By Train from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to München / Munich (Germany) - Option 1: Travel by day and make a comparatively easily timed connection between trains

Journey Summary

Depart Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Amsterdam Centraal

Arrive München / Munich (Germany)

München Hbf/Munich main station
Journey Time
7hr 30min - 8hr 5min (approx) (via Koln or Dusseldorf)
Near the top of our wish-list for things we'd like to change about European train travel, would be the re-introduction of direct trains between Amsterdam and Muenchen*/Munich (*Dutch spelling of Munich).

But because you need to change trains, when you look up the journey on the ticket agents, you will see a multitude of options.

However, take care as many of the combinations of journeys, will have connecting times between trains of less than 20 minutes.

And those tightly timed connections can't be guaranteed in Germany.
Though if you miss a booked connection, any tickets/reservations can be transferred to a later train at a Reisezentrum travel desk, but this is a hassle that can be avoided.

Hence we have singled out the FOUR most viable and hopefully stress-free options for making a train journey from Amsterdam to MunchenMunich.

(1) This combination of daytime trains with a connection in Koln (or Dusseldorf)

(2) Taking day trains and making connections in Frankfurt

(3) Travelling overnight on a combination of an ICE train and sleeper train (the Nightjet)

(4) Travelling overnight on a combination of 2 x ICE trains

Details of this journey option via Koln/Dusseldorf:

Mon - Sat = 5 x connections per day
Sunday = 4 x connections per day

Change trains in: Koln/Cologne* or Dusseldorf

A plus of this route is that connecting time between trains at Koln Hbf isn't usually particularly tightly timed.

*However, when you look up this journey on the DB (the official German railways) ticket booking website, it will often suggest making connections in other stations along this route such as Dusseldorf or Seigburg/Bonn.

Because the tickets will be train specific, you'll need to make the connections at these other stations, but it doesn't particularly matter at which station you change trains.

What you're looking out for is a connecting time between trains of more than 30 mins - because if you take those options, you'll have a greater chance of having a stress-free journey.

Travelling with a Eurail or InterRail Pass:

If you will be travelling with a rail pass our advice is to ignore all the above and change trains in Dusseldorf.

There are more ICE trains between Dusseldorf Hbf and Munchen, than they are between Koln Hbf and Munchen.

And as you don't need to reserve on the ICEs, you can hop on the next train to depart from Dusseldorf.

Train 1

  • Depart: Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  • Arrive: Köln / Cologne / Koeln (Germany)
  • Journey time: 2hr 40min - 2hr 45min approx

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Train 2

  • Depart: Köln / Cologne / Koeln (Germany)
  • Arrive: München / Munich (Germany)
  • Journey time: 4hr 35 min (approx) from Koln Hbf

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Ticket information

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