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8 h 45 m
8 h 45 m
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It's difficult to get from Milan to Cologne without transferring at least once.
|Distance||391 miles (630 km)|
|Average train duration||8 h 45 min|
|Average train ticket price||$201 (€196)|
|Train frequency||1 a day|
|Train providers||ÖBB | Nightjet, Deutsche Bahn or Deutsche Bahn with connection|
Trains from Milan to Cologne cover the 391 miles (630 km) long trip taking on average 8 h 45 min with our travel partners like ÖBB | Nightjet, Deutsche Bahn or Deutsche Bahn with connection. Normally, there is 1 train operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around $201 (€196), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $149 (€145). Travelers depart most frequently from Milano Centrale and arrive in Köln Hbf.
For as little as $149 (€145) you can travel by train between Milan and Cologne with Deutsche Bahn and ÖBB Nightjet. 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 Milan to Cologne train.
One of the best ways to travel to Cologne from Milan is by taking a train with ÖBB Nightjet. Omio helps you find the ideal ÖBB Nightjet train to Cologne from Milan by showing you ÖBB Nightjet current train schedules and timetables, the train tickets on offer (including amenities offered onboard and travel information like baggage allowance) and the best prices for this Milan to Cologne route. You can expect to travel 391 miles (630 km) between Milan and Cologne on a train with ÖBB Nightjet. If you are using the Omio app to search for trains to Cologne from Milan, you can check straight away if the ÖBB Nightjet ticket is a mobile ticket, which makes it easy for you to go paperless when traveling without needing to purchase tickets in person at the train station. Once you’ve found that perfect train, book your ÖBB Nightjet train ticket on Omio quickly and easily, then enjoy your upcoming trip to Cologne from Milan!
The rail link between Milan and Cologne is provided by Deutsche Bahn AG (DB). The first train of the day to Cologne departs from Milan Central around 7:23 and arrives at Köln Hbf around 17:05, taking 9 hours and 42 hours of travel and making a change. While the last train leaves Milan Porta Garibaldi around 00:39 to arrive at Köln Hbf around 13:05, after 12:26 hours making three changes. It is always necessary to make at least one change travelling between Milan and Cologne by train as there is no direct line. The journey time ranges from about 8 hours and 40 minutes to a maximum of 15 hours with three changes. During the weekend there are no changes to the schedules, the trains always travel from 7:30 to 00:30. about
More information on connections in Cologne - Milan train.
There are two railway stations from which trains leave for Cologne, Milano Centrale and Milano Porta Garibaldi, and they can be reached by public transport connections such as buses, subways and taxis. To reach Milano Centrale station you can take the M2 and M3 underground lines or bus n. 1. To reach Porta Garibaldi you can also use the M2 and M3 lines of the underground and buses n. 2 and 37. During the night, direct to Central Station there is the NM3 and Porta Garibaldi the NM2.
Trains from Milan arrive at Köln Hbf or Köln Messe/Deutz, located on the opposite bank of the Rhine River. There are KVB buses to get around.
Köln is a city in the Rhineland that has ancient origins but was completely rebuilt after the bombings of World War II. In Cologne there is a famous carnival during which people dance and sing in disguise through the streets of the city.
Travel by train between Milan, Italy and Cologne, Germany is: Unrestricted.
International entry is allowed for: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Italy
The government of Germany has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
The above information was last checked on 9/24/22. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train from Milan to Cologne closer to your date of departure here
The current restriction level for your return trip by train from Cologne to Milan is: Unrestricted
Reentry to Italy is allowed for: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Germany
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The government of Italy has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
Last checked on 9/19/22. We do our best to keep this information up to date, but regulations can change so please double check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations ahead of your train to Milan from Cologne here.
When taking the train between Milan and Cologne, you can choose to depart from train stations like Milano Centrale, Milano Rogoredo and Milano Porta Garibaldi. Your route can end in train stations such as Köln Hbf, Köln Messe/Deutz and Köln/Bonn Flughafen.
Omio customers who travel this route most frequently depart from Milano Centrale and arrive in Köln Hbf.
Passengers board the train most frequently from Milano Centrale, which is located around 2.3 miles (3.7 km) away from the city center, and they get off the train at Köln Hbf, located 1.1 miles (1.7 km) away from the city center.
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