Thinking of spending some time in historic beerhalls and want more information on how to travel from Paris to Munich by train? You’ve come to the right place!
Generally, the journey time from Paris to Munich takes 6h 43m on average but can take just 5h 32m on the fastest services. As there are no direct services from Paris to Munich by train, you will need to make at least one change along the way.
When travelling on this popular route, you’ll probably board a Deutsche Bahn (DB) or DB-SNCF train at Paris Gare de l’Est station and relax as you travel to Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof station. From there, you can board a connecting DB service to Munchen Hauptbahnhof station.
Located in southeast Germany, Munich is the capital of Bavaria and home to the world-famous Oktoberfest. Once you’ve stepped off the train, you can start to discover the city. There are so many things to see and do in Munich, it can be difficult to know where to begin. For inspiration, take a look at our guide to the best things to do in Munich, including a trip to Marienplatz and the Hofbräuhaus.
Ready to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets from Paris to Munich in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. If you’d like more information, keep reading for FAQs about the train journey from Paris to Munich and tips on finding cheaper train tickets.
TGV is the high-speed train service of the SNCF company. It connects the major cities of France at speeds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h). All TGV trains are equipped with a food carriage, a free WiFi connection, power sockets and fold-down tables. Two comfort classes are offered – First Class and Second Class, with flexible fare options available and access to the Grand Voyageur lounge in some stations.
SNCF is the national train operator of France. It operates all domestic trains and routes across France, as well as international services to Spain and Germany. There are three different types of domestic trains that operate under the SNCF banner – TGV (high-speed, full-service trains that connect the major cities in France), Intercités (usually a more frequent stopping service, but with all the amenities), and TER (regional train services with basic onboard facilities).
The Deutsche Bahn Group is owned by the German State and controls the majority of rail traffic in Germany as well as in many border regions of the country. Every year, Deutsche Bahn transports several million passengers and many stations in Germany are served exclusively by DB trains, including the ICE, IC and EC fleet.
ÖBB is the major railway company for Austria, subdivided into several subsidiaries, responsible for certain areas of transport, such as long distance and local transport, the operation of postal buses and the transport of goods. Railjet is ÖBB's high-speed train, which travels at speeds of up to 143 mph (230 km/h) and connects the main Austrian cities with Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Italy.
Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Paris to Munich by booking early.§
Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.
On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Paris and Munich is 8 hours and 17 minutes, with around 15 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The fastest journey time by train from Paris to Munich is 5 hours and 32 minutes.
Train tickets from Paris to Munich can start from as little as $30.74 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Paris to Munich without having to change trains. There is 1 direct train from Paris to Munich each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Paris to Munich leaves at 06:55. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Paris to Munich leaves at 20:35. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from Paris to Munich cover a distance of around 424 miles (683 km) during the journey.