Munich or Berlin? It’s a pretty common question. On the one hand, you have Munich, the home of the world’s best beer, and the best beer festival, as well as plenty of postcard-perfect sights. Then there’s Berlin, the thriving capital and a buzzing city that gives you the perfect taste of modern German art, culture and cuisine. It’s a tough choice, but we have an easy answer...do both!
Our train route from Munich to Berlin means that in under six hours, as the beautiful scenes of the country roll past your window, you can go from one city to another. Deutsche Bahn and their ICE trains let you cover the route in true style, with comfy seats and free WiFi to keep you entertained. See more of Germany with this fab route, read more about it in our FAQs 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 Munich to Berlin 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 and Berlin is 5 hours and 24 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 Munich to Berlin is 3 hours and 47 minutes.
Train tickets from Munich to Berlin can start from as little as €13.10 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 Munich to Berlin without having to change trains. There are 16 direct trains from Munich to Berlin. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Munich to Berlin leaves at 04:13. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Munich to Berlin leaves at 23:00. 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 to Berlin cover a distance of around 313 miles (504 km) during the journey.