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Travelling by train from Berlin to Munich

Planning to take the train from Berlin to Munich? Start your journey with us.

The train from Berlin to Munich usually takes 6h 56m, but can take 5h 54m on the fastest services. You'll be travelling direct on this route with Deutsche Bahn, Germany's main rail operator. On board, you'll find comfortable seating, space for luggage and, on most services, free WiFi as standard.

Arriving by train into Munich means that you'll disembark from the very centre of this handsome city, a place bursting with character and charm. In the heart of Munich is the Old Town which centres around the Medieval market square, Marienplatz. The city's meticulously landscaped English Garden is one of the world's largest public parks, and helpfully hosts a 7000 seat Biergarten (beer garden) too.

Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to search for cheap train tickets from Berlin to Munich and we’ll show you how much you can save. Just remember, the sooner you book, the cheaper your tickets will be.

Why not start a search for cheap train tickets from Berlin to Munich with us today? If you want to find out more, keep reading for FAQs and money-saving tips.

Berlin to Munich by train

It takes an average of 4h 18m to travel from Berlin to Munich by train, over a distance of around 313 miles (504 km). There are normally 25 trains per day travelling from Berlin to Munich and tickets for this journey start from £16.05 when you book in advance.

First train

04:37

Last train

22:32

Departure station

Berlin

Arrival station

Munich

Journey time

From 3h 42m

Distance

313 miles (504 km)

Frequency

25 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From £16.05

Train and bus operators

Deutsche Bahn, Flixbus

Berlin to Munich train times

Check out the next trains departing from Berlin to Munich for Tuesday 23rd April 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
08:41 13:01 4h 20m, direct
09:11 13:41 4h 30m, 1 change
09:36 14:04 4h 28m, direct
10:11 14:08 3h 57m, direct
11:11 15:01 3h 50m, direct
11:36 16:01 4h 25m, direct
12:11 16:10 3h 59m, direct
12:41 17:03 4h 22m, direct
13:36 18:03 4h 27m, direct
14:11 18:11 4h 0m, direct

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

You can travel from Berlin to Munich 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.

ICE classes from Berlin to Munich

Compare the different travel classes offered by ICE when travelling from Berlin to Munich.

Onboard services on ICE

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Berlin to Munich.

LuggageLuggageLuggage

You can take as much luggage as you like for free without making a reservation.

Luggage items include briefcases, laptops, rucksacks, trolley bags or suitcases. You can also take pushchairs, folding bikes, scooters, skis and surfboards.

Luggage should be stored under the seat or in the overhead luggage rack. Generally, the standard dimensions of luggage racks are 70 x 50 x 30 cm. Larger items of luggage such as suitcases can be stored in the large luggage racks by the doors.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

When travelling with ICE, you can enjoy an extensive menu in the on-board restaurant, or you can grab a snack from the bistro carriage. If you choose the latter, you can enjoy your food and drink in the bistro or take it back to your seat.

Upgrade to First Class and you will be served complimentary food and drink at your seat.

DB change their menu every three months, but you will always find a wide variety of locally sourced food and drink, including a range of vegetarian and vegan dishes.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

If you’re travelling on a ICE train, you can connect to the free WiFi and catch up on some work or your favourite TV show.

You can also connect to the ICE portal, where you’ll find a wide range of entertainment, such as films, television, audiobooks, games, newspapers and magazines.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

On DB’s ICE trains, kids under 5 years old travel for free and don’t need a ticket. Children up to 14 years old travel for free if they are accompanied by a person who is at least 15 years old.

You can also book family areas and children compartments on all ICE trains.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

With ICE, you need a bicycle ticket and reservation to take a bicycle onboard. The reservation for your bike is included in the price.

Generally, bike storage spaces are located in second class carriages. Please note that your seat and bike storage space might be located in different carriages.

PetPetPets

You can travel with your pet on all ICE trains. You do not need an extra ticket If you have a small dog and they can travel in a transport box. If your dog or pet is bigger than the size of a house cat, you will need an additional ticket, which costs 50% less than a standard ticket. Dogs not travelling in a transport box must be on a lead and wear a muzzle.

Assistance dogs travel free of charge and do not have to wear a muzzle on the train.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

DB’s Mobility Service can assist you with boarding, disembarking or changing trains. Also, staff are happy to answer any questions or assist with any queries to make your journey easier.

Cheap train tickets from Berlin to Munich

The price of train tickets from Berlin to Munich starts at £16.05 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 18 minutes, with around 25 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 3 hours and 42 minutes.

How much does the train from Berlin to Munich cost?

Train ticket prices from Berlin to Munich can start from as little as £16.05 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 23 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 04:37. 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 22:32. 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.

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