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This page explains how to travel by train from Munich to other European cities and how to buy tickets the cheapest way.  Train information is current for 2019.

Tip:  With a 1st class ticket you can use the DB 1st class lounge.

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 tips for buying European train tickets.  They answer all the usual questions, "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 buy a €35 point-to-point ticket online?".  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...
TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de l'Est

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

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

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

 

2nd class seats on upper deck.  There's a mix or tables for 4 and unidirectional seating.  360Ί photo.

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

1st class seats on upper deck, a club duo on the left, club quatre on the right.  360Ί photo.

 

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...

Thello train from Marseille & Nice to Milan, at Marseille St Charles   1st class seats on Thello train from Nice to Milan

A Thello train to Nice about to leave Milan Centrale.  See more photos & information about these Thello trains...

 

1st class seats on Thello.  More space per person than 2nd, with seats arranged 2+1 across the car width.

2nd class seats on the Thello train from Nice to Milan   Cafe counter on the Thello train from Nice to Milan

2nd class seats on the Thello train.  Very comfortable, seat arranged 2+2 across the car width.

 

The small cafe-bar counter on the Milan to Nice & Marseille Thello train serving tea, coffee, wine, beer, soft drinks and snacks.

Coastal scenery from the Thello train from Nice to Italy

Views from the train, along the Ligurian coast between Milan and Nice.  Photos courtesy of Lucas Martin.

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Munich to Brussels or Bruges from €39.90...

Option 1, by daytime trains... 

High-speed ICE3 train at Brussels Midi   ICE2 train, 2nd class

An ICE3 at Brussels Midi platform 5...

 

ICE3 2nd class seats.  Larger photo.

ICE3 train, 1st class   Lunch & beer on an ICE3 train

ICE3 1st class, with leather seats.  Larger photo.

 

ICE3 bistro car.  See sample menu.

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

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

2-berth regular sleeper with washstand.  Larger photo.

 

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...

    4-berth couchette on Nightjet train

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...

High-speed ICE3 train at Amsterdam   ICE2 train, 2nd class

An ICE3 at Amsterdam Centraal platform 2...

 

ICE3 2nd class seats.  Larger photo.

ICE3 train, 1st class   Lunch & beer on an ICE3 train

ICE3 1st class, with leather seats.  Larger photo.

 

ICE3 bistro car.  See sample menu.

Option 2:  Using the time-effective Munich-Cologne Nightjet sleeper train...

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

2-berth regular sleeper with washstand.  Larger photo.

 

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...

    4-berth couchette on Nightjet train

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...
EuroCity train between Munich and Zurich

A EuroCity train between Munich and Zurich, at Zurich HB.

2nd class seats on Munich-Zurich EuroCity train   Restaurant car on Zurich to Munich train

2nd class seating...  Larger photo.

 

Swiss restaurant car:  Treat yourself!  Larger photo.

Scenery from the train   1st class seats on Munich-Zurich EuroCity train

Scenery from the train.  Courtesy Discoverbyrail.com.

 

Normal 1st class seating...  Larger photo.

Swiss panorama car, Munich to Zurich train   1st class seats in panorama car, Munich to Zurich train

1st class panorama car...

 

1st class seats in the panorama car...

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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.  More photos & information about these EuroCity trains.

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...

The Nightjet train from Vienna to Venice, arrived at Venice Santa Lucia

The Nightjet sleeper train from Munich, arrived at Venice Santa Lucia.  See more nightjet information, photos & video.

Nightjet deluxe sleeper, 2-bed   Nightjet deluxe sleepe toilet & shower   4-berth couchette compartment from Cologne to Vienna

2-berth deluxe sleeper.  More info about Nightjet trains.

 

...en suite toilet & shower.

 

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

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

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

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

 

2nd class seats on the is upper deck.  There's a mix or tables for 4 and unidirectional seating.  360Ί photo.

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

1st class seats on upper deck, a club duo on the left, a club quatre on the right.  360Ί photo.

 

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 Lisbon & Portugal...

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Munich to Salzburg from €19.90...

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

Option 2, by Meridian regional train in 1h47...

Pleasant Bavarian scenery between Munich & Salzburg...

View of Salzburg as the train crosses the River Salzach

Your first view of Salzburg will be from the train, right hand side.  This is the view of the Fortress Hohensalzburg as the railjet crosses the River Salzach & approaches Salzburg station....

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Munich to Hallstatt from €29.90...

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Munich to Vienna from €29.90...

Option 1, Munich to Vienna by railjet train - the fastest way...

A railjet train about to leave Munich Hbf

A railjet to Vienna about to leave Munich Hbf...

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

Railjet first class, with black leather seats...

 

Business class...

 

The restaurant...

Railjet train at Vienna Hbf   Railjet train standard class

A railjet boarding at the impressive modern Vienna Hbf.  More photos & information about Railjet trains

 

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

Pleasant Bavarian scenery between Munich & Salzburg...

View of Salzburg as the train crosses the River Salzach

This is the view of Salzburg's Fortress Hohensalzburg on your right hand side as the railjet crosses the River Salzach & approaches Salzburg station....

Pleasant farmland scenery between Salzburg & Vienna...

Option 2, Munich to Vienna by Meridian/Westbahn - slower, but more flexible, cheaper at short notice...

Westbahn train stairs to upper deck   Westbahn train to Salzburg at Vienna

Stairs to upper deck...

