ICE train at Berlin Hbf

A German ICE train...

This page explains how to travel by train from Munich to other European cities and how to buy the cheapest tickets, usually online direct from the operators with print-at-home or collect-at-station tickets & no booking fees.  It doesn't matter where you live, in Europe, Asia, the USA or Australia, you can buy train tickets as shown below and save money over expensive railpasses or travel agent mark-ups.

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       Train information is current for 2016.

Tip:  1st class passengers can use the DB 1st class lounge at Munich Hbf

Tip:  For a beer or local Bavarian food before your train try www.augustinerkeller.de at Arnulfstrasse 52, on the north side of Munich Hbf.

Before you buy your tickets...

Take a moment to read these important tips for buying European train tickets.  They answer all the usual questions, such as "Do I need to book in advance or can I just buy at the station?", "How far ahead can I book?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just go online & buy a €35 point-to-point ticket?".

Answering your questions about European train travel...

An introduction to European train travel

 

Senior fares (over 60)

 

Guide to Eurail passes (overseas visitors)

Important tips for buying European train tickets

Youth fares (under 26)

 

Guide to InterRail passes (for Europeans)

How to check European train times

Child fares & child age limits

 

Couchettes & sleepers on night trains

Do I need to book in advance?

Luggage on European trains

 

Train seat numbering plans

How far ahead can I book?

Luggage storage at stations

 

Wheelchairs & special needs

Can I stop off on the way?

Taking a bike by train

 

Real-time service updates

Should I travel 1st or 2nd class?

Taking a car by train

 

Hotels & accommodation

How long to allow for connections?

Taking dogs & pets by train

 

Changing stations in Paris by metro or taxi

How early to arrive at the station?

Maps of the European rail network

 

What to do when things go wrong...



Munich to Frankfurt, Cologne, Berlin, Hamburg & other German destinations...

Munich to Neuschwanstein, Bavaria's fairytale castle:  See details here...

Munich to Berchtesgaden for Eagles Nest:  See details here...

ICE2 first class ICE2 second class High-speed ICE train from Cologne to Berlin, at Berlin Hauptbahnhof

ICE2 1st class.

ICE2 2nd class.

ICE2 at Berlin.  More info about ICE


Munich to London from €59...

Munich to Paris from €39...
TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de l'Est   Upper deck second class on board a TGV Duplex.

TGV Duplex at Paris Est. These impressive 200 mph double-deck trains link Munich & Stuttgart with Paris...

 

2nd class table for 4 on TGV Duplex upper deck...

TGV Duplex cafe-bar   TGV Duplex upper deck 2nd class seats

The cafe-bar on the upper deck in car 4, serving tea, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer, snacks & microwaved hot dishes....

 

2nd class seats, this is upper deck seating.  There's a mix or tables for 4 and unidirectional seating.

First class on board a TGV Duplex   An TGV Duplex at Paris Est.

1st class seats on the upper deck, with a club duo on the left, a club quatre on the right.

 

A TGV Duplex.  The red near the door indicates 1st class, pale green indicates 2nd class.


Munich to Nice, Cannes, Monte Carlo, Marseille, Avignon..

Option 1, by sleeper from Munich to Milan then a scenic coastal ride...

Option 2, by day trains with overnight stop in Verona - a scenic trip with mountains and coastline...


Munich to Brussels or Bruges from €29...
High-speed ICE3 train from Brussels to Cologne & Frankfurt ICE3 second class ICE3 first class

An ICE3 at Brussels Midi.  More ICE information.

ICE3 2nd class.  ICEs is one of the most comfortable trains in Europe...

ICE3 1st class, with real leather seats.  All seats have power sockets.


Munich to Amsterdam from €39...

Option 1, by daytime trains...

ICE3 second class ICE3 first class High-speed ICE3 train at Cologne

ICE3 2nd class.  All seats in both classes have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

ICE3 1st class, with real leather seats.  Staff provide at-seat service of drinks & food.

An ICE3 at Cologne Hauptbahnhof.  More info about ICE.

Option 2, by time-effective overnight sleeper train: 

Sleeping-car room - Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train   4-berth couchette compartment on Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train   6-berth couchette compartment on Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train  

A sleeping-car as used on the Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper: The most civilised option, economy with washbasin or deluxe with shower & toilet.

 

Couchettes:  For sole occupancy for 4 people, simply book 5 tickets in a 5-berth compartment.

 

5-berth couchettes:  All City Night Line couchettes are now in 5-berth compartments.

 

A Comfortline sleeping-car as used on the Munich-Amsterdam City Night Line sleeper train.

More pictures & information about this train...

