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Trip Summary

There are 223 daily trains from Munich to Cologne. Traveling by train from Munich to Cologne usually takes around 5 hours and 43 minutes, but the fastest DB Intercity-Express train can make the trip in 4 hours and 23 minutes.

Distance284 mi (456 km)
Fastest train4h 23m
Lowest price$10.02
Trains per day23
Most frequent serviceDeutsche Bahn
Train lines6

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

In the last month, $55.20 was the average price of a train ticket from Munich to Cologne. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 19 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $55.85 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Munich to Cologne by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for January. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $64 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Munich to Cologne in April, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $88 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

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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 19 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Cologne from Munich will be about $55.85 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Munich to Cologne?

There are 6 train lines with service from Munich to Cologne. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 211 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Eurocity15h 57m$82.28
DB Intercity26h 0m$75.40
DB Intercity-Express185h 8m$83.02
Deutsche Bahn2115h 48m$95.53
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company255h 47m$104.60
FlixTrain27h 4m$29.11
  • DB Eurocity

    DB Eurocity

    DB Eurocity train tickets from Munich to Cologne start from $49, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 DB Eurocity schedules to Cologne. DB Eurocity in Munich leaves from München Train Station and 2 other stations. And in Cologne trains arrive at Central Station .

    From Munich to Cologne train travel on DB Eurocity takes 5 hours and 57 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 23 minutes.

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

  • DB Intercity

    DB Intercity

    DB Intercity train tickets from Munich to Cologne start from $37, and on average cost . Daily there are 2 DB Intercity schedules to Cologne. DB Intercity in Munich leaves from München Train Station and 3 other stations. And in Cologne trains arrive at Central Station .

    From Munich to Cologne train travel on DB Intercity takes 6 hours and 0 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 23 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, DB Intercity offers 3 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Cologne.

  • DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express train tickets from Munich to Cologne start from $18, and on average cost . Daily there are 18 DB Intercity-Express schedules to Cologne. DB Intercity-Express in Munich leaves from München Train Station and 16 other stations. 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 23 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, DB Intercity-Express offers 102 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Cologne.

  • Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn EuroCity, or Deutsche Bahn EC, is a train service in Germany with regular service to Frankfurt, Hamburg, Zurich, Copenhagen, Berlin, Warsaw, and Munich. Deutsche Bahn Eurocity trains can be single or double-decker, but all are air conditioned.

  • 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 Munich to Cologne start from $18, and on average cost . Daily there are 25 Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company schedules to Cologne. Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company in Munich leaves from Solln Station and 40 other stations. And in Cologne trains arrive at Central Station and one other train station.

    From Munich to Cologne train travel on Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company takes 5 hours and 47 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 23 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers 21 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Cologne.

  • 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 Cologne from Munich. The train usually departs from München Central Station in Munich and arrives at Cologne Central Station in Cologne after about 7 hours and 4 minutes.

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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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.

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 43 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 23 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?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Munich to Cologne on Saturday. Tickets for Saturday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Thursday. Thursday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Munich at 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 11:00pm. 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 223 scheduled trains on most days. 23 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.

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 is the train station in Munich?

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Main departure 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.

All train stations in Munich:

  • München Train Station

  • München-Untermenzing

  • München-Allach

  • München-Westkreuz

  • München-Karlsfeld

  • Solln Station

  • München Leienfelsstr.

  • München-Neuaubing

  • München-Pasing

  • München-Obermenzing

  • München-Langwied

  • München-fasanerie

  • München-Feldmoching

  • München-Moosach

  • München-Aubing

Where is the train station in Cologne?

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Main arrival station: Central Station

Cologne Central Station is, unsurprisingly, the central station and main transport hub of Cologne. Multiple nationwide and regional trains stop here and connect to other routes. Thalys and Deutsche Bahn ICE provide service to Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, and many more. Inside the station, you can kill some time perusing souvenir shops and grab a meal at one of the restaurants- or skip straight to desert at one of the multiple bakeries available. There's even a shop for clothes and a bank in the building. Once outside, you'll be in the center of Cologne, so there are plenty of attractions and restaurants nearby.

All train stations in Cologne:

  • Central Station

  • Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

  • Cologne Central Station

  • Köln Süd

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