 

WESTbahn double-decker train to Salzburg at Vienna Westbahnhof...

Westbahn train buffet car   Westbahn train 2nd class seats on upper deck

Food vending area, 4 in each trainset...

 

Upper deck seats...

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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 €27 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...

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

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Munich to Českύ Krumlov from €16.55...

Option 1, via Plzen.  Cheapest & easiest to book, but 2 hours slower than going via Linz.

  • This is the cheapest route, although it's the slower one.  For example, at the time I write this, you could leave Munich Hbf at 08:43 and arrive Cesky Krumlov at 18:57 all for just €16.55, with time for a Pilsner beer at the station bar in Plzen and for a wander round Ceske Budejovice!

    Earlier and later departures are also available.  The train from Munich to Plzen is a Munich-Prague Zapadni Express, see the photos & travel tips on the Prague-Munich page.  This train is air-conditioned with a refreshment trolley, power sockets and free WiFi.

  • Step 1, go to the Czech Railways website www.cd.cz, switch it to English and set up an enquiry from Munich Hbf to Ceske Budejovice.

    Now the science bit:  Before running the enquiry, click More options then Travel via and enter Plzen Hl.n. as a via station.  I also recommend clicking Connection parameters then Transfers and reducing the maximum number of connections from 4 to 1.

    In the search results, you should now see various departures with 1 easy change at Plzen Hlavni (Hl.n. = Hlavni = main station).  Plzen - or Pilsen in English - is of course the city where Pilsner beer originates.

    Cheap First Minute fares from Munich to Ceske Budejovice start at just €15, or about 367 CZK, a bargain.  First Minute fares are limited-availability advance-purchase fares, they are only good for the specific train you book, limited or no refunds or changes to travel plans.  If you buy at the station on the day you pay significantly more for a full-flex ticket good for any train.

    Buy this and print out your ticket.  You're now booked all the way from Munich to Ceske Budejovice on one ticket for one inclusive price.  You now just need to add the local train from Cesky Krumlov to Ceske Budejovice...

  • Step 2, now check train times from Ceske Budejovice to Cesky Krumlov at jizdnirady.idnes.cz/vlaky/spojeni.  10 minutes is plenty to change trains, if you miss it you can always have a coffee and catch the next one.  The little green-&-orange GWTR local trains run every hour or so, journey time 44 minutes.  It has luggage space, a toilet, power sockets and free WiFi, it's a leisurely journey on a winding single track branch line past farmland & forest.

  • See more useful information about visiting Cesky Krumlov including photos & info on taxis from the station to Cesky Krumlov old town.

Option 2, via Linz.  Significantly faster, but more expensive and must be booked in 3 stages rather than 2.

  • This is the fastest and most direct route, with the swisher trains.  For example, at the time I write this, you can leave Munich Hbf at 09:30 and arrive Cesky Krumlov at 16:57, all from €40, with time for a beer in Linz.  Earlier and later departures are also available.

  • How to check train times...

    You can check train times from Munich to Cesky Krumlov using the German Railways all-Europe timetable at www.bahn.de.  This holds timetable data for GWTR and for Czech, Austrian & German national railways (CD & ΦBB) so it'll show times for the whole journey, although it won't show fares or sell tickets.  To buy tickets, read on...

    Tip:  I recommend at least 40 minutes between trains in Linz.  When the search results appear, choose the departure you want and click Show details.  If the interchange time is much less than 40 minutes, click Adjust the transfer time against the change of train in Linz and select Later departure from Linz, and at least 40 minutes.

  • The journey...

    Step 1, travel from Munich Hbf to Linz Hbf in 2h45 by swish Austrian railjet train with restaurant car, power sockets at seats & free WiFi.

    At Linz Hbf, changing trains simply means stepping off one train, walking to another train and stepping on, but as you will be on separate tickets I'd allow at least 40 minutes between trains in case of delay.

    Step 2, travel from Linz Hbf to Ceske Budejovice in around 2h02 by comfortable air-conditioned express, with power sockets at seats.  There may be a refreshment trolley, but it's best to take you own food & drink for this bit.

    At Ceske Budejovice you simply step off one train and walk to the other train, if necessary via the underpass between platforms.  Changing trains only takes 3 minutes, if you miss one you have a beer and catch the next one.

    Incidentally, Ceske Budejovice might sound more familiar by its former Germanic name, Budweis.  That's right, where the name of the beer comes from!  The town is worth a look around in its own right.  Why not take an earlier train and have a wander into the old town?

    Step 3, travel from Ceske Budejovice to Cesky Krumlov on the little green-&-orange GWTR local train.  This runs every hour or so, journey time 44 minutes.   The GWTR local train has luggage space, a toilet, power sockets and free WiFi, it's a leisurely journey on a winding single track branch line past farmland & forest.

  • How much does it cost?

    (1)  Munich to Linz:  Cheap Sparschiene fares start at €29.  The price varies, book early for cheaper prices.

    (2)  Linz to Ceske Budejovice:  Cheap advance-purchase fares called Sparschiene by ΦBB Austrian Railways or First Minute by CD Czech Railways start at just €9.

    (3)  Ceske Budejovice to Cesky Krumlov costs 40 CZK, about €1.55.

