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Munich Hbf to Köln Hbf by train

It takes an average of 5h 08m to travel from Munich Hbf to Köln Hbf by train, over a distance of around 283 miles (455 km). There are normally 29 trains per day travelling from Munich Hbf to Köln Hbf and tickets for this journey start from €13.40 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 4h 32m
Price€13.40 - €239.90
Distance283 miles (455 km)
Frequency29 trains per day
Departure stationMunich Hbf
Arrival stationKöln Hbf
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operators

Munich Hbf to Köln Hbf train times

Check out the next trains departing from Munich Hbf to Köln Hbf for Monday 6th Jul 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
11:51 München Hbf16:23 Köln HbfICE 628 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets4h 32m, 1 change
12:51 München Hbf17:23 Köln HbfICE 626 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets4h 32m, 1 change
13:51 München Hbf18:33 Köln HbfICE 1144 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets4h 42m, 1 change
13:54 München Hbf19:05 Köln HbfICE 706 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets5h 11m, 2 changes
14:51 München Hbf19:29 Köln HbfICE 622 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets4h 38m, 1 change
15:51 München Hbf20:36 Köln HbfICE 620 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets4h 45m, 1 change
16:17 München Hbf21:05 Köln HbfICE 1622 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets4h 48m, 1 change
16:17 München Hbf22:05 Köln HbfICE 1622 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets5h 48m, direct
16:49 München Hbf21:26 Köln HbfICE 528 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets4h 37m, 1 change
17:51 München Hbf22:26 Köln HbfICE 526 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets4h 35m, 1 change

Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express), EC (Eurocity) and ÖBB trains from Munich Hbf to Köln Hbf

You can travel from Munich Hbf to Köln Hbf on Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express), EC (Eurocity) and ÖBB 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.

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.

ÖBB is the major railway company for Austria, subdivided into several subsidiaries, responsible for certain areas of transport, such as long distance and local transport, the operation of postal buses and the transport of goods. Railjet is ÖBB's high-speed train, which travels at speeds of up to 143 mph (230 km/h) and connects the main Austrian cities with Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Italy.

Cheap train tickets from Munich Hbf to Köln Hbf

Train tickets from Munich Hbf to Köln Hbf start at €13.40 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around €113.42.
lowest price found
from13.40
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price81.47
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price86.51
on the day
avg. single price113.42

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 Munich Hbf to Köln Hbf 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 guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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 Munich Hbf to Köln Hbf? 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 Munich Hbf to Köln Hbf take?

The average journey time by train between Munich Hbf and Köln Hbf is 5 hours and 8 minutes, with around 29 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 Munich Hbf and Köln Hbf by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Munich Hbf to Köln Hbf is 4 hours and 32 minutes.

How much does the train from Munich Hbf to Köln Hbf cost?

Train tickets from Munich Hbf to Köln Hbf can start from as little as €13.40 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Munich Hbf to Köln Hbf?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Munich Hbf to Köln Hbf without having to change trains. There are 7 direct trains from Munich Hbf to Köln Hbf. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Munich Hbf to Köln Hbf leave?

The first train from Munich Hbf to Köln Hbf leaves at 00:01. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Munich Hbf to Köln Hbf leave?

The last train from Munich Hbf to Köln Hbf leaves at 21:51. 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 Munich Hbf and Köln Hbf by train?

Trains travelling from Munich Hbf to Köln Hbf cover a distance of around 283 miles (455 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Köln Hbf to Munich Hbf.
Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Munich Hbf to Köln Hbf for a typical week day using timetable data for 06/07/2020. 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 29/06/2020 for travel on 13/02/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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