A step-by-step travel guide. Take the train from Malmö to Cologne
- Trip duration
- 1 day
- Travel time
- 8h 40min
This is the expert's go-to travel option
Traveling from Malmö to Cologne by train is a great experience. It’s a 1 day train journey with amazing scenery, passing through Copenhagen and Hamburg on the way.
- Malmö Sweden
- Copenhagen Denmark
- Copenhagen Denmark
- Hamburg Germany
- Hamburg Germany
- Cologne Germany
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Good to know when traveling from Malmö to Cologne
The Trip Planner. The page with the yellow background. This is where you build your trip by adding, removing or changing order of destinations. Make your trip as comfortable and affordable as possible by browsing departures and prices.
How do I choose a class?
Default will always be the 2nd Class price. We've tried making the Trip Planner as simple as possible, and have therefore chosen to put the choice of class in the next after. For more information about classes, read: First and second class.
Is one of your trips super long?
If you feel that a trip is way too long, then there's a hack for you. Example: Hamburg to Milan takes 11h 16min. The train from Hamburg departs at 10:24 and arrives in Milan at 21:40. You click on the trip Hamburg to Milan to see that there's a transfer in Basel at 16:56, almost perfectly half way through the trip. To split the trip, simply remove Milan, add Basel after Hamburg and then add Milan again after Basel. This trick only works if Milan is your final destination. We're working on a better solution.
Why are you showing a link to buy a certain ticket somewhere else?
Unfortunately, we are not allowed to sell all train tickets in the world, even if we'd very much like to. With that in mind, we decided it'd be a nice service to show you where you can buy that particular ticket separately, instead of not showing anything at all. You're welcome :)
First and second class
Wouldn’t it be great if there were only a few, standardized, alternatives when choosing class? We agree. However, the train operators themselves choose what they call their different class options, which means they tend to be called things like "Sparpreis", "Super Flex Premium" and sometimes just "Seat". This is not ideal and we are working actively to standardize how ticket options are listed in our service.
Which option you choose to travel with is entirely up to you. The more expensive options usually mean better comfort. If you feel unsure about what applies to each class option, you can check it out on the train operators' websites, or in their terms and conditions.
What happens if I miss my connecting train?
Missed trains connections are always possible due to delays, cancellations or just bad luck. Here's a few things to think about:
Before you travel
- Make sure you have enough time to begin with. Check all the connecting trains and give yourself some extra time to make the changes.
- Make sure that you have a travel insurance that include missed connections due to things out of your own control.
If you've missed your train
International rail travel is protected by the CIV rules - which means you're usually allowed to travel on the next available train free of charge.
- Save all documentation and tickets, you'll need them later to make a claim.
- Ask the ticket inspector to validate your tickets as evidence of the delay.
- When arriving at the next station ask the staff on what to do next.
Long distance train trips
If you have multiple connecting trains and your first train is delayed, your whole journey might be affected. Remember that if you have to buy new tickets or accommodation as an effect of the delay, save all receipts for your travel insurer.
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