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About the journey from Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf

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.

  • All trains depart from Munich Hauptbahnhof (Hbf) station.
  • All trains arrive into Salzburg Hauptbahnhof (Hbf) station.

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.   

Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf by train

It takes an average of 1h 56m to travel from Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf by train, over a distance of around 73 miles (117 km). There are normally 37 trains per day travelling from Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf and tickets for this journey start from €7 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 27m
Price€7 - €199
Distance73 miles (117 km)
Frequency37 trains per day
Departure stationMunich Hbf
Arrival stationSalzburg Hbf
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsDB, Meridian, union_ivkoni

Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf train times

Check out the next trains departing from Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf for Tuesday 2nd Jun 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
11:30 12:57 1h 27m, direct
11:55 13:42 1h 47m, direct
12:17 13:59 1h 42m, direct
12:55 14:42 1h 47m, direct
13:29 14:58 1h 29m, direct
13:55 15:42 1h 47m, direct
14:11 15:59 1h 48m, 1 change
14:55 16:42 1h 47m, direct
15:30 16:58 1h 28m, direct
15:55 17:42 1h 47m, direct

Deutsche Bahn, IC (Intercity), EC (Eurocity) and ÖBB trains from Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf

You can travel from Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf on Deutsche Bahn, IC (Intercity), EC (Eurocity) and ÖBB 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.

PhotoFalk2, under licence CC4.0

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.

PhotoQualle, under licence CC3.0

EuroCity (EC) trains offer convenient European cross-border connections between major cities in Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria – it's often a good alternative to air travel.

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.

Cheap train tickets from Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf

Train tickets from Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf start at €7 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around €30.70.
lowest price found
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price28.19
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price29.99
on the day
avg. single price30.70

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 Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf 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 guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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 Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf? 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 Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf take?

The average journey time by train between Munich Hbf and Salzburg Hbf is 1 hour and 56 minutes, with around 37 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.

How fast does the train from Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf travel?

Railjet high-speed trains from Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf can travel at speeds of up to 143 mph (230 km/h). The fastest journey time from Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf by train is 1 hour and 27 minutes.

How much does the train from Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf cost?

The average train ticket price from Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf usually costs around €29.99 two weeks before travel, but can start from as little as €7 when you book in advance. Prices also vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf?

Yes. There are 34 direct DB, Railjet or Meridian trains that travel from Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf each day with an average journey time of 1 hour and 56 minutes.

What time does the first train from Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf leave?

The first train from Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf leaves at 00:43 from Munich Hbf. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf leave?

The last train from Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf leaves at 23:50 from Munich Hbf. 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 Munich Hbf and Salzburg Hbf by train?

Trains travelling from Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf cover a distance of around 73 miles (117 km) during the journey.

Which train companies operate between Munich Hbf and Salzburg Hbf?

Trains travelling between Munich Hbf and Salzburg Hbf are operated by Deutsche Bahn – the national train company in Germany, OBB – the national train company in Austria or EuroCity – a joint venture between train companies in Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Austria.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Salzburg Hbf to Munich Hbf. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf.

Our tips and tricks

We love helping our customers find inspiration for their next train journey. We also believe about taking those journeys and sharing our experiences with you, so you can sit back, relax and get the most out of your trip.

Reviewing Munich to Salzburg by train

Review by Gina Kliche

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.


About Gina

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.

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Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf for a typical week day using timetable data for 02/06/2020. 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 01/04/2019 for travel on 01/04/2019 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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