Munich to Cologne train

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Cheap train tickets and times from Munich to Cologne

Showing times and prices for Jun 25

Cheapest

Fastest Journey

4 h 18 m

Average

4 h 39 m

Trains per day

5

Distance

456 km

Cheap train tickets from Munich to start from $130 with an average ticket price of $144.

The fastest train from Munich to takes 4h 18m in comparison to an average duration of 4h 39m and covers a distance of 456 km.

5 trains that leave Munich for every day with 2 travelling directly.

Cheapest
Deutsche Bahn
08:28AM5h37
Munich Hbf
02:05PMCologne Hbf
$1301One-way
1 transfer
Deutsche Bahn
09:03AM4h30
Munich Hbf
01:33PMCologne Hbf
$1331One-way
2 transfers
Deutsche Bahn
08:43AM4h32
Munich Hbf
01:15PMCologne Messe/Deutz
$1371One-way
0 transfers
Deutsche Bahn
08:46AM4h18
Munich Hbf
01:04PMCologne Hbf
$1511One-way
1 transfer
Deutsche Bahn
08:28AM4h20
Munich Hbf
12:48PMCologne Messe/Deutz
$1671One-way
0 transfers

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Pros
IconHeaters were on
This trip was in 2nd class. It was very cold outside, but inside it was very warm because the heaters were on. The food was very tasty. There were also vegan dishes. The train looked very nice from the outside and also from the inside. The staff were very nice and friendly. There was plenty of room for luggage. The whole thing gets 5 out of 5 stars, I recommend it. In addition, my train arrived on time.
Pros
Iconbeautiful view
That was my outward journey, and I really enjoyed it. There was nothing that struck me as negative. I had many train changes and they all arrived on time. The staff were very humorous and nice. You could borrow earplugs and books, which I thought was great. There was also a lot of attention paid to hygiene, for example disinfectants. My croissant tasted very good and my coffee was of the highest quality and relatively cheap. My view from the train was very nice. You can already imagine that I can only pass on the ride. Great ride, deserved 5 stars.
Pros
IconVery beautiful view
That was a 2nd class journey. It was relatively cheap. I didn't notice anything negative, which is why I recommend it and rate it 5 stars. I liked the wonderful view from the window. The staff had a great sense of humour and were also funny. The food was cheap, delicious and still healthy. There was also disinfectant and co. The train arrived right on time. The wifi had full bars and a digital table always showed where I was.
Pros
IconComfort
IconQuick
IconOn time
IconClean
IconWIFI
Cons
IconPrice
The journey in the ICE was very pleasant and comfortable, although the price is high compared to other means of transport. The interior of the train was clean and modern and there was enough space for luggage. The train was on time and the journey went smoothly. The scenery along the route was beautiful and there was plenty of opportunity to enjoy the views. The service on board was friendly and helpful. Overall it was a great experience, although the price is a criticism, and I would still travel by ICE again if I need the extra comfort and reliable travel.
Pros
Iconpleasant temperature
Cons
Iconsomewhat expensive
At the beginning, I would like to mention the only thing that was negative, and that was the price. The journey in 2nd class cost me €50.90. It's not that expensive, but it is a bit expensive. However, there were many more good things and the best thing, in my opinion, was that it was very comfortable, as the seats were cosy, the temperature was pleasant and very special was that it was very clean. The view was also very nice out of the window and the atmosphere was super cool. My favourite rating for the ride would be 4.6 stars and I can definitely recommend it.
Pros
IconLounger seat
I travelled in 2nd class and was travelling with one person. The great thing was that it was very cosy on the train and the reclining seat was particularly cosy and I was provided with this in 2nd class. In general it was very comfortable. The toilets had a pleasant smell. The train arrived on time and there was no emergency change. The staff were very nice and did a good job. It gets 5 out of 5 stars as my ticket was also cheap. Greetings go out to the nice driver who had chatted to us before the journey and came across as very personable.
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Iconclean toilets
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Iconsomewhat expensive
It was a long journey, but it didn't feel long because the staff kept you very entertained and it was very quiet on the train. The first thing I want to mention is the work of the service. It was great! Then we come to a negative point, and that is the price, it was unfortunately a bit expensive, but it was definitely worth it as the toilets smelled very good and I felt comfortable when I used them. Then I want to mention that I had a super view from the window. I can definitely recommend it. Finally, I wanted to say that Cologne is a very beautiful city.
