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Cologne to Zurich by train

The journey from Cologne to Zurich by train is 257.09 mi and takes 6 hr 18 min. There are 21 connections per day, with the first departure at 3:49 AM and the last at 6:53 PM. It is possible to travel from Cologne to Zurich by train for as little as $30.69 or as much as $184.87. The best price for this journey is $30.69.

Lowest Price$30.69
Journey Duration6 hr 18 min
Connection per Day21
Lowest Price$30.69
Highest Price$184.87
First Departure3:49 AM
Last Departure6:53 PM
Distance257.09 mi
DepartureCologne
ArrivalZurich
CarriersEuroCity, DB - EuroCity Express (ECE)More

Cologne to Zurich Train Times

Departure date
Thursday, May 30, 2024

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How can I find the cheapest train tickets to get from Cologne to Zurich?

The cheapest train tickets from Cologne to Zurich cost $30.69. On average, you can expect to spend around $134.94 for your train ticket. Virail will help you find a journey that fits your budget. You can expect prices to vary between different travel providers and methods of transport; often, faster journeys will cost more than slower routes. If your travel dates are flexible, you might be able to find cheaper train tickets, as prices may fluctuate a little from day to day. You may also find lower prices by booking at certain times of day, avoiding rush hour traffic. Another tip for travelers on a tight budget is to look for connecting journeys. Sometimes it can be cheaper to make a change or two along the way, rather than traveling on a direct route from Cologne to Zurich.
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On average, a train ticket from Cologne to Zurich will cost you $134.94. If you are trying to stick to a budget, there are several ways you can seek out lower ticket prices. For example, if your travel dates are flexible, you might find that some days of the week are cheaper than others. Traveling during peak season will usually cost more, so avoid that if you want to save money. Even the time of day can affect the price of tickets sometimes. You can also look for an indirect route, which may be cheaper than a direct connection. Often, the cheapest train tickets can be found by booking well in advance. However, be mindful that many companies do not offer refunds or exchanges on their cheapest tickets.

How long is the journey from Cologne to Zurich by train?

The distance between Cologne and Zurich is approximately 257.09 mi. In general, it will take you about 6 hr 18 min to complete the journey between the two cities. However, it is important to remember that journey times may vary according to a number of factors, including seasonal weather conditions, local events or diversions. Keep this in mind if you are intending to make a later connection, and always plan accordingly. The journey between Cologne and Zurich by train usually takes 6 hr 18 min to cover a distance of 257.09 mi. The shortest journey from Cologne to Zurich will take you 5 hr 5 min. Remember, as always, that this time does not include any delays that might occur due to weather conditions, construction, or unexpected diversions and disruptions. If arriving in Zurich quickly is a priority for you, look for express or non-stop services. You may also find that a connecting route reaches your destination faster than some direct journeys. Virail will allow you to explore all your options and come to a decision that suits your needs.

Which stations are used when traveling from Cologne to Zurich?

In Cologne, departure stations include Cologne Bonn Airport,Koeln Messe/deutz,Köln-Mülheim ,Köln, Hbf. When you arrive in Zurich, you may be able to disembark at stations such as Zürich Enge, Bahnhof,Zurich Altstetten,Zürich HB SZU,Zürich Stadelhofen, Bahnhof,Zurich Oerlikon. Remember though that the exact stations served on each route can vary. Different providers may depart from and arrive at different stations. Furthermore, if you travel on an express service, the number of stations may be limited, and the exact stations served on a particular route may vary at different times of day or day of the week. Check in advance to ensure that you are departing from and arriving at a station that is convenient for your journey.

How many daily journeys are there from Cologne to Zurich?

You will be able to travel from Cologne to Zurich using companies such as . Combined, these providers offer an average of 21 journeys each day. This average figure may not necessarily reflect your chosen travel dates. On certain days of the week, there may be more or less journeys available. At the busiest times, there will be up to departures available in a single day. You can choose to travel from Cologne to Zurich using both direct and indirect routes. These options will help you find a journey that suits your budget, your time frame, and the circumstances of your trip. There are, on average, 1 direct connections from Cologne to Zurich each day. Indirect connections add more possibilities, giving you extra flexibility when traveling. In an average day, you will find 20 journeys with at least one change. These figures may vary at certain times of year, and some routes might not run every day of the week. Unfortunately, no connection was found for your trip from Cologne to Zurich. Selecting a new departure or arrival city, without dramatically changing your itinerary could help you find connections.

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Cheap train tickets from Cologne to Zurich
Looking for the best deal on a train ticket for your trip? Here are 4 ways to get cheap train tickets from Cologne to Zurich.

Book in advance and save

If you're looking for the best deal for your trip from Cologne to Zurich, booking train tickets in advance is a great way to save money, but keep in mind that advance tickets are usually not available until 3 months before your travel date.

Stay flexible with your travel time and explore off-peak journeys

Planning your trips around off-peak travel times not only means that you'll be able to avoid the crowds, but can also end up saving you money. Being flexible with your schedule and considering alternative routes or times will significantly impact the amount of money you spend on getting from Cologne to Zurich.

