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About the train journey from Cologne to Zürich

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The train from Cologne to Zürich usually takes 5 hours 42 minutes on average to travel 227 km, although the quickest services can take as little as 4 hours 47 minutes. You can expect to find 24 trains per day running on this popular route. As there aren't any direct services running between Cologne and Zürich, you'll need to make 1 change on your way to Zürich. You can choose to travel with Trenitalia or SBB to get to Zürich – both train companies offer modern comfortable services that will whisk you there in no time.

To help you get the best train deals, we'll highlight the cheapest train ticket prices from Cologne to Zürich in our Journey Planner. Just remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the more you'll save, as advance tickets start from $38.46.

Keep reading for more information about the train journey to Zürich, including FAQs, timetables with first and last train times and tips on booking cheap train tickets. If you're ready to book, just start a search for tickets with us today.

Cologne to Zürich by train

It takes an average of 5h 42m to travel from Cologne to Zürich by train, over a distance of around 141 miles (227 km). There are normally 24 trains per day traveling from Cologne to Zürich and tickets for this journey start from $38.46 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 4h 47m
PriceFrom $38.46
Distance141 miles (227 km)
Frequency24 trains per day
First train05:20
Last train21:40
Departure stationCologne
Arrival stationZürich
Changes1 change
Train and bus operatorsTrenitalia, Trenord, SBB CFF FFS, Italo, Marino

Cologne to Zürich train times

Check out the next trains departing from Cologne to Zürich for Tuesday Sep 27th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
08:20 13:27 5h 7m, 2 changes
08:40 13:55 5h 15m, 3 changes
09:20 14:55 5h 35m, 4 changes
09:20 15:27 6h 7m, 2 changes
11:40 16:55 5h 15m, 4 changes
12:20 17:27 5h 7m, 2 changes
12:40 17:55 5h 15m, 4 changes
13:40 18:27 4h 47m, 1 change
14:20 19:27 5h 7m, 2 changes
14:40 19:55 5h 15m, 3 changes

Italo and Trenitalia trains from Cologne to Zürich

You can travel from Cologne to Zürich on Italo and Trenitalia 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.

Cheap train tickets from Cologne to Zürich

The price of train tickets from Cologne to Zürich starts at $38.46 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 Zürich 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 Zürich

Want to know more about your journey from Cologne to Zürich? 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 Zürich take?

The average journey time by train between Cologne and Zürich is 5 hours and 42 minutes, with around 24 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 Zürich by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Cologne to Zürich is 4 hours and 47 minutes.

How much does the train from Cologne to Zürich cost?

Train tickets from Cologne to Zürich can start from as little as $38.46 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 Zürich?

No, there are no direct train services from Cologne to Zürich. Travelling from Cologne to Zürich by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

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

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

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

The last train from Cologne to Zürich leaves at 21:40. 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 Zürich by train?

Trains travelling from Cologne to Zürich cover a distance of around 141 miles (227 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Zürich to Cologne.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Cologne to Zürich for a typical week day using timetable data for 09/27/2022. 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 10/19/2022 for travel on 10/19/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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