Munchen Hbf

Hamburg to München / Munich by train

How to travel from Hamburg to Munich / München by train

Due to the distance between Germany's second and third cities, travellers have a choice of travelling by day or overnight when taking a train from Hamburg to Munich / München.

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Option 1: travelling by day

Travel Information

Departing from Hamburg:

Most of these trains commence their journeys at Hamburg-Altona station and they all call at Hamburg-Dammtor before they arrive at Hamburg Hbf.

So it can be a good idea to look up the starting point of your journey and then book tickets from the most convenient station; only Hamburg Hbf has connections with the U-Bahn (subway).

Final Destination: Munchen (or Innsbruck)

The slower ICE trains travel via Augsburg and those trains also call at Múnchen-Passing.

The faster trains, which travel via Nurnberg, use the high speed line between Nurnberg and Ingoldstadt.

All trains also call at: Wurzburg

The trains:

A variety of different types of ICE trains are used on this route including the brand new ICE4 trains.

ICE 1 trains are used for most other departures, but the trains which are joined to departures from Bremen in Hannover are formed of ICE 2 or ICE-T trains.

The alternative routes:

On arrival at Hamburg Hbf you may see trains to Munchen on the departure screens, leaving at a different time to the train that will be on your ticket.

There are also fairly frequent ICE trains to Munchen from Hamburg which via Berlin, but they are much slower than these trains, that travel via Hannover and Wurzburg.

If you will be travelling with a rail pass, take care not to board a train which will be travelling via Berlin.

1 x train per hour

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 6 months ahead of the travel date

When making an online booking, check that you’re looking at booking info for the direct trains.

On the DB booking site look for journeys that have:

  • 0 in the Chg. column
  • ICE (and only ICE) in the Products column.

Trains departing at different times can be cheaper than others leaving on the same day - so you may need to look through the day's departures to find the cheapest fares.
Use the earlier/later buttons* to search for the cheapest ticket prices.

Note that some trains on this route are faster than others and that depends on the route they take south of Wurzburg, but the slower trains aren't particularly cheaper.

Tickets for Hamburg to Munchen journeys can't be booked on the trains which take the longer alternative route via Berlin.

Reservations:

Book 1st class ticket journey tickets on DB Bahn and your seat reservation is included, but they're optional when booking 2nd class tickets, or if you will be travelling with a 1st or 2nd class rail pass.

Opting to reserve is particularly recommended if you will be travelling at business hours and/or during the day on Fridays and Sundays.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
DB Bahn from €17.90

DB Bahn Guide

DB is the national railway operator in Germany, so its website can be used for booking journeys by German express trains; the ICE and IC trains and it doesn't charge booking fees.
It also sells tickets for journeys by direct trains on all international routes from Germany regardless of whether DB is operating the train service.

It also sells an extensive range of end-to-end journeys which involve making connections both within Germany and in neighboring countries, but journeys between Germany and Britain cannot be booked on DB.

A key feature of DB website worth keeping mind is that it offers 1st class ticket purchasers complimentary seat reservations on journeys both within and to/from Germany.

Seat reservations for daytime in both 1st and 2nd class can also be booked separately from tickets.

Omio from €17.90

Omio Guide

Omio is an online ticket agency which offers tickets for rail journeys in France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Spain.

The three key advantages of using Omio are

  • it offers prices in multiple currencies
  • it usually offers price comparison with other modes of travel including flights and buses
  • when visiting Europe, you can book journeys in multiple countries in one transaction.

The disadvantage of booking with Omio is that it often adds a booking fee to the final price; therefore when it does so without offering a price advantage, SMTJ doesn't tend to offer Omio as a booking option.

Save A Train from €17.90

Save A Train Guide

Happy rail from €17.90

Happy rail Guide

Happy Rail is a Netherlands rail ticket agency which sells tickets for both national and international journeys within a range of countries including Belgium France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland.

HappyRail doesn't charge booking fees in the conventional sense, but if you're not Dutch you can expect to pay additional transaction fees, which will be added to the total cost.
That's because the most common form of online payment used in The Netherlands is 'iDEAL' and HappyRail doesn't charge a transaction fee for 'iDEAL' payments, but only Dutch residents can sign up to 'iDEAL'.
Other forms of payment include Visa debit cards will incur a fee.

