About traveling from Munich to Vienna

Munich and Vienna present both sides of post-war Europe: the flattened and restored, and the carefully protected and preserved. Each city will let you experience the rich culture and stunning architecture of Central Europe.

Between Munich and Vienna are some exceptional sights, including the grand Herrenchiemsee, Hitler’s hideaways at Berchtesgaden Eagles Nest, the musical Salzburg, the stunning, UNESCO-listed Hallstatt, the forgotten concentration camp of Mauthausen, and the riverside town of Melk, with its breathtaking abbey. However, the only way to experience these is to book a private car transfer with Daytrip.

How to get from Munich to Vienna

If you’re travelling from Munich to Vienna, you have several travel options. For travellers on a budget, the bus is the cheapest way to travel from Munich to Vienna. The fastest way to travel from Munich to Vienna is by train or car, though a car is of course the best way to travel from Munich to Vienna since it’s so convenient. It’s also possible to take a flight from Munich to Vienna, though with airport waiting times it is a slower and more expensive option.

Munich to Vienna by train

To travel from Munich to Vienna by train, you need to get to the Munich Hauptbahnhof and purchase a ticket to Vienna hbf, or you can buy your tickets in advance online. The earliest train is at 6:23 AM, and the last train is at 11:50 PM. There’s at least one train departing every hour, though not all of these are direct, so keep an eye out for that! The train from Munich to Vienna is operated by the rail companies OBB and DB, with train tickets from Munich to Vienna costing €29 on average for the 4 hour trip. The distance from Munich to Vienna is about 400 kilometers.

Trains have bathrooms on board, and usually offer a dining car.

Munich to Vienna trains
Time intervals1 hour
First/Last Departure 6:23 AM/11:50 PM
Avg. Price 2 persons€58
Duration~4 hr
Operating CompaniesOBB, DB

Munich to Vienna by bus

To travel from Munich to Vienna by bus, you will need to get to Munich ZOB, Munich Central, or Munich Frottmaning P+R Parkplatz, and purchase a ticket to Vienna hbf, Station Erdberg, International bus terminal, or Vienna VIB.  While you can buy your ticket at the station, it’s best to purchase them in advance. The earliest bus is at 12:40 AM, and the last bus is at 11:55 PM. Many of the very early morning busses are ‘overnight’ and can take up to 12 hours, so aren’t recommended. Busses leave every few hours. The bus from Munich to Vienna is run by Flixbus, Nomago, infobus, Karat S, and Regiojet, with bus tickets from Munich to Vienna costing between €20-€40 for the 5.5 hour trip. The distance from Munich to Vienna is about 400 kilometers.

Almost all options offer direct service from Munich to Vienna.

Munich to Vienna by bus
Time intervals~ Every 2 hours
First/Last Departure 12:40 AM/11:55 PM
Avg. Price 2 persons€40-€80
Duration~5.5 hrs
Operating CompaniesFlixbus, Nomago, infobus, Karat S, and Regiojet

Munich to Vienna by Plane

To travel by plane, you need to get to Munich International Airport. As usual with flights, you’ll want to buy your tickets in advance. 

For travelling such a short distance, only direct flights make sense. The plane tickets cost €100-200 for the 1 hour flight from Munich to Vienna. It’s recommended to arrive at the airport 2 hours before the flight, making this an inefficient option given the price. 

Munich to Vienna by Flight
Departure times8:15 AM, 11:20 AM, 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM, 7:15PM
Avg. Price 2 persons€200-400
Duration~1 hr
Operating CompaniesLufthansa, Austrian Airlines

Munich to Vienna by Private Car Transfer

For speed and convenience, a private car transfer with Daytrip is the best way to travel from Munich to Vienna. You will be picked up at your accommodation, and the driver will take care of your luggage. You’ll then be able to enjoy door-to-door service to your accommodation in Vienna, and can even add sightseeing stops on the way!

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Going the other direction? Check our guide on How to get from Vienna to Munich

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