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Travelling by train from Paris to Munich

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.

Paris to Munich by train

It takes an average of 8h 17m to travel from Paris to Munich by train, over a distance of around 424 miles (683 km). There are normally 15 trains per day traveling from Paris to Munich and tickets for this journey start from $30.74 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 5h 32m
PriceFrom $30.74
Distance424 miles (683 km)
Frequency15 trains per day
First train06:55
Last train20:35
Departure stationParis
Arrival stationMunich
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsUnion Ivkoni (Bus), BlaBlaCar Bus, SNCF, Flixbus, Deutsche Bahn, ÖBB

Paris to Munich train times

Check out the next trains departing from Paris to Munich for vendredi août 19 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
06:55 Paris Gare de l’Est12:27 München HbfICE 9571 Deutsche Bahn Get tickets5h 32m, 1 change
07:20 Paris Gare de l’Est14:11 München Hbftgv inoui 9561 Deutsche Bahn Get tickets6h 51m, 1 change
07:22 Paris Gare de Lyon15:04 München Hbf Gleis 27-36TGV Lyria 9203 SNCF Get tickets7h 42m, 1 change
07:58 Paris Gare de l’Est15:12 München HbfTGV 2407 SNCF Get tickets7h 14m, 3 changes
09:06 Paris Gare de l’Est16:11 München Hbftgv inoui 9551 Deutsche Bahn Get tickets7h 5m, 2 changes
09:06 Paris Gare de l’Est17:38 München Hbftgv inoui 9551 Deutsche Bahn Get tickets8h 32m, 1 change

TGV, SNCF, Deutsche Bahn and ÖBB trains from Paris to Munich

You can travel from Paris to Munich on TGV, SNCF, Deutsche Bahn and ÖBB trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

PhotoErmell, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

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.

PhotoCtruongngoc, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

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).

PhotoJoachimKohlerBremen, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

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.

Cheap train tickets from Paris to Munich

The price of train tickets from Paris to Munich starts at $30.74 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

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.§

Be flexible with your travel times

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.

Choose a slower or connecting train

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!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Paris to Munich

Want to know more about your journey from Paris to Munich? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Paris to Munich take?

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.

What's the fastest journey time between Paris and Munich by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Paris to Munich is 5 hours and 32 minutes.

How much does the train from Paris to Munich cost?

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.

Is there a direct train from Paris to Munich?

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.

What time does the first train from Paris to Munich leave?

The first train from Paris to Munich leaves at 06:55. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Paris to Munich leave?

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.

What's the distance between Paris and Munich by train?

Trains travelling from Paris to Munich cover a distance of around 424 miles (683 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Munich to Paris.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Paris to Munich for a typical week day using timetable data for 08/19/2022. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 08/18/2022 for travel on 08/18/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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