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Travel from Cologne to Basel by train in 5 hours 48 minutes

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.

Book train tickets from Cologne to Basel in advance instead of buying them on the day and they can start from $54.12. We'll always highlight the cheapest prices when you search in our Journey Planner.

Ready to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information, including our train schedule where you can view first and last train times, as well as tips on how to find cheap train tickets.

Cologne to Basel by train

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.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

5h 48m


285 miles (177 km)


30 trains per day


2 changes


From $54.12

Train and bus operators

Trenitalia, Trenord, SBB CFF FFS, Italo, Marino

Cologne to Basel train times

Check out the next trains departing from Cologne to Basel for Tuesday Jan 31st 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
09:40 15:56 6h 16m, 3 changes
11:40 17:56 6h 16m, 3 changes
12:20 18:28 6h 8m, 3 changes
12:20 18:32 6h 12m, 2 changes
12:40 18:56 6h 16m, 5 changes
13:20 19:28 6h 8m, 3 changes
13:40 19:56 6h 16m, 3 changes
14:20 20:28 6h 8m, 3 changes
14:40 21:01 6h 21m, 5 changes
14:40 21:13 6h 33m, 4 changes

Italo, Trenitalia, Frecciargento and Intercity trains from Cologne to Basel

You can travel from Cologne to Basel on Italo, Trenitalia, Frecciargento and Intercity trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

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.

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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.

PhotoChris0693, under licence CC3.0

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.

Cheap train tickets from Cologne to Basel

The price of train tickets from Cologne to Basel starts at $54.12 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

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.§

Be flexible with your travel times

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.

Choose a slower or connecting train

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!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Cologne to Basel

Want to know more about your journey from Cologne to Basel? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Cologne to Basel take?

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.

What's the fastest journey time between Cologne and Basel by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Cologne to Basel is 5 hours and 48 minutes.

How much does the train from Cologne to Basel cost?

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.

Is there a direct train from Cologne to Basel?

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.

What time does the first train from Cologne to Basel leave?

The first train from Cologne to Basel leaves at 05:20. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Cologne to Basel leave?

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.

What's the distance between Cologne and Basel by train?

Trains travelling from Cologne to Basel cover a distance of around 177 miles (285 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Basel to Cologne.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Cologne to Basel for a typical week day using timetable data for 01/31/2023. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 11/08/2022 for travel on 11/08/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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