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.

COVID-19 update:  Normal service is running on this route.  See COVID-19 travel info.

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.

Second class seats on EuroCity train from Munich to Innsbruck   First class seats on EuroCity train from Munich to Innsbruck

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....

Austrian restaurant car on EuroCity train from Munich to Innsbruck   Meal in an Austrian restaurant car on a Munich-Verona train

The elegant restaurant car.  See larger photo.

Lunch with wine on board...

EuroCity train arrived at Innsbruck

A EuroCity train arrived at Innsbruck Hbf...

Option 2, Munich to Innsbruck via Garmisch in 2h54 - 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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