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Train Information to Cologne from Munich

distanceDistance282 miles (455 km)
durationAverage train duration5 h 43 min
priceAverage train ticket price$43 (€34)
changesDirect trainYes
carriersTrain providersDeutsche Bahn or ÖBB | Nightjet

Trains from Munich to Cologne cover the 282 miles (455 km) long route taking on average 5 h 43 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn or ÖBB | Nightjet. There are direct train services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this route for as low as $29 (€23)], but the average price of train tickets is $43 (€34). Travelers depart most frequently from München Hbf and arrive in Köln Hbf.

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Travel with Deutsche Bahn from Munich to Cologne

Travel from Munich to Cologne from $29 (€23) with Omio’s train partners Deutsche Bahn! You can find the best schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the most affordable trip for you.

Deutsche Bahn

Find your perfect trip from Munich to Cologne with Deutsche Bahn (DB)! Check out the DB train schedules between Munich and Cologne and then book cheap DB tickets with Omio. The distance between Munich and Cologne by DB is 282 miles (455 km) and the cheapest price for a DB ticket from Munich to Cologne is $35 (€28).

DB is the main provider of train services in Germany, making on average 40, 000 train journeys per day. A special feature of DB 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 at Omio.

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.

Deutsche Bahn has updated its ticket policies due to the coronavirus. Keep these in mind when booking your Deutsche Bahn tickets from Munich to Cologne and when traveling by train:

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

Train from Munich to Cologne

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.

Which train companies travel from Munich to Cologne?

Deutsche Bahn and Österreichische Bundesbahn travel from the Bavarian metropolis to Cologne.

How long does the train journey from Munich to Cologne take?

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.

How often can you take the train from Munich to Cologne?

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.

Stations on the Munich - Cologne route?

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

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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%


Train companies often offer promotional prices and offers—by buying in advance—you can get access the best prices for trains in the U.S., Canada, and the major European railroad operators. Search on Omio to check prices and cheap train tickets from Munich - Cologne. Easily find the most attractive rates and choose the your preferred route for your journey. Book and choose your mobile ticket: avoid the queues at the station and the added stress of printing your ticket.

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%.
  • On Omio you can find all offers, train times and prices for train travel in Europe, the U.S., and Canada.

Travel Tips

Trains from Munich to Cologne
Travel by train 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
How much are cheap trains between Munich and Cologne?
Looking to save money on your journey? Omio customers have found the cheapest train from Munich to Cologne for the next 7 days starting from $29 (€23)  one way.
What is the price of a train ticket between Munich and Cologne?
The train price from Munich to Cologne is on average $43 (€34)  if you are looking to purchase your tickets for this trip in the next 7 days.
What is the distance between Munich and Cologne by train?
The Munich to Cologne train distance is approximately 282 miles (455 km).
How many hours is the train time to Cologne from Munich?
The train time to Cologne from Munich is on average 5 h 43 min  for the 282 miles (455 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go to Cologne from Munich by train can vary depending on specific dates or traveling on weekends and holidays.
What station does the train from Munich to Cologne depart from? Which Cologne train station do I come into from Munich?

There are a few train stations in Munich to start your journey from including München Hbf, München Hackerbrücke and München Marienplatz. In Cologne you have a few train station options to choose from for your arrival including Köln Hbf, Köln Messe/Deutz and Köln/Bonn Flughafen.

Omio customers traveling this route depart most frequently from München Hbf   and arrive in Köln Hbf.

Where is the Munich train station located? Where is the Cologne train station located?

You can find the most popular departure train station for this journey, München Hbf, located approximately 0 mile (s) / 0 km from the city center of Munich. The most popular arrival train station in Cologne, called Köln Hbf, is located around 0 mile (s) / 0 km away from its city center.

Which train providers can get me from Munich to Cologne?
For the best Munich to Cologne train to purchase, you can travel safely and comfortably with Deutsche Bahn or ÖBB | Nightjet. However, it's always good to check all possible train companies with services from Munich to Cologne to compare what amenities they may offer.
Can I find a direct train from Munich to Cologne?
If you’re looking for a direct train from Munich to Cologne, 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.
When can I take the first train from Munich to Cologne? When can I take the last train for the day?
You can take the earliest train from Munich to Cologne at 5: 45 AM   or take the last train from Munich to Cologne leaving at 10: 01 PM. Look for the latest Munich to Cologne train schedules on Omio and book the best time to take the train for this journey.
How early should I book train tickets from Munich to Cologne to score the best deals?
If you purchase a train ticket from Munich to Cologne within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average $43 (€34) one way. However, we recommend booking your train in advance to get access to the best prices. Train tickets to Cologne from Munich are generally on sale a few months before the planned departure date.
Stations

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Munich
Cologne
München Hbf
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Refreshments
WC

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is within walking distance of the city centre and is connected to other parts of the city by public transport.<br>Metro lines U1, U2, U4, U5, U7, U8<br>Bus lines 58<br>Tram lines 16, 17, 20, 21, 22
How long does it take to get from the train station to the city centre?
This station is a 5-10 minute walk from the city centre.
München Ost
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