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1. Posted by Valmont (Budding Member 22 posts) 9y

Hi there, I was searching for trains (non ic/ec, ice, ice-t, I'm on an interrail pass) between Berlin and Munich on New Years day. Anyhow the only trains that Bahn.de showed me all take between 9 and 10 hours to get from Berlin to Munich! Is this for real or am I missing something?

All advice much appreciated

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 9y

Sounds about right. Google Maps estimates 7.5 hours driving time by car. The ICE does it in 6 hours, but with the other trains you'll have to switch trains frequently (*looks* yup, 2-5 times depending on which connections you'll get), which involves lots of waiting for the next train, driving up the total time of the journey. (For example, the two changeovers one that takes 9:59 goes from Berlin to Lutherstadt Wittenberg, has a 17 minute wait, then from Lutherstadt Wittenberg to Leipzig, has a 38 minute wait, and then goes to Munich. So that's an hour waiting taken care of, and then the trains themselves aren't the fastest either, stopping at lots of smaller cities. (21 between Leipzig and Munich for the connection I looked at, each stop involving lost time slowing down, waiting and getting back up to speed.))

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 22, 2006, at 1:30 PM by Sander ]

3. Posted by pfeiffer (Full Member 211 posts) 9y

Quoting Valmont

Hi there, I was searching for trains (non ic/ec, ice, ice-t, I'm on an interrail pass) between Berlin and Munich on New Years day. Anyhow the only trains that Bahn.de showed me all take between 9 and 10 hours to get from Berlin to Munich! Is this for real or am I missing something?

Some would say that there is quite a bit to be seen between Berlin and Munich. Sander is quite right, I believe. What about a night train? Can you use them on an Interrail pass?

-Kevin
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Kevin Pfeiffer

4. Posted by Valmont (Budding Member 22 posts) 9y

After consulting my map of Europe, I think I underestimated the distance between Berlin and Munich, it's a lot bigger than I thought

Thanks and that night train idea might save me one nights accomodation. Cheers

5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

(non ic/ec, ice, ice-t, I'm on an interrail pass)

Note than in Germany, you CAN use an Interrail ticket on EC/IC trains. That still gives the quickest possible as 8.13.

Having said that, you can use an Interrail on ICE's easily enough, although you have to pay a supplement. From memory in the summer (several jnys), it's only a 6euro supplement, so if a 3-4hour saving is worth 6euros, pay it.

Also note that NY day will be busy, so you might be better off getting a reservation if possinle, unless you are happy to take your chances and potentially end up standing/sitting in an aisle for a long time

6. Posted by pfeiffer (Full Member 211 posts) 9y

Quoting Gelli

Having said that, you can use an Interrail on ICE's easily enough, although you have to pay a supplement. From memory in the summer (several jnys), it's only a 6euro supplement, so if a 3-4hour saving is worth 6euros, pay it.

Also note that NY day will be busy, so you might be better off getting a reservation if possinle ...

Yes, that is a good point. Germans (those in my family, at least) will spend an endless amount of time figuring out how to save two euros. :-)

I would definately get a reservation for New Year's Day.

Gute Reise,

Kevin

7. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 9y

Have you considered flying?

There are a lot of low cost airlines available for this route. I think Germanwings will have the best deal for the moment, but you could also check Conder, Air Berlin, HLX.com and even Lufthansa.