Fastest journey1hr 21m
There are frequent direct trains from Munich to Salzburg. For many travellers from Britain (and elsewhere in northern Europe), this short train ride is a common first taste of Austria. It has exceptional scenery.
Bookings open three months prior to travel. For the slower Meridian trains which serve this route, there is no advantage to booking in advance. But for the express services (either Railjet or EuroCity), there is a modest reduction in price for early bookers.
Munich to Salzburg
Trains for Salzburg usually leave Munich Hauptbahnhof twice each hour. These trains all run to the Hauptbahnof in Salzburg. Most of the trains running on this route are Regional Express trains (branded as Meridian services). They make about a dozen stops along the way and take just under two hours for the 150-km journey. There are also a number of Railjet and EuroCity services on the Munich to Salzburg route. These knock about 15 minutes off the Meridian journey time.
There is a feast of fine scenery on this short ride from Munich to Salzburg. Sit on the right side of the train for the best views of the Alps.