    Sparschiene & First Minute fares are limited-availability advance-purchase fares, they are only good for the specific train you book, limited or no refunds or changes to travel plans - hence the advice to allow 40 minutes between trains in Ceske Budejovice!  If you buy at the station on the day you'll pay the standard price which costs significantly more, but has unlimited availability and is good for any train that day.

  • How to buy tickets...

    (1)  Munich to Linz:  Buy tickets using either www.trainline.eu (easiest, international payment cards no problem) or www.oebb.at (same prices, a bit more fiddly) and print your own ticket.

    (2)  Linz to Ceske Budejovice:  Buy tickets using www.trainline.eu, or Austrian Railways www.oebb.at or Czech Railways www.cd.cz and print your own ticket - buy from whichever is cheaper, they all sell tickets for the same trains.  Booking should open 6 months ahead on oebb.at or 90 days ahead on cd.cz, less than this when the mid-December timetable change is approaching.  But you only need to book weeks ahead to get the cheap fares, there's no need to book months ahead.

    (1)  Ceske Budejovice to Cesky Krumlov:  The local trains on this line are now run by private operator GWTR, so you need to buy this ticket separately, either at the station at Cesky Krumlov on the day or simply hop on the train and buy from the on-board ticket machines which accept cash or (reportedly) contactless Visa & MasterCard.  No reservation is necessary or possible, just turn up and go...

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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: 

A railjet train about to leave Munich Hbf

A railjet to Budapest about to leave Munich Hbf...

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

Railjet first class, with black leather seats...

 

Business class...

 

The restaurant...

Railjet train at Vienna Hbf   Railjet train standard class

A railjet boarding at the impressive modern Vienna Hbf.  More photos & information about railjet trains

 

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

Pleasant Bavarian scenery between Munich & Salzburg...

View of Salzburg as the train crosses the River Salzach

This is the view of Salzburg's Fortress Hohensalzburg on your right hand side as the railjet crosses the River Salzach & approaches Salzburg station....

Pleasant farmland scenery between Salzburg & Vienna...

Between Vienna & Budapest it's largely flat, with more wind turbines than you can shake a stick at, allegedly over 200.  This photo pretty much sums up that section of line!

A Railjet train at Budapest

The railjet has landed...  A railjet has arrived spot on time in Budapest's historic Keleti station, built 1881-1884

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 Hbf.  See the Hungarian sleeping-car video

 

2-bed sleeper. Larger photo

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 at Munich Hbf...

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Munich to Sighisoara, Brasov & Bucharest from €79...

Option 1, by railjet to Budapest and 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 Sighisoara, Brasov & Bucharest.

Dacia Express at Vienna   Romanian couchette car from Vienna to Bucharest

The Dacia Express boarding at Vienna Hbf.  Always book a couchette, not just a seat.  Couchettes convert from bunks at night to seats for day use.

4 or 6 berth couchettes.  Larger photo.

Sleeper on the Dacia Express   Dacia Express at Sighisoara

A 1, 2 or 3-bed sleeper with washbasin.  Larger photo.

 

The sleeping-car of the Dacia Express arrived at Sighisoara.  Sleepers convert from beds to private sitting rooms for day use.  Courtesy of Philip Dyer-Perry.

Couchette car on the Ister EuroNight train from Budapest to Bucharest  

Enjoy breakfast in the bar-bistro eastbound, or an evening beer westbound, as a bar-bistro is attached in Romania to both the Ister & Dacia ExpressBar-bistro photos courtesy of Philip Dyer-Perry.

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 via Berlin... 

  • You can travel from Munich to Warsaw in a single day from just €39.90 in 2nd class or €69.90 in 1st class using a superb high-speed ICE train from Munich to Berlin then a comfortable EuroCity train from Berlin to Warsaw.  Total journey is around 11h50, a long day but take a good book, a bottle of wine and put your  feet up.  For example,

    Munich Hbf depart 07:52, change Berlin Hbf, arrive Warsaw Centralna at 19:25.

    Munich Hbf depart 11:57, change Berlin Hbf, arrive Warsaw Centralna at 23:06.

  • You can buy a ticket from Munich to Warsaw as a single transaction at the German railways website www.bahn.de.  You print your own tickets.

    Tip:  Although you're covered for a missed connection with a through ticket, I recommend adjusting the Duration of transfer on bahn.de from standard to at least 45 minutes to ensure a robust connection in Berlin even if there's a delay.

Option 2, by daytime trains via Prague - cheaper, but takes a bit longer... 

  • Step 1, travel from Munich to Prague by air-conditioned express leaving Munich Hbf at 06:43 and arriving Prague Hlavni at 12:19.  Book this from €15 in 2nd class or €35 in 1st class at www.cd.cz and print your own ticket.  Have lunch in Prague.

  • Step 2, travel from Prague to Warsaw by air-conditioned EuroCity train with restaurant car, leaving Prague Hlavni at 14:24 and arriving Warsaw Centralna at 22:39.  Book this from €19 at www.cd.cz and print your own ticket.

Option 3, using the Prague-Krakow/Warsaw sleeper train - the time-effective option... 

  • Step 1, travel from Munich to Prague by air-conditioned express leaving Munich Hbf at 14:43 and arriving Prague Hlavni at 20:19.  Book this from €15 in 2nd class or €35 in 1st class at www.cd.cz and print your own ticket.  Have dinner in Prague.

  • Step 2, travel from Prague to Warsaw by EuroNight sleeper train leaving Prague Hlavni at 22:15 and arriving Krakow at 06:17 & Warsaw Centralna at 09:14.