Always check special offers

Checking on the latest deals can help save a lot of money, making it worth taking the time to browse and compare prices. So make sure you get the best deal on your ticket and take advantage of special fares for children, youth and seniors as well as discounts for groups.

Unlock the potential of slower trains or connecting trains

If you're planning a trip with some flexible time, why not opt for the scenic route? Taking slower trains or connecting trains that make more stops may save you money on your ticket – definitely worth considering if it fits in your schedule.

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Find the best day to travel to Zurich by train

When travelling to Zurich by train, if you want to avoid crowds you can check how frequently our customers are travelling in the next 30-days using the graph below. On average, the peak hours to travel are between 6:30am and 9am in the morning, or between 4pm and 7pm in the evening. Please keep this in mind when travelling to your point of departure as you may need some extra time to arrive, particularly in big cities!

Carriers on this route

Find out more about the carriers on this route.

Eurocity (EC) trains are specifically designed for short and long-distance travel, connecting major cities in various European countries as part of the extensive international train services. Eurocity (EC) trains are operated by a range of national railway companies across Europe, including Deutsche Bahn (Germany), SNCF (France), Trenitalia (Italy), SBB (Switzerland), and ÖBB (Austria). The Eurocity (EC) service offers regular schedules and convenient connections between prominent cities like Paris, Berlin, Milan, and Vienna.

ÖBB stands for Österreichische Bundesbahnen, which is the Austrian Federal Railways. ÖBB operates passenger train services throughout Austria and beyond, with connections to neighboring countries such as Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and the Czech Republic. ÖBB is known for its high-quality service, modern trains, and an extensive rail network.

Eurocity is a cross-border train service that connects major cities in Europe. It is a joint venture between national railway companies in different countries, such as Deutsche Bahn in Germany, SNCF in France, and SBB in Switzerland. Eurocity trains offer comfortable and convenient travel options for passengers, with amenities such as air conditioning, dining cars, and Wi-Fi. The service operates on a regular schedule and provides connections between cities such as Paris, Berlin, Milan, and Vienna. Eurocity trains are a popular choice for travelers who want to explore multiple destinations in Europe without the hassle of driving or flying.

Serving Austria's long-distance travel needs, ÖBB’s Intercity trains complement the Eurocity and Railjet services. They feature both open and compartment cars with air-conditioning, and even dedicated ladies' compartments. Key routes include Graz to Salzburg and Wien to Villach.

While not as swift as the high-speed ICE trains, Deutsche Bahn’s InterCity trains boast speeds up to 200km/h, offering spacious carriages and dining options. Operating across numerous German routes, such as Cologne-Hamburg, these trains also extend to international destinations, including Amsterdam and Luxembourg. Some routes even feature double-deck trains.

Ticket types and facilities from Cologne to Zurich

Compare the different ticket types and the facilities provided by EuroCity, ÖBB - Intercity and DB - Intercity when traveling from Cologne to Zurich.

Second Class

With Deutsche Bahn's Eurocity trains, a second-class ticket guarantees you a more affordable journey. Throughout your trip, you can access basic facilities like electrical outlets, air conditioning, and a bar carriage.
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First Class

If you wish to elevate your travel experience in a quieter place with additional services such as adjustable seats, more legroom, catering service, and seat selection, you can opt for the first-class tickets on Deutsche Bahn's Eurocity trains.
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Second Class

On ÖBB's InterCity trains, traveling in Economy class offers you spacious seats, a socket for every two seats, and ample luggage space, all at an affordable price.
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First Class

If you're looking to add a touch of luxury to your journey, choose the First Class ticket on ÖBB's InterCity trains. For those who value comfort, enjoy sockets at every adjustable seat, and extra legroom.
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Second Class

On SBB Intercity trains, in addition to basic amenities for Second Class ticket, there's a Family Zone specially designed to offer comfort for families with children. If you get hungry during the journey, you can enjoy tasty meals in the restaurant carriage.
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First Class

On Deutsche Bahn IC trains, if you have a Flexpreis First Class ticket in addition to the standard second class offerings, you can access Fast Track and DB lounges at some German stations for free and enjoy the complimentary refreshments. Plus, experience a quieter travel environment and savor the view.

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Facility Description

Find out more about the different facilities available onboard with each carrier on this route.

