Fastest journey3hr 37m
It is easy to travel by train from Munich to Bolzano, thanks to direct EuroCity services that take less than four hours. This key route between Bavaria and northern Italy cuts through Austria. Austrian Railways (ÖBB) are the principal operator on this international connection.
The journey takes in some lovely scenery on its path through Upper Bavaria and the Tyrol. Beyond Innsbruck, the train crosses the Brenner Pass to reach the Alto Adige region of Italy. This route from Munich to Bolzano is served by five direct EuroCity services each day.
The cheapest fares are released for sale three months prior to travel (although bookings for full-fare tickets may open up to one month earlier).
Munich to Bolzano
The journey to Bolzano starts at Munich Hauptbahnhof. Sit on the right side of the EuroCity train for the best views as the train travels south-east from Munich towards the Austrian border. The principal Austrian city served by this train is Innsbruck. Heading south from Innsbruck, the train climbs up steeply to the Brenner Pass and the Italian frontier. Beyond the border, the line winds slowly down through the South Tyrol – a part of the Alto Adige region of Italy which is largely German speaking – to reach the city of Bolzano (Bozen in German).
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