    This train has a modern air-conditioned Polish sleeping-car with 1, 2 & 3 bed compartments with washbasin, plus two deluxe 1 or 2 bed compartments with en suite toilet & shower, see the photos below.  It also has a couchette car with economical 4 & 6 bunk compartments.

    Book this from €29 with couchette at www.cd.cz and print your own ticket.

Option 4, using the Vienna-Krakow/Warsaw sleeper train - a similar time-effective option, a bit faster but a bit more expensive...

  • Step 1, take a comfortable afternoon railjet train leaving Munich Hbf at 15:30 and arriving Vienna Hbf at 19:30.  The train has a bistro-restaurant car, power sockets at all seats & free WiFi.  You can also take the 17:30 from Munich, but when catching a sleeper I'd play safe and take the earlier one with time for dinner in Vienna.

    Book this train from €29.90 in 2nd class or €39.90 in 1st class at www.bahn.de and print your own ticket. 

  • Step 2, take the EuroNight sleeper train leaving Vienna Hbf at 22:10 and arriving Krakow at 06:17 & Warsaw Centralna at 09:14.

    This train has a modern air-conditioned Polish sleeping-car with 1, 2 & 3 bed compartments with washbasin, plus two deluxe 1 or 2 bed compartments with en suite toilet & shower, see the photos below.  It also has a couchette car with economical 4 & 6 bunk compartments.

    Book this train at the Austrian railways website www.oebb.at.   Fares from €39 with a couchette, from €79 with a bed in a 2-bed sleeper.  You collect tickets from the self-service machines at Vienna Hbf.

Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   A deluxe sleeper on the Amsterdam to Warsaw train   Deluxe sleepers have a private shower & toilet

Standard sleeper in evening/morning mode with seats folded out.

 

Standard sleeper set up as a 3-berth.  It can also be sold as a single or double.

 

Deluxe sleeper, set up as a 2-berth, showing TV & wardrobe.

 

Deluxe sleeper:  En suite shower & toilet...

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Munich to Ljubljana, Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik from €39.90...
 

Munich to Prague by bus? No thanks!

Busse? Nein Danke!

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

  • Use the German railways website www.bahn.de to check times & buy tickets from Munich to Lesce-Bled, Ljubljana or Zagreb:

    The morning train leaves Munich Hbf at 08:17, this is smart Austrian railjet train from Munich to Villach on the Austrian/Slovenian border where there's a simple cross-platform 10-minute change onto a Slovenian & Croatian train to for Lesce-Bled, Ljubljana & Zagreb.

    The afternoon train leaves Munich Hbf at  12:18, this is a direct air-conditioned train with restaurant car to Lesce-Bled, Ljubljana & Zagreb.

    There's a third departure from Munich Hbf at 14:18 to Lesce-Bled & Ljubljana.

    Fares start at just €39.90 in 2nd class or €69.90 in 1st class if you book ahead.  You print your own ticket.

    The journey is wonderful, a chance to relax as you cross through the mountains of Austria, then between Ljubljana and Zagreb the train wends its way through the hills along the lovely River Sava, see the photos below.  Highly recommended!

  • Warning, avoid the bus!  When booking at bahn.de, avoid departures marked BUS as these are long-distance buses which German Railways (DB) has unfortunately started running in competition with its own partners' trains.  Make sure the departure you choose is a train, marked EC (= EuroCity).  In the link above I have added Kranj to the 'via' box which eliminates these buses from the search results.

  • Booking tip:  If you don't see any cheap fares from Munich to Zagreb using bahn.de (for example, if it says No special fares available), try going to the Austrian Railways website www.oebb.at and booking from Salzburg to Zagreb on the same train (it will leave Salzburg about 1h55 after leaving Munich), then using www.oebb.at again to add a ticket from Munich to Salzburg on the same train.

  • Onwards to Split & Dubrovnik...  There are daytime trains and a sleeper between Zagreb and Split, from where buses run to Dubrovnik, for details see here.

A railjet train about to leave Munich Hbf

The 08:17 departure is a smart Austrian railjet from Munich to Villach, on the Austrian-Slovenian border...  This is a railjet about to leave Munich Hbf...

Railjet train at Vienna Hbf   Railjet train standard class

Railjet is Austrian Railways premier train...  More photos & information about Railjet trains

 

Economy class on railjet, in open saloons with large 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...

 

The restaurant...

Scenery in the Austrian Alps between Munich & Ljubljana

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

If you use the morning train from Munich, there's a quick & simple cross-platform change of train at Villach onto a Slovenian & Croatian train called the Sava...

  2nd class seats on the Munich-Zagreb train

...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 & Zagreb...

 

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

Scenery between Ljubljana & Zagreb

More lovely scenery along the Sava between Ljubljana & Zagreb...

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...

  • An excellent Croatian sleeper train called the Lisinski leaves Munich Hbf at 23:20 and arrives in Zagreb at 08:35.  It has a smart air-conditioned Croatian sleeping-car with 1, 2 & 3 bed compartments, and an air-conditioned Croatian couchette car with 4 & 6 berth compartments, see the Croatian sleeper video here.

  • Fares start at €49 with couchette in a 6-berth compartment, €59 with a couchette in a 4-berth compartment, €89 with a bed in a 2-bed sleeper, €129 with a bed in a single-bed sleeper.

