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There are 7 ways to get from Heidelberg to Zugspitze by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  6h 51m

  1. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to München-Pasing Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from München-Pasing to Garmisch-Partenkirchen Rb / ...

$137 - $192

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Bus  •  8h 33m

  1. Take the bus from Heidelberg to Stuttgart, Stuttgart Airport 310 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Stuttgart, Stuttgart Airport to Ehrwald 277

$23 - $40

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Train via Stuttgart Hbf  •  7h 45m

  1. Take the train from Heidelberg Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf Re / ...
  2. Take the train from Stuttgart Hbf to München-Pasing Ice / ...
  3. Take the train from München-Pasing to Garmisch-Partenkirchen Rb / ...

$114 - $201

Drive  •  3h 37m

  1. Drive from Heidelberg to Zugspitze 229.2 miles

$45 - $70

Train, train to Frankfurt, fly to Innsbruck, drive  •  6h 7m

  1. Take the train from Heidelberg Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
  2. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  3. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Innsbruck (INN) FRA - INN
  4. Take the train from Innsbruck Westbahnhof to Telfs-Pfaffenhofen
  5. Drive from Telfs-Pfaffenhofen to Zugspitze

$170 - $378

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Munich, train, Rack Railway  •  7h 13m

  1. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Munich (MUC) FRA - MUC
  3. Take the train from München Hbf Gl.27-36 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  4. Take the Rack Railway from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Riffelriß

$160 - $337

Train to Stuttgart, fly to Munich, train, Rack Railway  •  8h 6m

  1. Take the train from Heidelberg Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
  2. Fly from Stuttgart (STR) to Munich (MUC) STR - MUC
  3. Take the train from München Hbf Gl.27-36 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  4. Take the Rack Railway from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Riffelriß

$138 - $342

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The cheapest way to get from Heidelberg to Zugspitze is to bus which costs 20€ - 35€ and takes 8h 33m.

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The quickest way to get from Heidelberg to Zugspitze is to drive which costs 40€ - 65€ and takes 3h 37m.

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No, there is no direct train from Heidelberg to Zugspitze. However, there are services departing from Heidelberg Hbf and arriving at Riffelriß via Mannheim Hbf, München-Pasing and Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 51m.

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The distance between Heidelberg and Zugspitze is 278 km. The road distance is 366.7 km.

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The best way to get from Heidelberg to Zugspitze without a car is to train which takes 6h 51m and costs 110€ - 170€.

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It takes approximately 6h 51m to get from Heidelberg to Zugspitze, including transfers.

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Heidelberg to Zugspitze train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Mannheim Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Heidelberg to Zugspitze is to train which takes 6h 51m and costs 110€ - 170€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 20€ - 35€ and takes 8h 33m.

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The quickest flight from Frankfurt Airport to Innsbruck Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h.

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Heidelberg to Zugspitze train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Garmisch-Partenkirchen station.

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Map of how to get from Heidelberg to Zugspitze.
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  • Distance: 174 miles
  • Duration: 6h 51m

What companies run services between Heidelberg, Germany and Zugspitze, Germany?

You can take a train from Heidelberg to Zugspitze via Mannheim Hbf, München-Pasing, and Garmisch-Partenkirchen in around 6h 51m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Heidelberg to Zugspitze via Stuttgart, Stuttgart Airport and Ehrwald in around 8h 33m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Innsbruck
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Flights from Frankfurt to Munich
Ave. Duration
55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $320
Flights from Frankfurt to Munich via Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $5,500
Flights from Stuttgart to Munich
Ave. Duration
45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $380
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Innsbruck
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Royal Jordanian
Website
rj.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Munich
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $380
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Munich via Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $5,500
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and offers many different types of rail transportation including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Mannheim Hbf to München-Pasing
Ave. Duration
2h 47m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$70 - $100
Website
bahn.de
Train from München-Pasing to Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
bahn.de
Train from Heidelberg Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$28 - $45
Website
bahn.de
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to München-Pasing
Ave. Duration
2h 4m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
bahn.de
Train from Heidelberg Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
14m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
30m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Train from München Hbf Gl.27-36 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
bahn.de
Flixtrain
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Heidelberg, Heidelberg central station to Stuttgart, Stuttgart central station
Ave. Duration
47m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

The national railway system of Austria, the OBB carried 209 million passengers on local and regional trains, and 35 million on long-distance trains in 2016 alone. The OBB’s 4865 km network covers 570 trains simultaneously at peak times, with one train leaving every 12 seconds, making it a supremely efficient way to travel around the country and surrounding region. The company’s extensive network connects cities in Austria, and adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia.

Contact Details
Website
oebb.at
Train from Innsbruck Westbahnhof to Telfs-Pfaffenhofen
Ave. Duration
15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $12
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
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Zugspitze DE
Phone
+49 8821 7970
Email
zugspitzbahn@zugspitze.de
Website
zugspitze.de
Train from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Riffelriß
Ave. Duration
45m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $35
Schedules at
zugspitze.de
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Heidelberg to Stuttgart, Stuttgart Airport
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $14
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Stuttgart, Stuttgart Airport to Ehrwald
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$14 - $24
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Heidelberg to Zugspitze is 367 km. It takes approximately 3h 37m to drive from Heidelberg to Zugspitze.

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Austrian Airlines offers flights from Frankfurt Airport to Innsbruck Airport.

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There are 1580+ hotels available in Zugspitze. Prices start at $69 USD per night.

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