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by train to and from Munich (Munchen)/Germany

An Introduction

How to travel to and from Munich (Munchen) by train, including guides to using Munich hbf, Munchen Ost and Munchen-Passing stations and

Airport/Flughafen rail links

Why Go To Munich/Munchen

Wikipedia guide to Munich

If you're touring Europe by train it's more than likely that you'll travel through Munich. It has more trains to/from Austria than any other German city and it is also served by the only direct trains between Germany, Croatia, Italy and Slovenia.. 

It may have recently lost its direct DAY trains to Croatia and Slovenia, but there are trains from Munich/Munchen hbf to Villach, from where there are 'guaranteed daytime connections' on to Ljubljana and Zagreb. 

So Munich is very much a gateway to accessing south-eastern Europe by train. There is still a direct overnight train from Munich/Munchen hbf to Ljubljana and Zagreb

Munich has direct trains to/from a host of other international destinations including Amsterdam, Budapest, Paris and  Prague.

Day Trips By Train from Munich

Munich is a great base for touring southern Germany and western Austria. The picture postcard castles of Bavaria such as that near Fussen (pictured above), the German alps and historic other cities such as Innsbruck, Nuremberg, Regensberg, Salzburg and Ulm are all an easy day trip from Munich by frequent trains.

Head south of the city for more than an hour on virtually any rail route and you'll be travelling through spectacular landscapes too.

A regional rail pass is available, the ‘Lander’ pass for Bavaria , full details are available here.
These 'Lander' passes are ideal for day trips from Munich to other destinations in Bavaria (so not Innsbruck or Salzburg), particularly those that involve a couple of hours on (scenic) trains, such as Fussen, Garmisch or Memmingen.
Significant savings are possible in comparison to ordinary tickets, particularly if you're travelling in a group.

'Lander' tickets can't be used on ICE trains, but that isn't particularly an issue as ICE trains don't operate between Munich and many of the other popular tourist destinations in Bavaria. You can also avoid ICE trains when travelling between Munich and the likes of Nuremberg and ULM, 'local' trains, on which the Lander passes are vaild, also operate on these routes and the difference in journey time can be less than 20 minutes.

Train Departures from Munchen hbf

NEW - Click HERE for our unique guide to train departures from Munich to popular destinations in Germany and beyond including, Berlin, Koln, London, Paris, Salzburg, Verona, Venice and Vienna.

All train departures from Munich hbf on the D-Bahn timetable.


Click here for the

therebytrain.com guide to using the D-Bahn timetable.

Trains TO Munich/Munchen

Click the cities below for summaries of trains to Munich/Munchen from these popular destinations:

We'll be adding more cities to the above list when the new pan-European railway timetables change in mid-December

Munich Main Line Stations Summary

Munich is one of the key hubs on the European rail network and the city is served by three main line stations:

1. Munich Hauptbahnhof/Munich hbf) is one of the largest stations in Europe and is used by virtually all long distance trains that serve

the city.
It is located to the west of the city centre, which can be reached on foot in 15-20 min walk.
It is served by S-Bahn lines S1, S2, S4, S5, S6, S7, S8 and S27 and U-Bahn lines U1, U2, U4 and U5.
Munich hbf on Google Maps

2. Munchen Ost – Which as its name implies is to the east of the city centre.
It is served by S-Bahn Lines S1, S2, S4, S5,

S6, S7, S8 and S27 and U-Bahn line U5.
Munchen Ost on Google Maps

The primary long distance trains that call at the station are the trains that operate between Munich and Italy via Innsbruck and those that travel to Salzburg and beyond on the routes into Croatia via Villach.
The ‘Railjet’ (RJ) trains

between Munich and Salzburg, Linz, Vienna and Budapest DON'T call at Munchen OST.

The only regularly scheduled long distance train from Munich that doesn't call at Munchen hbf is the daily IC train that takes the non-high speed (cheaper) route to Hannover and Hamburg. This train only calls at Munchen Ost from where it departs daily at 11:19.

If you’re travelling to/from the

airport and your long distance train calls at Munich Ost, it will be quicker to transfer to the S-Bahn at Munich Ost than Munich Hbf.

3. Munchen Passing – Which is to the west of the city centre and is served by S-Bahn lines S4, S5, S6, S7, S8 and S20, it is not

served by the U-Bahn.

Long distance trains that operate between Munich and Augsburg call at Munich Passing, so the station has regular ICE trains to Stuttgart, Frankfurt and

Cologne.
Munchen Passing on Google Maps

Using Munich/Munchen hbf (the central station)

Info/Plans for Munchen hbf

Click here for D-Bahn's guide

to Munchen hbf including details of car parking and left luggage offices.
Click here for a plan of the station.

Munich Hbf is a terminus station which makes changing from one long distance service to another very convenient, passenger simply have to walk

from one platform to another on the one level. However, the walk to/from the platforms served by many of the regional trains is

lengthy.

