About traveling from Vienna to Munich
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 Vienna and Munich 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 Vienna to Munich
If you’re travelling from Vienna to Munich, you have several travel options. For travellers on a budget, the bus is the cheapest way to travel from Vienna to Munich. The fastest way to travel from Vienna to Munich is by train or car, though a car is of course the best way to travel from Vienna to Munich since it’s so convenient. It’s also possible to take a flight from Vienna to Munich, though with airport waiting times it is a slower and more expensive option.
Vienna to Munich by train
To travel from Vienna to Munich by train, you need to get to Vienna Hbf and purchase a ticket to Munich hbf, or you can buy your tickets in advance online. The earliest train is at 5:30 AM, and the last train is at 11:25 PM, with trains departing every hour or two. Not all the trains are direct, so keep an eye out for transfers! The train from Vienna to Munich is operated by the rail companies Deutsche Bahn and OBB, with train tickets from Vienna to Munich costing €29 on average for the 4 hour trip. The distance from Vienna to Munich is about 400 kilometers.
Trains have bathrooms on board, and usually offer a dining car.
|Vienna to Munich trains|
|Time intervals||1-2 hours|
|First/Last Departure||5:30 AM/11:25 PM|
|Avg. Price 2 persons||€58|
|Operating Companies||Deutsche Bahn, OBB|
Vienna to Munich by bus
To travel from Vienna to Munich by bus, you will need to get to Vienna hbf, Station Erdberg, International bus terminal, or Vienna VIB and purchase a ticket to any of: Munich, Frottmaning P+R Parkplatz, ZOB Hackerbruecke, or Hauptbahnhof stations. While you can buy your ticket at the station, it’s best to purchase them in advance. The earliest bus is at 6:00 AM, and the last bus is at 12:05 PM, with busses departing every hour or two. Not all the busses are direct, so keep an eye out for transfers! The bus from Vienna to Munich is run by Flixbus, Nomago, infobus, Karat S, and Regiojet, with bus tickets from Vienna to Munich costing between €19-€37 for the 5.5-6 hour trip. The distance from Vienna to Munich is about 400 kilometers.
Almost all options offer direct service from Vienna to Munich.
|Vienna to Munich by bus|
|Time intervals||1-2 hrs|
|First/Last Departure||6:00 AM/12:05 AM|
|Avg. Price 2 persons||€38-€54|
|Operating Companies||Flixbus, Nomago, infobus, Karat S, Regiojet|
Vienna to Munich by Flight
To travel by plane, you need to get to Vienna 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 Vienna to Munich. It’s recommended to arrive at the airport 2 hours before the flight, making this an inefficient option given the price.
|Vienna to Munich Flights|
|Departure times||6:30 AM, 9:20 AM, 1:15 PM, 3:10 PM, 5:30 PM|
|Avg. Price 2 persons||€200-320|
|Operating Companies||Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines|
Vienna to Munich by Private Car Transfer
For speed and convenience, a private car transfer with Daytrip is the best way to travel from Vienna to Munich. 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 Munich, and can even add sightseeing stops on the way!
Going the other direction? Check our guide on How to get from Munich to Vienna