  • How to buy tickets:  You can book a couchette or sleeper on this train at the German Railways website www.bahn.de and print your own ticket.  Alternatively, you can also book using www.trainline.eu which connects to the Austrian Railways system so prices may differ from the German site.  You also print your own ticket.

    If neither site works for you, you'll need to book by phone.  If you live in the UK call German Railways UK number, 08718 80 80 66.

  • Tip:  For a Bavarian dinner & a beer or two before boarding the sleeper, try www.augustinerkeller.de at Arnulfstrasse 52, to the north side of Munich Hbf.

  • Onwards to Split & Dubrovnik...  There are daytime trains and a sleeper between Zagreb and Split, from where buses run to Dubrovnik, for details see here.

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.  See larger sleeper photo...

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...

Option 2, to Split & Dubrovnik using the Budapest-Split sleeper train Adria, runs June-September...

  • Step 2, travel from Budapest to Split by direct sleeper train called the Adria.  This runs from 15 June to 7 September 2018, probably a similar period in 2019, leaving Budapest Keleti at 18:53 every evening arriving Split at 08:56 next morning.  It has a comfortable Hungarian sleeping-car with 1, 2 & 3 bed compartments and a couchette car with 4 & 6 bunk compartments.

    The fare is around €79 with couchette or from €92 with a bed in a cosy 2-bed sleeper.

    Check to see if it is bookable online at the Hungarian Railways website www.mavcsoport.hu.  If not, you will need to book at the station or by phone with a ticketing agency in your home country.

  • For Dubrovnik, take a bus from Split.  There are buses every hour or even every half hour, run by several companies.  Journey time between 3h45 and 4h35, fare around €13-€17.  Buy a ticket at the bus station in Split.

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Munich to Belgrade & Sofia...

Option 1, sleeper to Zagreb, then day train - The fastest option, although the Zagreb-Belgrade sector cannot be booked online...

  • Step 1, take the excellent overnight Croatian sleeper train Lisinski leaving Munich Hbf at 23:20 and arriving Zagreb at 08:35.

    It has a smart air-conditioned Croatian sleeping-car with 1, 2 & 3 bed compartments, and an air-conditioned Croatian couchette car with 4 & 6 berth compartments, see the photos & sleeper video here.

    Fares start at €49 with couchette, €89 with a bed in a 2-bed sleeper or €129 in a single-bed sleeper all to yourself.

    You can book this sleeper at the German Railways website www.bahn.de and print your own ticket.  Or you can try www.trainline.eu, which links to the Austrian Railways system and also offers print your own tickets.

  • Step 2, take the comfortable air-conditioned train leaving Zagreb at 11:03 and arriving Belgrade Centar station at 17:42.  Fare around around €30 if bought at the station.  It cannot be booked online from the operators, so just buy when you reach Zagreb, it's not a problem.

  • Step 3, if you're heading to Sofia, spend the night in Belgrade, I recommend the historic Hotel Moskva.  Then travel from Belgrade to Sofia by daytime train, see the Belgrade to Sofia page for full details and photos.  From 14 June to 16 September 2019, there's a direct train called the Balkan which leaves Belgrade Topcider station at 09:12 arriving Sofia Central Station at 20:30.  2nd class only, bring your own picnic and bottle of wine as there's no catering.  At other times of year you leave Belgrade Centar station at 06:10, change at Nis & Dimitrovgrad arriving Sofia at 19:00.  Buy this ticket at the station for €20.60, there are always places available, even on the day.  It cannot be booked online, and there's no need.

Option 2, by sleeper to Budapest, then day train - The cheapest option, all bookable online, but takes a bit longer...

  • Step 1, take the excellent Hungarian sleeper train Kalman Imre leaving Munich Hbf at 23:20 and arriving at Budapest Keleti at 09:19.  You'll find photos showing what the Kalman Imre's Hungarian couchettes and sleeping-cars are like on the London to Budapest page, also watch the Hungarian sleeping-car video here.  Spend a morning exploring Budapest.

    Munich to Budapest starts at €49 with a couchette in 6-berth, €59 with a couchette in 4-berth, €79 with a bed in a 2-bed sleeper or €139 in a single bed sleeper.

    You can book this train online at www.bahn.de, in the search results just look for the option with 0 changes marked EN.  You print your own ticket.  Alternatively, check prices and buy at www.trainline.eu also with print-your-own tickets.

  • Step 2, take the Budapest to Belgrade EuroCity train Avala, leaving Budapest Keleti at 11:57 and arriving Belgrade Centar station at 20:42.  Take your own picnic and beer along as there's no restaurant car.

    The fare from Budapest to Belgrade is just €15 if you book at the Hungarian railways website www.mavcsoport.hu, clicking 'EN' for English top left.  This is a permanently-available special offer.  You collect your tickets from the yellow internet ticket machines at Budapest Keleti station.  There is no equivalent 1st class offer, so just stick with 2nd class on this train, all 1st class gets you is 2" more legroom in any case.  2nd class is absolutely fine.

    IMPORTANT UPDATE:  From 1 February 2019 until December a section of the Budapest-Belgrade route is being rebuilt for 200km/h operation which will eventually reduce journey time to 3½ hours.  Just one train  per day will link Budapest with Belgrade during this period, the Ivo Andric leaving Budapest Keleti at 11:57 arriving Belgrade Centar at 20:42, 2nd class only.  You may be asked to switch trains in Kelebia & Novi Sad.  Important:  See further details & read latest updates about this engineering work.

