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Munich to Cologne by train

The journey from Munich to Cologne by train is 283.65 mi and takes 5 hr 36 min. There are 5 connections per day, with the first departure at 12:01 AM and the last at 11:57 PM. It is possible to travel from Munich to Cologne by train for as little as $15.29 or as much as $92.27. The best price for this journey is $15.29.

Lowest Price$15.29
Journey Duration5 hr 36 min
Connection per Day5
Lowest Price$15.29
Highest Price$92.27
First Departure12:01 AM
Last Departure11:57 PM
Distance283.65 mi
DepartureMunich
ArrivalCologne
CarriersDB - Intercity, Nightjet

Munich to Cologne Train Times

Departure date
Wednesday, May 29, 2024

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How much do train tickets from Munich to Cologne cost?

The prices for train tickets from Munich to Cologne vary depending on a range of factors including how far in advance you're booking, your travel dates, and the type of transport you want to use. On certain routes, there may be different classes available, which will also affect the price. Booked in advance, the cheapest train tickets from Munich to Cologne will cost $15.29. The average train ticket price is approximately $45.54. For the lowest prices, it is usually best to book as far in advance as possible and look out for low-cost options, such as non-refundable tickets or traveling outside of peak hours. Be aware that some providers do not offer refunds or changes on their lower priced tickets, so it is advised to check before completing your transaction.
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The prices for train tickets from Munich to Cologne vary depending on a range of factors including how far in advance you're booking, your travel dates, and the type of transport you want to use. On certain routes, there may be different classes available, which will also affect the price. The average train ticket price is approximately $45.54. For the lowest prices, it is usually best to book as far in advance as possible and look out for low-cost options, such as non-refundable tickets or traveling outside of peak hours. Be aware that some providers do not offer refunds or changes on their lower priced tickets, so it is advised to check before completing your transaction.

How long is the journey from Munich to Cologne by train?

Traveling from Munich to Cologne by train will usually take 5 hr 36 min. This journey covers a distance of 283.65 mi . When planning your trip, bear in mind that 5 hr 36 min is an average, and route times may vary from day to day. Weather conditions, issues with transport, unexpected diversions, and local events could all cause delays to your journey. Please keep the possibility of these exceptional events in mind when making travel plans. In order to get from Munich to Cologne faster, consider looking for an express service that makes fewer stops along the way. Conversely, a connecting route may, in some circumstances, be faster than a direct journey. The fastest routes between Munich and Cologne will complete the journey in 4 hr 23 min. On average, it will take you about 5 hr 36 min to travel the 283.65 mi between Munich and Cologne.

Which stations are used when traveling from Munich to Cologne?

There are different options to choose from when traveling between Munich and Cologne. You can start your journey in Munich at stations such as Blumenstraße, München,Hopfenstraße, München,Hauptbahnhof Seidlstraße, München. These connect to stations including Koeln Messe/deutz,Köln-Mülheim ,Köln, Hbf,Cologne Bonn Airport in Cologne. There may not be a direct connection between all the stations in the two locations. Some providers will only serve a selection of the stations, and you may have to travel from one station to another in the same city after arrival to reach your ultimate destination. Virail will show you both all direct routes and any connecting services which you can take to get from Munich to Cologne.

How many times a day do departures from Munich leave for Cologne?

The exact number of journeys from Munich to Cologne can vary from day to day. Some services may only run on particular days of the week, while others might be seasonal. In general, an average of 5 departures leave each day. These are run by a number of different transport providers, including . On particularly busy days, there can be up to departures. You can usually expect there to be more connections on weekdays. Many providers run fewer journeys on weekends or public holidays. As a traveler, you may prefer to take a direct route from Munich to Cologne. However, you will find more options available to you if you are willing to take a connecting route. These pass through one or more different cities, and you'll have to change along the way. Not all travelers feel comfortable making multiple connections, but if you are, then you will enjoy greater flexibility when making your booking. The exact number of daily departures from Munich to Cologne varies, but in general, you can expect to find 2 direct connections with no changes leaving each day. Travelers who are happy to take an indirect route will find, on average, 3 journeys with one change or more. Unfortunately, no connection was found for your trip from Munich to Cologne. Selecting a new departure or arrival city, without dramatically changing your itinerary could help you find connections.

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Cheap train tickets from Munich to Cologne
Looking for the best deal on a train ticket for your trip? Here are 4 ways to get cheap train tickets from Munich to Cologne.