Option 3, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Cologne.  Comfortable & time-effective...

  • For example, take a comfortable ICE train leaving Munich at 17:27 and arriving Cologne 22;05, stay overnight in Cologne, then catch a morning train to Amsterdam:  The 06:26 from Cologne arrives Amsterdam Centraal at 09:34, or have a leisurely breakfast and catch a later train.  Fares from €39 in 2nd class or €69 in 1st class. 

  • The cheapest way to book this is to use www.bahn.de to book from Munich to Amsterdam, but click Add intermediate stops and put Cologne Hbf in the via box with your desired stopover duration in the hh:mm box.  Why not allow time for a wander round Cologne, visiting the cathedral right next to the station, you can add a stopover of up to 48h duration.  Adjust the departure time and stopover duration to get earlier or later trains for each part of the journey with a longer or shorter overnight stop in Cologne.

  • Tip:  If you have more time, take the scenic route along the Rhine Valley to Cologne, rather than the faster high-speed line.  This takes an extra hour or so.  Simply click Add intermediate stops again and enter Koblenz leaving duration as zero.  You will now be routed via the twisting Rhine Valley line past castles, vineyards, river boats, and the legendary Lorelei Rock.  Indeed, you could make Koblenz the stopover instead of Cologne if you like.

  • Starting with the cheapest, suggested hotels near to Cologne Hauptbahnhof with good reviews include the Breslauer Hof Am Dom, Hotel Domspitzen, CityClass Hotel Europa am Dom, Hilton Cologne, Excelsior Hotel Ernst am Dom


Munich to Luxembourg from €39...

Munich to Zurich, Basel, Geneva & anywhere in Switzerland from €39...
Train from Zurich to Munich   Restaurant car on a Zurich to Munich train

EuroCity train from Zurich to Munich, seen at Zurich HB.

 

Restaurant car:  Treat yourself to a beer!

1st class seats   Scenery from the train

1st class car.  Photos courtesy Discoverbyrail.com.

 

Scenery from the train between Zurich & Munich...


Munich to Venice, Milan, Florence, Rome & Italy from €39...

Option 1, by daytime EuroCity train via the scenic Brenner Pass...

The restaurant car on a EuroCity from Munich, arrived at Verona.  You don't need to book a table, just go along and sit down.  Dining on the move as the scenery glides by is one of the pleasures of travelling on trains like this...

Austrian second class seats   Austrian second class seats   Austrian first class seats

Second class seats, mostly in 6-seat compartments with side-corridor like this, but some cars are open-plan saloons...

 

First class leather seats.  On a few trains you'll find 6-seat compartments too....

Mountains on the Brenner route...

Scenery (and vineyards!) on the Brenner route   Scenery on the Brenner route

Vineyards, mountains and castles south of Brenner as the train heads for Trento & Verona...

Hilltop fortresses seen from the Brenner Pass train

Watch out for hilltop fortresses...  See the Brenner Pass scenery video here.

Option 2, by direct City Night Line sleeper train...

Sleeping-car room - Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train   4-berth couchette compartment on Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train   6-berth couchette compartment on Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train  

A sleeping-car as used on the Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper: The most civilised option, economy with washbasin or deluxe with shower & toilet.

 

Couchettes:  For sole occupancy for 4 people, simply book 5 tickets in a 5-berth compartment.

 

5-berth couchettes:  All City Night Line couchettes are now in 5-berth compartments...

 

A Comfortline sleeping-car as used on the Munich-Amsterdam City Night Line sleeper train.

More pictures & information about this train...


Munich to Barcelona & Spain...

Option 1:  Munich to Barcelona in one day, by high-speed trains...

Option 2:  Munich to Barcelona with overnight stop in Geneva...

TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de Lyon   Upper deck second class on board a TGV Duplex.

TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de Lyon. These 200 mph double-deckers link Paris with Barcelona.  Watch TGV Duplex video.

 

2nd class table for 4 on TGV Duplex upper deck...

First class on board a TGV Duplex   An TGV Duplex at Paris Est.

1st class seats on the upper deck, with a club duo on the left, a club quatre on the right.

 

A TGV Duplex at Barcelona Sants.  The red near the door indicates 1st class, pale green indicates 2nd class.

Mt Canigou in the Pyrenees

Mt Canigou & the Pyrenees...  One of the highest peaks in the mighty Pyrenees, the 2,784m (9,137 feet) high Mt Canigou dominates the skyline on the right all the way from Perpignan to Girona, see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CanigouMore photos of what to see on the Paris-Barcelona train journey.


Munich to Salzburg from €19...

