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There are 6 ways to get from Zürich to Munich by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  4h 45m

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Muenchen Hbf Ec

100€ - 180€

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Bus  •  4h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Munich, Munich central bus station 006 / ...

10€ - 35€

4 alternative options

Train via Ulm  •  5h 24m

  1. Take the train from Zürich Stadelhofen to Schaffhausen 12 / ...
  2. Take the train from Schaffhausen to Ulm Hbf Ire / ...
  3. Take the train from Ulm Hbf to Muenchen Hbf Ice / ...

70€ - 153€

Rideshare  •  3h 59m

  1. Take the rideshare from Zurich to Munich 317.1 km

20€

Drive  •  3h 7m

  1. Drive from Zürich to Munich 316.6 km

35€ - 55€

Fly  •  2h 51m

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Munich (MUC) ZRH - MUC

74€ - 308€

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The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Munich is to rideshare which costs SFr 21 and takes 3h 59m.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Munich is to fly which costs SFr 75 - SFr 340 and takes 2h 51m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zurich and arriving at Munich, Munich central bus station station. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 50m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Zuerich Hb and arriving at Muenchen Hbf. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 45m.

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The distance between Zürich and Munich is 242 km. The road distance is 316.6 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Munich without a car is to train which takes 4h 45m and costs SFr 100 - SFr 190.

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The train from Zuerich Hb to Muenchen Hbf takes 4h 45m including transfers and departs three times a day.

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Zürich to Munich bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Zurich station.

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Zürich to Munich train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Zuerich Hb station.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Munich is to train which takes 4h 45m and costs SFr 100 - SFr 190. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 11 - SFr 35 and takes 4h 50m, you could also fly, which costs SFr 75 - SFr 340 and takes 2h 51m.

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  • Distance: 241.9 km
  • Duration: 4h 45m

What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and Munich, Germany?

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Zuerich Hb to Muenchen Hbf 3 times a day. Tickets cost 100€ - 180€ and the journey takes 4h 45m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Zurich to Munich, Munich central bus station every 4 hours. Tickets cost 18€ - 23€ and the journey takes 4h 50m. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Munich
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 460€
Flights from Zurich to Munich via Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
110€ - 460€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Munich
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 460€
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zuerich Hb to Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
100€ - 180€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zürich Stadelhofen to Schaffhausen
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
21€ - 40€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Deutsche Bahn Regional

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Schaffhausen to Ulm Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
30€ - 45€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Ulm Hbf to Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 58m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
23€ - 35€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
DB ZugBus RAB GmbH
Website
zugbus-rab.de
Train from Schaffhausen to Ulm Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
DB ZugBus RAB
Schedules at
SBB
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It 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 (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Ulm Hbf to Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
30€ - 45€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn Intercity

Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed InterCity (IC) trains connect cities within Germany. They’re a popular way to travel as they’re faster than Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains and offer a frequent, fast service. All IC trains have first and second class carriages, power sockets and toilets, and most have a bistro cafe or restaurant. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Ulm Hbf to Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
45€ - 70€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Ulm Hbf to Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
19€ - 27€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Railjet

Railjet trains operate domestically within Austria and also connect to major cities in Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland and Hungary. This premium service runs at speeds of up to 230km/h and offers three travel classes (economy, first and business), all with free Wi-Fi and power sockets. Other amenities include a bistro-restaurant car and family zones. Seat reservations can be made up to 90 days prior to the train's departure (compulsory for all cross-border trains but not for domestic routes).

Contact Details
Phone
+43 51717
Website
oebb.at
Train from Ulm Hbf to Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
23€ - 35€
Website
Railjet
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Ulm Hbf to Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
30€ - 45€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
35€ - 45€
1st Class
30€ - 40€
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zurich to Munich, Munich central bus station
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
18€ - 23€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Zürich, Carparkplatz Sihlquai to München ZOB Hackerbrucke
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
10€ - 15€
Website
RegioJet
Eurolines FR

Eurolines is a network of coach companies that operate throughout Europe plus Morocco. It’s an affordable way to travel around the continent, with tickets starting at €5. All coaches have Wi-Fi, plug sockets and USBs, reclining chairs and toilets, and a standard ticket includes up to two medium suitcases plus carry-on luggage. Within France, Eurolines serves 69 destinations; including Paris, Lyon, Versailles, Nice and Bordeaux.

Contact Details
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Zurich to Munchen, ZOB
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
22€ - 35€
Website
Eurolines FR
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility, you’ll get to your destination often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Zurich to Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 59m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
20€
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blablacar.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Munich Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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Zürich to Munich bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Munich, Munich central bus station.

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Zürich to Munich train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Muenchen Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Munich is 317 km. It takes approximately 3h 7m to drive from Zürich to Munich.

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Swiss and Lufthansa offer flights from Zurich Airport to Munich Airport.

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Book your Zürich to Munich train tickets online with Omio.

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Book your Zürich to Munich bus tickets online with FlixBus, Omio and two other operators.

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There are 862+ hotels available in Munich. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Zürich and Munich. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Zurich Airport is to train which takes 13 min and costs SFr 3 - SFr 20.

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