Book in advance and save

If you're looking for the best deal for your trip from Munich to Cologne, booking train tickets in advance is a great way to save money, but keep in mind that advance tickets are usually not available until 3 months before your travel date.

Stay flexible with your travel time and explore off-peak journeys

Planning your trips around off-peak travel times not only means that you'll be able to avoid the crowds, but can also end up saving you money. Being flexible with your schedule and considering alternative routes or times will significantly impact the amount of money you spend on getting from Munich to Cologne.

Always check special offers

Checking on the latest deals can help save a lot of money, making it worth taking the time to browse and compare prices. So make sure you get the best deal on your ticket and take advantage of special fares for children, youth and seniors as well as discounts for groups.

Unlock the potential of slower trains or connecting trains

If you're planning a trip with some flexible time, why not opt for the scenic route? Taking slower trains or connecting trains that make more stops may save you money on your ticket – definitely worth considering if it fits in your schedule.

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Price as departure date approaches

Train companies may charge higher ticket prices as the date of departure approaches. Prices in the next days can range from around $10.16 to $101.50 but may be subject to change. Our advice is to book as early as possible to potentially save up to 90% on your trip!

Best time to book cheap train tickets from Munich to Cologne

The cheapest Munich - Cologne train tickets can be found for as low as $32.41 if you’re lucky, or $53.40 on average. The most expensive ticket can cost as much as $85.18.

Find the best day to travel to Cologne by train

When travelling to Cologne by train, if you want to avoid crowds you can check how frequently our customers are travelling in the next 30-days using the graph below. On average, the peak hours to travel are between 6:30am and 9am in the morning, or between 4pm and 7pm in the evening. Please keep this in mind when travelling to your point of departure as you may need some extra time to arrive, particularly in big cities!

Carriers on this route

Find out more about the carriers on this route.

The ÖBB Nightjet, operated by the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), offers overnight train travel between major European cities, providing a convenient and comfortable way to journey through the night. The Nightjet trains are equipped with sleeping cabins, couchettes, and seats, offering passengers a comfortable and convenient way to travel long distances while they sleep. The service runs throughout Austria and extends to neighboring countries such as Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and the Czech Republic.

While not as swift as the high-speed ICE trains, Deutsche Bahn’s InterCity trains boast speeds up to 200km/h, offering spacious carriages and dining options. Operating across numerous German routes, such as Cologne-Hamburg, these trains also extend to international destinations, including Amsterdam and Luxembourg. Some routes even feature double-deck trains.

Ticket types and facilities from Munich to Cologne

Compare the different ticket types and the facilities provided by Nightjet and DB - Intercity when traveling from Munich to Cologne.

Seated carriage

These tickets are ideal for shorter journeys during the day, featuring comfortable seats in air-conditioned carriages.
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Sleeper cabin

These are the most comfortable Nightjet tickets, featuring single, double, or triple compartments with beds, blankets, and pillows for a good night's sleep.
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Couchette

These tickets provide a more affordable option for overnight travel, with bunk beds in shared compartments that can accommodate up to 6 passengers.
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Second Class

On SBB Intercity trains, in addition to basic amenities for Second Class ticket, there's a Family Zone specially designed to offer comfort for families with children. If you get hungry during the journey, you can enjoy tasty meals in the restaurant carriage.
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First Class

On Deutsche Bahn IC trains, if you have a Flexpreis First Class ticket in addition to the standard second class offerings, you can access Fast Track and DB lounges at some German stations for free and enjoy the complimentary refreshments. Plus, experience a quieter travel environment and savor the view.

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Facility Description

Find out more about the different facilities available onboard with each carrier on this route.