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DB's EC trains feature recently updated coaches equipped with power sockets.
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Deutsche Bahn is progressively adding free WiFi to their EC trains.
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On DB Eurocity trains, you can bring any amount of luggage without restrictions. Store small bags either in the overhead racks or beneath your seats. For bigger luggage items, use the racks found in the compartments or close to the exterior doors.
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The Mobility Service assists with boarding, disembarking, and train transitions. Additionally, the staff is ready to address any inquiries or provide support to ensure a smooth journey.
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On EC trains, dine in the onboard restaurant or grab a quick bite from the bistro. First Class passengers receive complimentary meals at their seat. DB provides diverse, locally-sourced food options, including vegetarian and vegan choices.
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DB's EC trains now boast modernized carriages with air conditioning.
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ÖBB Intercity trains might not always have WiFi or an entertainment portal
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The Intercity doesn't have a quiet zone, but offers separate compartments for solo female travelers, breastfeeding mothers, and toddlers.
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You can bring luggage on all ÖBB Intercity trains for free. Just make sure it fits in the luggage areas and doesn't exceed 90 x 60 x 40cm. Items like skis, instruments, wheelchairs, and strollers are exceptions.
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ÖBB Intercity trains have accessible restrooms. There are also designated spaces for wheelchairs, often in First Class. Wheelchair users and their companion can sit in First Class using Second Class tickets and enjoy available services.
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There's no restaurant on ÖBB Intercity trains, but feel free to bring your own snacks.
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Travelers can enjoy air-conditioned open spaces or choose compartment seating.
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Foldable bikes can ride free on ÖBB Intercity trains, as long as they're within size limits. For regular bikes, buy a ticket and reserve space in advance online. Attach your bike reservation visibly for ticket checks
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Deutsche Bahn is rolling out free WiFi on their IC trains, with some already offering the service.
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All seats in both classes have power sockets on DB IC trains.
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On IC trains, you can bring any amount of luggage without restrictions. Store small bags either in the overhead racks or beneath your seats. For bigger luggage items, use the racks found in the compartments or close to the exterior doors.
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Deutsche Bahn's Mobility Service provides assistance for boarding, disembarking, and train transfers. Staff are on hand to address questions and ensure a smooth trip.
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On the DB IC trains, there's a restaurant for meals or a bistro for snacks. You can eat at the bistro or in your seat. First Class passengers get free food at their seat. The menu changes but always has local food, including vegetarian and vegan choices.
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Intercity trains have air-conditioned sections.
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For IC trains, a ticket and reservation are required for bicycles, with the reservation cost included. Bikes are typically stored in second class carriages, though your seat may be elsewhere.
Services on board EuroCity, DB - EuroCity Express (ECE) and DB - Intercity from Cologne to Zurich
Compare services on board when travelling from Cologne to Zurich by train.
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Cologne to Zurich CO2 Emissions by Train

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Train
28.96kg
Bus
31.03kg
Flight
82.75kg
Car
66.2kg
What are the CO2 emissions from Cologne to Zurich by train? The CO2 emissions from taking the train between Cologne and Zurich are 28.96kg.
How much CO2 do I save by taking the train between Cologne and Zurich? By taking the train between Cologne and Zurich you will save 53.79kg CO2 emissions compared to a flight, 2.07kg compared to a bus and 37.24kg compared to a car.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a train ticket from Cologne to Zurich?
A train ticket from Cologne to Zurich is $134.94. However the price varies depending on how early you buy, and if it's peak time to travel. Occasionally you can find them for as cheap as $30.69.
What's the cheapest train ticket from Cologne to Zurich?
The cheapest ticket you can get from Cologne to Zurich is $30.69. We recommend booking as early as possible and off-peak hours to get the cheapest ticket possible. Off-peak times are usually from 09:30 to 16:00, and after 19:00.
What's the distance between Cologne and Zurich by train?
Cologne to Zurich is 257.09 mi.
How long does the train between Cologne and Zurich take?
Cologne to Zurich is on average 6 hr 18 min. However the fastest option will get you there in 5 hr 5 min.
Which companies operate from Cologne to Zurich?
The train journey from Cologne to Zurich is covered by 6 operator(s). On Virail you can find these carriers that provide services on this route: EuroCity, DB - EuroCity Express (ECE), DB - Intercity, ÖBB, ÖBB - InterCity Express (ICE), ÖBB - Intercity and DB - InterCity Express (ICE).
How many train connections per day go from Cologne to Zurich?
Cologne to Zurich has 21 connection(s) per day on average.
What time does the first train from Cologne to Zurich leave?
The earliest train from Cologne to Zurich departs at 3:49 AM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
What time does the last train from Cologne to Zurich depart?
The latest train from Cologne to Zurich departs at 6:53 PM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
Should I book my ticket from Cologne to Zurich in advance?
If you can, we recommend booking your ticket as early as possible to ensure you get better savings. The cheapest train ticket we have found is $30.69 but this may be subject to change depending on the day of travel, hour you wish to depart and how far in advance you book.
How many direct connections depart from Cologne to Zurich?
There are on average 1 direct connection(s) from Cologne to go to Zurich.
What's the fastest journey time between Cologne to Zurich by train?
The fastest journey time by train between Cologne and Zurich is 5 hr 5 min.
Is there a direct train from Cologne to Zurich?
Yes, there is a direct train between Cologne and Zurich.
What are the CO2 emissions for Cologne to Zurich by train?
The train journey from Cologne to Zurich creates 28.96kg of CO2 emissions.

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