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Train Information between Cologne and Munich

distanceDistance282 miles (455 km)
durationAverage train duration4 h 39 min
priceAverage train ticket price$42 (€33)
frequencyTrain frequency12 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 12 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersDeutsche 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.

Train companies

Deutsche Bahn from Cologne to Munich

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

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:

  • Average Duration:
  • Deutsche Bahn frequency: 12 a day

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:

  • Normal conditions apply
  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended

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.

Which train companies travel from Cologne to Munich?

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.

At which station does the train start in Cologne

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.

Connection of train stations in Cologne

Cologne Central Station

  • subway. 16, 18
  • S-Bahn. S6, S11, S12, S13, S19
  • bus. SB40, 132, 133, 250, 260, 978

Cologne Fair/Deutz

  • subway. 1,3,4 and 9
  • S-Bahn. S6, S11, S12, S13, S19
  • bus. 150, 153, 196, 250, 260

Which train station does the train arrive at in Munich?

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).

Connection to train stations in Munich

Munich Central Station

  • subway. U1, U2, U4, U5, U7, U8
  • S-Bahn. S1, S2, S3, S4, S5, S6, S7, S8
  • bus. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22

How do I find cheap train tickets from Cologne to Munich?

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 €.


Deutsche Bahn trains from Cologne to Munich

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Deutsche Bahn is the main railroad company in Germany. On average, about 40,000 train journeys are made in Germany every day. A special feature of Deutsche Bahn is its wide range of ticket types—make savings with offers such as the Sparpreis ticket or apply discount cards with the BahnCard. Check whether you can also use them on the DB route from Cologne to Munich. You can find information on ticket cancelation in our Help Center.

DB has different types of trains such as the ICE (Intercity Express), IC (Intercity), EC (Eurocity), RE (Regional Express) and RB (Regionalbahn) on its railroads, which differ in terms of comfort and travel time. While restrooms, for example, are part of the standard equipment, other offers such as an on-board restaurant or Wi-Fi access are only available on certain trains. With Omio you can easily check the Deutsche Bahn timetable for your journey from Cologne to Munich and book cheap DB tickets. More information on rail travel in Germany and Europe.


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Travel Tips

Trains from Cologne to Munich
Travel by train to Munich easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Cologne to Munich.
FAQs
How much do cheap train tickets between Cologne and Munich cost?
If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find cheap Cologne to Munich trains for as little as $22 (€18)  in the next 7 days.
How much is a train ticket from Cologne to Munich?
The Cologne to Munich train ticket price is on average $42 (€33)  if you are looking to buy your tickets for this journey in the next week.
How many miles is it from Cologne to Munich by train?
The Cologne to Munich train distance is approximately 282 miles (455 km).
How long is the train ride to Munich from Cologne?
The Cologne to Munich train duration is on average 4 h 39 min, which is to be expected when traveling 282 miles (455 km) between Cologne and Munich. However, the time it takes can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays.
What is the departure train station in Cologne and arrival train station in Munich?

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.

Where do I find the Cologne train station to Munich? Where is the Munich train station?

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.

Which train providers should I travel with from Cologne to Munich?
For the best Cologne to Munich train to book, you can travel safely and comfortably with Deutsche Bahn or ÖBB | Nightjet. However, it's always good to check all possible train providers with services to Munich from Cologne to compare what amenities they may offer.
Are there any direct trains from Cologne to Munich?
Yes, there are 12 direct trains a day between Cologne and Munich. If you’re looking for a direct train, consider traveling with Deutsche Bahn. Nonstop train services tend to offer more convenience and save you time getting you to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to this when booking your train tickets.
How many train services are there between Cologne and Munich a day?
The average number of trains departing Cologne for Munich is 12 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
When can I take the first train from Cologne to Munich? When can I take the last train for the day?
You can take the first train from Cologne to Munich at 7: 55 AM. The last train from Cologne to Munich that you can take departs at 9: 32 PM. Omio shows you the latest train from Cologne to Munich schedule to help you book the best departure time for this route.
How early should I buy train tickets between Cologne and Munich to score the best deals?
In general, we recommend booking tickets for trains in advance to score the best deals from all possible train companies offering this route and save money. If you purchase train tickets from Cologne to Munich within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average $42 (€33) one way. To find the best prices for this route, consider booking your train ticket from Cologne to Munich a few months in advance.
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Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Cologne
Munich
Köln Hbf
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