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

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 32 min

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

$110 - $170

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  6 h

  1. Take the rideshare from Cologne to Munich 358.8 miles

$24 - $45

8 alternative options

Car train  •  7 h 24 min

  1. Take the car train from Köln Hbf to München Ost Uex 1385

$59 - $133

Bus  •  9 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Cologne to Nuremberg
  2. Take the bus from Nuremberg to Munich, Munich central bus station 029 / ...

$50 - $83

Drive  •  5 h 20 min

  1. Drive from Cologne to Munich 359 miles

$75 - $110

Fly Cologne Bonn to Munich, subway  •  3 h 19 min

  1. Fly from Cologne Bonn (CGN) to Munich (MUC) CGN - MUC
  2. Take the subway from München Hauptbahnhof to München Richard-Strauss-Straße

$80 - $244

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Nuremberg  •  3 h 12 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Düsseldorf Hbf
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Nuremberg (NUE) DUS - NUE

$54 - $233

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Munich, subway  •  3 h 59 min

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

$81 - $206

Train to Dortmund, fly to Munich  •  4 h 48 min

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

$88 - $266

Fly Dusseldorf to Frankfurt, train  •  4 h 41 min

  1. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Frankfurt (FRA) DUS - FRA
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Würzburg Hbf

$117 - $320

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Bavaria is to rideshare which costs 21€ - 40€ and takes 6 h.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Bavaria is to train and fly which costs 45€ - 210€ and takes 3 h 12 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cologne to Bavaria station. However, there are services departing from Cologne and arriving at Munich, Munich central bus station via Nuremberg. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 15 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Köln Hbf and arriving at München Hbf. Services depart every three hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 32 min.

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The distance between Cologne and Bavaria is 388 km. The road distance is 574.4 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Bavaria without a car is to train which takes 4 h 32 min and costs 95€ - 140€.

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The train from Köln Hbf to München Hbf takes 4 h 32 min including transfers and departs every three hours.

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Cologne to Bavaria bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, depart from Cologne station.

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Cologne to Bavaria train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Köln Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Bavaria is to train which takes 4 h 32 min and costs 95€ - 140€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 40€ - 75€ and takes 9 h 15 min.

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Map of how to get from Cologne to Bavaria.
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  • Distance: 242.3 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 32 min

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

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Cologne to Munich every 3 hours. Tickets cost $110 - $170 and the journey takes 4 h 32 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cologne to Munich via Nuremberg in around 9 h 15 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Munich
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $480
Flights from Dusseldorf to Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $330
Flights from Dusseldorf to Nuremberg via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $360
Flights from Dusseldorf to Nuremberg via Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $350
Flights from Dusseldorf to Munich
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $420
Flights from Dortmund to Munich
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $340
Flights from Dusseldorf to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $320
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Munich
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Dusseldorf to Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $330
Flights from Dusseldorf to Nuremberg via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$60 - $330
Flights from Dusseldorf to Munich
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $1,700
Flights from Dortmund to Munich
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $340
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Nuremberg via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $900
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 Köln Hbf to München Hbf
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$110 - $170
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Düsseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Würzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
bahn.de
Urlaubs-Express
Phone
+49 (0) 221 800 20 820
Email
info@urlaubs-express.de
Website
urlaubs-express.de
Car train from Köln Hbf to München Ost
Ave. Duration
7 h 16 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$55 - $140
Schedules at
urlaubs-express.de
Passenger
$58
Motorcycle
$97
Vehicle
$107
MVV
Phone
+49 89 41 42 43 44
Website
mvv-muenchen.de
Subway from München Hauptbahnhof to München Richard-Strauss-Straße
Ave. Duration
10 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 Köln, Dom / Hbf to Holzwickede Bf
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $30
Website
nationalexpress.de
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Cologne to Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
6 h 14 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $70
Website
eurolines.de
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 Nuremberg to Munich, Munich central bus station
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $16
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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 Cologne to Munich
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $45
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Cologne Bonn Airport to Munich Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 5 min.

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Cologne to Bavaria bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Munich, Munich central bus station.

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Cologne to Bavaria train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at München Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Bavaria is 574 km. It takes approximately 5 h 20 min to drive from Cologne to Bavaria.

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

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There are 138+ hotels available in Bavaria. Prices start at $63 USD per night.

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

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The best way to get from Cologne to Cologne Bonn Airport is to train which takes 11 min and costs 13€ - 16€.

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