Multiple departure boards and information indicators mean that it is comparatively easy to work out which train is leaving from what platform and

when.

Long distance trains tend to leave from central section of the station, so passengers can transfer between long distance trains in less than 10

minutes. If you have a tight connection it’s a good idea to move to the front of the train before it arrives at the station.

Many of the regional services to other destinations in Bavaria leave from the suburban train platforms to the north (platforms 27 to 36) and to

the south (platforms 5 to 10) of the main station building. The suburban platform entrances are a 5 minute walk from the main station concourse, so

be sure to allow extra time when connecting with these trains.

Train Departure Summary from/to Munich/Munchen

Munich Hbf is served by more long distance trains than any other station in Europe.

The station is a gateway for rail passengers travelling between Germany and Austria with regular ‘Railjet’ services to Salzburg, Linz and Vienna and

other trains operate to Innsbruck, Graz, Villach and Klagenfurt.

Munich is now also the only German city with direct trains to Italy. During the day regular EC trains take the spectacular route to Verona with one

train per day operating beyond Verona to both Bologna and Venice.

Munich is also a gateway for rail travel to south eastern Europe from Germany with direct trains running to Budapest, Ljubljana, Prague and Zagreb.

The primary daytime rail services that depart from/arrive at Munich hbf are:

  • ICE – from/to Nuremburg - Wurzburg -Frankfurt Main hbf - Frankfurt Airport – Cologne/Koln (Messe-Deutz) – Essen (hourly)
  • ICE – from/to Nuremburg – Wurzburg – Kassel – Hannover and Hamburg/Bremen (at least one train every two hours)
  • ICE from/to Nuremburg – Leipzig – Berlin (at least one train every two hours) if possible avoid trains to

    Leipzig and Berlin that call at Augsburg as this adds 30mins to the journey

  • ICE – from/to Augsburg, Ulm, Stuttgart, Mannheim, Frankfurt Airport – href="http://www.therebytrain.com/default.aspx/Cologne_stations">Cologne/Koln (for Cologne city centre) (every two hours)
  • ICE – from/to Augsburg, Ulm, Stuttgart, Mannheim, Frankfurt, Kassel, Braunschweig and Berlin (every two hours) the fastest ICE trains from

    Munich to Berlin travel via Nuremburg and the fastest ICE trains from Munich to Kassel travel via Wurzburg.

  • Railjet (RJ) - from/to Salzburg – Linz – Vienna/Wien

    href="http://www.therebytrain.com/default.aspx/Budapest">Budapest

  • EC– from/to Salzburg – Graz
  • EC – from/to Salzburg – Villach – Klagenfurt  guaranteed connections are now available at Villach for onward daytime travel to Ljubljana and Zagreb
  • EC – from/to Innsbruck – Bolzano – Verona – Bologna and href="http://www.therebytrain.com/default.aspx/Venice">Venice/Venezia the only direct daytime trains between Germany and Italy
  • EC/IC – from/to Memmingen – Lindau – Zurich Airport – Zurich the only direct

    trains between Munich and Switzerland

  • ALLEO – from/to Strasbourg and Paris one daily train, other ALLEO services to

    Paris are available by connecting at Stuttgart

  • ALX trains from/to Prague

The overnight trains

from Munich hbf are:

Train Journey Time Summary

From Munich/Munchen hbf station.
Train types in brackets

  • Less Than One Hour: - Augsburg
  • One – Two Hours: - Garmisch (Local)
    Innsbruck (EC)

    Mittenwald

    Nuremberg (not via Augsburg)(ICE)

    Regensburg

    Salzburg (RJ/EC)

    Ulm (ICE/IC)

  • Two – Three Hours: - Bamberg (via Augsburg) (ICE)

    Bregenz (EC

    Fussen (for the castle that's pictured above)

    Heidelberg (EC/IC)

    Innsbruck (local)

    Lindau (EC)

    Linz (RJ)

    Obertsdorf

    Salzburg (local)

    Stuttgart (ICE/IC)

    Wurzburg (ICE)

  • Three - Four Hours - Darmstadt (IC/EC)

    Frankfurt (Main) (ICE/IC)

    Frankfurt Airport (ICE)

  • Four-Five Hours - Bolzano (EC)

    Cologne/Koln(ICE)

    Dusseldorf(ICE)

    Halle (ICE)

    Hannover (ICE)

    Klagenfurt (EC)

    Koblenz (IC/ICE)

    Mainz (IC/ICE)

    Strasbourg (AEO/EC)

    Vienna/Wien (RJ)

    Villach (EC)

    Zurich (EC)

Types of Train

These types of train operate over long distance railway routes to/from Munich/Munchen, click the type of train for more information:

  • AEO - the daily Alleo train to

    Paris

  • CNL - 'City Night Line

    trains

  • EC -international daytime trains
  • EN - 'EuroNight'

    overnight trains

  • IC trains
  • ICE trains
  • RJ -Railjet

Public Transport in Munich/Munchen

Click here for a map showing the public transport network

in central Munich.

