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Journey timeFrom 3h 46m
Price€32.90 - €181.40
Distance380km (236 miles)
Frequency8 trains per day
Departure stationBasel SBB
Arrival stationKöln Hbf
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operators

Basel SBB to Köln Hbf train times

Check out the next trains departing from Basel SBB to Köln Hbf for Tuesday 4th Feb 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
09:13 13:05 3h 52m, direct
10:13 14:04 3h 51m, 1 change
11:06 14:53 3h 47m, 2 changes
11:13 15:05 3h 52m, direct
12:13 16:05 3h 52m, 1 change
13:13 17:04 3h 51m, direct
14:13 18:05 3h 52m, 1 change
15:06 18:53 3h 47m, 2 changes
15:13 19:05 3h 52m, direct
16:13 20:04 3h 51m, 1 change

Deutsche Bahn, EC (Eurocity), IC (Intercity) and ICE (Intercity Express) trains from Basel SBB to Köln Hbf

You can travel from Basel SBB to Köln Hbf on Deutsche Bahn, EC (Eurocity), IC (Intercity) and ICE (Intercity Express) 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.

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The Deutsche Bahn Group is owned by the German State and controls the majority of rail traffic in Germany as well as in many border regions of the country. Every year, Deutsche Bahn transports several billion passengers and many stations in Germany are served exclusively by DB trains, including the ICE, IC and EC fleet.

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The European equivalent of the Intercity of Deutsche Bahn, this train is used on cross-border routes, for example on journeys from Germany to Denmark, Austria and the Czech Republic. It stops only in some major city stations – it's often a good alternative to air travel.

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An express train running on German domestic routes, the Intercity is a little slower than the ICE and is also used for long distance trips. The integrated circuit covers long distances with a maximum speed of 200 km/h. In recent years, trains of the new generation "Intercity 2" run on some lines at 160 km/h only – these trains, however, offer extra legroom and extra space for toddlers. They are also equipped with air conditioning, a food carriage and wheelchair parking spaces.

PhotoNelso Silva, under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The high-speed train of Deutsche Bahn, with a maximum speed of 330 km/h, the ICE connects major cities and is also used for international travel to neighbouring countries such as Austria, France and Denmark. This train is equipped with air conditioning, a dining car, a children's compartment and power sockets. Passengers enjoy a free WiFi connection throughout the duration of the ICE trip.

Cheap train tickets from Basel SBB to Köln Hbf

Train tickets from Basel SBB to Köln Hbf start at €32.90 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around €115.08.
lowest price found
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price88.92
on the day
avg. single price115.08

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 Basel SBB to Köln Hbf 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 guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Basel SBB to Köln Hbf? 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 Basel SBB to Köln Hbf take?

The average journey time by train between Basel SBB and Köln Hbf is 4 hours and 1 minute, with around 22 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 Basel SBB and Köln Hbf by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Basel SBB to Köln Hbf is 3 hours and 46 minutes.

How much does the train from Basel SBB to Köln Hbf cost?

Train tickets from Basel SBB to Köln Hbf can start from as little as €32.90 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 Basel SBB to Köln Hbf?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Basel SBB to Köln Hbf without having to change trains. There are 8 direct trains from Basel SBB to Köln Hbf. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Basel SBB to Köln Hbf leave?

The first train from Basel SBB to Köln Hbf leaves at 05:01. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Basel SBB to Köln Hbf leave?

The last train from Basel SBB to Köln Hbf leaves at 23:13. 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 Basel SBB and Köln Hbf by train?

Trains travelling from Basel SBB to Köln Hbf cover a distance of around 380km during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Köln Hbf to Basel SBB.
Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Basel SBB to Köln Hbf for a typical week day using timetable data for 04/02/2020. 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 01/04/2019 for travel on 03/04/2019 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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