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Prices explained

At Loco2 we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Loco2 searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey, based on how far in advance you book.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

30 day advance and 7 day advance prices are found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from today. These prices fluctuate daily based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price on a busy Saturday in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey on a Tuesday in winter.

We're always seeking to improve how price-checking works, and we welcome feedback on how we can make it better.

  1. Cheapest price £26.50
  2. 30 day advance £26.50
  3. 7 day advance £45.50
  • First train
    04:00
  • Last train
    23:00
  • Avg changes
    1
  • Fastest journey
    6hr 6m

Travelling from Salzburg to Cologne by train

The fastest trains from Salzburg to Cologne take around 6 hours and 6 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 561 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Salzburg and Cologne.

Journeys between Salzburg and Cologne usually involve one change of train. We usually find around 33 departures on the route from Salzburg to Cologne every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.

There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 26 suitable departures. And the duration is normally about 6 hours and 6 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

The earliest train to Cologne on a weekday is usually scheduled to depart Salzburg around 04:00 and the last train is around 23:00. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Salzburg around 05:15, and the last at 23:00.

Route map is indicative only and may differ from the optimal route. Actual routes will be displayed when searching.

When to book Salzburg to Cologne train tickets?

The cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Salzburg to Cologne are £26.50, and there isn't much difference in price depending on when you book.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around £26 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around £45. Booking on the day of travel is likely to be more expensive, so it is worth booking in advance if you can to save money.

Trains from Austria to Germany usually open for booking around 6 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Salzburg to Cologne by train.

Which trains operate between Salzburg and Cologne?

More than one type of train operates on the route from Salzburg to Cologne, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • Eurocity (EC)
  • Intercity
  • Intercity-Express (ICE)
  • Meridian
  • Railjet
  • Regional-Express
  • Regionalbahn
  • S-Bahn

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

Find journey information for Cologne to Salzburg

Route map is indicative only and may differ from the optimal route. Actual routes will be displayed when searching.

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