There are 10 ways to get from Munich to Cologne by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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What companies run services between Munich, Germany and Cologne, Germany?

German Railways (DB) operates a train from Munich to Cologne hourly. Tickets cost $80 - $180 and the journey takes 4 h 20 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Munich to Cologne every 4 hours. Tickets cost $35 - $65 and the journey takes 8 h 35 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Munich to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Avg. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $480
Flights from Munich to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Zurich
Avg. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Munich to Dusseldorf
Avg. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $370
Flights from Munich to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Avg. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $370
Flights from Munich to Dortmund
Avg. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $340
Flights from Nuremberg to Dusseldorf
Avg. Duration
55 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$60 - $330
Flights from Nuremberg to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Avg. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$120 - $360
Flights from Nuremberg to Dusseldorf via Munich
Avg. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $360
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Munich to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Avg. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Munich to Dusseldorf
Avg. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $1,700
Flights from Munich to Dortmund
Avg. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $340
Flights from Nuremberg to Dusseldorf
Avg. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $330
Train operators
German Railways (DB)
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from München Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Avg. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$80 - $180
Website
bahn.de
Second Class
$110 - $180
Standard
$80 - $180
First
$95 - $300
First Class
$177
Train from München Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Avg. Duration
2 h 19 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$23 - $75
Website
bahn.de
Second Class
$23 - $75
Standard
$23 - $75
First
$40 - $120
Train from Holzwickede to Köln Hbf
Avg. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
bahn.de
Train from München Hbf to Nürnberg Hbf
Avg. Duration
1 h 9 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$23 - $75
Website
bahn.de
Second Class
$23 - $75
National Express Rail
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Holzwickede Bf to Köln, Dom / Hbf
Avg. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Website
nationalexpress.de
Bus operators
Deinbus
Phone
+49 069/17 53 73 200
Email
info@deinbus.de
Website
deinbus.de
Bus from Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof to Cologne
Avg. Duration
5 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$20 - $35
Schedules at
deinbus.de
FlixBus
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Munich, Munich central bus station to Metropolitan Area Cologne, Cologne South, Airport
Avg. Duration
8 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from München ZOB to Cologne Hbf
Avg. Duration
12 h 32 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $120
Website
eurolines.de
Other operators
BlaBlaCar
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Munich to Cologne
Avg. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $45
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Munich to Cologne?

The distance between Munich and Cologne is 456 km. The road distance is 580 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Munich to Cologne?

The cheapest way to get from Munich to Cologne is to rideshare which costs 28€ and takes 6 h.

What is the fastest way to get from Munich to Cologne?

The quickest way to get from Munich to Cologne is to fly which takes 2 h 59 min and costs 80€.

Is there a direct train between Munich and Cologne?

Yes, there is a direct train departing from München Hbf and arriving at Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 20 min.

Is there a direct bus between Munich and Cologne?

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from München ZOB and arriving at Cologne Hbf. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 12 h 32 min.

How long does it take to get from Munich to Cologne?

The train from München Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 takes 4 h 20 min including transfers and departs hourly.