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Bus Information between Munich and Cologne

distanceDistance282 miles (455 km)
durationAverage bus duration8 h 15 min
priceAverage bus ticket price$22 (€19)
changesDirect busYes
carriersBus providersFlixbus or BlaBlaCar

Buses from Munich to Cologne cover the 282 miles (455 km) long route taking on average 8 h 15 min with our travel partners like Flixbus or BlaBlaCar. There are direct bus services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around $22 (€19), you can find the cheapest bus ticket for as low as $19 (€16). Travelers depart most frequently from München Hbf and arrive in Köln, Köln Bonn Airport.

Bus companies

FlixBus buses from Munich to Cologne

Find the best buses from Munich to Cologne with Omio's travel partners FlixBus from $19 (€16). We can find you the best deals, schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the best journey.

FlixBus

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.

    Read on for COVID-19 recommendations and policies for your FlixBus bus ticket to Cologne from Munich:

    • Exceptions to waive change or cancellation fees policy
    • All bookings can be canceled up to 15 minutes before departure (a fee may apply).
    • Cancellations made 30 days before departure are free of charge.
    • Canceled tickets are refunded as a voucher, which is valid for 12 months, and is the value of the original booking (minus a cancellation fee, if applicable).
    • Cashless payments recommended
    • Online booking and check-in recommended

    Bus from Munich to Cologne

    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.

    How long is the journey by bus from Munich to Cologne? 

    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.

    How many buses are there from Munich to Cologne? 

    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.

    Where do buses from Munich to Cologne depart from and arrive to?

    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.

    Which bus providers travel from Munich to Cologne?

    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.

    FlixBus Munich to Cologne

    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. 

     Munich to Cologne Bus: Onboard Services

    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.

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    Bus to Cologne from Munich
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    FAQs
    How much are cheap buses from Munich to Cologne?
    Bus tickets between Munich and Cologne for some dates and times can be found for as cheap as $19 (€16)  one way in the next 7 days.
    How much does it cost to take a bus from Munich to Cologne?
    In the next 7 days you can expect to pay on average $22 (€19)  for a bus ticket between Munich and Cologne.
    How far is it from Munich to Cologne by bus?
    When traveling this route you should expect the distance from Munich to Cologne by bus to be approximately 282 miles (455 km).
    How long is a bus to Cologne from Munich on average?
    While the time it takes to travel 282 miles (455 km) from Munich to Cologne can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays, the Munich to Cologne bus journey time is on average 8 h 15 min.
    When traveling by bus from Munich to Cologne, which bus station in Munich do I depart from and which bus station in Cologne do I arrive in?

    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 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.

    Where is the Munich bus station located? Where is the Cologne bus station located?

    Passengers board their bus most frequently from München Hbf and travel around 0.8 miles (1.3 km) from the city center to this bus station.

    Passengers traveling this route most often arrive at Köln, Köln Bonn Airport and need to travel approximately 8.1 miles (13.1 km) from the bus station to the city center in Cologne.

    Which bus companies can get me from Munich to Cologne?
    When taking a bus from Munich to Cologne, you can count on Flixbus or BlaBlaCar for the best way to get you to Cologne. You can also check all possible bus providers who offer a service between Munich and Cologne and compare the amenities they offer before buying a bus ticket.
    When can I take the first bus from Munich to Cologne? When can I take the last bus for the day?
    The first Munich to Cologne bus departs at 7: 00 AM   and the last bus from Munich to Cologne leaves at 9: 10 PM. Check out the most up-to-date bus schedule from Munich to Cologne on Omio and find the best time to travel to your destination.
    How early should I purchase Munich to Cologne bus tickets to get the best deals?
    You can find buses to Cologne from Munich to cost on average $22 (€19) one way if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend buying bus tickets in advance to score the best deals and save money on your trip. You’ll see tickets for the Munich to Cologne bus generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.