How to take the rail journey from Cologne/Köln to Zurich

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Köln / Cologne / Koeln to Zürich / Zurich by train

When looking up a daytime Cologne/Köln to Zurich journey by train on the ticket booking websites there will be a swathe of options available, most of which involve making connections between trains.
Of these journey options, SMTJ's recommendations is to opt for the routing which involve making connections in Basel, because if the train from Germany is delayed, you will then be able to simply hop on any train on to Zurich.

However, there is usually a daily direct train available, so if the timings suit and you'd rather avoid making any connections, it's then becomes the obvious best option for making this journey by.
It also takes a scenic route.

If you want or need to travel overnight there is a newly introduced Nightjet train available which conveys sleeping cabins and couchettes.

Routes you can take to go from Köln / Cologne / Koeln to Zürich / Zurich

When travelling between most cities by train there is only one logical option, though on other journeys there is a choice between different trains or alternative routes. If different options are available you can use the info to decide which is best for you.

Choose one of the following options:

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Option 1: the direct train

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Via stations: Basel Bad Bf and Basel SBB/Bâle CFF

Option2: the faster daytime connections

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Option 3: travel through the night
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