Pros
IconOn time
IconClean
Cons
IconBoard bistro
We took a short trip to Munich and travelled there and back with the DB. The train on the return journey was extremely punctual, which I didn't expect at all. In addition, the toilet was clean this time too. A big plus. The only thing that really bothered me was that the Board Bistro was sold almost empty. So I didn't have the opportunity to eat something hot. A great pity. The journey was pleasant. The staff were very friendly. Unfortunately, as always with DB, the ticket was very expensive. But it was environmentally friendly.
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IconFast ride
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IconTrain delay
The journey was very fast, the train was warm and the tickets were unbeatable cheap. The atmosphere was very pleasant. My wifi was very good. The journey was in first class, with a very comfortable seat. I have an absolutely positive experience with this train journey. I can recommend it to others, as it was also very cheap. Also, greetings go out to the friendly driver.
Pros
IconPunctuality, nice staff
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IconI did not like the food
My journey in second class was great. The train was there five minutes faster than it should have been. I felt comfortable while using the toilets. The train was also very clean. I can recommend it because it's great value for money. It was a great ride. I can recommend the second class.
Pros
IconQuiet, relaxed journey without much hustle and bustle
IconThere was wifi and a power socket which made it easy for me to work
IconVery nice service
Cons
IconI arrived a little later than expected
IconHigh ticket price
Travelling by train from Munich to Cologne was extremely pleasant for me personally. The relaxed atmosphere and the opportunity to admire the beautiful scenery along the route made the journey a thoroughly positive experience. The absence of any travelling stress allowed me to concentrate fully on the surroundings and enjoy the journey to the full. The fact that there was wifi on the train was definitely a big plus. This allowed me to use my travelling time extremely productively - be it by working on projects, answering emails or simply relaxing and surfing the internet. This convenience added extra value to the train journey. The journey time was acceptable to me and there were no significant delays to disrupt my plans. In addition, the train journey allowed me to relax and arrive fresh at my destination, as opposed to the exhaustion of a long car journey or flight. The comfort and quietness of the train was particularly remarkable. The seats were extremely comfortable and the overall atmosphere contributed to a pleasant travelling experience. To summarise, I can recommend the train journey from Munich to Cologne without reservation - a journey I will gladly take again in the future.
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IconReception
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The train journey took just under 6 hours. Things that speak in favour of buying the ticket are the exceptional punctuality, the excellent hygiene and, of course, the good wifi reception. The seats were very comfortable and cosy. Another advantage is that the train journey is not only more relaxed, but also cheaper than travelling by car. I didn't have to change trains and recommend the train journey.
Pros
IconComfortable
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IconNone
The journey was very pleasant, the train was well cleaned and the toilets were clean. The train was equipped with working wifi and power sockets. My seat had a small table where I could place my laptop. The staff were very nice and friendly. I had a beautiful view of the German countryside. I personally think the price-performance ratio is pretty fair
Pros
IconPunctual
Cons
IconUnhygienic
The journey began with a thoroughly positive experience: the train was on time to the minute. Unfortunately, on the train I realised that the benches were not particularly clean or hygienic. However, I have to admit that the wifi and reception were very good. The staff also did an excellent job. Unfortunately, I can only award this connection 4 stars.

Overview: Train from Munich to Cologne

distanceDistance282 miles (455 km)
durationAverage train duration4 h 20 min
priceAverage train ticket price$137 (€120)
frequencyTrain frequency1 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there is 1 direct train a day
carriersTrain companiesDeutsche Bahn, FlixTrain or TGV

Trains from Munich to Cologne cover the 282 miles (455 km) long route taking on average 4 h 20 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain or TGV. Normally, there is 1 train operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this trip for as low as $41 (€36), but the average price of train tickets is $137 (€120). Travelers depart most frequently from Munich Hbf and arrive in Cologne Hbf.