Munich to Vienna from €29...

Option 1, by fast direct Railjet trains...

The morning RailJet from Munich has arrived in Budapest.   Economy class seats on the Munich-Vienna RailJet train

"The RailJet has landed..."  A Railjet from Munich has arrived in Vienna spot on time.  More photos, video & information about Railjets.

 

Economy class on RailJet, in open saloons with picture windows.  Some seats around tables, most unidirectional.

  Premium class seats on the Munich-Vienna RailJet train   Railjet restaurant car

Railjet first class, with black leather seats...

 

Business class...

 

Bistro-restaurant car...

Option 2, Meridian+Westbahn, slower but more flexible / cheaper at short notice...

Westbahn train 2nd class seats   Westbahn train stairs to upper deck   Westbahn train to Salzburg at Vienna

Westbahn double-deck train on the Salzburg-Vienna route.

Click here for virtual tour of a Westbahn train

 


Munich to Innsbruck from €29...

 

Munich to Prague by bus? No thanks!

Busse? Nein Danke!

Train tickets from €15 www.cd.cz/eshop...

Munich to Prague from €15 - or €35 in 1st class!

Munich to Český Krumlov for €32 round trip...

Munich to Bratislava from €39...
The train from Vienna to Bratislava, at Vienna Huaptbahnhof...   Inside the hourly train from Vienna to Bratislava...

The hourly regional express train from Vienna to Bratislava Hlavna, about to leave from Vienna Hauptbahnhof. 

Tip:  Behind the locomotive there's usually a smart Slovakian air-conditioned intercity coach, whilst the rest of the train consists of more basic non-air-con Austrian City Shuttle carriages, with interiors as shown in the photo above right.  Find a seat in the more comfortable Slovakian car if you can!


Munich to Budapest from €39...

Option 1, by daytime RailJet train: 

  Premium class seats on the Munich-Vienna RailJet train   Railjet restaurant car

Railjet first class, with black leather seats...

 

Business class...

 

Bistro-restaurant car...

Economy class seats on the Munich-Vienna RailJet train   The morning RailJet from Munich has arrived in Budapest.

Economy class on RailJet, in open saloons with picture windows.  Some seats around tables, most unidirectional.

 

The RailJet from Munich, arrived at Budapest Keleti spot on time.  More photos & information about Railjet trains.

Option 2, using the Munich-Budapest sleeper train Kalman Imre: 

The sleeper train to Budapest   Sleeper compartment in the Hungarian sleeping-car from Munich to Budapest

The Kalman Imre, about to leave Munich...

 

A 2-berth sleeper...

6-berth couchettes on train to Budapest   4-berth couchettes on train to Budapest   Couchette car on the Kalman Imre to Budapest

6-berth couchettes...

 

4-berth couchettes

 

Hungarian couchette car...


Munich to Bucharest from €78...

Option 1, using the sleeper train Dacia Express from Vienna to Bucharest.

Option 2, by Railjet to Budapest and daily Budapest-Bucharest sleeper train Ister...  This option is easily booked online with cheap advance-purchase prices.


Munich to Warsaw & Krakow from €39...

Option 1, by daytime trains... 

Option 2, using the Vienna-Krakow & Vienna-Warsaw sleeper train...

The Polish sleeping-car on the Krakow to Budapest sleeper train   A newly-refurbished sleeper compartment as used on the Krakow to Budapest & Krakow to Vienna trains

The Vienna to Krakow train has a smartly-refurbish Polish sleeping-car like this, with 1, 2 & 3 bed compartments with washbasin.

 

Cosy 2-bed sleeper with washbasin...


Munich to Ljubljana & Zagreb from €39...
 

Munich to Prague by bus? No thanks!

Busse? Nein Danke!

Train tickets from €19 www.cd.cz/eshop...

Option 1, by daytime trains, the wonderful scenic option... 

Austrian restaurant car between Munich and Villach   Scenery in the Austrian Alps between Munich & Ljubljana

An early lunch in the Austrian restaurant car as the Alpine scenery flies by.  The first stage is on a smart Austrian EuroCity train from Munich to Villach...

 

Through the Austrian Alps...  Clinging to the mountainside high in the Austrian Alps, the train snakes along between snow-capped mountains, absolutely wonderful...

  2nd class seats on the Munich-Zagreb train

...and along the Sava river in Slovenia.  Now across the border in Slovenia, the EuroCity train runs along the pretty River Sava all the way to Ljubljana and Zagreb...

 

Comfortable seats:  The 2nd class seats in the Slovenian cars are arranged 2+1 abreast, the same as 1st class!

