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There are 9 ways to get from Cologne to Milan by train, plane, bus or car

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Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Milan Linate  •  4h 35m

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

87€ - 324€

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Fly Cologne Bonn to Milan Malpensa  •  4h 36m

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

28€ - 133€

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Train to Frankfurt, fly to Milan Linate  •  4h 19m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Milan Linate (LIN) FRA - LIN

84€ - 261€

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Milan Malpensa  •  5h 16m

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

102€ - 308€

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Milan Malpensa  •  4h 54m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) FRA - MXP

74€ - 325€

Fly Cologne Bonn to Milan Bergamo, bus  •  4h 44m

  1. Fly from Cologne Bonn (CGN) to Milan Bergamo (BGY) CGN - BGY
  2. Take the bus from Bergamo Airport Bus Station to Milan Centrale

35€ - 327€

Train  •  9h 25m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Basel Sbb Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Lugano Ec / ...
  3. Take the train from Lugano to Milano Centrale Re / ...

88€ - 193€

Bus  •  16h 41m

  1. Take the bus from Leverkusen to Milan N11

44€ - 54€

Drive  •  7h 38m

  1. Drive from Cologne to Milan 825 km

100€ - 150€

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The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Milan is to fly which costs 28€ - 140€ and takes 4h 36m.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Milan is to train and fly which costs 80€ - 270€ and takes 4h 19m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cologne to Milan. However, there are services departing from Köln Heumarkt and arriving at via bazzoni, 14 prima di p.za conciliazione via Leverkusen and via natta dopo via trenno. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16h 41m.

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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 Milano Centrale via Basel SBB and Lugano. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 25m.

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It is 630 km from Cologne to Milan. It is approximately 825 km to drive.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Milan without a car is to train which takes 9h 25m and costs 85€ - 200€.

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It takes approximately 4h 35m to get from Cologne to Milan, including transfers.

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

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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 36m and costs 28€ - 140€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 85€ - 200€ and takes 9h 25m, you could also bus, which costs 40€ - 55€ and takes 16h 41m.

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  • Distance: 630.3 km
  • Duration: 4h 35m

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

Eurowings and Lufthansa fly from Cologne to Milan twice daily. Alternatively, you can take a train from Cologne to Milan via Basel SBB and Lugano in around 9h 25m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 32m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
75€ - 340€
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
120€ - 600€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
150€ - 420€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
150€ - 420€
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 440€
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
45€ - 210€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
100€ - 260€
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
40€ - 160€
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
120€ - 310€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
10€ - 130€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Milan Linate via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
90€ - 310€
Train operators
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
11€ - 14€
Website
National Express Rail
ABELLIO Rail
Phone
0800 2235546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
ABELLIO Rail
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
ABELLIO Rail NRW GmbH
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Köln Hbf to D-Flughafen Bf
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio NRW
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
32 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
17€ - 24€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
3h 53m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
85€ - 120€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
3h 36m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
50€ - 70€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
40€ - 75€
Website
Thalys
Standard
40€ - 55€
Comfort
50€ - 70€
Premium
50€ - 75€
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 Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
18€ - 45€
Website
Dutch Railways (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
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
40€ - 60€
1st Class
65€ - 95€
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
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
4h 43m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
45€ - 65€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Basel Sbb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
27€ - 40€
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 Lugano
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
70€ - 130€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Lugano to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
19€ - 35€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Bus operators
Autostradale
Phone
+39 02 3008 9000
Email
info@autostradale.it
Website
autostradale.it
Bus from Bergamo Airport Bus Station to Milan Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
5€ - 10€
Website
Autostradale
Website
Autostradale
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Leverkusen to Milan
Ave. Duration
14h 40m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
40€ - 55€
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Dusseldorf Airport to Milan Linate Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 25m.

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

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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 825 km. It takes approximately 7h 38m to drive from Cologne to Milan.

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Alitalia and KLM offer flights from Dusseldorf Airport to Milan Linate Airport.

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There are 4305+ hotels available in Milan. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Cologne Bonn Airport is to train which takes 11 min and costs 3€ - 17€.

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