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Take the train from Cologne (Germany) to Munich in 3 hours 51 minutes

If you want to travel from Cologne (Germany) to Munich by train, you've come to the right place.

You can expect the journey from Cologne (Germany) to Munich by train to take around 4 hours 46 minutes. If you want to get there as quickly as possible, it can take as little as 3 hours 51 minutes on the fastest services. You’ll usually find around 35 trains per day running on this route, which spans 282 miles (455 km). There’s no need for any changes along the way, as there are direct trains available to Munich. ICE, DB or FlixTrain are the main rail operators on this route, all of which offer modern trains with plenty of space for luggage and comfortable seating.

Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to search for cheap ticket prices and we'll show you how much you can save. Tickets from Cologne (Germany) to Munich start from €9.99 when you book in advance.

If you want to know more about the journey, keep reading for timetables, tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs, including first and last train times. Want to go straight to booking? Start a search with us today!

Cologne (Germany) to Munich by train

It takes an average of 4h 46m to travel from Cologne (Germany) to Munich by train, over a distance of around 282 miles (455 km). There are normally 35 trains per day travelling from Cologne (Germany) to Munich and tickets for this journey start from €9.99 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 3h 51m
PriceFrom €9.99
Distance282 miles (455 km)
Frequency35 trains per day
First train03:19
Last train23:57
Departure stationCologne (Germany)
Arrival stationMunich
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsDeutsche Bahn, BlaBlaCar Bus, Flixbus

Cologne (Germany) to Munich train times

Check out the next trains departing from Cologne (Germany) to Munich for Dienstag 25. Januar 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
09:34 14:09 4h 35m, direct
09:54 14:28 4h 34m, 1 change
10:30 15:07 4h 37m, direct
10:55 15:27 4h 32m, direct
11:44 16:06 4h 22m, direct
11:54 16:27 4h 33m, 1 change
12:32 17:07 4h 35m, direct
12:55 17:27 4h 32m, direct
13:44 18:11 4h 27m, direct
13:54 18:27 4h 33m, 1 change

Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express), FlixTrain and EC (Eurocity) trains from Cologne (Germany) to Munich

You can travel from Cologne (Germany) to Munich on Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express), FlixTrain and EC (Eurocity) trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

PhotoJoachimKohlerBremen, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

The Deutsche Bahn Group is owned by the German State and controls the majority of rail traffic in Germany as well as in many border regions of the country. Every year, Deutsche Bahn transports several million passengers and many stations in Germany are served exclusively by DB trains, including the ICE, IC and EC fleet.

PhotoNelso Silva, under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The high-speed train of Deutsche Bahn, with a maximum speed of 205 mph (330 km/h), the ICE connects major cities and is also used for international travel to neighbouring countries such as Austria, France and Denmark. This train is equipped with air conditioning, a dining car, a children's compartment and power sockets. Passengers enjoy a free WiFi connection throughout the duration of the ICE trip.

Operating alongside its sister coach company FlixBus since 2018, FlixTrain provides cheap intercity connections using 100% green energy. The main routes served by FlixTrain are Cologne-Hamburg, Aachen-Cologne-Berlin, and Berlin-Stuttgart. The network will expand in future to include more routes to Munich and Leipzig. FlixTrain carriages are fitted with free WiFi and power outlets or USB charge points. Plus, every ticket comes with a seat reservation, guaranteeing you a seat for the journey.

PhotoQualle, under licence CC3.0

EuroCity (EC) trains offer convenient European cross-border connections between major cities in Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria – it's often a good alternative to air travel.

Cheap train tickets from Cologne (Germany) to Munich

The price of train tickets from Cologne (Germany) to Munich starts at €9.99 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Cologne (Germany) to Munich by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Cologne (Germany) to Munich? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Cologne (Germany) to Munich take?

The average journey time by train between Cologne (Germany) and Munich is 4 hours and 46 minutes, with around 35 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Cologne (Germany) and Munich by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Cologne (Germany) to Munich is 3 hours and 51 minutes.

How much does the train from Cologne (Germany) to Munich cost?

Train ticket prices from Cologne (Germany) to Munich can start from as little as €9.99 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from Cologne (Germany) to Munich?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Cologne (Germany) to Munich without having to change trains. There are 26 direct trains from Cologne (Germany) to Munich each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Cologne (Germany) to Munich leave?

The first train from Cologne (Germany) to Munich leaves at 03:19. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Cologne (Germany) to Munich leave?

The last train from Cologne (Germany) to Munich leaves at 23:57. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Cologne (Germany) and Munich by train?

Trains travelling from Cologne (Germany) to Munich cover a distance of around 282 miles (455 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Munich to Cologne (Germany). If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Cologne (Germany) to Munich.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Cologne (Germany) to Munich for a typical week day using timetable data for 01/25/2022. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 12/15/2021 for travel on 12/15/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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