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Prices explained

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  1. Cheapest price £82.50
  2. 30 day advance £136.50
  3. 7 day advance £182.00
  • First train
    06:13
  • Last train
    20:04
  • Avg changes
    3
  • Fastest journey
    11hr 1m

There are two train routes from London to Salzburg. Travel on the Eurostar and TGV via Paris, or take the Eurostar and ICE via Brussels.

  1. It is very easy to travel by train from London to Salzburg. Most passengers favour the route via Paris (which we describe here), but there are alternatives. The route via Brussels sometimes offers better fares. If you opt for the Paris route, your journey starts with a fast run on Eurostar from London to the French capital.

    In Paris there is an easy change of stations from the Gare du Nord to the Gare de l’Est – the two stations are so close that you can even walk between them. The second stage of the journey to Salzburg is on a high-speed train to Germany. You may opt for the afternoon direct TGV from Paris to Munich. At other times of the day you may travel from Paris to Munich with just one change along the way. The final leg of the journey, from Munich to Salzburg, is quite short and will generally (though not always) be on one of the Meridian regional trains.

    Tickets for your journey from London to Salzburg via Paris normally go on sale three months prior to travel, and that’s the time to book to secure the best fares.

    London to Paris

    London to Paris

    Board a Eurostar service from London to Paris. There are upwards of 15 trains to Paris from London each day with departures at least hourly from the beautifully restored station at St Pancras in London. The fastest trains speed to Paris in just 2 hrs 16 mins, with slower services taking up to 20 mins longer to reach the Gare du Nord in Paris. The first part of the journey from London sweeps through Thameside landscapes and rural Kent to reach the Channel Tunnel. Little more than an hour after leaving London you'll already be in northern France, tracking south through Flanders fields towards Paris.

    Remember to factor in at least half an hour for Eurostar's airline-style baggage check prior to boarding your train. There is a luggage and body scan and you'll be asked to show your passport. There are no restrictions on taking liquids on board Eurostar trains.

    Paris interchange

    Paris interchange: Paris Nord to Paris Est

    It is an easy ten-minute walk from the Gare du Nord to the Gare de l’Est in Paris. Or if you have lots of luggage consider a (very short) taxi ride for around €10. There’s really no point going by Métro.

    If you’re on foot, exit the station from the main entrance and turn left onto Rue de Dunkerque. Walk along the Rue de Dunkerque, crossing Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis and Rue La Fayette, still continuing on Dunkerque. You’ll come to a T-junction where you turn right into Rue d’Alsace. Follow Rue d’Alsace (you’ll now see the platforms of Gare de l’Est below you to your left) to the flight of pedestrian steps which leads down to the side entrance of Gare de l’Est. Beware of the hustlers who often hang around the steps soliciting donations and offering to carry your luggage.

    The route above is the quickest, but for step-free access to Gare de l’Est here’s a slightly longer alternative. Leave the main front entrance of the Gare du Nord and walk straight ahead down Boulevard de Denain (which runs down beside the Café Terminus Nord). Follow Denain to Boulevard de Magenta, turning left onto it. Take the third left onto Rue de 8 Mai 1945 and walk along to the front of the Gare de l’Est.

    Paris to Munich

    Paris to Munich

    The year-round once-daily direct train from Paris to Munich departs from the Gare de l’Est in Paris and arrives at Munich Hauptbahnhof. A new high-speed line through eastern France opened in 2016, bringing the journey time for the direct Paris to Munich train down to just over five and a half hours. There are several additional Paris to Munich options each day, all requiring a change of train in Stuttgart, Mannheim. Karlsruhe or Frankfurt.

    The direct TGV from Paris to Munich tracks east on the high-speed line from Paris towards the German border, sometimes touching 320 kph along the way. After a brief stop in Strasbourg the train crosses the River Rhine and then continues south-east to Stuttgart, where the train reverses. From there it is another two hours with stops in Ulm and Augsburg to Munich Hauptbahnhof, where there is an excellent range of onward connections to destinations in Bavaria, Austria and beyond. The direct train is a French TGV train, with German Deutsche Bahn and French SNCF staff working together on board to ensure the highest levels of customer service.

    Munich to Salzburg

    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.

  2. The train journey from London to the Austria city of Salzburg is very easy. It can be accomplished in 12 hours. There is a great variety of available routes. That via Brussels and Frankfurt offers some rock-bottom fares if you are able to book well in advance. There are alternative options via Paris, continuing from the French capital to Salzburg via either Munich or Zurich. The Paris-Zurich-Salzburg route offers the best scenery, taking in Liechtenstein and the Austrian Tyrol along the way.

    The route described here is that via Brussels Midi and Frankfurt-am-Main Hauptbahnhof, which Loco2 commends mainly on account of the fare advantages it sometimes confers. Bookings for this journey open three months in advance.

    London to Brussels

    London to Brussels

    Board a Eurostar service from London St Pancras to Brussels. Little more than an hour after leaving London you’ll already be in northern France, speeding through Flanders fields towards Lille Europe, where almost all Brussels-bound Eurostar trains make an intermediate stop. Some trains make up to three additional stops – at Ebbsfleet, Ashford and Calais.

    From Lille, it is just 35 minutes to Brussels, where Eurostar trains terminate at Brussels Midi station. Trains run every five minutes from Brussels Midi to Brussels Central (for the city centre). Your Eurostar ticket is valid for this short onward hop within Brussels.

    Remember to factor in at least half an hour for Eurostar’s airline-style baggage check prior to boarding your train. This is a light-touch security scan, and there are no restrictions on taking liquids on board Eurostar trains.

    Brussels to Frankfurt am Main

    Brussels to Frankfurt am Main

    The direct ICE trains from Brussels to Frankfurt am Main take about three hours for the journey. These trains stop five to eight times along the way. In Brussels these services depart from Brussels Midi and then also stop at Brussels Nord. In Frankfurt trains stop first at the airport station, then continue to the city centre station (Hauptbahnhof) where they terminate.

    The route east from Brussels initially traverses the flat lands of Brabant to reach Liège-Guillemins station. East from Liège, the train cuts in tunnels through hilly country to reach the German border just before Aachen. Beyond Aachen, the train speeds east to the Rhineland city of Cologne, arriving at the city’s main station (the Hauptbahnhof). From Cologne, the train continues along a new high-speed line to Frankfurt.

    Frankfurt am Main to Munich

    Frankfurt am Main to Munich

    High-speed ICE trains leave hourly from both Frankfurt am Main Hauptbahnhof and from the airport station (Frankfurt Flughafen Fernbahnhof) for Munich Hauptbahnhof. Most trains on this route take about 3 hrs 30 mins for this journey of over 400 kilometres.

    Running south-east from Frankfurt, the route followed by most trains cuts through the Spessart Hills to reach Würzburg, where vineyards make a lovely backdrop to one of Germany’s most appealing cities. South from Würzburg there are fine views of the landscapes of Franconia and Bavaria en route to Munich where the train runs into the main station (called Hauptbahnhof). Some trains take a completely different route from Frankfurt to Munich, running via Stuttgart and Ulm instead of Würzburg. That route takes in a nice swathe of Swabian countryside.

    Munich to Salzburg

    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.

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