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from Cologne to Munich

You can get from Cologne to Munich by train, bus or flight.

Our recommendation

To get from Cologne to Munich on Sep 28 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

10:15AMKöln, Köln Bonn Airport8h30 06:45PMMünchen, ZOB
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$251One-way
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10:15AMKöln, Köln Bonn Airport8h30 06:45PMMünchen, ZOB
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$251One-way
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11:30AMKöln, Köln Bonn Airport8h25 07:55PMMünchen, ZOB
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$251One-way
09:20PMKöln, Köln Bonn Airport9h10 06:30AMMünchen, ZOB
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$251One-way
06:10AMCologne/Bonn Airport1h10 07:20AMMunich Airport
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$2241One-way

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COMPARE Prices for trains, buses and flights

Mon
Sep 27
$52FlixTrain
$25Flixbus
$242Lufthansa Cityline
Tue
Sep 28
$35Deutsche Bahn
$25Flixbus
$224Eurowings
Wed
Sep 29
$22Deutsche Bahn
$20BlaBlaCar Bus
$323Eurowings
Thu
Sep 30
$30Deutsche Bahn
$20BlaBlaCar Bus
$186Eurowings
Fri
Oct 1
$22Deutsche Bahn
$25BlaBlaCar Bus
$224Eurowings
Sat
Oct 2
$22Deutsche Bahn
$20BlaBlaCar Bus
$183Lufthansa
Sun
Oct 3
$22Deutsche Bahn
$20BlaBlaCar Bus
$94Lufthansa
Mon
Oct 4
$22Deutsche Bahn
$20BlaBlaCar Bus
$124Tuifly
Tue
Oct 5
$22Deutsche Bahn
$20Flixbus
$153Lufthansa Cityline
Wed
Oct 6
$22Deutsche Bahn
$20Flixbus
$106Eurowings
Thu
Oct 7
$22Deutsche Bahn
$20BlaBlaCar Bus
$93Eurowings
Fri
Oct 8
$35Deutsche Bahn
$20BlaBlaCar Bus
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Sat
Oct 9
$28Deutsche Bahn
$20Flixbus
$342Lufthansa
Sun
Oct 10
$22Deutsche Bahn
$20BlaBlaCar Bus
$310Lufthansa
Mon
Oct 11
$22Deutsche Bahn
$20BlaBlaCar Bus
$186Tuifly
Tue
Oct 12
$22Deutsche Bahn
$20Flixbus
$183Lufthansa
Wed
Oct 13
$22Deutsche Bahn
$20Flixbus
$130Eurowings
Thu
Oct 14
$22Deutsche Bahn
$20Flixbus
$99Eurowings
Fri
Oct 15
$22Deutsche Bahn
$20Flixbus
$87Eurowings
Sat
Oct 16
$22Deutsche Bahn
$20Flixbus
$131Lufthansa Cityline
Sun
Oct 17
$30Deutsche Bahn
$20Flixbus
$99Eurowings

Travel Information between Cologne and Munich

distanceDistance282 miles (455 km)
modeAvailable travel modesFlight, bus or train
priceTicket price range$20 - $178
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $20 (€16) • 8 h
fastestFastest modeFlight • $178 (€142) • 1 h 5 min
carriersPopular travel companiesLufthansa Cityline, BlaBlaCar Bus or Deutsche Bahn

Travel 282 miles (455 km) by flight, bus or train from Cologne to Munich. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 5 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $20 (€16). The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are Lufthansa Cityline, BlaBlaCar Bus or Deutsche Bahn among others. Travelers can even take a direct flight, bus or train from Cologne to Munich.

How to get from Cologne to Munich

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Cologne to Munich, 84,83% of our customers choose the train as their preferred mode of transportation. By traveling by train on this route, you can enjoy the comfort of spacious seats, spectacular views—and in some cases free Wi-Fi—in both second and first class. Our customers have decided that the train is the best way to get from Cologne to Munich and have chosen to enjoy this fast, safe and efficient way to arrive at their destination. Taking the train also avoids long lines or potential expenses for transfers to/from the station—especially since most main railway stations are located in the city center. Train companies in Europe vary from country to country, but most of them offer high-speed train routes, therefore when you add up at the end-to-end journey time, the train is often also the fastest way to get to your destination.

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Travel Tips

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Travel 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 do I go from Cologne to Munich?

There are 3 ways to get from Cologne to Munich: flight, bus or train.

What is the cheapest way to get from Cologne to Munich?

The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Munich is by taking a bus. You can find average ticket prices around $20 (€16) compared to other travel options to Munich:

Taking a bus is usually $158 (€126) less than taking a flight to Munich, which costs on average $178 (€142) for the same trip.

A bus is $2 (€2) less than a train for this trip with tickets for a train from Cologne to Munich costing on average $22 (€18).

What is the quickest way from Cologne to Munich?

The fastest way from Cologne to Munich is by flight with an average journey time of 1 h 5 min.

There are alternative travel options to Munich that can usually take longer:

In comparison, getting to Munich by bus can take on average 8 h.

In comparison, getting to Munich by train can take on average 4 h 32 min.

What is the distance between Cologne and Munich?

Munich is approximately 282 miles (455 km) away from Cologne.

How many scheduled departures are there a day from Cologne to Munich?

The average frequency per day from Cologne to Munich is:

  • Around 12 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey from Cologne to Munich as scheduled services by flight, bus or train can vary by season or day of the week.

When traveling from Cologne to Munich, where do I depart from Cologne and where do I arrive in Munich?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Cologne to Munich:

  • Flights from Cologne to Munich most often leave from Cologne/Bonn Airport and arrive in Munich Airport.
  • Buses mostly depart from Köln, Köln Bonn Airport and arrive in München, ZOB.
  • Trains mostly depart from Köln Hbf and arrive in München Hbf.
Which travel companies can help me find a way to get from Cologne to Munich?

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Cologne to Munich, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Lufthansa Cityline can take you to Munich by plane. If searching for a good deal on flights, you can find tickets for Lufthansa Cityline from Cologne to Munich for $178 (€142).
  • Travel with BlaBlaCar Bus to go to Munich by bus. For a good deal on tickets, you can find BlaBlaCar Bus Cologne to Munich tickets on Omio for $20 (€16).
  • Deutsche Bahn can take you to Munich by train. If searching for a good deal on trains, you can find tickets for Deutsche Bahn from Cologne to Munich for $22 (€18).
Can I travel directly between Cologne and Munich?

Yes, there are direct routes from Cologne to Munich with the following travel companies:

  • You can check for a direct train to Munich with Deutsche Bahn with 12 direct trains per day.

Direct services to Munich tend to save you time and add more convenience as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking tickets for your trip.

Where else should I travel to after my journey from Cologne to Munich ends?
Many of our customers who book a trip from Cologne to Munich often extend their vacation and travel to other popular destinations like Berlin, Prague or Paris. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Cologne and Munich itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Munich and any of these top destinations today!
How early should I buy Cologne to Munich tickets online to score the best deals?

When planning your trip from Cologne to Munich, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to buy and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Plane tickets are costing $178 (€142) one way on average.
  • Bus tickets cost $20 (€16) one way on average.
  • Train tickets are costing $22 (€18) one way on average.

However, we recommend buying tickets from Cologne to Munich online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

Stations

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Cologne
Munich
Köln Hbf
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