  • Step 3, if you're heading to Sofia, spend the night in Belgrade - I recommend the historic Hotel Moskva at the end of Belgrade's main pedestrianised shopping street.  Then travel from Belgrade to Sofia by daytime train, see the Belgrade to Sofia page for full details and photos.  From 14 June to 16 September 2019, there's a direct train called the Balkan which leaves Belgrade Topcider station at 09:12 arriving Sofia Central Station at 20:30.  2nd class only, bring your own picnic and bottle of wine as there's no catering.  At other times of year you leave Belgrade Centar station at 06:10, change at Nis & Dimitrovgrad arriving Sofia at 19:00.  Buy this ticket at the station for €20.60, there are always places available, even on the day.  It cannot be booked online, and there's no need.

Option 3, by day train to Budapest, then sleeper - Also the cheapest option, all bookable online, but only couchettes on the overnight train...

  • Step 1, travel from Munich to Budapest by railjet train, leaving Munich Hbf at 13:30 arriving Budapest Keleti at 20:19.

    Railjet trains have a bistro-restaurant car, free WiFi & power sockets at all seats, see the railjet photos, tips & information here.  By all means book an earlier train and have a pleasant evening in Budapest, trains leave Munich every 2 hours from 07:25 onwards.

    Fares start at €39.90 in 2nd class, €69.90 in 1st class or €84.90 in business class.

    Book this train at either www.bahn.de or www.trainline.eu, in the search results just look for the option with 0 changes marked RJX.  You print your own ticket.

  • Step 2, take the Budapest to Belgrade overnight train Beograd, leaving Budapest Keleti at 22:15 arriving Belgrade Centar station at 06:43.

    The train has an elderly Serbian couchette car with 4 & 6 berth compartments, although at least one refurbished car is now in service, see the photos below.  There is now no sleeping-car as Serbian Railways is short of serviceable sleepers.

    The fare is just €15 (a permanently-available unlimited special offer) plus €8 supplement for a couchette in 6-berth or €10 for a couchette in 4-berth.  I recommend 4-berth as there is much more space per passenger.  A clean sheet, pillow and blanket are provided for each berth.  Unlike the seats cars which have no lock on the compartment doors, the couchette compartments have both a normal lock and security chain so you'll be both safe and snug.

    You can easily buy tickets online at Hungarian Railways www.mavcsoport.hu with ticket collection in Budapest.  Booking opens 60 days ahead.  See tips for using mavcsoport.hu & how to collect your tickets from the yellow ticket machines.

    IMPORTANT UPDATE:  From 1 February 2019 until December a section of the Budapest-Belgrade route is being rebuilt for 200km/h operation which will eventually reduce journey time to 3½ hours.  Just one train  per day will link Budapest with Belgrade during this period, the Ivo Andric leaving Budapest Keleti at 11:57 arriving Belgrade Centar at 20:42, 2nd class only.  You may be asked to switch trains in Kelebia & Novi Sad.  The Budapest-Belgrade sleeper train is cancelled.  Important:  See further details & read latest updates about this engineering work.

  • Step 3, if you're heading to Sofia, a same-day connection is possible from 14 June to 16 September 2019.  Take a taxi or tram number 3 to Belgrade Topcider station, a direct train called the Balkan leaves Belgrade Topcider at 09:12 arriving Sofia Central Station at 20:30.  2nd class only, bring your own picnic and bottle of wine as there's no catering.  At other times of year you'll need to spend a day & night in Belgrade, then leave Belgrade Centar station at 06:10, change at Nis & Dimitrovgrad arriving Sofia at 19:00.  Buy this ticket at the station for €20.60, there are always places available, even on the day.  It cannot be booked online, and there's no need.

A Serbian sleeping-car on the Belgrade to Budapest train   Serbian 6-berth couchettes

The Budapest to Belgrade couchette car, unrefurbished...

 

Elderly Serbian 6-berth couchettes...

A refurbished Serbian couchette car on the Belgrade to Budapest train   Serbian couchettes

The Serbian couchette car from Budapest to Belgrade.  At least one refurbished car like this is now in service.  Courtesy of @OO$WAG..

 

Serbian 6-berth couchettes in the refurbished car. Note the laptop power socket!  Larger photo...

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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...

The Vienna-Kiev sleeping-car at Kiev Pass

Boarding the Vienna to Kiev sleeping-car at Vienna Hbf.  Photo courtesy of Helmut Uttenthaler.

Sleeper to Kiev about to leave Vienna   Ukrainian sleeper corridor   1, 2 or 3 bed Ukrainian sleeper compartment

The Vienna-Kiev sleeper about to leave Vienna Hbf... Courtesy of Helmut Uttenthaler.

 

The sleeper corridor.  Courtesy Helmut Uttenthaler.

 

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper compartment.

The Vienna-Kiev sleeping-car at Kiev Pass

The Vienna-Kiev sleeping-car at Kiev Pass.  Photos courtesy of Helmut Uttenthaler.

Option 2, via Warsaw...

  • Step 1, travel from Munich to Warsaw as shown above, either by daytime trains and staying overnight or by railjet and sleeper train.  Either way, you then have a day to explore Warsaw.

