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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.

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?", "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?".  And most important, click here to understand how far ahead you can buy train tickets.

European train travel FAQ...

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 Berlin from €29.90...

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Munich to Frankfurt, Cologne, 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

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Munich to London from €59.90...

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Munich to Paris from €39.90...
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.

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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...

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Munich to Brussels or Bruges from €39.90...

Option 1, by daytime trains... 

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.

Option 2, by time-effective Nightjet sleeper...

1 or 2 bed sleeper on Nightjet train to Vienna   en suite shower & toilet in deluxe sleeper   Comfortline sleeping-car as now used on Nightjet trains

2-berth regular sleeper with washstand...

 

The toilet & shower in a deluxe sleeper...

 

A Comfortline sleeping-car, as now used on the Austrian Nightjet train from Munich to Cologne.  More information about Nightjet trains...

   

Austrian couchette car or liegewagen.  Couchettes are the economical option, flat bunks with rug & pillow.

 

6-berth couchettes, the cheapest option...

 

4-berth couchettes, ideal for families...

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Munich to Amsterdam from €39.90...

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:  Using the time-effective Munich-Cologne Nightjet sleeper train...

1 or 2 bed sleeper on Nightjet train to Vienna   en suite shower & toilet in deluxe sleeper   Comfortline sleeping-car as now used on Nightjet trains

2-berth regular sleeper with washstand...

 

The toilet & shower in a deluxe sleeper...

 

A Comfortline sleeping-car, as now used on the Austrian Nightjet train from Munich to Cologne.  More information about Nightjet trains...

   

Austrian couchette car or liegewagen.  Couchettes are the economical option, flat bunks with rug & pillow.

 

6-berth couchettes, the cheapest option...

 

4-berth couchettes, ideal for families...

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

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Munich to Luxembourg from €39.90...

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Munich to Zurich, Basel, Geneva & anywhere in Switzerland from €39.90...
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...

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Munich to Venice, Milan, Florence, Rome & Italy from €39.90...

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 Nightjet sleeper train from Munich to Milan, Florence, Rome, Venice...

1 or 2 bed sleeper on Nightjet train to Vienna   en suite shower & toilet in deluxe sleeper   Comfortline sleeping-car as now used on Nightjet trains

2-berth regular sleeper with washstand...

 

The toilet & shower in a deluxe sleeper...

 

A Comfortline sleeping-car, as now used on the Austrian Nightjet trains from Munich to Italy.  More information about Nightjet trains...

   

Austrian couchette car or liegewagen...

 

6-berth couchettes...

 

4-berth couchettes...

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Munich to Barcelona & Spain from €79...

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.

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Munich to Salzburg from €19.90...

Option 1, by fast railjet or EuroCity train in 1h30...

Option 2, by hourly regional train in 1h51...

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Munich to Vienna from €29.90...

Option 1, by fast direct railjet train...

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

 

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Munich to Innsbruck from €19.90...

Option 1, the fast mainline route in 1h44 from €19.90 booked in advance or €42.40 bought on the day...

Option 2, the slower but much more scenic route in 2h51 for €36.60 bought on the day, no prior reservation necessary...

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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!

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

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Munich to Bratislava from €40...
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!

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Munich to Budapest from €39.90...

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...

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Munich to Brasov & Bucharest from €79...

Option 1, by railjet to Budapest and daily sleeper train Ister to Brasov & Bucharest...  Easily booked online with cheap advance-purchase fares.

Option 2, by railjet to Vienna and daily sleeper train Dacia Express to Brasov & Bucharest.

Option 3, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Budapest...

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Munich to Warsaw & Krakow from €39.90...

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...

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Munich to Ljubljana & Zagreb from €39.90...
 

Munich to Prague by bus? No thanks!

Busse? Nein Danke!

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...

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Munich to Belgrade & Sofia...

Option 1, via Zagreb.  This is is the fastest option, although the Zagreb-Belgrade sector cannot be booked online...

Option 2, via Budapest.  This is the cheapest option and it can all be booked online, though it takes slightly longer...

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Munich to Moscow & Russia...

Option 1, via Warsaw 3 times per week, reduced from daily in June 2017.

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

Option 2, using the new Berlin-Moscow Strizh sleeper train, twice a week...

Option 3, via Vienna & Kiev, avoiding Belarus with daily departures...

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Munich to Lviv, Kiev & Ukraine...

