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There are 20 daily trains from Cologne to Munich. Traveling by train from Cologne to Munich usually takes around 5 hours and 24 minutes, but the fastest DB Intercity-Express train can make the trip in 4 hours and 21 minutes.
|Distance||284 mi (456 km)|
|Fastest train||4h 21m|
|Trains per day||26|
|Most frequent service||Deutsche Bahn|
Which train should you take from Cologne to Munich?
There are 4 train lines with service from Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia to Munich, Bavaria. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 14 trains each day.
|Train||Daily Trips||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|DB Eurocity||1||5h 54m||$87.25|
|DB Intercity-Express||6||4h 53m||$111.06|
|Deutsche Bahn||14||5h 44m||$77.33|
|Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company||4||7h 0m||$64.64|
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.
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 24 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 21 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 Tuesday. 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 3:00am 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 Cologne to Munich?
There are 20 scheduled trains on most days. 26 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.
Where is the train station in Cologne?
There are two stations in Cologne where you can board the train to Munich.
Train stations in Cologne:
Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Where is the train station in Munich?
There are more train stations and stops in Munich than most cities. Most trains from Cologne will stop at one (or more) of the 5 following stations in Munich:
Train stations in Munich:
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