The EuroCity train 'Sava' from Munich to Ljubljana & Zagreb  

The EuroCity train Sava, arrived at Zagreb.

 

More scenery along the Sava between Ljubljana & Zagreb.

Option 2, by direct Munich-Zagreb sleeper train, the time-effective option...

The 'Lisinski' sleeper train from Zagreb to Munich, at Zagreb main station   Sleeper compartment in the Croatian sleeping-car from Munich to Zagreb

The sleeping-car on the Lisinski:  The modern air-conditioned Croatian sleeping-car of the Lisinski from Munich to Zagreb has 10 compartments with washbasin, each of which can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth room, with toilets at the end of the corridor.  Above left, the sleeper arrived at Zagreb.

4-berth couchettes on Munich to Zagreb train   Couchette car on Munich to Zagreb train, at Munich

The couchette car on the Lisinski has modern air-conditioned 6-berth and 4-berth compartments.  Above right, the westbound train is seen boarding at Zagreb. See panorama photo.

Scenery between Ljubljana, Zagreb & Belgrade

Wake up to scenery like this between Ljubljana & Zagreb, along the river Sava...


Munich to Belgrade & Sofia...

Option 1, via Budapest.  This is the cheapest option and it can all be booked online...

Option 2, via Zagreb.  This is half an hour faster, although it cannot be booked online and may work out a little more expensive...


Munich to Moscow & Russia...

Option 1, via Vienna.  Runs 3 times a week.

Option 2, via Warsaw.  Runs daily.

A modern Russian sleeping-car of the sort used on the Polonez   A 2-berth or 4-berth compartment in daytime mode

Munich to Kiev & Ukraine...

Option 1, via Budapest...

The Kiev Express   1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper compartment   Each compartment has a washbasin

The Budapest-Kiev train... Courtesy of Alessandro

 

A sleeper compartment...

 

...with washbasin.

Option 2, via Warsaw...

The Kiev Express   1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper compartment   Each compartment has a washbasin

Boarding in Warsaw...

 

A sleeper compartment...

 

...with washbasin.


Munich to Copenhagen...
ICE3 second class ICE3 first class High-speed ICE3 train from Brussels to Frankfurt

ICE 2nd class.  All seats in both classes have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

ICE 1st class, with real leather seats.  Staff provide at-seat service of drinks & food.

The Hamburg-Copenhagen ICE on board the Puttgarden-Rødby ferry.  More info on ICE.


Munich to Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö or Oslo...

Option 1, by Munich-Hamburg sleeper train...

Option 2, by daytime trains with an overnight stop in Hamburg:  Munich to Stockholm, Malmö or Gothenburg from just €39...

Option 3, by daytime trains with an overnight stop in Copenhagen:  Munich to Stockholm, Malmö or Gothenburg from €39...

ICE3 second class ICE3 first class High-speed ICE3 train from Brussels to Frankfurt

ICE 2nd class.  All seats in both classes have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

ICE 1st class, with real leather seats.  Staff provide at-seat service of drinks & food.

The Hamburg-Copenhagen ICE on board the Puttgarden-Rødby ferry.  More info on ICE.

125 mph tilting 'X2000' from Copenhagen to Stockholm, at Copenhagen station 2nd class seats on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm The self-service buffet on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm...

A 125 mph SJ2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm.

 

2nd class seating on the SJ 2000.  All seats have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

 

Self-service buffet car on the SJ 2000 to Stockholm.

More info on SJ 2000 trains


Munich to Oslo & Norway...

Option 1, Munich to Oslo via the Kiel-Oslo Color Line cruise ferry - the most comfortable way to Oslo...

Option 2, via Hamburg & Copenhagen - by train all the way...


Munich to Helsinki & Finland...

Munich to Athens, Corfu & Greece...

Option 1, Munich to Athens by train & ferry via Italy - the leisurely option with an Adriatic cruise thrown in...

A 2 or 4 berth cabin on the Italy-Greece ferry  

2 or 4-berth cabin with private toilet & shower.

 

Relaxing on deck...

The ferry from Bari to Greece at sea

At sea, passing Cephalonia & Ithaca.  This is what travel to Greece should be like!

Option 2, Munich to Athens overland by train via Munich & Belgrade - a rail adventure across the Balkans...


Munich to Istanbul & Turkey...

Find hotels in Munich & other cities

 

◄◄ Hotel search & price comparison.

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It was named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site at the World Travel Awards 2013 and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling your hotel for less!

www.booking.com is my favourite booking site.  It's really clear and you can usually book with free cancellation and so confirm your accommodation at no risk months before train booking opens.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...


 


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