Option 1, via Vienna, the recommended and easiest option...

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.

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Munich to Copenhagen from €39.90...

Option 1, by daytime trains...

Option 2, by sleeper train via Hamburg...

A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...   Inside a Danish IC3 train...

A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station.  IC3s now work all the Hamburg-Copenhagen trains.

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

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

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

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

A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...   Inside a Danish IC3 train...

A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...  Most Hamburg-Copenhagen trains are now EuroCity trains worked by Danish IC3 units like the one above, although the 09:28 from Hamburg and the 17:37 from Copenhagen are worked by Danish-owned ICE-TD trains like the one shown below.

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.

A Hamburg-Copenhagen ICE on board the Puttgarden-Rψdby 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 X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm.

 

2nd class seating on the X2000.  All seats have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

 

Self-service buffet car on the X2000 to Stockholm.

More info on X2000 trains

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Munich to Oslo & Norway...

Option 1, via Hamburg & Copenhagen - by train all the way...

Option 2, Munich to Oslo via the Kiel-Oslo Color Line cruise ferry - the most comfortable way to Oslo...

Germany to Oslo Color Line ferry at Kiel

This photo is taken from the exit of Kiel station, so you can see how close the ferry is.  It's a 5-6 minute walk across the harbour, with a street lift up to a connecting walkway which takes you to the ferry terminal. If you have reserved one of what Color Line call their "5 star suites", check in at the desk rather than the machines and you'll be directed to a special lounge to wait with free tea, coffee, juice, snacks & WiFi.  You'll also have priority boarding of the ship.  Photos courtesy of Andrew Leo.

Boarding the ferry in Kiel

Boarding the Color Line ferry to Oslo in Kiel...

Kiel to Oslo ferry, Color Class suite   Kiel to Oslo ferry, restaurant

A 5 Star Suite on the ferry...

 

More cruise liner than ferry!  The restaurant.

View from Color Line ferry to Oslo

Wake up to this....

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Munich to Helsinki & Finland...

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Munich to Athens, Corfu & Greece...

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

  • The best and most comfortable option is to pick up a ferry in Bari.  The whole scenic and relaxing journey from Munich to Athens will take around 2 nights & 3 days, depending how the connections work out on your particular date.

  • Day 1, travel from Munich Hbf to Verona Porta Nuova from €39 through the scenic Brenner Pass with a restaurant car for lunch & dinner. There are various departures, journey time 5h18, you can leave in the afternoon.

    Check times, prices & buy online with German Railways at www.bahn.de.

  • Stay overnight in Verona.

  • Day 2, take an early morning train around 07:50 from Verona Porta Nuova to Bari Centrale from €29.90 booked at either www.italiarail.com or www.trenitalia.com.  Make sure you allow at least 3 hours between between train arrival and ferry departure in Bari.

  • Day 2, then sail across the Adriatic from Bari to Corfu, Igoumenitsa or Patras in Greece aboard a luxurious cruise ferry booked at www.superfast.com.  She normally sails daily except Sundays at 19:30 arriving 13:00 next day (day 3).  The ferry has bars, restaurants, sun decks, lunges, reclining seats and cabins, some with en suite shower & toilet.  It's a lovely crossing, see the photos below.

  • Day 3, Patras is a few hours bus ride from Athens.  If you hunt for it, there's a bus/train combined timetable from Patras to Athens on www.trainose.gr but it's pretty hard to find.

  • The Bari to Athens part of this journey is covered in more detail on the London to Greece page, just disregard the London to Milan part of the recommended journey!

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...

  • You can also travel overland by train from Munich to Athens via Belgrade & Thessaloniki.  It'll take 3 nights, with the romance and adventure of an epic train ride through the Balkans.

  • In Munich you pick up the London-Munich-Belgrade-Thessaloniki-Athens route explained in detail on the London to Greece page.  Just disregard the London-Munich part.

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Munich to Istanbul & Turkey...

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Find hotels in Munich & other cities

    

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

►► My recommended booking site:  www.booking.com

www.booking.com is my favourite hotel booking site, and unless HotelsCombined throws up major price differences I prefer doing my bookings in one place here. 

You can usually book with free cancellation - this allows you to confirm your accommodation at no risk before train booking opens.  It also means you can hold accommodation while you finalise your itinerary, and alter your plans as they evolve - a great feature I use all the time when putting a trip together.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...

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