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Trip Summary

There are 84 daily trains from Essen to Munich. Traveling by train from Essen to Munich usually takes around 6 hours and 47 minutes, but the fastest DB Intercity-Express train can make the trip in 5 hours and 16 minutes.

Distance307 mi (494 km)
Fastest train5h 16m
Lowest price£8.30
Trains per day11
Most frequent serviceDeutsche Bahn
Train lines5

What is the price of a train ticket from Essen to Munich?

In the last month, £26.70 was the average price of a train ticket from Essen to Munich. This is a great price, especially considering the length of the route. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 9 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £72.23 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Essen to Munich by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for December. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just £38 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Essen to Munich in May, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to £84 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 9 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Munich from Essen will be about £72.23 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Essen to Munich?

There are 5 train lines with service from Essen to Munich. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 73 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Intercity17h 12m£67.38
DB Intercity-Express156h 9m£74.70
Deutsche Bahn736h 49m£81.21
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company297h 0m£78.16
FlixTrain28h 2m£34.66
  • DB Intercity

    DB Intercity

    DB Intercity train tickets from Essen to Munich start from £37, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 DB Intercity schedules to Munich. DB Intercity in Essen leaves from Train Station . And in Munich trains arrive at München Train Station .

    From Essen to Munich train travel on DB Intercity takes 7 hours and 12 minutes. If you are looking to get to Munich faster, DB Intercity offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 5 hours and 16 minutes.

    If you are looking to travel to Munich on a weekend there is typically one DB Intercity scheduled trip per day, which will cost for a one-way weekend reservation from Essen.

  • DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express train tickets from Essen to Munich start from £15, and on average cost . Daily there are 15 DB Intercity-Express schedules to Munich. DB Intercity-Express in Essen leaves from Train Station and 8 other stations. And in Munich trains arrive at München Train Station and one other train station.

    From Essen to Munich train travel on DB Intercity-Express takes 6 hours and 9 minutes. If you are looking to get to Munich faster, DB Intercity-Express offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 5 hours and 16 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, DB Intercity-Express offers 49 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Munich.

  • Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn EuroCity, or Deutsche Bahn EC, is a train service in Germany with regular service to Frankfurt, Hamburg, Zurich, Copenhagen, Berlin, Warsaw, and Munich. Deutsche Bahn Eurocity trains can be single or double-decker, but all are air conditioned.

  • Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company

    Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company

    Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company train tickets from Essen to Munich start from £20, and on average cost . Daily there are 29 Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company schedules to Munich. Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company in Essen leaves from Train Station and 22 other stations. And in Munich trains arrive at München Train Station and 15 other train stations.

    From Essen to Munich train travel on Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company takes 7 hours and 0 minutes. If you are looking to get to Munich faster, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 5 hours and 16 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers 48 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Munich.

  • FlixTrain

    FlixTrain

    Part of the FlixBus family, FlixTrain launched in 2018 to offer affordable and sustainable train travel in Germany. Its trains provide Wi-Fi, power outlets, air conditioning, onboard restrooms, and access to an entertainment portal full of movies, games, and music. In addition, each passenger gets a guaranteed seat, so you don't have to worry about standing in any aisles. FlixTrain operates 2 daily trips to Munich from Essen. The train usually departs from Essen Hbf in Essen and arrives at München Central Station in Munich after about 8 hours and 2 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Essen to Munich during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

Can you take a train all the way from Essen to Munich?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Essen to Munich. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

How long is the train journey from Essen to Munich?

The distance between Essen and Munich is approximately 307 miles, or 494 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 47 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 16 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Essen to Munich on Sunday. Tickets for Sunday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Friday. Friday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Essen at 00:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 23:00. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Essen to Munich?

There are 84 scheduled trains on most days. 11 of these are direct connections to Munich. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Munich to Essen.

City Information

Munich

Boasting a quaint beauty that has withstood the test of time, Munich is a vibrant city where the old meets the new. One of the most noticeable events in the city is Oktoberfest. The festival is the largest beer festival in the world, and it is here that you can enjoy a huge variety of beers, as well as local specialties and themed entertainment. For those who want to learn more about the city’s architectural history, consider visiting the Church of Our Lady, which features two unique dome-topped towers, forming an eye-catching part of Munich’s skyline. If you simply wish to enjoy a stroll around town, the English Garden, with its signature Chinesischen Turm, will offer the reprieve you need.

Among the local favorites in the city are Spatenhaus and Haxnbauer, both of which serve authentic hearty Munich dishes. For a more affordable dinner, you could check out the beer gardens such as Seehaus Biergarten or Augustinerkeller.

München Hauptbahnhof, located at the center of Munich, is the principal train station in the city serving all Deutsche Bahn trains that pass through town. Munich’s Central Bus Station is located in the heart of the city, making it easy to catch a bus by FlixBus, BlaBlaCar Bus or Sindbad. The main airport is the Franz Josef Strauss International Airport, which lies 19 miles northeast of the city center.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Essen?

Main departure station: Train Station

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 15 stops and stations in Essen where you can board the train.

All train stations in Essen:

  • Train Station

  • Kettwig Stausee

  • Kettwig

  • Essen-Kupferdreh

  • Essen-Werden

  • Essen-Eiberg

  • Essen-Horst

  • Essen-Holthausen

  • Essen-Dellwig

  • Essen-Dellwig Ost

  • Essen-Steele Ost

  • Essen-Zollverein Nord

  • Essen-Gerschede

  • Essen-Hügel

  • Essen Stadtwald

Where is the train station in Munich?

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Main arrival station: München Train Station

Munich's central station, München Train Station, welcomes more than 450,000 passengers every day. The station was first built in 1839 and has been rebuilt and renovated numerous times. As a result, the current station spans numerous buildings and wings, each with its own architectural style. You can find all the necessary amenities such as public restrooms and waiting lounges in the station, and there are even shops for last-minute souvenir shopping! Many Deutsche Bahn and FlixTrain routes stop in Munich, heading to cities including Dresden, Berlin, and Cologne. The station is conveniently located just west of Munich's Old Town, with easy connections to the subway (U-Bahn) via the Hauptbanhof station in the same building.

Train stations in Munich:

  • München Train Station

  • München-Karlsfeld

  • München-Freiham

  • München-Aubing

  • München-Lochhausen

  • München-Pasing

  • München-Untermenzing

  • München-Allach

  • München-Obermenzing

  • München-Feldmoching

  • München-Westkreuz

  • München Flughafen Besucherpark

  • München Flughafen Terminal

  • München-Neuaubing

  • München Leienfelsstr.

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