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.
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.
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.
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.§
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 Berlin and Munich is 5 hours and 10 minutes, with around 24 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 Berlin to Munich is 3 hours and 51 minutes.
Train tickets from Berlin to Munich can start from as little as €14.90 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 Berlin to Munich without having to change trains. There are 17 direct trains from Berlin to Munich. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Berlin to Munich leaves at 04:35. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Berlin to Munich leaves at 21:35. 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 Berlin to Munich cover a distance of around 313 miles (504 km) during the journey.