The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.
The average ticket from Cologne to Munich will cost around $ 151 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 88.
Find all the dates and times for this journey
4 h 20 m
5 h 2 m
Trains per day
Of the 50 trains that leave Cologne for Munich every day 28 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
These direct trains cover the 456 km distance in an average of 5 h 2 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 4 h 20 m .
The slowest trains will take 7 h 32 m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.
|Avg. Train Duration:|
6 hours 20 minutes
|Train Ticket Price:||$39|
|Trains depart from:||Cologne|
|Trains arrive in:||Munich|
|Train Companies:||Deutsche Bahn|
The train connections between Cologne and Munich have direct daily connections without changing trains, as well as with a change in Mannheim.
The train Cologne - Munich usually runs via Mannheim. On the route either ICE trains of Deutschen Bahn run as a direct connection, or there is a combination of IC and ICE. Only the quite long connection via Mainz and Darmstadt consists of trips with ICE, regional train and €city. ICE trains usually have an on-board restaurant. In the Intercity trains you can take a limited number of bicycles with you - in €city you have to reserve a seat beforehand.
The trips to Munich start at Cologne Central Station or in Cologne Messe/Deutz. This can be easily reached with the S-Bahn. Lines S6, S11, S12, S13 and S19 stop at the two S-Bahn platforms in the main hall. You can also take the tram Straßenbahn from Cologne. Lines 5, 16 and 18 stop at the two stops "Dom/Hauptbahnhof" and "Breslauer Platz/Hauptbahnhof". Last but not least you can reach the station by bus lines 132, 133, 250, 260, 978, N26 and SB40.
To Cologne Messe/Deutz train station, you also have a number of light train lines, buses and suburban train lines to choose from to get there.
Cologne Central Station
The journey Cologne - Munich ends at Munich Central Station (Hauptbahnhof), from where you can comfortably continue by local transport to your destination. On the underground platforms, the U-Bahn lines U1, U2, U4, U5, U7 run (the U8 only runs on Saturdays). Also the S-Bahn, with the lines S1, S2, S3, S4, S6, S7 and S8 is suitable for a fast onward journey - especially for travelers whose destination are the suburbs of the Bavarian capital. The tram lines 17, 19, 20, 21, 22 and the night lines N16, N19 and N20 stop in front of the reception building on Bahnhofsplatz. Lines 20, 21, 22 and N22 can also be reached at the northern exit of the station. There are also bus lines 58 and 200 (direction Bahnhof München-Ost).
Munich Central Station
How many days before the trip should I buy my train tickets? Deutsche Bahn has a contingent of cheap tickets at economy prices.
How much does a train ticket from Cologne to Munich cost? Cheap train tickets from Cologne to Munich start at about 19,90 €, but you should book 2 months in advance. For later bookings the ticket costs between 79 € and 120 €.