Getting from Paris to Munich (and return)


Munich is the capital of Bavaria, well known for the annual Oktoberfest beer celebration. It also has a very important culture scene and excellent museums.
Regardless of the reasons you want to travel from Paris to Munich, you should be informed about the prices and travel times depending on which means of transport you choose.

Quick summary

Choosing the right means of transport between Paris and Munich depends both on your available time and budget. Fast trains take little over 6 hours but cost just as much (€89*) and take just as long as you would choose a connecting flight between the two cities. But if you factor the distance between the airport and the city center, the train is the cheaper option.
Slow trains are cheaper than buses but take just as long as the buses.

Flights from Paris (airport code: CDG) to Munich

Munich is served Munich International Airport (MUC), which is the second biggest airport in Germany and a hub for Air Berlin, Augsburg Airways Lufthansa and Air Dolomiti

Direct flights from Munich International Airport are run by: Air France (CDG) and Lufthansa (CDG). The flight time is 1h 30 min. During the winter (December 2011) expect to pay from €386 per person, one way, on Air France or choose a connecting flight from €92 (total travel time: 5 h 25) . In spring (March 2012) , you can find direct flights from €391 on Air France or choose a connecting flight from €85 (total travel time 4h 20 min).

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Trains from Paris to Munich

Munich’s Hauptbahnhof (the main train station) is located in the center of the town and offers links all over Europe. Deutsche Bahn uses Munich as one of its major hubs.

You can book tickets and check the schedules for trains between Paris and Munich on Bahn.de . Direct trains (TGV) take 6 h 12 min and single tickets start at €89 (including reservation). Trains depart Paris Est at 3:24 p.m. daily.

Other regular direct trains (CNL) take 12h 21 min and single tickets start at €43 (including reservation). Trains depart Paris Est at 6:55 p.m. daily.

Buses from Paris to Munich

Munich is also connected to the rest of Europe via international buses.

One of the companies offering such services is Eurolines . Buses depart Paris Gallieni Porte Bagnolet every day except on Thursday, at 10 p.m. The travel time is 12 h 45 min and the single fare starts at €54.

Driving from Paris to Munich

If you don’t mind driving about 850 km then consider renting a car to get from Paris to Munich. You should be able to get between the two cities in about 8 h 30 min but make sure to plan some stops along the way. Please note that all routes include toll roads.


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Note: *prices are valid at the time the article was written

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