVID-19 if I’m travelling between Cologne and Basel?

Travel from Cologne, Germany to Basel, Switzerland is: Partially open.

Is international entry into Basel from Cologne restricted?

International entry is currently allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany.

Do I need to self-quarantine upon arrival to Basel, 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 COVID-19 safety measures to follow in Basel, Switzerland?

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

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

The above information was last verified on 29/11/2021. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip to Basel from Cologne closer to your planned date of departure here.

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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

Which rules do I need to follow in Cologne, Germany regarding COVID-19?

All travellers returning to Germany 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 03/12/2021. 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 Basel here.

What are my travel options from Cologne to Basel?

There are 3 travel options from Cologne to Basel: flight, coach or train.

What is the cheapest way to go to Basel from Cologne?

A coach service offers the cheapest way to travel from Cologne to Basel, which costs on average £20.

This is compared to other ways of getting to Basel:

A coach is about £353 less than a flight, which costs on average £373 for this trip.

A coach is £9 less than a train for this trip with tickets for a train from Cologne to Basel costing on average £28.

What is the fastest way to get from Cologne to Basel?

The fastest way to get to Basel from Cologne is by train with an average travel time of 3 h 53 min.

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

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In comparison, getting to Basel by coach can take on average 8 h 40 min.

What is the distance from Cologne to Basel?

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

How many scheduled departures are there a day from Cologne to Basel?

The average frequency per day from Cologne to Basel is:

  • 16 trains a day.

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

Where do people depart from and arrive in when travelling from Cologne to Basel?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points for travellers from Cologne to Basel:

  • Flights mostly leave from Cologne/Bonn Airport and tend to arrive in EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg.
  • Coaches mostly depart from Köln, Köln Bonn Airport and arrive in Basel.
  • Trains mostly leave from Köln Hbf and tend to arrive in Basel SBB.
Which travel companies can take me from Cologne to Basel?

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Cologne to Basel:

  • You can go to Basel from Cologne by plane with Lufthansa Cityline. You'll see cheap plane tickets for £373 with Lufthansa Cityline from Cologne to Basel on Omio.
  • You can go to Basel from Cologne by coach with Flixbus. You'll see cheap coach tickets for £20 with Flixbus from Cologne to Basel on Omio.
  • You can travel between Cologne and Basel by train with Deutsche Bahn. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for £28 with Deutsche Bahn from Cologne to Basel.
Is there a direct service to Basel from Cologne?

Yes, there are direct services available between Cologne and Basel with the following travel operators:

  • You can travel directly by coach with Flixbus with direct coaches per day.
  • You can travel directly by train with Deutsche Bahn with 16 direct trains per day.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Basel as you won't need to change in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets to Basel from Cologne.

Where else should I travel to after my journey from Cologne to Basel ends?
Looking to extend your trip from Cologne to Basel? Many Omio customers who go from Cologne to Basel usually extend their holiday to explore other popular destinations like Zurich, Paris or Milan. If you're looking to explore Zurich, Paris or Milan from Basel, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.
When should I book a ticket between Cologne and Basel online to score the best deals?

When planning your trip between Cologne and Basel, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to purchase and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Plane tickets cost £373 one way on average.
  • Coach tickets are costing £20 one way on average.
  • Train tickets cost on average £28 one way.

However, we recommend buying tickets from Cologne to Basel online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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