|Distance||282 miles (455 km)|
|Average train duration||4 h 39 min|
|Average train ticket price||$42 (€33)|
|Train frequency||12 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 12 direct trains a day|
|Train providers||Deutsche Bahn or ÖBB | Nightjet|
Trains from Cologne to Munich cover the 282 miles (455 km) long trip taking on average 4 h 39 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn or ÖBB | Nightjet. Normally, there are 12 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around $42 (€33), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $22 (€18). Travelers depart most frequently from Köln Hbf and arrive in München Hbf.
For as little as $22 (€18) you can travel by train from Cologne to Munich with Deutsche Bahn. Omio will show you the best deals, schedules and tickets available for this journey.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) is Germany’s main provider of train services and makes on average about 40, 000 domestic and international journeys per day. Deutsche Bahn’s fleet of trains includes the high-speed ICE (Intercity Express) as well as the IC (Intercity), EC (Eurocity), IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional Express) and RB (Regionalbahn), which differ in terms of comfort and the time needed to travel. For example, while toilets are standard amenities, services like onboard restaurants or free WiFi are only available on certain train types and routes. Deutsche Bahn is well-known for its wide range of fares like Super Saver, Saver, and Flexible and discount cards like the Bahncard 25, 50 and 100, which you can also use for your Cologne to Munich train.
Train information from Cologne to Munich with Deutsche Bahn:
Deutsche Bahn has the following ticket policies due to COVID-19, which you should be aware of when booking and traveling by train from Cologne to Munich:
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 €.
There are a few train stations in Cologne to start your trip from including Köln Hbf, Köln Messe/Deutz and Köln/Bonn Flughafen. In Munich you have a few train station options to choose from for your arrival including München Hbf, München Hackerbrücke and München Marienplatz.
Omio customers traveling this route depart most frequently from Köln Hbf and arrive in München Hbf.
You can find the most popular departure train station for this journey, Köln Hbf, located approximately 1 mile (s) / 1 km from the city center of Cologne. The most popular arrival train station in Munich, called München Hbf, is located around 1 mile (s) / 1 km away from its city center.
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