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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train  •  4 h 24 min

  1. Take the train from München Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 Ice / ...

$110 - $160

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Rideshare  •  6 h

  1. Take the rideshare from Munich to Cologne 362.1 miles

$24 - $40

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Train via München Ost  •  5 h 46 min

  1. Take the train from München Hbf to Köln Hbf Ice

$120 - $184

Bus FlixBus  •  8 h 54 min

  1. Take the bus from Munich, Munich central bus station to Cologne, Cologne South, Airport N93 / ...

$50 - $75

Bus Eurolines DE  •  12 h 32 min

  1. Take the bus from München ZOB to Cologne Hbf

$55 - $110

Drive  •  5 h 21 min

  1. Drive from Munich to Cologne 362.5 miles

$75 - $110

Subway, fly to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  3 h 9 min

  1. Take the subway from München Marienplatz to München Nordfriedhof
  2. Fly from Munich (MUC) to Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) MUC - CGN

$76 - $243

Subway, fly to Dusseldorf, train  •  4 h 18 min

  1. Take the subway from München Marienplatz to München Nordfriedhof
  2. Fly from Munich (MUC) to Dusseldorf (DUS) MUC - DUS
  3. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

$82 - $206

Fly to Frankfurt, train  •  4 h 10 min

  1. Fly from Munich (MUC) to Frankfurt (FRA) MUC - FRA
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

$120 - $280

Fly to Dortmund, train  •  5 h 21 min

  1. Fly from Munich (MUC) to Dortmund (DTM) MUC - DTM
  2. Take the train from Holzwickede Bf to Köln, Dom / Hbf

$89 - $265

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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.

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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 24 min.

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

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The best way to get from Munich to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 4 h 24 min and costs .

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The train from München Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 takes 4 h 24 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Munich to Cologne bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, depart from München ZOB station.

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Munich to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from München Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Munich to Cologne is to train which takes 4 h 24 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 8 h 54 min.

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The quickest flight from Munich Airport to Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h.

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Munich to Cologne bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, arrive at Cologne Hbf station.

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Map of how to get from Munich to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 285 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 24 min

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

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Munich to Cologne hourly. Tickets cost $110 - $160 and the journey takes 4 h 24 min. Urlaubs-Express also services this route 3 times a week. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Munich to Cologne hourly. Tickets cost $35 - $60 and the journey takes 8 h 35 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Munich to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $480
Flights from Munich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $430
Flights from Munich to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $320
Flights from Munich to Frankfurt via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
2 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $320
Flights from Munich to Frankfurt via Dresden
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $320
Flights from Munich to Frankfurt via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
2 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $320
Flights from Munich to Frankfurt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $2,700
Flights from Munich to Frankfurt via Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $320
Flights from Munich to Dortmund
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $340
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Munich to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Munich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $1,700
Flights from Munich to Dortmund
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $340
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Munich to Frankfurt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $2,700
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from Munich to Frankfurt via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$1,300 - $4,500
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and 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.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from München Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
4 h 24 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$110 - $160
Website
bahn.de
Train from München Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
4 h 37 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$110 - $170
Website
bahn.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
bahn.de
Urlaubs-Express
Phone
+49 (0) 221 800 20 820
Email
info@urlaubs-express.de
Website
urlaubs-express.de
Train from München Ost to Köln
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$110 - $140
Schedules at
urlaubs-express.de
MVV
Phone
+49 89 41 42 43 44
Website
mvv-muenchen.de
Subway from München Marienplatz to München Nordfriedhof
Ave. Duration
9 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
mvv-muenchen.de
National Express Rail
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Holzwickede Bf to Köln, Dom / Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $30
Website
nationalexpress.de
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Munich, Munich central bus station to Cologne, Cologne South, Airport
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
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
Ave. Duration
12 h 32 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$55 - $110
Website
eurolines.de
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility you’ll get to your destination – often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Munich to Cologne
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $40
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Munich to Cologne is 580 km. It takes approximately 5 h 21 min to drive from Munich to Cologne.

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Eurowings and Lufthansa offer flights from Munich Airport to Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport.

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There are 930+ hotels available in Cologne. Prices start at $60 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Munich and Cologne. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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