München / Munich to Hannover by train

How to travel from München / Munich to Hannover by train

Every hour during the day a sleek ICE train makes the train journey from München / Munich to Hannover



From München Hbf/Munich main station to Hannover Hbf

Travel Information

Final Destination: Hamburg-Altona or Kiel or Bremen

All trains also call at: Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe

The trains

A variety of different types of ICE trains are used on this route, for the time being most departures are by the ICE 1 trains and a few departures will be by the brand new ICE 4 trains.
ICE-2 and ICE T trains are also used on this route, particularly at weekends.

So it's worth looking at the train info on DB when looking up this journey, if you want to have a meal in a restaurant car you will need to take the ICE 1 or ICE 4 trains, if you want to take a non-folding bicycle you can only take the ICE 4 trains.

1 x train per hour on the route with a journey time of around 4hr 10min.


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:

  • 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.

*There can be gaps of nearly two hours between the departures from Munchen of these DIRECT trains to Hannover; so you may also need to use the earlier/later buttons to find them when booking online.

Reservations are highly recommended for this journey, though if you book a 1st class ticket it will include the reservation

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.

Save A Train from €17.90

Save A Train Guide

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.

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.

Slower Schedules due to construction work:

From April to December 9th 2023, a key section of the primary north<>south high-speed line in Germany is closed due to renewal works.
During the this time, the ICE trains travelling between Fulda and Kassel will be diverted on to the older classic line, which the high-speed route avoids; so the diversion will add around 60 mins to the journey time.
So trains will arrive into Hannover around an hour later than the usual time.

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - NoHigh Speed (partial journey)

Good to Know

The less frequent slower trains travel via Augsburg and these trains also call at Munchen-Passing.

The faster trains use the high speed line between Ingolstadt and Nurnberg.

Journey description:

This is a journey of four distinct phases

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