RailJet train from Munich to Salzburg
 
Munich-Salzburg or Salzburg-Munich from €17.90
www.bahn.de.

DB online tickets from Munich to Salzburg

Buy express & regional train tickets direct from Deutsche Bahn, no booking fee, print your own ticket or show it on your smartphone or laptop.

Or use www.thetrainline.com which can book all 3 options, express, regional & Westbahn.

Which train: RJ, EC, IC, BRB or WB?

Comfortable air-conditioned trains link Munich Hbf & Salzburg Hbf twice each hour in each direction from early until late.  One train per hour is an express train, either a railjet (RJ/RJX), EuroCity (EC) or InterCity (IC).  The other departure is a slower regional train, run by the Bayerische Regiobahn (BRB).  And from December there are 6 Westbahn trains per day, offering a third option.  This page explains the choice...

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

small bullet point  Train times for all options

small bullet point  Option 1, by express train - every hour, fastest, most comfortable, cheapest if pre-booked...

    How much does it cost?

    How to buy tickets

    What are the railjet (RJX, RJ) trains like?

    What are the EuroCity (EC, IC) trains like?

    Travel tips

small bullet point  Option 2, by regional train - every hour, slightly slower, more flexible, cheaper for a day trip...

    How much does it cost?

    How to buy tickets

    What are the BRB trains like?

    Travel tips

small bullet point  Option 3, by Westbahn train - 6 per day, excellent double-deck trains, cheap flexible fares...

    How much does it cost?

    How to buy tickets

    What are Westbahn (WB) trains like?

small bullet point  Route map

small bullet point  What's the journey like?

small bullet point  Station information for Munich Hbf

small bullet point  Station information for Salzburg Hbf

Timetable eastbound

 Munich ► Salzburg

 Option 1, an express train every hour from Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf from 06:22 until 20:17   

 Option 2, a regional train every hour from Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf from 05:55 until 22:43

 Option 3, a Westbahn trains from Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf 6 times per day between 05:48 & 17:49

 Check times online at www.bahn.de

Timetable westbound

 Salzburg ► Munich

 Option 1, an express train every hour from Salzburg Hbf to Munich Hbf from 05:43 until 21:00      

 Option 2, a regional train every hour from Salzburg Hbf to Munich Hbf from 05:15 until 23:00  

 Option 3, a Westbahn train from Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf 6 times a day between 06:10 & 18:10

 Check times online at www.bahn.de

Option 1, by express train in 1h29...

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets...

What are railjet trains like?

Railjets are ÖBB's (Austrian Railways) premier train, fully air-conditioned with 3 classes, restaurant car, free WiFi and power sockets at all seats.  They are fixed-formation push-pull trainsets with a locomotive at one end (usually the Munich end) and a driving cab built into the last carriage at the other end.  Most are shown as RJX (Railjet express), one or two are shown as plain RJ as they make an extra stop or two down the line within Austria.

A railjet train about to leave Munich Hbf for Salzburg

A railjet to Vienna about to leave platform 12 at Munich Hbf...

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

First class, with black leather seats...

 

Business classAbout.

 

Restaurant...

Railjet train at Vienna Hbf   Railjet train standard class

A railjet boarding at the impressive modern Vienna Hbf.  More information about railjets.

 

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

What are EuroCity (EC) & InterCity (IC) trains like?

One EC train per day (12:17 from Munich & 14:00 from Salzburg) use Austrian carriages like those shown here.  All other EC departures use German Intercity cars like those shown below, with 1st class seats in classic 6-seat compartments and 2nd class seats in open-plan saloons.  There's a bistro car serving tea, coffee, beer, wine, snacks and hot & cold dishes - I recommend the Erdinger Weissbier!  There are power sockets at all seats, but no WiFi.  One or two departures per day in each direction are classified InterCity (IC) rather than EuroCity because they start/finish at Salzburg & don't go further into Austria, but they use exactly the same rolling stock.

A DB InterCity train at Hamburg Hbf

German trains:  Most EuroCity trains are composed of German Intercity cars like this...

2nd clas seats on a DB Intercity train

2nd class seating is usually in open-plan saloons like this, most seats unidirectional, but with some tables for 4.  Most of these trains have a few 2nd class compartment cars with side corridor and ten 6-seat compartments  Larger photo.

1st class comparment on a Berlin to Amsterdam train   1st class 6-seat compartment on a Berlin to Amsterdam train

Most of these trains have 1st class cars with seats in traditional 6-seat compartments with side corridor like this.  Larger photo Larger photo.

Beef ribs and Spatburgunder red wine on the Amsterdam to Berlin InterCity train   Inside the Amsterdam to Berlin bistro car

Lunch in the bistro...

 

Bistro car...

Travel tips for express trains...

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

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets....

What are the BRB trains like?

BRB trains are comfortable & air-conditioned, but there are no power sockets and no WiFi.  There is a very small and limited 1st class section at one end of each unit.

Munich to Salzburg BRB regional train at Munich Hbf

A Munich-Salzburg BRB regional train on platform 10 at Munich Hbf, a 150m walk from the main concourse.

2nd class on a Munich-Salzburg BRB train   1st class on a Munich-Salzburg BRB train

2nd class on a Munich-Salzburg BRB regional train.  Toilets, air-con, but more basic than the express trains.  Larger photo.

There's a small 16-seat 1st class section at one end of these BRB trains.  Larger photo.

Travel tips for these regional trains...

Option 3, by Westbahn train in 1h34...

From the timetable change on 12 December 2021, 6 Salzburg-Vienna trains run by Austrian open-access operator Westbahn will be extended to/from Munich, providing yet another option between Munich & Salzburg.  Not as frequent as the other services, but fast, affordable, and with swish new double-deck trains that are as good as a railjet, better than a EuroCity train.

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets...

What are Westbahn trains like?

Westbahn trains are swish modern double-deckers, air-conditioned, power sockets at all seats & free WiFi.  They have 2nd class, comfort class and 1st class, with a choice of upper & lower deck seats in all three classes.  Very comfortable trains indeed, sit upstairs for the best views!

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

Stairs to upper deck...

 

WESTbahn double-deck train at Vienna Westbahnhof.  Photos courtesy of @nonstopeurotrip.

Westbahn 2nd class seats   Westbahn comfort class

2nd class seats, lower deck.  Seats arranged 2+2 across the car width.  Larger photo.

 

Comfort class, upper deck.  Almost identical to 2nd class, a bit more legroom & all seats are around tables. Larger photo.

Westbahn train buffet car   Westbahn first class seats

Food vending area, 4 per trainset.  Larger photo.

 

First class seats, upper deck.  Larger photo...

Route map...

Munich to Salzburg train route map

 

European Rail Timetable and mapClick for larger map

Highlighted = Munich-Salzburg route (all train types)

Green = scenic sections of line.

Reproduced from the European Rail Map with kind permission of the European Rail Timetable people.  I recommend buying this map, www.europeanrailtimetable.eu.

What's the journey like?

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 Hbf....


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