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

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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Fly Cologne/Bonn Apt to Milan Malpensa  •  4 h 31 min

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

$63 - $254

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Fly Cologne/Bonn Apt to Milan Bergamo  •  4 h 46 min

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

$38 - $180

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Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Milan Linate  •  4 h 40 min

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

$63 - $234

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Milan Linate  •  4 h 29 min

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

$115 - $338

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Milan Malpensa  •  5 h 10 min

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

$64 - $237

Train to Brussels, fly to Milan Linate  •  5 h 56 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Brusel Nord
  2. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Milan Linate (LIN) BRU - LIN

$88 - $332

Train to Luxembourg, fly to Milan Linate  •  7 h 36 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Luxembourg, Gare Centrale
  2. Fly from Luxembourg (LUX) to Milan Linate (LIN) LUX - LIN

$81 - $469

Train  •  8 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Basel SBB Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Milano Centrale Eurocity / ...

$193 - $313

Bus FlixBus  •  15 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen to Milan, Milan N11

$52 - $86

Bus Eurolines FR  •  16 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Köln to Strasbourg
  2. Take the bus from Strasbourg to Milan

$134 - $188

Train, drive  •  7 h 59 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Basel Bad Bf Ice / ...
  2. Drive from Lörrach Hbf to Milan

$164 - $252

Drive  •  7 h 58 min

  1. Drive from Cologne to Milan 522.1 miles

$120 - $190

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Cologne to Milan. However, there are services departing from Köln, Heumarkt and arriving at conciliazione m1 via Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen and lampugnano m1. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15 h 25 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Cologne to Milan. However, there are services departing from Köln Hbf and arriving at Milano Centrale via Basel SBB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 58 min.

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The distance between Cologne and Milan is 630 km. The road distance is 835.4 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Milan without a car is to train which takes 8 h 58 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 31 min to get from Cologne to Milan, including transfers.

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Cologne to Milan bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen station.

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

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The best way to get from Cologne to Milan is to fly which takes 4 h 31 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 8 h 58 min, you could also bus, which costs and takes 15 h 25 min.

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The quickest flight from Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 25 min.

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Cologne to Milan bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Milan, Milan station.

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Map of how to get from Cologne to Milan.
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  • Distance: 393.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 31 min

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

Eurowings, Lufthansa and two other airlines fly from Cologne to Milan every 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Cologne to Milan via Basel SBB in around 8 h 58 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Linate via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Milan Bergamo via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,100
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $330
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 11 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Brussels to Milan Linate via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Luxembourg to Milan Linate via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $380
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Brussels to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $470
Flights from Luxembourg to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,300
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $330
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Flights from Brussels to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $550
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Brussels to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $550
Flights from Brussels to Milan Linate via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $330
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $330
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$25 - $240
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Linate via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $750
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Linate via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
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 Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Düsseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Brusel Nord
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
3 h 52 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$100 - $170
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Basel Bad Bf
Ave. Duration
3 h 39 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$100 - $160
Website
bahn.de
Luxembourg Railways (CFL)
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. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$85 - $150
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Trenitalia Eurocity

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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 Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen to Milan, Milan
Ave. Duration
13 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $85
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Köln to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
Bus from Strasbourg to Milan
Ave. Duration
7 h 52 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$70 - $100
Schedules at
eurolines.fr

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Cologne to Milan train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Milano Centrale station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Milan is 835 km. It takes approximately 7 h 58 min to drive from Cologne to Milan.

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Air Dolomiti, Swiss, Eurowings and Lufthansa offer flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport is to train which takes 11 min and costs .

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