Munich to Innsbruck:  mainline or scenic route?

You've a choice to make when travelling between Munich & Innsbruck by train.  The fast mainline route  is scenic enough, but there's also an extra-scenic regional route via Garmisch-Partenkirchen, taking a bit longer.

small bullet point  Option 1, Munich to Innsbruck via Kufstein - fastest & most comfortable...

small bullet point  Option 2, Munich to Innsbruck via Garmisch-Partenkirchen - the scenic regional route...

Route map...

Munich to Innsbruck train route map

 

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Highlighted = Munich to Innsbruck train routes.

Green = scenic section.

Reproduced from the excellent European Rail Map with kind permission of the European Rail Timetable people.

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Option 1, Munich to Innsbruck via Kufstein in 1h44 - the mainline route...

EuroCity train from Munich to Innsbruck & beyond

The mainline route:  This is a EuroCity ready to leave platform 12 at Munich Hbf More information about these EuroCity trains.

2nd class seats in an open-plan car   Austrian first class seats

2nd class seats, some in open-plan saloons like this, some in 6-seat compartments with side-corridor...

 

1st class leather seats.  You'll also find seats in classic 6-seat compartments with side corridor....

EuroCity train arrived at Innsbruck

A EuroCity train arrived at Innsbruck Hbf...

Option 2, Munich to Innsbruck via Garmisch in 2h51 - the scenic route...

Regional train from Munich to Innsbruck

The scenic regional route:  A regional train about to leave platform 27 at Munich Hbf for Garmisch & Innsbruck.

2nd class on a Munich-Innsbruck regional train   1st class on a Munich-Innsbruck regional train

2nd class on a Munich-Innsbruck regional train.  Toilets, air-con.  Larger photo.

There's a small 1st class section at one end of these trains.  Larger photo.

Scenery between Munich and Innsbruck via Garmisch

Scenery seen from the Munich-Innsbruck train via Garmisch-Partenkirchen.  Courtesy of youtube.com/c/nonstopeurotrip.

Scenery between Munich and Innsbruck via Garmisch

More scenery from the Munich-Innsbruck train via Garmisch.  Courtesy of DiscoverByRail.com.


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