If you want to know more about the journey from Cologne to Basel by train, look no further!
The average journey time from Cologne to Basel by train is 7 hours 13 minutes, although on the fastest services it can take just 5 hours 48 minutes. You'll usually find 30 trains per day traveling the 285 km between these two destinations. You'll need to make 2 changes along the way as there are no direct services to Basel. You're likely to be traveling with Frecciargento, Trenitalia or SBB to Basel. As the main train operators on this route, all offer plenty of space for luggage and comfortable seating as standard.
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It takes an average of 7h 13m to travel from Cologne to Basel by train, over a distance of around 177 miles (285 km). There are normally 30 trains per day traveling from Cologne to Basel and tickets for this journey start from $54.12 when you book in advance.
285 miles (177 km)
30 trains per day
|Train and bus operators|
Italo is a high-speed train operator that runs services between many of the major cities across Italy. All Italo trains are modern, air conditioned, and have free WiFi available for all travellers. There are four comfort classes, or "ambiances", as Italo like to call them – Smart (the cheapest price), Comfort (with wider seats and extra legroom), Prima (with a welcome selection of food and drink, fast track boarding and extra space), and Executive Club (with all Prima services, extra-wide seats, access to Italo Club lounges and personal entertainment screens at your seat).
Trenitalia is the national railway company of Italy, with a fleet including high-speed trains (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento and Frecciabianca), Intercity and Intercity night trains and regional trains. Trenitalia offers discounts and special promotions on selected routes, two types of discounted tickets for young people under 30 and people over 60.
Frecciargento "silver arrow" high-speed trains connect the main cities of the north-west, central and southern Italy at speeds of up to 155 mph (250 km/h). All Frecciargento trains are equipped with a food carriage, free WiFi, reclining seats and power sockets. There are two levels of service – First Class and Second Class. First Class travellers can enjoy reclining leather seats, welcome service with drink and a sweet or savoury snack, and a free morning newspaper.
Trenitalia's Intercity trains run on standard lines outside the high-speed network, offering more than 90 trains a day that guarantee long and medium distance connections, ensuring wide coverage of the rail network. All Intercity trains are modern and comfortable with plenty of seats, retractable tables, power sockets, air conditioning, courtesy lights and plenty of luggage space. Intercity Night trains allow you to travel overnight in cabins with beds, berths or seating.
Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Cologne to Basel by booking early.§
Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.
On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Cologne and Basel is 7 hours and 13 minutes, with around 30 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The fastest journey time by train from Cologne to Basel is 5 hours and 48 minutes.
Train tickets from Cologne to Basel can start from as little as $54.12 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.
No, there are no direct train services from Cologne to Basel. Travelling from Cologne to Basel by train will require a minimum of 2 changes.
The first train from Cologne to Basel leaves at 05:20. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Cologne to Basel leaves at 22:30. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from Cologne to Basel cover a distance of around 177 miles (285 km) during the journey.