How to travel from Cologne to Munich

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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 Feb 06 we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

06:50PMCologne/Bonn Airport1h10 08:00PMMunich Airport
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09:46PMCologne Messe/Deutz8h17 06:03AMMunich Hbf
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05:51PMCologne Messe/Deutz6h18 12:09AMMunich Hbf
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06:51PMCologne Messe/Deutz5h37 12:28AMMunich Hbf
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03:53PMCologne Hbf6h12 10:05PMMunich Hbf
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Travel Information to Munich from Cologne

distanceDistance282 miles (455 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$5 - $32
cheapestCheapest modeFlight • $5 (€4) • 1 h 10 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $5 (€4) • 1 h 10 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus

Take a bus, ferry, flight or train to travel 282 miles (455 km) to Munich from Cologne. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 10 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a flight is the best option with prices starting as low as $5 (€4). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Flixbus among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus, flight 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: Travel from Cologne to Munich

Travel Tips: 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.

There are 4 ways to travel to Munich from Cologne including taking a bus, ferry, flight or train.

The cheapest way to go to Munich from Cologne is by taking a flight, which costs on average $5 (€4).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Munich:

A flight is $27 (€24) less than a bus for this route with tickets for a bus from Cologne to Munich costing on average $32 (€28).

Taking a flight is usually $1 (€1) less than taking a train to Munich, which costs on average $5 (€4) for the same trip.

The quickest way to travel from Cologne to Munich is by flight, which takes on average 1 h 10 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, getting to Munich by bus can take on average 9 h 10 min.

In comparison, taking a train requires on average 8 h 4 min   of travel time.

You should expect to travel around 282 miles (455 km) between Cologne and Munich.

The average frequency per day from Cologne to Munich is:

  • 6 buses per day.
  • Around 21 trains per day.

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

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

  • Buses most often depart from Cologne at Köln, Köln Bonn Airport (Fernbusbahnhof) and arrive in Munich at München, ZOB.
  • Flights most often depart from Cologne at Cologne/Bonn Airport and arrive in Munich at Munich Airport.
  • Trains mostly leave from Köln Hbf and tend to arrive in München Hbf.

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Cologne to Munich:

  • You can travel between Cologne and Munich by bus with Flixbus. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $32 (€28) with Flixbus from Cologne to Munich.

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

  • You can check for a direct bus to Munich with Flixbus or BlaBlaCar with 5 direct buses per day.
  • You can check for a direct train to Munich with Deutsche Bahn with 21 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 journey.

Looking to extend your trip from Cologne to Munich? Many Omio customers who go from Cologne to Munich usually extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like Berlin, Paris or Prague. If you're looking to explore Berlin, Paris or Prague from Munich, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.

Before traveling from Cologne to Munich, it’s good to know what ticket you can book and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • A bus ticket for this journey costs on average $32 (€28) one way.
  • A plane ticket is costing on average $5 (€4) one way for this route.
  • A train ticket for this journey costs on average $5 (€4) one way.

But we recommend booking Cologne to Munich tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

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