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.
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4 h 31 m
5 h 9 m
Trains per day
Of the 53 trains that leave Munich for Cologne every day 18 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
|Distance||282 miles (455 km)|
|Average train duration||5 h 32 min|
|Average train ticket price||$53 (€51)|
|Train frequency||16 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 14 direct trains a day|
|Train providers||ÖBB | Nightjet, Deutsche Bahn with connection, FlixTrain or Deutsche Bahn|
Trains from Munich to Cologne cover the 282 miles (455 km) long trip taking on average 5 h 32 min with our travel partners like ÖBB | Nightjet, Deutsche Bahn with connection, FlixTrain or Deutsche Bahn. Normally, there are 16 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around $53 (€51), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $24 (€23). Travelers depart most frequently from München Hbf and arrive in Köln Hbf.
Travel between Munich and Cologne from $24 (€23) with Omio’s train partners Deutsche Bahn and ÖBB Nightjet! You can find the best schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the most affordable trip for you.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) is the main provider of train services in Germany, making on average 40, 000 journeys per day. A special feature of Deutsche Bahn is its wide range of ticket types, savings offers including Super Saver, Saver, and Flexible fares and discount cards like the Bahncard 25, 50 and 100, which you can also use for your train between Munich and Cologne. DB uses different types of trains such as the ICE (Intercity Express), IC (Intercity), EC (Eurocity), IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional Express) and RB (Regionalbahn) on its routes, which differ in terms of comfort and the time required to travel. For example, while bathrooms are standard amenities, services like an onboard restaurant or free WiFi are only available on certain trains.
Munich to Cologne train information with Deutsche Bahn:
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Daily there are 9 direct connections from Munich to Cologne, which are served by Deutsche Bahn and Österreichische Bundesbahn. In addition, there are numerous train connections with one or two changes.
Deutsche Bahn and Österreichische Bundesbahn travel from the Bavarian metropolis to Cologne.
With the ICE, the fastest connection without a change takes about 4 hours 18 minutes. Even with a change, the journey time is only a little longer. If there are also two or more connections, the journey time can be up to 6 hours 18 minutes. Over 9 hours a journey with the local traffic can last.
From Monday to Friday, the train runs from Munich to Cologne between 4 and 23 twice every 1 hours. Deutsche Bahn also offers regular train connections on weekends and public holidays.
At which station does the train start in Munich? All ICs in the direction of Cologne depart from the main station of the Bavarian metropolis. As it is very well connected to public transport, you can reach it by S-Bahn, U-Bahn, buses and tram.
At which station does the train arrive in Cologne? Arrival for direct connections is at Cologne/Deutz station. This is only one S-Bahn station away from the main station. You can reach Cologne/Bonn Airport by S-Bahn in 012 minutes.
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:
When taking the train to Cologne from Munich, you can choose to depart from train stations like München Hbf, München Hackerbrücke and München Marienplatz. 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 München Hbf and arrive in Köln Hbf.
You can find the most popular departure train station for this journey, München Hbf, located approximately 2.3 miles (3.7 km) from the city center of Munich. The most popular arrival train station in Cologne, called Köln Hbf, is located around 1.1 miles (1.7 km) away from its city center.
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