How to travel from München/Munich to Salzburg by train

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München / Munich to Salzburg by train

Salzburg may be over the border in Austria, but it's one of the closest cities to München/Munich hence the service of frequent trains.

Because of the relatively short distance the express trains, the Railjets and EuroCity trains aren't particularly faster, but they do allow the option to reserve seats; and can be cheaper if you want to book ahead and commit to a specific departure.

There are also hourly Regio trains operated by Meridian.

During the day the timetable is arranged so that:

  • odd hours = a Railjet and a Meridian train.
  • even hours = an EC train and a Meridian train.

Something worth knowing is that the railway line to Salzburg is on the opposite side of München/Munich to its main hauptbahnhof railway station.
So after departure from München hbf the trains have to travel in a semi-circle around the city centre, but aside from the fast Railjet trains, the other trains from München/Munich to Salzburg also call at Munchen Ost station.

Munchen Ost station offers straightforward connections from local, S-Bahn, trains which call at multiple stations in the heart of the city, they use a tunnel to cross the city centre.

If you will be travelling by train from Munich Airport/Flughafen to Salzburg, the quickest option is to take a train on line S8 to Munchen Ost and make the connection on to Salzburg there.

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

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: taking the express trains

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Option 2: The slightly slower 'regio' trains can be more convenient
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