The average train time from Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf is 1h 49m, although it takes just 1h 28m on the fastest direct OBB Railjet services. There are around 37 trains per day running from Munich Hbf in Germany to Salzburg Hbf in Austria, the first train leaves from Munich Hbf at 00:49 and the last train leaves at 23:50.
With a travel time of just under two hours on a high-speed ÖBB Railjet train – it's similar to the time it takes to drive between these two cities, but much less stressful. If you want to travel in style, First Class passengers enjoy adjustable leather seating with extra legroom and a food and drink cabin service – you won’t get that on a car journey!
Whether you’re heading to Salzburg to admire the impressive Fortress on Festungsberg Hill, or to wander through the UNESCO World Heritage sights of Old Town, this charming Austrian town is within easy reach of Munich. Keen to know more? Keep reading to find ticket prices, train times and journey information.
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.
An express train running on German domestic routes, the Intercity is a little slower than the ICE and is also used for long distance trips. The integrated circuit covers long distances with a maximum speed of 125 mph (200 km/h). In recent years, trains of the new generation "Intercity 2" run on some lines at 100 mph (160 km/h) only – these trains, however, offer extra legroom and extra space for toddlers. They are also equipped with air conditioning, a food carriage and wheelchair parking spaces.
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.
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 Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf 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 Munich Hbf and Salzburg Hbf is 2 hours and 3 minutes, with around 42 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 Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf is 1 hour and 37 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf can start from as little as €1 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf without having to change trains. There are 20 direct trains from Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf leaves at 00:51. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf leaves at 23:50. 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 Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf cover a distance of around 72 miles (117 km) during the journey.
Munich Hbf station
With its 32 platforms and two S-Bahn tracks, Munich Central Station is one of the largest stations in Germany. It has a modern design and offers everything a traveller needs – including restaurants, shops and a market hall selling flowers. The station is easy to reach by underground and S-Bahn as well as on city buses. If you’re a First Class ticket holder, the DB lounge can be a relaxing spot to chill out before your train, with complimentary hot drinks, snacks and WiFi to keep you occupied.
The train itself
Once I boarded the ÖBB Railjet train, I found the seating in Second Class was comfortable and there was enough space to store luggage – smaller bags can be stored above your seat and there are luggage shelves in the middle of the larger carriages. There are several toilets at either end and the electronic displays will help you find your booked seat easily.
The seat I booked featured a small folding table, armrests and a reading lamp. There was also a copy of “Railaxed” (the ÖBB magazine) and a leaflet about Salzburg to read. If you’re interested in knowing more about your journey (how fast you’re travelling etc) connect your phone or laptop to the free WiFi to find ÖBB travel information.
Arriving in Salzburg
The journey from Munich to Salzburg takes just under an hour and a half – making it an ideal location of a day trip. In Salzburg, rail travellers will be impressed by the state-of-the-art train station that greets them. Trains run on two levels on a total of 11 tracks and the lower part of the station is home to shops, supermarkets and newsagents.
If you aren’t leaving the station straight away, or are waiting for your return train, the bright and modern waiting area is similar to an airport terminal and a relaxing place to pass time. You’ll find buses going to the surrounding areas right outside the station, giving easy access to the Austrian metropolis of Salzburg.
My top tip – The majority of seats are facing against the direction of travel when travelling from Munich to Salzburg. If you prefer to sit facing the direction of travel, remember this when booking to make sure you choose a forward-facing seat.
Gina is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on her own genuine experience of the journey.