  • Step 2, an overnight train called the Kiev Express leaves Warsaw Centralna at 17:09 and arrives in Kiev at 11:05 next day.  This train has comfortable Ukrainian 1, 2 & 3 bed sleepers with washbasin.  There's no restaurant car, so take a picnic and perhaps some wine or beer.

    The Kiev Express cannot be booked online, so use reliable Polish agency www.polrail.com who have an online ordering system at http://booking.polrail.com.  Tickets can be collected in Warsaw or (at extra charge) shipped to any address worldwide.  Polrail are also pretty good at arranging the return reservation back from Kiev as they have close contacts with Ukrainian Railways. 

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...

  • You can travel from Munich to Copenhagen by train in a single day from as little as €39.90 in 2nd class or €69.90 in 1st class using superb German ICE trains with 1 easy change in Hamburg onto a smart Danish IC3 EuroCity train.  For example,

    Munich Hbf depart 07:19, change at Lόbeck, arrive Copenhagen at 18:26.

    Munich Hbf depart 11:20, change at Hamburg Hbf, arrive Copenhagen at 22:26.

  • Book from Munich to Copenhagen as one transaction at www.bahn.de.  Total journey around 11h05, so a long day, but take a bottle of wine and a good book and put your feet up.  The trains have power sockets at all seats and the ICE trains have a bistro-restaurant car.

  • The Hamburg-Copenhagen EuroCity trains get shunted onto a train ferry for a 50-minute crossing from Puttgarden to Rψdby, one of the few places in the world that trains go onto ferries and a fascinating experience in its own right.  You need to leave the train and go up into the ferry's passenger accommodation (and perhaps get some sea air on deck) while the ferry is at sea, returning to the train before it's shunted off the ferry at the other end.  You can leave your luggage on the train.  See photos, tips & information for the Hamburg to Copenhagen journey.

Option 2, by sleeper train via Hamburg...

  • Step 1, take the overnight Nightjet sleeper train from Munich to Hamburg leaving Munich Hbf at 22:52 and arriving Hamburg Hbf at 08:44.

    Fares start at €59 in 6-berth couchettes, €69 in 4-berth couchettes, €99 in a 2-bed sleeper or €139 in a single-bed sleeper.  Deluxe sleepers with en suite toilet & shower are also available.  There's a shower at the end of the corridor for passengers in the regular sleepers.  A light breakfast is included in sleepers & couchettes, served in your compartment.

  • Step 2, take the 09:28 EuroCity train from Hamburg to Copenhagen arriving at 14:26.  Fares start at €29.90 in 2nd class or €59.90 in 1st class.

    The Hamburg-Copenhagen trains get shunted onto a train ferry for a 50-minute crossing from Puttgarden to Rψdby, a fascinating experience in its own right.  You need to leave the train and go up into the ferry's passenger accommodation (and perhaps get some sea air on deck) while the ferry is at sea, returning to the train before it's shunted off the ferry at the other end.  You can leave your luggage on the train.  see photos, tips & information for the Hamburg to Copenhagen journey.

  • You can book this as one transaction at www.bahn.de, simply run an enquiry from Munich to Copenhagen with departure time set to 22:00, and look for the option with 1 change marked 'EN, ICE' in the search results.  You print your own ticket.  If you have any problems, book each train separately.

A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...   1st class seats on 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...

  • Fares for the sleeper start at €59 in 6-berth couchettes, €69 in 4-berth couchettes, €99 in a 2-bed sleeper or €139 in a single-bed sleeper.  Deluxe sleepers with en suite toilet & shower are also available.  A light breakfast is included in sleepers & couchettes, served in your compartment.  Hamburg to Sweden starts at €39 in 2nd class or €69 in 1st class.

  • You can book this as one transaction at www.bahn.de, simply run an enquiry from Munich to Stockholm, Malmφ or Goteborg Central with departure time set to 22:00, and look for the option with 2 change marked 'EN, ICE, X2' or 'EN, ICE, R' in the search results.  If you have any problems, split the booking into Munich-Hamburg and Hamburg-Sweden.

Option 2, by daytime trains with an overnight stop in Hamburg:  Munich to Stockholm, Malmφ or Gothenburg from just €39.90...

  • Day 1, travel from Munich to Hamburg by luxurious direct ICE train in as little as 5h49.  There are regular departures right up until early evening.

  • Stay overnight in Hamburg.  Suggested hotels in Hamburg next to the Hauptbahnhof with good reviews include (starting with the cheapest) the Hotel Continental Novum, Hotel Furst Bismarck, Hotel Europaischer Hof, Hotel Atlantic Kempinski.

  • Day 2, travel from Hamburg to Copenhagen on the 09:28 EuroCity train arriving Copenhagen 14:26. 

    The Hamburg to Copenhagen trains go onto a ferry between Puttgarden & Rψdby, one of the few places in Europe where trains still get shunted onto ferries.  It's an interesting experience in its own right - you must leave the train and go upstairs into the ship's passenger accommodation during the 50-minute crossing, but you can leave your luggage on the train.

  • For Stockholm, now take a 125mph X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm.  If you left Hamburg at 09:28 you'd arrive Stockholm at 21:40.

  • For Malmφ or Gothenburg, Φresund Link trains run hourly from Copenhagen to Gothenburg in 3h48 and every half hour or better from Copenhagen to Malmφ in 34 minutes.