On this journey

Journey Features

High Speed (partial journey)

Good to Know

Between April 1st and December 9th, the journey times will be around an hour slower due to maintenance work closing the high-speed line between Kassel and Fulda, trains will be diverted off on to the conventional route.

Journey description:

This is a journey of five distinct phases

  1. Until Hannover the train will travel at up to 200 km/h on a conventional railway.
  2. On departure from Hannover comes the part of the journey with a wow factor, for more than 2hr 30mins the train will travel between the stations at more than 250 km/h on the high speed line and there are some nice views as the train crosses the long viaducts, between the incredible number of tunnels.
  3. Between Wurzburg and Nurnberg the train will be back on conventional tracks
  4. After Nurnberg the train will move on to another high speed line and travel at more than 275 k/mh for around 40 minutes until it reaches Ingolstadt.
The slower ICE trains take an alternative non-high speed route via Augsburg. 5. In Ingolstadt station the train will back on to a conventional railway for the final part of the journey on to Ingolstadt.

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Option 2: travelling overnight

Travel Information

Final Destination: Innsbruck

This train is usually scheduled to depart from Hamburg Hbf at 20:29 and arrive in Munchen Hbf at 07:05.

Before arriving in Hamburg Hbf, the train will have departed from Hamburg-Altona at 20:11, and will have also called in Hamburg-Dammtor at 20:21.

Usual connections in Munchen Hbf:

  • To Bolzano - Trento - Verona - to Bologna on Mon-Fri / to Venezia/Venice on weekends at 07:34
  • To Villach - Klagenfurt and Ljubljana - Zagreb at 08:17

1 x train per night

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open:
6 months ahead of the travel date on OBB
3 months ahead of the travel date on DB Bahn

The train conveys:

- Compartment Seats (Sitzwagen)
- Couchettes (Liegewagen); 4 berths AND 6 berths
- Standard sleeping cars (Schlafwagen) with 3 bed, 2 bed and 1 cabins
- Deluxe sleeping cars (Schlafwagen) with 3 bed, 2 bed and 1 cabins

The first price you will see on the OBB ticketing site will be for the compartment seats.

Click the train button above for more info including the rail pass reservation fees:

Using rail passes:

Rail pass users must reserve before boarding this train and these can be booked in advance on the OBB website, without paying booking fees.
Though the required steps are far from obvious, hence their inclusion in the step-by-step guide to using the OBB website.
However, these rail pass reservations can NO longer be booked online the DB website.

Or you can arrange the reservations when you arrive in Germany, by purchasing them at a Reisezentrum travel desk, which you will find in any hauptbahnhof.

Though it's best to do this at the first hauptbahnhof (city centre station) that you will arrive at, the later you leave booking your accommodation, the more likely it is that your preferences will be sold out.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
OBB *

OBB Guide

OBB is the national rail operator and its booking service offers journeys by express trains within Austria, as well as international journeys which don't involve making a connection outside of Austria.

It pays off to book online, as the discounted 'Sparscheine' tickets are only ever made available on the website, and when making international journeys to and from Austria, these Sparscheine tickets tend to be cheaper.
OBB can offer particularly good value for money when travelling with children on international rail journeys, but something to watch out for when travelling between Austria and Germany on daytime trains, is that reservations are an optional extra; but if you book 1st class tickets with the Germany railways website DB, the reservations are complimentary.

OBB often takes a unique approach to its booking path, but a key thing to keep in mind is that the first price you will see for any journey is that of a Second Class seat.
The costs of upgrading to first class, a reservation, or a sleeping cabin etc, is then added to this price.

DB *

DB Guide

DB is the national railway operator in Germany, so its website can be used for booking journeys by German express trains; the ICE and IC trains and it doesn't charge booking fees.
It also sells tickets for journeys by direct trains on all international routes from Germany regardless of whether DB is operating the train service.

It also sells an extensive range of end-to-end journeys which involve making connections both within Germany and in neighboring countries, but journeys between Germany and Britain cannot be booked on DB.

A key feature of DB website worth keeping mind is that it offers 1st class ticket purchasers complimentary seat reservations on journeys both within and to/from Germany.
Seat reservations for daytime in both 1st and 2nd class can also be booked separately from tickets.

Two types of ticket have recently been made available;

  1. Cheaper 'Young' tickets which can only be booked by those aged 15-26 on the travel date.
  2. Flexi Plus tickets, which are now the most expensive type of ticket, but they're the only type of 2nd class tickets which DO include a seat reservation.
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