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Trip Summary

There are 112 daily trains from Cologne to Munich. Traveling by train from Cologne to Munich usually takes around 5 hours and 43 minutes, but the fastest DB Intercity-Express train can make the trip in 3 hours and 51 minutes.

Distance284 mi (456 km)
Fastest train3h 51m
Lowest price£8.48
Trains per day19
Most frequent serviceDeutsche Bahn
Train lines6

What is the price of a train ticket from Cologne to Munich?

In the last month, £37.28 was the average price of a train ticket from Cologne to Munich. This is a great price, especially considering the length of the route. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 29 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £62.96 more than that for a same-day booking.

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 29 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Munich from Cologne will be about £62.96 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Cologne to Munich?

There are 6 train lines with service from Cologne to Munich. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 104 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Eurocity16h 3m£57.26
DB Intercity16h 35m£51.26
DB Intercity-Express165h 17m£67.96
Deutsche Bahn1045h 46m£74.75
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company135h 56m£78.97
FlixTrain26h 52m£24.30
  • DB Eurocity

    DB Eurocity

    DB Eurocity train tickets from Cologne to Munich start from £31, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 DB Eurocity schedules to Munich. DB Eurocity in Cologne leaves from Central Station . And in Munich trains arrive at München Train Station and 5 other train stations.

    From Cologne to Munich train travel on DB Eurocity takes 6 hours and 3 minutes. If you are looking to get to Munich faster, DB Eurocity offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 51 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, DB Eurocity offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Munich.

  • DB Intercity

    DB Intercity

    DB Intercity train tickets from Cologne to Munich start from £24, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 DB Intercity schedules to Munich. DB Intercity in Cologne leaves from Central Station and one other station. And in Munich trains arrive at München Train Station and one other train station.

    From Cologne to Munich train travel on DB Intercity takes 6 hours and 35 minutes. If you are looking to get to Munich faster, DB Intercity offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 51 minutes.

    If you are looking to travel to Munich on a weekend there is typically one DB Intercity scheduled trip per day, which will cost for a one-way weekend reservation from Cologne.

  • DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express train tickets from Cologne to Munich start from £15, and on average cost . Daily there are 16 DB Intercity-Express schedules to Munich. DB Intercity-Express in Cologne leaves from Central Station and one other station. And in Munich trains arrive at München Train Station and 33 other train stations.

    From Cologne to Munich train travel on DB Intercity-Express takes 5 hours and 17 minutes. If you are looking to get to Munich faster, DB Intercity-Express offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 51 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, DB Intercity-Express offers 61 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Munich.

  • Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn train tickets from Cologne to Munich start from £15, and on average cost . Daily there are 104 Deutsche Bahn schedules to Munich. Deutsche Bahn in Cologne leaves from Central Station and one other station. And in Munich trains arrive at München-Karlsfeld and 43 other train stations.

    From Cologne to Munich train travel on Deutsche Bahn takes 5 hours and 46 minutes. If you are looking to get to Munich faster, Deutsche Bahn offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 51 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Deutsche Bahn offers 397 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Munich.

  • Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company

    Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company

    Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company train tickets from Cologne to Munich start from £15, and on average cost . Daily there are 13 Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company schedules to Munich. Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company in Cologne leaves from Central Station and one other station. And in Munich trains arrive at Solln Station and 41 other train stations.

    From Cologne to Munich train travel on Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company takes 5 hours and 56 minutes. If you are looking to get to Munich faster, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 51 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers 10 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Munich.

  • FlixTrain

    FlixTrain

    Part of the FlixBus family, FlixTrain launched in 2018 to offer affordable and sustainable train travel in Germany. Its trains provide Wi-Fi, power outlets, air conditioning, onboard restrooms, and access to an entertainment portal full of movies, games, and music. In addition, each passenger gets a guaranteed seat, so you don't have to worry about standing in any aisles. FlixTrain operates 2 daily trips to Munich from Cologne. The train usually departs from Cologne Central Station in Cologne and arrives at München Central Station in Munich after about 6 hours and 52 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Our train 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, train 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 train 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 train.

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.

Can you take a train all the way from Cologne to Munich?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Cologne to Munich. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

How long is the train journey from Cologne to Munich?

The distance between Cologne and Munich is approximately 284 miles, or 456 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 43 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 51 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Cologne to Munich are the most crowded on Saturday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Wednesday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Cologne at 02:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 23:00. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Cologne to Munich?

There are 112 scheduled trains on most days. 19 of these are direct connections to Munich. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Munich to Cologne.

City Information

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 coach 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.

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Cologne?

Main departure station: Central Station

Cologne has 3 stations where passengers can board the train to Munich.

All train stations in Cologne:

  • Central Station

  • Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

  • Cologne Central Station

Where is the train station in Munich?

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Main arrival station: München Train Station

Munich's central station, München Train Station, welcomes more than 450,000 passengers every day. The station was first built in 1839 and has been rebuilt and renovated numerous times. As a result, the current station spans numerous buildings and wings, each with its own architectural style. You can find all the necessary amenities such as public restrooms and waiting lounges in the station, and there are even shops for last-minute souvenir shopping! Many Deutsche Bahn and FlixTrain routes stop in Munich, heading to cities including Dresden, Berlin, and Cologne. The station is conveniently located just west of Munich's Old Town, with easy connections to the subway (U-Bahn) via the Hauptbanhof station in the same building.

Train stations in Munich:

  • München Train Station

  • München-Lochhausen

  • München-Karlsfeld

  • München-Aubing

  • München-Allach

  • München-Untermenzing

  • München-Neuaubing

  • München-Langwied

  • Solln Station

  • München Leienfelsstr.

  • München-Feldmoching

  • München-Freiham

  • München-Westkreuz

  • München-Obermenzing

  • München-Pasing

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