Berlin to München / Munich by train

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It's a good idea to pay attention to the journey times when looking up a journey by train from Berlin to München / Munich.
Because there are multiple 'groups' of ICE services on this route.

  1. Berlin - Nurnberg - München; Three fastest ever 'Sprinter' trains per day have been added to the timetable, which are non-stop between Berlin and Nurnberg!
  2. Berlin - Halle - Erfurt - Nurnberg - München; which are also known as 'Sprinter' services.
  3. Berlin - Halle - Leipzig - Erfurt - Nurnberg - München; diverting off the direct route in order to serve Leipzig only adds around 30 mins to the journey time.
  4. Trains that divert off the most direct route after Nurnberg to serve Augsburg - which are best avoided as they are more than an hour slower than the regular 'Sprinter' services.
  5. Other trains that take a Berlin - Leipzig - Erfurt - Frankfurt - Stuttgart - Munich route - which is much longer, so it has been excluded from the options below.
    Take care to avoid these trains if you will be travelling with a rail pass.

The departure pattern is typically:
even hours = the trains which travel via Leipzig + the three new fastest 'Sprinter' services.
odd hours = the regular 'Sprinter' services = the trains which take the route via Augsburg between Nurnberg and Munchen.

The cheaper tickets on the faster trains inevitably sell out faster, so if you won't be booking weeks ahead, the slower a particular departure is, the more likely it is that you'll save money by travelling by it.
But if you'll be using Eurail or InterRail passes you may as well target the faster trains.

Another unusual feature of this route is the variety of the types of ICE trains used.
If you want to have a meal in the restaurant car during the journey, you'll need to take the ICE 1, ICE 3or ICE 4 trains; if you want to travel with a non-folding bicycle, you'll need to take an ICE 4 train.

Routes you can take to go from Berlin to München / Munich

When travelling between most cities by train there is only one logical option, though on other journeys there is a choice between different trains or alternative routes. If different options are available you can use the info to decide which is best for you.

Choose one of the following options:

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Option 1: the vey fastest 'Sprinter' services

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Option 2: taking the 'Sprinter' services along the most direct route

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Option 3: slower trains which travel via Leipzig
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