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Munich-Cologne Train Timetable

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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Munich to Cologne?

Lowest price€47.56
Fastest train4h 36m
Trains per day52
Train lines5

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Munich to Cologne 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 Munich to Cologne?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Munich to Cologne. 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.

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

In the last month, €58.15 was the average price of a train ticket from Munich, BY to Cologne, NW. You are more likely to find a ticket at this price or lower if you book online in advance of your travel date.

How long is the train journey from Munich to Cologne?

The distance between Munich and Cologne is approximately 284 miles, or 456 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 45 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 36 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 Munich to Cologne 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 Saturday 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 Munich at 00:00 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 Munich to Cologne?

There are 52 scheduled trains on most days. 15 of these are direct connections to Cologne. 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 Cologne to Munich. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Munich to Cologne for €19.91.

Which train should you take from Munich to Cologne?

There are 5 train lines with service from Munich, Bavaria to Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 47 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Eurocity15h 56m€75.36
DB Intercity15h 57m€77.34
DB Intercity-Express55h 8m€82.56
Deutsche Bahn475h 49m€80.44
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company19h 40m€59.47

DB Eurocity train tickets from Munich to Cologne start from €75, and on average cost €75. Daily there are 1 DB Eurocity schedules to Cologne. DB Eurocity in Munich leaves from München Train Station, And in Cologne trains arrive at Central Station, From Munich to Cologne train travel on DB Eurocity takes 5 hours and 56 minutes. If you are looking to get to Cologne faster, DB Eurocity offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 4 hours and 36 minutes.

DB Intercity train tickets from Munich to Cologne start from €67, and on average cost €77. Daily there are 1 DB Intercity schedules to Cologne. DB Intercity in Munich leaves from München Train Station, And in Cologne trains arrive at Central Station, From Munich to Cologne train travel on DB Intercity takes 5 hours and 57 minutes. If you are looking to get to Cologne faster, DB Intercity offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 4 hours and 36 minutes.

DB Intercity-Express train tickets from Munich to Cologne start from €48, and on average cost €83. Daily there are 5 DB Intercity-Express schedules to Cologne. DB Intercity-Express in Munich leaves from München Train Station, And in Cologne trains arrive at Central Station and one other train station. From Munich to Cologne train travel on DB Intercity-Express takes 5 hours and 8 minutes. If you are looking to get to Cologne faster, DB Intercity-Express offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 4 hours and 36 minutes.

Deutsche Bahn train tickets from Munich to Cologne start from €48, and on average cost €80. Daily there are 47 Deutsche Bahn schedules to Cologne. Deutsche Bahn in Munich leaves from München-Karlsfeld and 4 other stations. And in Cologne trains arrive at Central Station, From Munich to Cologne train travel on Deutsche Bahn takes 5 hours and 49 minutes. If you are looking to get to Cologne faster, Deutsche Bahn offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 4 hours and 36 minutes.

Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company train tickets from Munich to Cologne start from €59, and on average cost €59. Daily there are 1 Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company schedules to Cologne. Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company in Munich leaves from München-Lochhausen, And in Cologne trains arrive at Central Station, From Munich to Cologne train travel on Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company takes 9 hours and 40 minutes. If you are looking to get to Cologne faster, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 4 hours and 36 minutes.

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