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Wifi service is currently unavailable on Nighthet.
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Private compartments are available on ÖBB Nightjets. In couchette cars, 1-6 persons (1-3 adults; max. 5 children up to the age of 14) can travel at a low fixed rate. Moreover, for everyone's comfort, there's a quiet time enforced from 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. Main lights in sleeper and couchette sections should be off during this period.
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Apart from standard outlets, the new Nightjet offers USB charging and inductive charging stations.
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When travelling on an ÖBB Nightjet train, you're allowed to check only one suitcase and one piece of hand luggage. Ensure your luggage is stored in a manner that doesn't inconvenience or obstruct others. Remember the guidelines for luggage storage: Easily stowable items should go in the overhead racks, while bulkier luggage should be placed under the seat or in designated luggage racks. Always keep passageways, doors, and escape routes clear for everyone's safety.
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Certain routes offer coaches with wheelchair-friendly compartments and nearby restrooms, accommodating a passenger with a wheelchair and a companion.
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Day coach travelers can buy snacks and drinks from onboard staff. Couchette ticket holders get mineral water and a Viennese breakfast. Sleeper cabin passengers enjoy a welcome drink, evening snack, mineral water, and a customized breakfast. Specific dietary requests for Nightjet meals should be emailed at least 72 hours before departure.
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Every compartment in sleeper, couchette, and seating carriages has individual air conditioning controls.
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On Nightjets connecting Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, bikes are welcome with a specific ticket and reservation. ÖBB Nightjet also allows items like pushchairs and musical instruments. Use the ÖBB service to transport bikes within Austria. Folding bikes are free if they're within 110 cm x 80 cm x 40 cm. Ensure e-bike batteries are charged, and note bikes can't be on buses during rail interruptions.
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Deutsche Bahn is rolling out free WiFi on their IC trains, with some already offering the service.
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All seats in both classes have power sockets on DB IC trains.
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On IC trains, you can bring any amount of luggage without restrictions. Store small bags either in the overhead racks or beneath your seats. For bigger luggage items, use the racks found in the compartments or close to the exterior doors.
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Deutsche Bahn's Mobility Service provides assistance for boarding, disembarking, and train transfers. Staff are on hand to address questions and ensure a smooth trip.
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On the DB IC trains, there's a restaurant for meals or a bistro for snacks. You can eat at the bistro or in your seat. First Class passengers get free food at their seat. The menu changes but always has local food, including vegetarian and vegan choices.
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Intercity trains have air-conditioned sections.
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For IC trains, a ticket and reservation are required for bicycles, with the reservation cost included. Bikes are typically stored in second class carriages, though your seat may be elsewhere.
Services on board DB - Intercity, Nightjet and DB - InterCity Express (ICE) from Munich to Cologne
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Munich to Cologne CO2 Emissions by Train

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31.95kg
Bus
34.24kg
Flight
91.3kg
Car
73.04kg
What are the CO2 emissions from Munich to Cologne by train? The CO2 emissions from taking the train between Munich and Cologne are 31.95kg.
How much CO2 do I save by taking the train between Munich and Cologne? By taking the train between Munich and Cologne you will save 59.35kg CO2 emissions compared to a flight, 2.29kg compared to a bus and 41.09kg compared to a car.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a train ticket from Munich to Cologne?
A train ticket from Munich to Cologne is $45.54. However the price varies depending on how early you buy, and if it's peak time to travel. Occasionally you can find them for as cheap as $15.29.
What's the cheapest train ticket from Munich to Cologne?
The cheapest ticket you can get from Munich to Cologne is $15.29. We recommend booking as early as possible and off-peak hours to get the cheapest ticket possible. Off-peak times are usually from 09:30 to 16:00, and after 19:00.
What's the distance between Munich and Cologne by train?
Munich to Cologne is 283.65 mi.
How long does the train between Munich and Cologne take?
Munich to Cologne is on average 5 hr 36 min. However the fastest option will get you there in 4 hr 23 min.
Which companies operate from Munich to Cologne?
The train journey from Munich to Cologne is covered by 2 operator(s). On Virail you can find these carriers that provide services on this route: DB - Intercity, Nightjet and DB - InterCity Express (ICE).
How many train connections per day go from Munich to Cologne?
Munich to Cologne has 5 connection(s) per day on average.
What time does the first train from Munich to Cologne leave?
The earliest train from Munich to Cologne departs at 12:01 AM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
What time does the last train from Munich to Cologne depart?
The latest train from Munich to Cologne departs at 11:57 PM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
Should I book my ticket from Munich to Cologne in advance?
If you can, we recommend booking your ticket as early as possible to ensure you get better savings. The cheapest train ticket we have found is $15.29 but this may be subject to change depending on the day of travel, hour you wish to depart and how far in advance you book.
How many direct connections depart from Munich to Cologne?
There are on average 2 direct connection(s) from Munich to go to Cologne.
What's the fastest journey time between Munich to Cologne by train?
The fastest journey time by train between Munich and Cologne is 4 hr 23 min.
Is there a direct train from Munich to Cologne?
Yes, there is a direct train between Munich and Cologne.
What are the CO2 emissions for Munich to Cologne by train?
The train journey from Munich to Cologne creates 31.95kg of CO2 emissions.

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