The average train time from Paris to Munich is 8h 43m, although it takes just 5h 41m on the fastest high-speed TGV services. There are around 15 trains per day running from Paris in France to Munich in Germany, the first train leaves from Paris Gare de l’Est at 06:40 and the last train leaves at 21:25.
As both stations are located in the city centre, you can enjoy breakfast in Paris then be in Munich in time for an afternoon drink in Marienplatz Square – what’s not to love? You can travel directly between these two cities on high-speed TGV INOUI services, or the quickest journey with one stop along the way involves a short stop at Stuttgart Hbf to change to an equally high-speed Deutsche Bahn ICE train. Add a bit of extra luxury to your trip and travel First Class on TGV and ICE trains to enjoy wider seating, free WiFi and an at-seat food and drinks service.
Ready to book? Search for train times and tickets in our Journey Planner at the top of the page or keep reading for FAQs about the journey from Paris to Munich and tips on finding cheap 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).
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 9 hours and 13 minutes, with around 14 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 52 minutes.
Train tickets from Paris to Munich can start from as little as $48.74 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.
No, there are no direct train services from Paris to Munich. Travelling from Paris to Munich by train will require a minimum of 1 change.
The first train from Paris to Munich leaves at 11:47. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Paris to Munich leaves at 10:45. 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.