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

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Train

  1. Take the train from München Hbf to Köln Deutz Messe/Deutz Bf

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Rideshare

  1. Take the rideshare from Munich to Cologne

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Bus via Munich Airport Terminal 2

  1. Take the bus from Munich Airport Terminal 2 to Cologne / Bonn Airport Busterminal

Bus

  1. Take the bus from Zob to Köln Flughafen Köln/Bonn Flughafen Terminal 2

Night train

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

Drive

  1. Drive from Munich to Cologne

Train, fly to Cologne Bonn

  1. Take the train from Marienplatz to Flughafen München
  2. Fly from Munich (MUC) to Cologne Bonn (CGN)

Train, fly to Dusseldorf

  1. Take the train from Marienplatz to Flughafen München
  2. Fly from Munich (MUC) to Dusseldorf (DUS)
  3. Take the train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

Train, fly to Frankfurt

  1. Take the train from Marienplatz to Flughafen München
  2. Fly from Munich (MUC) to Frankfurt (FRA)
  3. Take the train from Frankfurt to Köln Deutz Messe/Deutz Bf

Train, fly to Muenster

  1. Take the train from Marienplatz to Flughafen München
  2. Fly from Munich (MUC) to Muenster (FMO)
  3. Take the train from Münster Hauptbahnhof to Köln Hbf

Munich to Cologne by train

The train journey time between Munich and Cologne is around 4h 25m and covers a distance of around 571 km. Operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, Flixtrain and ÖBB EuroCity, the Munich to Cologne train service departs from München Hbf and arrives in Köln Deutz Messe/Deutz Bf. Typically 195 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

195 Weekly Trains
4h 25m Average Duration
€28 Cheapest Price
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The cheapest way to get from Munich to Cologne is to rideshare which costs €22 - €40 and takes 6h.

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The quickest way to get from Munich to Cologne is to train and fly which costs €65 - €280 and takes 3h 13m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from München Hbf and arriving at Köln Deutz Messe/Deutz Bf. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 25m.

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It is 456 km from Munich to Cologne. It is approximately 573.5 km to drive.

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The best way to get from Munich to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 4h 25m and costs €28 - €140.

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The train from München Hbf to Köln Deutz Messe/Deutz Bf takes 4h 25m including transfers and departs hourly.

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Munich to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from München Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Munich to Cologne is to train which takes 4h 25m and costs €28 - €140. Alternatively, you can bus via Munich Airport Terminal 2, which costs €27 - €55 and takes 6h 7m.

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

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Munich to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Köln Deutz Messe/Deutz Bf station.

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  • Distance: 456 km
  • Duration: 4h 25m

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

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from München Hbf to Köln Deutz Messe/Deutz Bf hourly. Tickets cost €95 - €140 and the journey takes 4h 25m. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, RegioJet operates a bus from Munich Airport Terminal 2 to Cologne / Bonn Airport Busterminal twice a week. Tickets cost €16 - €23 and the journey takes 4h 5m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Munich to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €400
Flights from Munich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€95 - €420
Flights from Munich to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€95 - €420
Flights from Munich to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€90 - €480
Flights from Munich to Frankfurt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€90 - €480
Flights from Munich to Frankfurt via Dresden
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€90 - €480
Flights from Munich to Frankfurt via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€90 - €480
Flights from Munich to Frankfurt via Basel
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€90 - €480
Flights from Munich to Frankfurt via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€90 - €480
Flights from Munich to Muenster
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €420
Flights from Munich to Muenster via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€100 - €420
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Munich to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€70 - €310
Flights from Munich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€75 - €320
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Munich to Frankfurt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€90 - €480
Flights from Munich to Frankfurt via Basel
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€90 - €480
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 München Hbf to Köln Deutz Messe/Deutz Bf
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€95 - €140
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Frankfurt to Köln Deutz Messe/Deutz Bf
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€35 - €50
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Münster Hauptbahnhof to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€35 - €50
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from München Hbf to Köln Süd Bf
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€28 - €35
Website
Flixtrain
Train from Münster Hauptbahnhof to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 48m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€10 - €13
Website
Flixtrain
ÖBB EuroCity
Website
oebb.at
Train from Muenchen Hbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
€50 - €75
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Österreichische Bundesbahnen
Website
delfi.de
Night train from München Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
8h 1m
Frequency
Once a week
Schedules at
delfi.de
Urlaubs-Express
Phone
+49 (0) 221 800 20 820
Email
info@urlaubs-express.de
Website
urlaubs-express.de
Night train from München Ost to Köln Messe/Deutz
Ave. Duration
8h 28m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€95 - €120
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Urlaubs-Express
Deutsche Bahn Regional

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 311682904
Website
bahn.com
Train from Marienplatz to Flughafen München
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
€7 - €11
Website
Deutsche Bahn Regional
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
€11 - €14
Website
National Express Rail
Train from Muenster(Westf)Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 3m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€35 - €45
Website
National Express Rail
ABELLIO Rail
Phone
0800 2235546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Düsseldorf Flughafen to Köln Messe/Deutz
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
ABELLIO Rail
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Messe/Deutz
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Website
Abellio
Bus operators
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Munich Airport Terminal 2 to Cologne / Bonn Airport Busterminal
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€16 - €23
Website
RegioJet
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 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zob to Köln Flughafen Köln/Bonn Flughafen Terminal 2
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€27 - €35
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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Karat-S
Phone
+359 2 8120810
Email
operations@eurolines.bg
Website
karat-s.com
Bus from Munich Central Bus Station to Cologne / Bonn Airport Busterminal
Ave. Duration
10h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€45 - €65
Website
Karat-S
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 Munich to Cologne
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€22 - €40
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Munich to Cologne is 574 km. It takes approximately 4h 55m to drive from Munich to Cologne.

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

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Book your Munich to Cologne train tickets online with Omio and FlixBus.

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