Sleek ICE trains link München / Munich to Frankfurt (Main) but what's slightly odd is that they take two different routes;
1 - via Nurnberg
2 - via Stuttgart
But because the trains on the route via Nurnberg ae faster, the only trains that have tickets available online are the trains on this route.
You might then wonder why, when you're at the station in Munich/Munchen why you can see trains to Frankfurt (Main) leaving before your departure, that you weren't aware of.
However, those other trains will arrive in Frankfurt after the train you will be taking.
Final Destination: Dortmund or Essen
Trains also call at: Wurzburg, Frankfurt Flughafen/airport
The alternative route:
Every other hour (in odd hours) there is also an ICE train between Munich and Frankfurt which travels an alternative route via Stuttgart.
Those trains via Stuttgart tend to depart around 5 mins before these trains via Nurnberg, so you will see them listed on the departure screens at Munchen Hbf.
But the route they take is slower, so much so that these trains, which leave later, get to Frankfurt (Main) earlier.
Hence tickets can't usually be booked online for a train journey from Munich to Frankfurt (Main) on that alternative route via Stuttgart.
However, if you use the 'travelling with a bicycle' search option on the DB website, some of the trains on the route via Stuttgart are ICE 4 trains which have bike racks and EC trains which have bike storage, so you will be see those trains when looking up a journey
16 x trains per day
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 Bahn booking site look for journeys that have:
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.
Reservations are recommended for this journey, this is one of the busiest ICE routes.
Though seats are now assigned if you book 1st class tickets.
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
|DB Bahn||from €17.90|
|Save A Train||from €17.90 (in £s)|
|Happy rail||from €17.90|
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