Train providers: Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain and TGV from Munich to Cologne trains

Buy your official Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain and TGV train tickets to Cologne from Munich from $41 (€36) with Omio. Find train times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies to compare and book the most popular route.

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 Munich to Cologne train.

Deutsche Bahn from Munich to Cologne train information:

  • Average Duration: 4 h 20 min
  • Cheapest Price: $41
  • Deutsche Bahn frequency: 1 a day

Deutsche Bahn, Inter City Express (ICE), Intercity (IC), Regional Express (RE), Regionalbahn (RB), FlixTrain classes from Munich to Cologne

Check and compare train options, travel classes, and amenities for trains from Munich to Cologne with Deutsche Bahn, Inter City Express (ICE), Intercity (IC), Regional Express (RE), Regionalbahn (RB), FlixTrain

Inter City Express (ICE)

1st class
  • Wi-Fi
  • Power socket at seat
  • Adjustable seat
  • Extra legroom (at least 89 cm)
  • Solo seats available
  • Face-to-face seats available
  • Folding table
  • 3 seat in a row
  • Seat reservation included
  • No dedicated space for bicycles*
  • Pets allowed
  • Meal service at seat and restaurant
  • No dedicated area for families with children
  • No dedicated space for prams
  • Quiet area/zone
  • 1 piece of hand luggage per person
  • 1 piece of large luggage per person
  • Air conditioning
  • No dedicated accessible seats
  • Partially barrier-free
  • Accessibility assistance service
  • Travel advisories priority lane
  • Access to lounge
  • Access to digital newspaper & magazine

Inter City Express (ICE)

2nd class
  • Wi-Fi
  • Power socket at seat
  • Adjustable seat
  • Extra legroom (at least 80 cm)
  • Solo seats available
  • Face-to-face seats available
  • Folding table
  • 4 seat in a row
  • Seat reservation not included
  • Dedicated space for bicycles
  • Pets allowed
  • Meal service at the restaurant
  • Area for families with children
  • Space for prams
  • Quiet area/zone
  • 1 piece of hand luggage per person
  • 1 piece of large luggage per person
  • Air conditioning
  • Dedicated accessible seats
  • Partially barrier-free
  • Accessibility assistance service
  • No Travel advisories priority lane
  • No access to lounge
  • No access to digital newspapers & magazines

Intercity (IC)

1st class
  • Wi-Fi
  • Power socket at seat
  • Seat not adjustable
  • Standard legroom
  • Solo seats available
  • Face-to-face seats available
  • Folding table
  • 3 seat in a row
  • Seat reservation included
  • No dedicated space for bicycles*
  • Pets allowed
  • No buy-on-board food
  • No dedicated area for families with children
  • No dedicated space for prams
  • No quiet area/zone
  • 1 piece of hand luggage per person
  • 1 piece of large luggage per person
  • Air conditioning
  • No dedicated accessible seats
  • Partially barrier-free
  • Accessibility assistance service
  • Travel advisories priority lane
  • Access to lounge
  • Access to digital newspaper & magazine

Intercity (IC)

2nd class
  • Wi-Fi
  • Power socket at seat
  • Seat not adjustable
  • Standard legroom
  • Solo seats available
  • Face-to-face seats available
  • Folding table
  • 4 seat in a row
  • Seat reservation not included
  • Dedicated space for bicycles*
  • Pets allowed
  • No buy-on-board food
  • Area for families with children
  • Space for prams
  • No quiet area/zone
  • 1 piece of hand luggage per person
  • 1 piece of large luggage per person
  • Air conditioning
  • Dedicated accessible seats
  • Partially barrier-free
  • Accessibility assistance service
  • No Travel advisories priority lane
  • No access to lounge
  • No access to digital newspapers & magazines

Regional Express (RE)

1st class & 2nd class
  • Wi-Fi
  • Power socket at seat
  • Seat not adjustable
  • Standard legroom
  • Solo seats available
  • Face-to-face seats available
  • Folding table
  • Dedicated space for bicycles
  • Pets allowed
  • No buy-on-board food
  • No dedicated area for families with children
  • No dedicated space for prams
  • No quiet area/zone
  • 1 piece of hand luggage per person
  • 1 piece of large luggage per person
  • Air conditioning
  • No dedicated accessible seats for 1st class
  • Partially barrier-free
  • Accessibility assistance service

