Whether you want to explore the history of Porsche and Mercedes Benz, watch some Bundesliga football, or just get to know the unique ambience of Baden-Württemberg's capital, taking the train from Munich to Stuttgart is always an easy and convenient way to travel.
Deutsche Bahn runs daily services from Munich to Stuttgart, with a huge array of possible departure times. Trains run straight into Stuttgart Central station, and changes won't be needed. At just over two hours, it's not a particularly long haul, either. And while you watch the German landscape pass by, you can fire up laptops, check social media, or lie back in comfortable seating.
Stuttgart has some fantastic museums, with automobile themed attractions jostling for attention with the out-of-this-world Staatsgalerie. It's home to a collection of dazzling Baroque palaces, the ancient castle (home to the absorbing Landesmuseum), and much more. Even better, all of this is within easy reach of Munich - so use our Journey Planner to secure your tickets today. Still not sure? Scroll down for FAQs and the journey summary.
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.
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.
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 Stuttgart 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 Stuttgart Hbf is 2 hours and 16 minutes, with around 15 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 Stuttgart Hbf is 2 hours and 12 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Munich Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Munich Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf without having to change trains. There are 15 direct trains from Munich Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Munich Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf leaves at 07:27. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Munich Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf leaves at 15:46. 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 Stuttgart Hbf cover a distance of around 118 miles (189 km) during the journey.