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Duration 4h 32m
Distance 573.5 km
Average price 90€
Frequency 16/day

Trip overview

The average train between Munich and Cologne takes 4h 32m and the fastest train takes 4h 22m. There is a train service every few hours from Munich to Cologne. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays; use the search form on this page to search for a specific travel date.

Train

  1. Muenchen Hbf
  2. Cologne
4h 30m
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95€ - 140€

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Muenchen Hbf and arriving at Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 30m.

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The distance between Munich and Cologne is 456 km. The road distance is 573.5 km.

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Munich to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Muenchen Hbf station.

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Munich to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 station.

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What companies run services between Munich and Cologne?

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Muenchen Hbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 hourly. Tickets cost 95€ - 140€ and the journey takes 4h 30m. Two other operators also service this route.
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
95€ - 140€

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It offers many different types of rail transportation, including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Muenchen Hbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
95€ - 140€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)
Ave. Duration
5h 56m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
100€ - 140€

Austria's national railway system is not only punctual, reliable and efficient, but offers free wifi to boot. Choose from high-speed intercity Railjet trains, overnight Nightjet trains and regional services such as Cityjet. ÖBB also operates international routes that connect cities in Austria with adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia. If you're planning to be in Austria for a while, consider the ÖBB Vorteilscard, an annual railcard that offers discounts on routes within Austria and in neighbouring countries.

Contact Details
Phone
05 17 17
Website
oebb.at
Train from Muenchen Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
5h 56m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
100€ - 140€
Website
Austrian Railways
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Deutsche Bahn Intercity
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
95€ - 140€

Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed InterCity (IC) trains connect cities within Germany. They’re a popular way to travel as they’re faster than Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains and offer a frequent, fast service. All IC trains have first and second class carriages, power sockets and toilets, and most have a bistro cafe or restaurant. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Muenchen Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
95€ - 140€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Nightjet
Ave. Duration
8h 1m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
50€ - 70€

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