There are 12 ways to get from Cologne to Milan by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly Cologne Bonn to Milan Linate  •  4h 7m

  1. Fly from Cologne Bonn (CGN) to Milan Linate (LIN) CGN - LIN

42€ - 359€

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Fly Cologne Bonn to Milan Bergamo  •  4h 44m

  1. Fly from Cologne Bonn (CGN) to Milan Bergamo (BGY) CGN - BGY

30€ - 157€

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Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Milan Linate  •  4h 34m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Milan Linate (LIN) DUS - LIN

66€ - 345€

Fly Cologne Bonn to Milan Malpensa  •  4h 36m

  1. Fly from Cologne Bonn (CGN) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) CGN - MXP

42€ - 193€

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Milan Malpensa  •  5h 3m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) DUS - MXP

70€ - 489€

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Milan Linate  •  4h 23m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Milan Linate (LIN) FRA - LIN

79€ - 311€

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Milan Malpensa  •  4h 52m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) FRA - MXP

74€ - 395€

Train via Basel  •  9h 18m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Basel Sbb Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel Sbb to Rho-Fiera Milano Ec

139€ - 300€

Train  •  9h 32m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Mannheim Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Milano Centrale Ec

74€ - 156€

Bus  •  14h 17m

  1. Take the bus from Cologne, Cologne South, Airport to Milan, Milan N177 / ...

42€ - 79€

Bus via Frankfurt am Main  •  15h 2m

  1. Take the bus from Cologne to Frankfurt am Main
  2. Take the bus from Frankfurt to Milano - Lampugnano 892

64€ - 100€

Drive  •  7h 56m

  1. Drive from Cologne to Milan 835.5 km

110€ - 160€

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The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Milan is to fly which costs 29€ - 160€ and takes 4h 44m.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Milan is to fly which costs 40€ - 360€ and takes 4h 7m.

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No, there is no direct train from Cologne to Milan. However, there are services departing from Koeln Hbf and arriving at Duomo M1 via Basel Sbb and Rho Fieramilano. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 18m.

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The distance between Cologne and Milan is 630 km. The road distance is 835.5 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Milan without a car is to train via Basel which takes 9h 18m and costs 130€ - 300€.

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It takes approximately 4h 7m to get from Cologne to Milan, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Cologne to Milan is to fly which takes 4h 7m and costs 40€ - 360€. Alternatively, you can train via Basel, which costs 130€ - 300€ and takes 9h 18m, you could also bus, which costs 40€ - 80€ and takes 14h 17m.

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The quickest flight from Cologne Bonn Airport to Milan Linate Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 30m.

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Cologne to Milan train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Eurocity, arrive at Milano Centrale station.

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Map of how to get from Cologne to Milan.
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  • Distance: 630.3 km
  • Duration: 4h 7m

What companies run services between Cologne, Germany and Milan, Italy?

Alitalia flies from Cologne to Milan twice daily. Alternatively, you can take a train from Cologne to Milan via Basel Sbb, Rho-Fiera Milano, and Rho Fieramilano in around 9h 18m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Linate via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
160€ - 420€
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
190€ - 420€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
120€ - 400€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
150€ - 470€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
150€ - 470€
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
60€ - 290€
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
120€ - 420€
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
120€ - 420€
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
60€ - 550€
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Milan Malpensa via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
60€ - 550€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
120€ - 400€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
120€ - 400€
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 550€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
50€ - 360€
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
85€ - 320€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
60€ - 550€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
150€ - 250€
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Milan Malpensa via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
80€ - 480€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
23€ - 130€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Linate via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
75€ - 200€
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Malpensa via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
110€ - 330€
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

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 Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
17€ - 24€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
3h 52m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
85€ - 120€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
45€ - 65€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn Regional

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
8€ - 12€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Köln Hbf to D-Flughafen Bf
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
11€ - 14€
Website
National Express Rail
VRR
Phone
+49 209 1584-0
Email
info@vrr.de
Website
vrr.de
Train from Köln Hbf to D-Flughafen Bf
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
2€
Website
VRR
Deutsche Bahn Intercity

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 Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
2h 6m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
50€ - 70€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 28m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
55€ - 85€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Koeln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
18€ - 45€
Website
NS
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
18€ - 26€
1st Class
30€ - 45€
Train from Koeln Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
3h 53m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
40€ - 95€
Website
NS
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
40€ - 60€
1st Class
65€ - 95€
Train from Koeln Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
23€ - 55€
Website
NS
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
23€ - 35€
1st Class
35€ - 55€
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
4h 42m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
45€ - 65€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 28m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
26€ - 40€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
7h 4m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
50€ - 75€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Basel Sbb to Rho-Fiera Milano
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
95€ - 180€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Cologne, Cologne South, Airport to Milan, Milan
Ave. Duration
12h 40m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
40€ - 50€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines FR

Eurolines is a network of coach companies that operate throughout Europe plus Morocco. It’s an affordable way to travel around the continent, with tickets starting at €5. All coaches have Wi-Fi, plug sockets and USBs, reclining chairs and toilets, and a standard ticket includes up to two medium suitcases plus carry-on luggage. Within France, Eurolines serves 69 destinations; including Paris, Lyon, Versailles, Nice and Bordeaux.

Contact Details
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Koln to Milano - Lampugnano
Ave. Duration
13h 30m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
Eurolines FR
Bus from Frankfurt to Milano - Lampugnano
Ave. Duration
11h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
30€ - 50€
Website
Eurolines FR

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Milan is 836 km. It takes approximately 7h 56m to drive from Cologne to Milan.

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Alitalia offers flights from Cologne Bonn Airport to Milan Linate Airport.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Cologne Bonn Airport is to train which takes 11 min and costs 1€ - 17€.

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