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Munich - Cologne Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 2 intercity buses per day from Munich to Cologne. Traveling by bus from Munich to Cologne usually takes around 17 hours and 32 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus bus can make the trip in 8 hours and 32 minutes.

Distance284 mi (456 km)
Shortest duration8h 32m
Cheapest price$25.92
Trips per day1
Most frequent serviceBlaBlaCar Bus
Bus lines2

How much is a bus ticket from Munich to Cologne?

The average price for a bus ticket to Cologne is $25.97, This is a superb deal on a bus trip, one of the best that we have seen. Wanderu ensures that you find great deals on bus tickets everytime, we search all of the best bus options to present you the lowest prices available from our partner carriers.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in February. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just C$30 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Munich to Cologne in April, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to C$65 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you can still score a ticket at a lower price.

What bus companies travel from Munich to Cologne?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Munich to Cologne that you can search and book on Wanderu. However, each company only runs one bus per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
BlaBlaCar Bus121h 35m$113.14
FlixBus18h 56m$42.34
  • BlaBlaCar Bus

    BlaBlaCar Bus

    Book BlaBlaCar Bus from Munich to Cologne from $71. There are 1 BlaBlaCar Bus schedules from Munich to Cologne and you can expect on average to pay for a BlaBlaCar Bus ticket to Cologne. In Munich, BlaBlaCar Bus departs to Cologne from Hackerbrücke and no other station. In Cologne, BlaBlaCar Bus arrives at Köln-Deutz Station and no other station.

    An average trip on BlaBlaCar Bus from Munich to Cologne takes 21 hours and 35 minutes , while the fastest available BlaBlaCar Bus trip will get you to Cologne in 8 hours and 32 minutes .

    On weekends, BlaBlaCar Bus offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay for a weekend getaway trip to Cologne.

  • FlixBus

    FlixBus

    First launched in Germany in 2013, FlixBus has become one of the largest intercity bus companies in Europe. Its fleet travels through nearly every country in Europe, including the U.K. FlixBus operates an average of 1 trips from Munich to Cologne, and usually makes the trip in about 8 hours and 56 minutes. On your trip, you'll enjoy Wi-Fi and live GPS, as well as restrooms, air conditioning, and power outlets.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Munich to Cologne during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our bus partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, bus carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all bus passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the bus.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus takes an average of 17 hours and 32 minutes to cover the 456 kilometers from Munich to Cologne. However, the fastest bus only takes 8 hours and 32 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Sunday tends to be the busiest day for buses, as many passengers take the bus to Cologne at the end of the week. If you are planning to travel on a Sunday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Munich?

The first bus leaves at 6:00am and the last bus leaves at 8:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Munich to Cologne, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus trips to Cologne are there per day?

There are usually only 2 buses per day from Munich to Cologne. One bus is a direct connection, meaning that you can stay on the same vehicle for the entire trip, without having to transfer onto a connecting bus at any point.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Munich to Cologne; ticket prices start at $13.63.

City Information

Munich

Boasting a quaint beauty that has withstood the test of time, Munich is a vibrant city where the old meets the new. One of the most noticeable events in the city is Oktoberfest. The festival is the largest beer festival in the world, and it is here that you can enjoy a huge variety of beers, as well as local specialties and themed entertainment. For those who want to learn more about the city’s architectural history, consider visiting the Church of Our Lady, which features two unique dome-topped towers, forming an eye-catching part of Munich’s skyline. If you simply wish to enjoy a stroll around town, the English Garden, with its signature Chinesischen Turm, will offer the reprieve you need.

Among the local favorites in the city are Spatenhaus and Haxnbauer, both of which serve authentic hearty Munich dishes. For a more affordable dinner, you could check out the beer gardens such as Seehaus Biergarten or Augustinerkeller.

München Hauptbahnhof, located at the center of Munich, is the principal train station in the city serving all Deutsche Bahn trains that pass through town. Munich’s Central Bus Station is located in the heart of the city, making it easy to catch a bus by FlixBus, BlaBlaCar Bus or Sindbad. The main airport is the Franz Josef Strauss International Airport, which lies 19 miles northeast of the city center.

Cologne

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There's no shortage of sights, culture, history, and adventure in Cologne, an alluring city on the Rhine. One of the most famous landmarks of the city is the Cologne Cathedral. This Gothic building and UNESCO World Heritage site remains the most iconic structure in the city. In fact, the Cologne Cathedral is the most visited landmark in Germany. Next door, the Museum Ludwig contrasts the cathedral's sense of history with an impressive collection of modern art, including works by Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol.

Cologne's breadth of museums also caters to a younger crowd. Families with children should head to the Cologne Chocolate Museum along the river or the Cologne Zoological Garden for memorable, kid-friendly experiences.

Foodies, rejoice! Cologne is home to mouthwatering German delicacies and upscale restaurants. Start your day with breakfast at Café Sehnsucht. For lunch, visit Herings Im Martinswinkel, and for dinner, head over to Bei Oma Kleinmann to feel like you're visiting your long-lost German grandmother.

Trains like Deutsche Bahn, DB Intercity, and FlixTrain connect Cologne to other major European cities, including Munich, Paris, and Vienna. You can also catch a bus from Cologne on FlixBus, BlaBlaCar Bus, Sindbad, Union Ivkoni, or Columbuzz. Plus, the Cologne Bonn Airport is a large, well-outfitted airport with daily international flights for travelers coming from afar.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Munich?

Departure stations

Buses to Cologne leave from 4 stations in Munich.

All bus stations in Munich:

  • Hackerbrücke

  • München Central Station

  • Central Bus Station

  • Willy-Brandt-Allee 11

Where does the bus arrive in Cologne?

Arrival stations

Buses arrive in Cologne at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

Bus stations in Cologne:

  • Köln-Deutz Station

  • Leverkusen

  • Cologne Central Station

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