München / Munich to Ljubljana by train

How to travel by train from Amsterdam to München / Munich to Ljubljana

Step on board for one of Europe's most spectacular railway journeys; once the train has departed Salzburg, you can enjoy hour after hour of beautiful views.

There is also an overnight train from Munich to Ljubljana, but we don't recommend taking it for two reasons:
(1) It is due to arrive at the painfully early time of 05:59.
(2) You'll miss out on experiencing this fabulous daytime journey.



From München Hbf/Munich main station to Ljubljana

Travel Information

Final Destination: Zagreb

Train also calls at: Villach, Jesenice, Lesce-Bled (for Lake Bled)

1 x direct train per day


Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 6 months ahead of the travel date - usually

When making an online booking, check that you’re looking at booking info for the direct EC train, this train is scheduled to depart from Munich at 12:17.

Rail pass users need to make reservations for this train prior to boarding.

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.

Travelling from Munchen Ost station:

Theos train will call at Munchen Ost station after departure from Munchen Hbf.

If the starting point of journey is in central Munich/ München (around Marienplatz), it will be a quicker trip if you take the S-Bahn train from the city centre to Munchen Ost, in order to connect there.

When making a booking online on DB Bahn, it uses ‘Munich (München)’ as a default for looking up journeys from the city in the ‘From’ box.
But it is possible to select München Ost as the ‘From’ station (you need to use the German spelling with the character (the umlaut) over the ‘u’).
You won’t save any money by booking from München Ost, but the departure time of your train from Munchen Ost will be on your ticket.

Booking agents, when looking up Munchen to Ljubljana journeys, will see that the fastest journey from Munchen is from Munchen Ost; so can assume that this is where you want to join the train.
If you're using an agent confirm whether your ticket has been booked from Munchen Hbf or Munchen Ost, particularly if you DO want to join the train at Munchen Hbf.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
DB Bahn from €27.90

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 €27.90

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.

Trainline from €29.90

Trainline Guide

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - YesHigh Speed (partial journey)

Good to Know

Boarding the Train in Munich/Munchen:

The coaches to Ljubljana (with a final destination of Zagreb) will be joined to coaches heading to Klagenfurt, the train separates at Villach.
If you see a 12:17 train heading to Klagenfurt on the departure screens at Munchen Hbf, the info will be referring to this train.

So when boarding check that you will be in the part of the train heading to Ljubljana.
Don't be overly concerned about this, the conductor will verify that you're sat in the correct part of the train when they inspect your ticket.

The train will reverse direction on departure from Villach.

Journey description:

After the train has departed from Salzburg this is a fantastic journey, but the best of the views, particularly after Bad Gastein, are from the right of the train, when facing the direction of travel.

Though the train will reverse direction on departure from Villach

This can be a journey where travelling 1st class can pay off, as you'll have more freedom to move from one side of the train to the other, to make the most of the trip.

Between Salzburg and Bad Gastein (from the left) Between Salzburg and Bad Gastein (from the left)
Between Bad Gastein and Villach Between Bad Gastein and Villach
Between Bad Gastein and Villach (from the right) Between Bad Gastein and Villach (from the right)
Between Bad Gastein and Villach (from the right) Between Bad Gastein and Villach (from the right)
Between Villach and Ljubljana Between Villach and Ljubljana
Between Villach and Ljubljana Between Villach and Ljubljana
Between Villach and Ljubljana Between Villach and Ljubljana
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