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There are 8 ways to get from Malmö to Cologne by plane, train, bus, night train or car

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Fly to Dusseldorf, train  •  4h 45m

  1. Fly from Copenhagen (CPH) to Dusseldorf (DUS) CPH - DUS
  2. Take the train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf

79€ - 336€

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Bus  •  16h

  1. Take the bus from Copenhagen central train station to Leverkusen 073

41€ - 52€

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Fly to Cologne Bonn  •  6h 11m

  1. Fly from Copenhagen (CPH) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) CPH - CGN

81€ - 358€

Fly to Frankfurt, train  •  5h 3m

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

92€ - 311€

Train via København H  •  10h 20m

  1. Take the train from Malmö Centralstation to København H 029
  2. Take the train from København H to Hamburg Hbf Ic
  3. Take the train from Hamburg Hbf to Koeln Hbf Ice / ...

71€ - 192€

Train  •  12h 2m

  1. Take the train from Malmö Centralstation to Hamburg Hbf Snälltåget
  2. Take the train from Hamburg Dammtor to Koeln Hbf Ice / ...

62€ - 190€

Night train, train  •  11h 42m

  1. Take the night train from Malmo C to Hamburg Hbf 301 / ...
  2. Take the train from Hamburg Hbf to Koeln Hbf Ice / ...

43€ - 145€

Drive  •  8h 9m

  1. Drive from Malmö to Cologne 913 km

100€ - 160€

Malmö to Cologne by trains

The train journey time between Malmö and Cologne is around 10h 2m and covers a distance of around 973 km. The fastest train normally takes 9h 13m. Operated by Öresundståg, Danish Railways (DSB), Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express and others, the Malmö to Cologne train service departs from Malmö Centralstation and arrives in Koeln Hbf. Typically 21 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
10h 2m
Fastest train time:
9h 13m
Trains per week:
21
Cheapest price:
124€
Carbon emissions:
51 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
06:33
Last train departs at:
14:33

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Malmö to Cologne train schedules

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  • Pre-arrival health declaration
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Cologne is 116 117.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Cologne is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Cologne is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 116 117.

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The cheapest way to get from Malmö to Cologne is to bus which costs 400 kr - 550 kr and takes 16h.

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The quickest way to get from Malmö to Cologne is to fly and train which costs 750 kr - 3400 kr and takes 4h 45m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Malmö station to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Malmö central train station and arriving at Köln Heumarkt via Copenhagen central train station and Leverkusen Leverkusen Mitte Bf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16h.

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No, there is no direct train from Malmö station to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Malmö Centralstation and arriving at Koeln Hbf via København H and Hamburg Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10h 20m.

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The distance between Malmö and Cologne is 657 km. The road distance is 913 km.

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The best way to get from Malmö to Cologne without a car is to train via København H which takes 10h 20m and costs 700 kr - 2000 kr.

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It takes approximately 4h 45m to get from Malmö to Cologne, including transfers.

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Malmö to Cologne bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Copenhagen central train station.

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Malmö to Cologne train services, operated by Snälltåget, depart from Malmö Centralstation.

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The best way to get from Malmö to Cologne is to fly which takes 6h 11m and costs 800 kr - 3700 kr. Alternatively, you can train via København H, which costs 700 kr - 2000 kr and takes 10h 20m, you could also bus, which costs 400 kr - 550 kr and takes 16h.

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Map of how to get from Malmö to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 656.6 km
  • Duration: 4h 45m

What companies run services between Malmö, Sweden and Cologne, Germany?

Lufthansa, Ryanair and six other airlines fly from Malmö to Cologne hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Malmö to Cologne via København H and Hamburg Hbf in around 10h 20m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Copenhagen to Cologne Bonn via Munich
Ave. Duration
5h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
260€ - 600€
Flights from Copenhagen to Cologne Bonn via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
6h 46m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
190€ - 480€
Flights from Copenhagen to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
95€ - 600€
Flights from Copenhagen to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
95€ - 600€
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Copenhagen to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
75€ - 340€
Flights from Copenhagen to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
95€ - 600€
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Copenhagen to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
45€ - 150€
Flights from Copenhagen to Cologne Bonn via Dusseldorf, Berlin Brandenburg Apt
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
70€ - 240€
Flights from Copenhagen to Cologne Bonn via Dusseldorf, Hamburg
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Monday and Tuesday
Estimated price
60€ - 230€
Flights from Copenhagen to Cologne Bonn via Berlin Brandenburg Apt
Ave. Duration
3h 36m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
50€ - 210€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Copenhagen to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 320€
Flights from Copenhagen to Frankfurt via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 390€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Copenhagen to Cologne Bonn via London Stansted
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
19€ - 95€
Flights from Copenhagen to Cologne Bonn via Kaunas
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
24€ - 110€
Flights from Copenhagen to Cologne Bonn via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
35€ - 130€
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Copenhagen to Frankfurt via Brussels
Ave. Duration
3h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 370€
Train operators
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
11€ - 14€
Website
National Express Rail
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
ABELLIO Rail
Phone
0800 2235546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Düsseldorf Flughafen to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
ABELLIO Rail
ABELLIO Rail NRW GmbH
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 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 Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
50€ - 70€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Hamburg Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 2m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
80€ - 120€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Hamburg Dammtor to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
80€ - 120€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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 Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
17€ - 24€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Hamburg Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 36m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
75€ - 110€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Hamburg Dammtor to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 43m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
75€ - 110€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
40€ - 75€
Website
Thalys
Standard
40€ - 55€
Comfort
50€ - 70€
Premium
50€ - 75€
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

Austria's national railway system is not only punctual, reliable and efficient, but offers free wifi to boot. Choose from high-speed intercity Railjet trains, overnight Nightjet trains and regional services such as Cityjet. ÖBB also operates international routes that connect cities in Austria with adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia. If you're planning to be in Austria for a while, consider the ÖBB Vorteilscard, an annual railcard that offers discounts on routes within Austria and in neighbouring countries.

Contact Details
Phone
05 17 17
Website
oebb.at
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
2h 6m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
29€ - 40€
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
Öresundståg
Phone
0771-77 77 11
Email
bokningssupporten@oresundstag.se
Website
oresundstag.se
Train from Malmö Centralstation to København H
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
9€ - 13€
Website
Öresundståg
Danish Railways (DSB)
Phone
70 13 14 15
Website
dsb.dk
Train from Malmö C to København H
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
8€ - 12€
Website
Danish Railways (DSB)
Train from København H to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 38m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
Danish Railways (DSB)
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 Hamburg Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 4m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Hamburg Dammtor to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 12m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Hamburg central station to Cologne central station
Ave. Duration
4h 7m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
22€ - 28€
Website
Flixtrain
Snälltåget
Phone
+46 771-26 00 00
Email
snalltaget@snalltaget.se
Website
snalltaget.se
Train from Malmö Centralstation to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
7h 36m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
21€ - 26€
Website
Snälltåget
Night train from Malmo C to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
7h 36m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
21€ - 26€
Website
Snälltåget
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Copenhagen central train station to Leverkusen
Ave. Duration
12h 50m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
35€ - 45€
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Copenhagen Airport to Dusseldorf Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Malmö to Cologne is 913 km. It takes approximately 8h 9m to drive from Malmö to Cologne.

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KLM, Eurowings and Scandinavian Airlines offer flights from Copenhagen Airport to Dusseldorf Airport.

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The best way to get from Malmö to Copenhagen Airport is to train which takes 21 min and costs 80 kr - 120 kr.

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