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Berlin to Munich on the ICE Train

The German capital has a lot going for it, from a fun and funky bar scene to some pretty great grub, but we have one word for you: Oktoberfest. Yes, you cannot come as far as Berlin and not go a little bit further to Munich. Even if you’re not visiting in the month of city-wide drinking, the beer in Munich is still some of the world’s best, so there’s no excuse to not head over for a tipple or two.

A 4-hour ride away on comfy Deutsche Bahn trains, their ICE fleet boasts free Wi-Fi, air conditioning a dining car and a kids’ compartment to keep little ones occupied - making for a relaxing way to travel between Berlin and Munich. Ready to get going? Check out our FAQs and journey information below.

Berlin to Munich by train

It takes an average of 4h 58m to travel from Berlin to Munich by train, over a distance of around 313 miles (504 km). There are normally 20 trains per day travelling from Berlin to Munich and tickets for this journey start from €17.50 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 4h 2m
PriceFrom €17.50
Distance313 miles (504 km)
Frequency20 trains per day
Departure stationBerlin
Arrival stationMunich
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsDeutsche Bahn, Flixbus

Berlin to Munich train times

Check out the next trains departing from Berlin to Munich for mardi 18 mai 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
08:37 01:07 4h 30m, direct
09:30 02:07 4h 37m, direct
10:37 03:07 4h 30m, direct
11:05 03:17 4h 12m, 1 change
11:05 03:42 4h 37m, direct
11:30 04:07 4h 37m, direct
00:37 05:07 4h 30m, direct
01:30 06:08 4h 38m, direct
02:37 07:09 4h 32m, direct
03:30 08:04 4h 34m, direct

Deutsche Bahn and ICE (Intercity Express) trains from Berlin to München

You can travel from Berlin to München on Deutsche Bahn and ICE (Intercity Express) 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.

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.

PhotoNelso Silva, under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The high-speed train of Deutsche Bahn, with a maximum speed of 205 mph (330 km/h), the ICE connects major cities and is also used for international travel to neighbouring countries such as Austria, France and Denmark. This train is equipped with air conditioning, a dining car, a children's compartment and power sockets. Passengers enjoy a free WiFi connection throughout the duration of the ICE trip.

Cheap train tickets from Berlin to Munich

The price of train tickets from Berlin to Munich starts at €17.50 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 Berlin 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.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Berlin 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 Berlin to Munich take?

The average journey time by train between Berlin and Munich is 4 hours and 58 minutes, with around 20 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 Berlin and Munich by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Berlin to Munich is 4 hours and 2 minutes.

How much does the train from Berlin to Munich cost?

Train ticket prices from Berlin to Munich can start from as little as €17.50 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from Berlin to Munich?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Berlin to Munich without having to change trains. There are 18 direct trains from Berlin 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 Berlin to Munich leave?

The first train from Berlin to Munich leaves at 11:05. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Berlin to Munich leaves at 10:37. 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 Berlin and Munich by train?

Trains travelling from Berlin to Munich cover a distance of around 313 miles (504 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Munich to Berlin. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Berlin to Munich.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Berlin to Munich for a typical week day using timetable data for 05/18/2021. 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 02/18/2021 for travel on 02/18/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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