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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  •  4h 30m

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

€50 - €140

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Rideshare  •  6h

  1. Take the rideshare from Munich to Cologne 573.2 km

€22 - €35

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Bus via Koeln/Bonn Flughafen  •  9h 37m

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

€22 - €43

Bus  •  10h 30m

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

€30 - €40

Night train  •  8h 1m

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

€50 - €70

Drive  •  4h 55m

  1. Drive from Munich to Cologne 573.5 km

€60 - €95

Fly to Cologne Bonn  •  3h 1m

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

€50 - €276

Fly to Dusseldorf, train  •  3h 50m

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

€88 - €374

Fly to Frankfurt, train  •  3h 43m

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

€107 - €269

Fly to Dortmund, train  •  4h 51m

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

€78 - €285

Munich to Cologne by train

The train journey time between Munich and Cologne is around 5h 9m and covers a distance of around 572 km. The fastest train normally takes 4h 47m. Operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, ÖBB EuroCity, Deutsche Bahn Intercity and others, the Munich to Cologne train service departs from Muenchen Hbf and arrives in Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12. Typically 87 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
5h 9m
Fastest train time:
4h 47m
Train distance:
572 km
Trains per week:
87
Cheapest price:
€50
Carbon emissions:
30 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
03:48
Last train departs at:
18:03

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Munich to Cologne train schedules

Munich → Cologne
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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

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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.

Last updated: 2 Aug 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Munich to Cologne is to Bus via Koeln/Bonn Flughafen which costs €22 - €45 and takes 9h 37m.

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The quickest way to get from Munich to Cologne is to fly which costs €45 - €280 and takes 3h 1m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Munich station to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Munich central bus station and arriving at Köln Heumarkt via Leverkusen Leverkusen Mitte Bf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10h 30m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Muenchen Hbf and arriving at Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 30m.

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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 30m and costs €50 - €140.

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The train from Muenchen Hbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 takes 4h 30m including transfers and departs hourly.

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

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

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The best way to get from Munich to Cologne is to train which takes 4h 30m and costs €50 - €140. Alternatively, you can Bus via Koeln/Bonn Flughafen, which costs €22 - €45 and takes 9h 37m, you could also fly, which costs €45 - €280 and takes 3h 1m.

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Map of how to get from Munich to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 456 km
  • Duration: 4h 30m

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

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Muenchen Hbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 hourly. Tickets cost €95 - €140 and the journey takes 4h 30m. Three other operators also service this route. Alternatively, Union Ivkoni operates a bus from München to Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport twice a week. Tickets cost €19 - €27 and the journey takes 9h 12m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Munich to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€55 - €340
Flights from Munich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €320
Flights from Munich to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €290
Flights from Munich to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
€500 - €4600
Flights from Munich to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€70 - €290
Flights from Munich to Dortmund
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€50 - €330
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Munich to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€45 - €400
Flights from Munich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€95 - €350
Flights from Munich to Dortmund
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€50 - €330
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Munich to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
€500 - €4600
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 Muenchen Hbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€95 - €140
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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
ÖBB EuroCity
Website
oebb.at
Train from Muenchen Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
5h 56m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€50 - €75
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
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 Muenchen Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€95 - €140
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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 7m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€50 - €70
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
ÖBB Intercity
Website
oebb.at
Train from Muenchen Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€55 - €85
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€11 - €14
Website
National Express Rail
Train from Holzwickede to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€21 - €26
Website
National Express Rail
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
ABELLIO Rail
Phone
0800 2235546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Düsseldorf Flughafen to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
41 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
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€40 - €75
Website
Thalys
Standard
€40 - €55
Comfort
€50 - €70
Premium
€50 - €75
Bus operators
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from München to Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport
Ave. Duration
9h 12m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€19 - €27
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
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 Munich central bus station to Leverkusen
Ave. Duration
9h 10m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€30 - €40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Munich to Cologne
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€22 - €35
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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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 bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Leverkusen station.

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

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

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Munich and Cologne. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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