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

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Train  •  4h 29m

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

€50 - €140

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Rideshare  •  6h

  1. Take the rideshare from Cologne to Munich 573.9 km

€22 - €40

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Bus  •  10h 8m

  1. Take the bus from Leverkusen to Munich central bus station 027

€29 - €40

Bus via Koeln/Bonn Flughafen  •  10h 28m

  1. Take the Bus from Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport to München

€22 - €44

Night train  •  8h 55m

  1. Take the night train from Koeln Hbf to Muenchen Hbf En / ...

€50 - €120

Drive  •  4h 48m

  1. Drive from Cologne to Munich 574.1 km

€60 - €95

Fly from Cologne Bonn  •  2h 59m

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

€49 - €277

Train to Dusseldorf, fly  •  3h 44m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Munich (MUC) DUS - MUC

€87 - €372

Train to Frankfurt, fly  •  3h 27m

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

€89 - €269

Train to Dortmund, fly  •  4h 37m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Holzwickede
  2. Fly from Dortmund (DTM) to Munich (MUC) DTM - MUC

€77 - €286

Cologne to Munich by train

The train journey time between Cologne and Munich is around 5h and covers a distance of around 572 km. The fastest train normally takes 4h 27m. Operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express and Deutsche Bahn Eurocity, the Cologne to Munich train service departs from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 and arrives in Muenchen Hbf. Typically 96 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
5h
Fastest train time:
4h 27m
Train distance:
572 km
Trains per week:
96
Cheapest price:
€50
Carbon emissions:
30 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
05:20
Last train departs at:
19:30

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Cologne to Munich train schedules

Cologne → Munich
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Last updated: 30 Jul 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Munich is to Bus via Koeln/Bonn Flughafen which costs €22 - €45 and takes 10h 28m.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Munich is to fly which costs €45 - €280 and takes 2h 59m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cologne to Munich station. However, there are services departing from Köln Heumarkt and arriving at Munich central bus station via Leverkusen. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10h 8m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 and arriving at Muenchen Hbf. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 29m.

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The distance between Cologne and Munich is 456 km. The road distance is 574.1 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Munich without a car is to train which takes 4h 29m and costs €50 - €140.

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The train from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Muenchen Hbf takes 4h 29m including transfers and departs hourly.

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

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

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The best way to get from Cologne to Munich is to train which takes 4h 29m and costs €50 - €140. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €29 - €40 and takes 10h 8m, you could also fly, which costs €45 - €280 and takes 2h 59m.

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Map of how to get from Cologne to Munich.
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  • Distance: 456 km
  • Duration: 4h 29m

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

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Muenchen Hbf hourly. Tickets cost €95 - €140 and the journey takes 4h 29m. Deutsche Bahn Eurocity also services this route once daily. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Leverkusen to Munich central bus station 5 times a week. Tickets cost €29 - €40 and the journey takes 8h 35m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Munich
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€60 - €320
Flights from Dusseldorf to Munich
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €310
Flights from Dusseldorf to Munich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €290
Flights from Dusseldorf to Munich via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€500 - €4600
Flights from Frankfurt to Munich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€70 - €290
Flights from Frankfurt to Munich via Prague
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€70 - €290
Flights from Dortmund to Munich
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€50 - €330
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Munich
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€45 - €400
Flights from Dusseldorf to Munich
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€90 - €350
Flights from Dortmund to Munich
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€50 - €330
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Munich via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€500 - €4600
Royal Jordanian
Website
rj.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Munich
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
€120 - €290
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 Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 29m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€95 - €140
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
30 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
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 Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
5h 54m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€50 - €75
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
Night train from Koeln Hbf to Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
8h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€50 - €120
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
€50 - €75
1st Class
€85 - €120
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)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
€18 - €26
1st Class
€30 - €45
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
Train from Koeln Hbf to Holzwickede
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€21 - €26
Website
National Express Rail
ABELLIO Rail
Phone
0800 2235546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
38 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

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
2h 6m
Frequency
Once 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
Once daily
Estimated price
€40 - €75
Website
Thalys
Standard
€40 - €55
Comfort
€50 - €70
Premium
€50 - €75
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 Leverkusen to Munich central bus station
Ave. Duration
8h 35m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
€29 - €40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport to München
Ave. Duration
9h 12m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€19 - €27
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. 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 to 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
6h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€22 - €40
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 1h 5m.

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

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Cologne to Munich train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Muenchen Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Munich is 574 km. It takes approximately 4h 48m to drive from Cologne to Munich.

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

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