Why endure the stress of driving when taking the train between Salzburg and Munich is a much quicker and more enjoyable experience? A popular route with locals and tourists alike, many people travel via high-speed Railjet trains when crossing the border between Austria and Germany.
In an hour and a half you can be transported from the hills of Salzburg to the bustling centre of Munich – that’s around 45 minutes quicker than driving. Ideal for those visiting on a day trip or on a city-hopping adventure. Once you arrive at Munich Hbf station, it’s just a half hour stroll to the picturesque English Garden and 15-minute walk to the famous Marienplatz square. Keep reading for train times, ticket prices and FAQs.
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.
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.
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.
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 Salzburg Hbf to Munich 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 Salzburg Hbf and Munich Hbf is 1 hour and 50 minutes, with around 33 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 Salzburg Hbf to Munich Hbf is 1 hour and 28 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Salzburg Hbf to Munich Hbf can start from as little as €2 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 Salzburg Hbf to Munich Hbf without having to change trains. There are 31 direct trains from Salzburg Hbf to Munich Hbf each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Salzburg Hbf to Munich Hbf leaves at 03:56. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Salzburg Hbf to Munich Hbf 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 Salzburg Hbf to Munich Hbf cover a distance of around 72 miles (117 km) during the journey.