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4 h 35 m
5 h 19 m
Buses per day
It's difficult to get from Munich to Cologne without transferring at least once.
|Distance||282 miles (455 km)|
|Average bus duration||8 h 5 min|
|Average bus ticket price||$34 (€33)|
|Bus frequency||10 a day|
|Direct bus||Yes, there are 6 direct buses a day|
|Bus providers||Globtour Medjugorjie d. O. O. Flixbus, BlaBlaCar or BlaBlaCar Bus|
Buses from Munich to Cologne cover the 282 miles (455 km) long journey taking on average 8 h 5 min with our travel partners like Globtour Medjugorjie d. O. O. Flixbus, BlaBlaCar or BlaBlaCar Bus. Normally, there are 10 buses operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest bus tickets for this trip for as low as $23 (€22), but the average price of bus tickets is $34 (€33). Travelers depart most frequently from München Hbf and arrive in Köln, Köln Bonn Airport (Fernbusbahnhof).
FlixBus and BlaBlaCar Bus buses will get you to Cologne from Munich from $23 (€22). With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best bus times and tickets for your trip.
BlaBlaCar Bus (formerly known as Ouibus or iDBUS), a subsidiary of the popular French carpooling company, BlaBlaCar, is a bus company operating long-distance services in 10 countries in Europe. Founded in France, BlaBlaCar Bus provides connections to over 300 destinations. Standard amenities on the buses include air conditioning, toilets, USB and power outlets for charging phones, tablets and laptops during long bus journeys, extra legroom and adjustable seats. On select routes there is also free Wi-Fi available. BlaBlaCar Bus offers only the Standard ticket for all its routes, which allows you to bring one carry-on bag and up to two checked bags per person.
FlixBus is one of Europe's leading low-cost bus companies, founded in Germany and offering long-distance bus services in Europe and the U. S. FlixBus also operates overnight buses on select routes throughout Europe. Standard amenities on FlixBus include free Wi-Fi, power outlets to charge your phone, tablet or laptop during long bus journeys, extra legroom, luggage space and toilets. You can even purchase snacks and drinks onboard. FlixBus offers only the Standard ticket for all its routes, which allows you to bring one carry-on luggage and one checked bag per person. Additional fees apply for extra luggage and specific seat reservations, such as if you want to book an Extra Seat, Table Seat or the Panorama Seat.
FlixBus from Munich to Cologne bus information:
The journey by bus from Munich to Cologne takes you through Germany's most scenic countryside in 8 to 10 hours. The route is fairly popular, so there are up to 15 departures both weekdays and on the weekend, spread out conveniently throughout the day. Most journeys are direct, especially if the journey takes place overnight. This option is the fastest since the roads stay clear of traffic at night.
The duration of the journey by bus from Munich to Cologne varies according to the time of day and route. The overnight bus tends to be the fastest, with a total journey time of 8 to 9 hours. During the daytime, the travel time may increase, especially if there is a transfer involved. Despite that, there tends to be at least one fast bus during the day as well, with an approximate travel time of 8 hours.
The route from Munich to Cologne is definitely not the road less traveled, with approximately 13 departures daily. Passengers can take their pick from a varied timetable, with around two departures per hour in the morning from around 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. and in the evening between 9.00 p.m. and 10.00 p.m. The first bus from Munich to Cologne leaves just after midnight, while the last one is between 10.00 p.m. and 11.00 p.m. There are departures scheduled in the late afternoon as well, meaning that the journey extends overnight and the arrival is in the small hours of the morning.
Departure bus station: The departure station for most buses from Munich to Cologne is Munich Central Bus Station, abbreviated to ZOB. The station is fairly central, only one stop away by S-Bahn, the overground train, making it possible to reach the city center in around 3 minutes. The Munich Central Bus Station is a modern, vibrant building, accessible by wheelchair, and offering diverse food and drink options, shopping, locker and waiting room facilities, as well as restrooms. Some buses from Munich to Cologne leave from the station Fröttmaning P+R Parkplatz, which is farther away from the Munich city center, 30 to 40 minutes by public transport, with changes. This bus terminal is accessible by wheelchair and has a cafeteria, restrooms, lockers, and a heated waiting area during the colder months.
Arrival bus station: The arrival station for all buses from Munich to Cologne is the Cologne Airport station. The travel time to the city center varies between 20 and 50 minutes and involves changing public transport and trains. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the airport, various food and drink options are to be found on-site, and it is accessible to people with disabilities.
The journey by bus from Munich to Cologne is operated by the company FlixBus, which covers the connecting buses as well if that should be the case with your journey.
On the route from Munich to Cologne, FlixBus operates up to 15 departures daily, with the frequency slightly increasing towards the weekend. Most of the buses are direct. The journeys requiring changes includes a waiting time of approximately one hour in the transfer station.
With the FlixBus, there is are no class differentiated seating options but all seats offer plenty of legroom. For a small fee, travelers have the option of choosing their seats. The FlixBus luggage policy states that travelers can take 1 piece of carry-on, like a backpack, and have 2 pieces of checked-in luggage. The carry-on luggage must not exceed 15lbs, while the checked luggage can weigh up to 44lbs. Free WiFi is provided onboard all throughout the trip and there is a restroom available for passengers, but be sure to bring sanitizer, as not all buses have running water. Unfortunately, only Certified Service animals are allowed on the FlixBus. Bikes can be taken on board, as the buses from Munich to Cologne have a special holder. Travelers with limited mobility must contact the provider's Customer Service, at least 7 days prior to the trip. Unfortunately, not all vehicles have the necessary facilities for people using a wheelchair, so special arrangements have to be made. Wheelchairs must have certain features, so be sure to get in contact with FlixBus to set up the final details for your trip by bus from Munich to Cologne.
Some of the Munich bus stations to Cologne you can start your journey from include München, ZOB, Munich, Goeppert Mayer Straße/ Frottmain and Munich, Hauptbahnhof Nord. Similarly, some of the arrival bus stations in Cologne include Köln, Köln Bonn Airport (Fernbusbahnhof) and Cologne, Siegburger Street (Access Tankstelle).
When traveling this route, Omio customers are departing most frequently from München Hbf and arriving in Köln, Köln Bonn Airport (Fernbusbahnhof).
Passengers board the bus most frequently from München Hbf, which is located around 2.3 miles (3.7 km) away from the city center, and they get off the bus at Köln, Köln Bonn Airport (Fernbusbahnhof), located 8.1 miles (13.1 km) away from the city center.
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