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Taking the train from Munich to Vienna  

Working out the best way to travel from Munich to Vienna? Take the train and you’ll reach the central city station in just under four hours – which gives you ample time to start your exploration of all the city’s magnificent Baroque palaces. And, of course, more time to tuck into the famous Viennese cuisine. Bring on the schnitzels!  

So, why exactly should you take the train instead of driving there? Well, it beats having to worry about traffic! Thanks to ÖBB running frequent train services every day, you’ll know exactly when you’re due to get there. Hop on the high-speed Railjet, sit back, and soak in the views until you find yourself in the heart of the beautiful Austrian capital. Ready to find out more and book your tickets? Check out the FAQs and train times below. 

Munich to Vienna by train

It takes an average of 4h 44m to travel from Munich to Vienna by train, over a distance of around 222 miles (357 km). There are normally 36 trains per day travelling from Munich to Vienna and tickets for this journey start from €1 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 3h 53m
PriceFrom €1
Distance222 miles (357 km)
Frequency36 trains per day
First train00:04
Last train23:50
Departure stationMunich
Arrival stationVienna
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsUnion Ivkoni (Bus), ÖBB, Flixbus, Westbahn

Munich to Vienna train times

Check out the next trains departing from Munich to Vienna for Tuesday 16th August 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
08:55 13:12 4h 17m, 1 change
09:17 13:23 4h 6m, 1 change
09:55 14:12 4h 17m, 1 change
10:29 14:23 3h 54m, direct
10:48 14:42 3h 54m, direct
10:55 15:12 4h 17m, 1 change
11:17 15:23 4h 6m, 1 change
11:55 16:12 4h 17m, 1 change
12:29 16:23 3h 54m, direct
12:48 16:42 3h 54m, direct

ÖBB and WESTbahn trains from Munich to Vienna

You can travel from Munich to Vienna on ÖBB and WESTbahn 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.

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.

PhotoGT1976, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

WESTbahn is Austria's first private long-distance rail company with trains running from Vienna to Salzburg via St. Pölten, Amstetten, Linz, Wels and Attnang-Puchheim. This route is one of the most important in Austria, covering a distance of around 155 miles (250 km) and a duration of about 2h 30m. The company offers many discounted fares, allows travel with pets and bicycles and has no baggage restrictions.

Cheap train tickets from Munich to Vienna

The price of train tickets from Munich to Vienna starts at €1 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 Munich to Vienna 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 Munich to Vienna? 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 to Vienna take?

The average journey time by train between Munich and Vienna is 4 hours and 44 minutes, with around 36 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 Munich and Vienna by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Munich to Vienna is 3 hours and 53 minutes.

How much does the train from Munich to Vienna cost?

Train ticket prices from Munich to Vienna 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.

Is there a direct train from Munich to Vienna?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Munich to Vienna without having to change trains. There are 14 direct trains from Munich to Vienna each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Munich to Vienna leave?

The first train from Munich to Vienna leaves at 00:04. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Munich to Vienna leave?

The last train from Munich to Vienna 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.

What's the distance between Munich and Vienna by train?

Trains travelling from Munich to Vienna cover a distance of around 222 miles (357 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Vienna to Munich. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Munich to Vienna.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Munich to Vienna for a typical week day using timetable data for 08/16/2022. 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 05/13/2022 for travel on 05/13/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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