  • For Oslo & Norway, travel as far as Copenhagen, then take the overnight cruise ferry with bars, restaurants and en suite cabins to Oslo, she sails from Copenhagen daily around 16:30, arriving in Oslo around 09:45, see www.dfds.co.uk for times, prices & online tickets.

  • How to check times, prices & buy tickets...

    If you want to keep things simple, you can book the straightforward way.  Go to www.bahn.de and book from Munich to Hamburg on day 1.  Then use www.bahn.de again to book from Hamburg to Malmφ, Gothenburg or Stockholm on day 2.

    However, this means buying two separate sparpreis tickets and it is usually cheaper to buy just one sparpreis ticket from Munich to Stockholm, Malmφ or Gothenburg from €39, which you can easily do if you pre-programme the overnight stop in Hamburg like this:

    Go to www.bahn.de and enter Munich to Stockholm (or Malmo or Goteborg Central).  Select a mid-afternoon departure time, click Add intermediate stops, enter Hamburg in the via box and a time of say 12:00 in the hh:mm stopover box.  This will give you a 12-hour stopover in Hamburg.  Click here for a link to bahn.de which I've set up for you.  Adjust the overnight stopover time as necessary to get the trains you want. 

    If you're going to Norway, add a connecting Gothenburg to Oslo S ticket using either www.nsb.no or www.sj.se.

Option 3, by daytime trains with an overnight stop in Copenhagen:  Munich to Stockholm, Malmφ or Gothenburg from €39.90...

  • Day 1, travel from Munich to Copenhagen by luxurious ICE & EuroCity train with one easy change in Hamburg.

    You'll usually find departures from Munich at 07:19 arriving Copenhagen at 18:26, or at 11:20 arriving Copenhagen at 22:26.  Take a bottle of wine and a good book and put your feet up!

    The Hamburg to Copenhagen EuroCity trains go onto a ferry between Puttgarden & Rψdby, one of the few places in Europe where trains still get shunted onto ships.  It's an interesting experience in its own right - you must leave the train and go upstairs into the ship's passenger accommodation during the 50-minute crossing, but can leave you luggage on the train.

  • Stay overnight in Copenhagen...  Hotels in Copenhagen near the station with good reviews:  Nimb Hotel (5-star luxe), Radisson Blu Royal Hotel (5-star), Axel Guldsmeden (4-star), Andersen Bou]tique Hotel, First Hotel Mayfair (3-star), Hotel Ansgar (3-star), City Hotel Nebo (2-star).

  • Day 2, if travelling to Stockholm:  Travel from Copenhagen to Stockholm by 125mph X2000 train in around 5h11, there are regular departures.  For example there's usually one around 08:23 arriving Stockholm Central 13:37, or have a leisurely breakfast and take the 12:23 arriving 17:37.

  • Day 2, if travelling to Gothenburg or Oslo:  Travel from Copenhagen to Gothenburg (= Goteborg Central) on any of the hourly Φresund trains, journey time 3h48.  For Oslo, take the 08:27, change at Gothenburg and arrive Oslo Sentral (= Oslo S) at 16:52.

  • How much does it cost?  You can buy German Railways' sparpreis tickets from Munich to Malmφ, Gothenburg or Stockholm for as little as €39.90.  The fare varies, so book early for the best prices.

  • How to check times & buy tickets...

    If travelling to Stockholm or Gothenburg, go to www.bahn.de and book from Munich to Stockholm or Goteborg Central with a morning departure selected, but to see these cheap fares you must click Add intermediate stops, enter Copenhagen in the via box and a time of (say) 12:00 in the hh:mm stopover box.  This will give you a 12-hour stopover in Copenhagen.  Click here for a link to bahn.de which I've set up for you.  Adjust the overnight stopover time as necessary to get the trains you want.

    If travelling to Oslo, go to www.bahn.de and book from Munich to Gothenburg with a morning departure selected, but to see the cheap fares you must click Add intermediate stops enter Copenhagen in the via box and a time of say 12:00 in the hh:mm stopover box.  Click here for a link to bahn.de which I've set up for you.  Adjust the overnight stopover time as necessary to get the trains you want.  Now add a connecting Gothenburg to Oslo S ticket using either www.nsb.no or www.sj.se.

A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...   1st class seats on a Danish IC3 train

A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...  Hamburg-Copenhagen trains are now EuroCity trains worked by Danish IC3 units like the one above.

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...

  • Step 1, travel from Munich to Kiel on any suitable train from €29.90.

    Check times & buy tickets at the German Railways site www.bahn.de

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...
  • For Finland, you'll find ferries the best bet from either Travemόnde in Germany to Helsinki, see www.finnlines.com

  • Then use www.bahn.de to find connecting trains from Munich to Travemόnde from €39.90.

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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 €39.90 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...
  • You can pick up the London-Istanbul route suggested on the London to Turkey page in Munich.

  • See the London to Turkey page for details of how to book as far as Bucharest online.  The last leg needs to be booked by phone at when you get to Bucharest.

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Find hotels in Munich & other cities

    

Favourite hotel search & price comparison: hotelscombined.com

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

Favourite hotel 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 feature I use all the time when putting a trip together.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

  • www.tripadvisor.com is the place to find independent travellers' reviews of all the main hotels.

Backpacker hostels...

  • www.hostelworld.com:  If you're on a tight budget, don't forget about backpacker hostels.  Hostelworld offers online booking of cheap private rooms or dorm beds in backpacker hostels in most cities at rock-bottom prices.

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