Regionalbahn (RB)

1st class & 2nd class
  • No Wi-Fi
  • Power sockets on some trains
  • Seat not adjustable
  • Standard legroom
  • Solo seats available
  • Face-to-face seats available
  • Folding table
  • Dedicated space for bicycles
  • Pets allowed
  • No buy-on-board food
  • No dedicated area for families with children
  • No dedicated space for prams
  • No quiet area/zone
  • 1 piece of hand luggage per person
  • 1 piece of large luggage per person
  • Air conditioning
  • No dedicated accessible seats for 1st class
  • Partially barrier-free
  • Accessibility assistance service

Train tickets from Munich to Cologne: when to book to save $

Time Price Savings
1 week earlier 40 €
2 weeks earlier 37 €8%
3 weeks earlier 33 €21%
1 month before 32 €25%
2 months earlier 32 €25%
3 months earlier 30 €33%


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The rule of buying in advance to save money is not only valid when booking a flight but also for train travel. Train tickets are generally on sale 6 months before the departure date. Some train booking tips from us:

  • Buying your train ticket from Munich - Cologne 3 weeks in advance means you can save on average up to 21% compared to the price available on the day of departure.
  • If you book a ticket Munich - Cologne with 2 months in advance you save up to about 25% compared to the initial price.
  • By booking 3 months in advance, you could save up to 33%.
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FAQs: Trains from Munich to Cologne

FAQs: Travel by train from Munich to Cologne 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 Munich to Cologne.
FAQs
Cheap train tickets from Munich to Cologne can start from as little as $41 (€36) when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Munich to Cologne is $137 (€120); however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
On average the Munich to Cologne train travel time is 4 h 20 min   for the 282 mile (455 km) long route, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Munich to Cologne leaves at 6: 20 AM. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Munich to Cologne leaves at 10: 15 PM.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Munich to Cologne without having to change trains with Deutsche Bahn. There is 1 direct train from Munich to Cologne each day. There may be fewer direct services available on weekends or holidays.
Yes, there's a high-speed train to Cologne. Take the fast train with TGV from Munich to Cologne.
When taking a train from Munich to Cologne, you can count on Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain or TGV for the best way to get you to Cologne. You can also check all possible train companies who offer a service from Munich to Cologne and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.
No, there are no night trains, the latest train for this route is 10: 15 PM.

When departing from Munich, you have various train station options to start your trip from including Munich Hbf, Munich Airport Terminal station and Munich Ost. When arriving in Cologne, you can end your trip in train stations like Cologne Hbf, Cologne Messe/Deutz and Cologne/Bonn Flughafen.

Passengers board the train most frequently from Munich Hbf, which is located around 1.3 miles (2.1 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Cologne Hbf, located 1.6 miles (2.5 km) away from the city centre.

A trip to Cologne from Munich is worth doing but not as a day trip with a journey time of 4 h 20 min each way. Check with Omio app   the best way to travel.
The cheapest month to travel from Munich to Cologne by train is August.
You have options as you can travel from Munich to Cologne 3 different ways: train, bus or flight.

Important Stations and Airports in Munich and Cologne

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Cologne
Munich Hbf is the most popular Munich railway station for Omio travelers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Munich for your trip to Cologne.
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+49 8913081055
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Mon - Sun: 07: 00 - 21: 00
Public transit options for Munich Hbf
U-Bahn lines: U1, U2, U4, U5, U7
S-Bahn lines: S1, S2, S3, S4, S6, S7, S8
Tram lines: 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Bus lines: 68, X98
Train lines: ICE, RJ, NJ, IC, EC, RE, RB
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At a Travel Center you will receive the following services with personal consultation: Tickets and reservations up to shortly before departure, season tickets and DB monthly season tickets on subscription as well as DB BahnCard related offers. Furthermore, national and international timetable and fare information is available in addition to supplementary services and offers for your rail journey.

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