The S-Bahn serves all three main line stations and uses a tunnel that crosses Munich and has multiple stations including ‘Marienplatz’ at the

heart of the city centre.
The U-Bahn system has the city centre station of ‘Sendlinger Tor’ as its hub, but this station is not served by the S-

Bahn.

The S-Bahn platforms at Munich hbf are at a lower (‘tief’) level and are reached by escalators from the main station concourse.

Munich hbf station is also linked to two U-Bahn (Metro) stations, one of which is served by lines by U1 and U2 while the other is served by lines U4

and U5 so follow the signs for the entrance you need.

There are also four tram stops in the vicinity of the station.

If you have a couple of hours between connections in the main station, the quickest way of reaching the main tourist sites in the city centre is

to take the S-Bahn to Marienplatz station.

To Munich Airport/Munchen Flughafen from central Munich

Trains on the S-Bahn (commuter rail system) lines S1 and S8 operate to the airport from the city centre and have ‘Munich Flughafen Terminal’ as a

final destination.
Munich Airport (Flughafen Munchen Franz Josef Straus) has a rail station directly beneath the central area which is linked by passages to all four

terminals.

Both S1 and S8 routes use the tunnel that crosses Munich and can be call at the city centre stations (west to east) of:

  • Munich Hauptbahnhof (for the majority of long distance rail connections)
  • Karlzplatz (transfer available from metro lines U4 and U5)
  • Marienplatz, the station at the city centre (transfer available from lines U3 and U6)
  • Isator
  • Rosenheimer Platz
  • Munchen Ost (transfer available from main line local trains from Salzburg and Muhldorf and EC trains from Austria and Italy

S1 trains travel west to the airport while S8 trains travel to the east. The journey times from Marienplatz are 51 minutes on line S1 and 38

minutes on line S8. Normal departure times from Marienplatz are:
Line S1 00/20/40 min past each hour
Line S8 18/38/58 min past each hour

It is quicker to take an S8 train to the airport, particularly from stations at the east of the city centre including Munich Ost.

Trains on Line S8 also call at Munchen-Passing the main line station to the west of the city centre. If you’re train heading in to Munich calls

at Munchen Ost or Munchen Passing it’s easier to transfer line S8 at these stations than it is to make the S-Bahn transfer at Munich hbf.

In central Munich Line S1 and S8 trains share platforms with multiple other departures, so check the destination on the platform indicators and

front of the trains prior to boarding.

Before arriving at the Munich Flughafen Terminal station S-Bahn trains call at Munich Flughafen Besucherpark, this is not the station for the

passenger terminals so if you’re taking a flight remain on the train.

To the city centre by train from Munich Airport/Munchen Flughafen

Munich Airport (Flughafen Munchen Franz Josef Straus) has a rail station directly beneath the central area which is linked by passages to all

four terminals. The station is only served by frequent S-Bahn local trains on two routes S1 and S8 that operate to/from Munich city centre. Journey

times by the two routes are as follows:

  • Munich Hauptbahnhof (Munich hbf) the city’s primary station S1 = 46min and S8 = 41min
  • Marienplatz station in the heart of the city centre S1 = 51min S8 = 38min
  • Munich Ost, a mainline station in the east of the city centre S1 = 55min S8 = 31min

As can be seen it is quicker to take an S8 when travelling to Munich Ost, but take the first train available when travelling to Munich hbf.

Trains on line S1 have Munich Ost as a final destination (despite S8 trains being faster to this station) and S8 trains have Herrsching as a final

destination. Line S8 also calls at ‘Munchen-Passing’ mainline station which is to the west of the city centre.

Line S1 trains depart from the airport at 11/33/53 min past each hour
Line S8 trains depart from the airport at 04/24/44 min past each hour

For onward connections by train from Munich the following transfers are suggested;

Munich Ost for

  • local trains to Muhldorf and towards Rosenheim and Salzburg
  • EC* trains to Innsbruck and Italy
  • EC trains to Salzburg, Graz, Klagenfurt, Villach, Ljubljana and Belgrade
  • Line S2 to Erding
  • Line S4 to Ebersberg
  • Line S5 to Holskirchen
  • Line S6 to Kreuzstrase
  • Line U5 to Nueperlach Sud

Marienplatz for lines U3 and U6

Karlsplatz for lines U4 and U5

Munich Hbf for

  • All ICE and IC trains from Munich
  • ‘Railjet’ (RJ) trains to Salzburg, Linz, Vienna and Budapest
  • EC trains to Zurich
  • ALX trains to Prague
  • Lines S7 and S20
  • Line S2 to Peterhausen

Munchen-Passing for:

  • Regional (RE) trains to Augsburg, Garmisch, Memmingen, Mittenwald, Obertsdorf and Ulm
  • Line S4 to Mammendorf
  • Line S5 to Geletendorf
  • Line S6 to Tutzing