There are 12 ways to get from Cologne to Munich by train, bus, rideshare, car 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 23 min

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

$110 - $160

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Rideshare  •  6 h

  1. Take the rideshare from Cologne to Munich 358.8 miles

$24 - $45

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Train via München Ost  •  4 h 48 min

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

$124 - $176

Bus via Nuremberg  •  9 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Cologne to Nuremberg
  2. Take the bus from Nuremberg to Munich, Munich central bus station 037 / ...

$51 - $83

Bus  •  12 h 33 min

  1. Take the bus from Cologne Hbf to München ZOB

$55 - $110

Drive  •  5 h 20 min

  1. Drive from Cologne to Munich 359 miles

$75 - $110

Fly from Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  3 h 6 min

  1. Fly from Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) to Munich (MUC) CGN - MUC

$79 - $241

Train to Dusseldorf, fly  •  3 h 40 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

$80 - $204

Train to Frankfurt, fly  •  3 h 39 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Munich (MUC) FRA - MUC

$122 - $278

Train to Dortmund, fly  •  4 h 34 min

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

$87 - $263

Train to Muenster, fly  •  5 h 15 min

  1. Take the train from Köln, Dom / Hbf to Greven Bf
  2. Fly from Muenster (FMO) to Munich (MUC) FMO - MUC

$150 - $365

Train to Paderborn, fly  •  5 h 31 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Paderborn Hbf
  2. Fly from Paderborn (PAD) to Munich (MUC) PAD - MUC

$157 - $363

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cologne Hbf and arriving at München ZOB. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 12 h 33 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 and arriving at München Hbf. Services depart hourly, and operate Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 4 h 23 min.

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The distance between Cologne and Munich is 456 km. The road distance is 574.4 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Munich without a car is to train which takes 4 h 23 min and costs .

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The train from Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to München Hbf takes 4 h 23 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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

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

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The best way to get from Cologne to Munich is to train which takes 4 h 23 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 9 h 15 min, you could also fly, which costs and takes 3 h 6 min.

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

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

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  • Distance: 285 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 23 min

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

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Cologne to Munich hourly. Tickets cost $110 - $160 and the journey takes 4 h 23 min. Urlaubs-Express also services this route 3 times a week. 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 Apt to Munich
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $480
Flights from Dusseldorf to Munich
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $470
Flights from Frankfurt to Munich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $320
Flights from Frankfurt to Munich via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $320
Flights from Frankfurt to Munich via Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $320
Flights from Frankfurt to Munich via Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $5,500
Flights from Dortmund to Munich
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $340
Flights from Muenster to Munich
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $360
Flights from Muenster to Munich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $360
Flights from Paderborn to Munich
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $340
Flights from Paderborn to Munich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $340
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Munich
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Dusseldorf to Munich
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 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
Royal Jordanian
Website
rj.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Munich
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$100 - $380
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Munich via Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $5,500
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from Frankfurt to Munich via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
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 Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to München Hbf
Ave. Duration
4 h 23 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$110 - $160
Website
bahn.de
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 Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Paderborn Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 21 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
Urlaubs-Express
Phone
+49 (0) 221 800 20 820
Email
info@urlaubs-express.de
Website
urlaubs-express.de
Train from Köln to München Ost
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$110 - $140
Schedules at
urlaubs-express.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
Train from Köln, Dom / Hbf to Greven Bf
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $55
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
Bus from Cologne Hbf to München ZOB
Ave. Duration
12 h 33 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$55 - $110
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 15 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.

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

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

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

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There are 764+ hotels available in Munich. Prices start at $68 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Cologne and Munich. 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 Apt Airport is to train which takes 11 min and costs .

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