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Getting From Munich to Zugspitze By Train
Train Services | The best way to reach the summit of Zugspitze is traveling with a combination of regional Deutsche Bahn (DB) and Zugspitze trains.
DB train runs normally hourly from Munich Hauptbahnhof main train station to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. At peak times, it runs twice per hour.
From there, taking the cogwheel Zugspitze train can take you to the Zugspitze glacier and Zugspitzeplatt.
There, a further ride with the Gletscherbahn cable car will take you to the summit.
Alternatively, it’s also fun to take the Seilbahn cable car by hopping off at Eibsee from the cogwheel train.
This will take you less than 10 minutes to reach the summit.
Train Tickets | Depending on the season, a combination of DB + Zugspitze trains are available.
For an adult ticket during summer is 73Euro, and 65Euro. Updated price info. can be checked on DB website.
Combi-ticket for ascent and descent of the Zugspitze trains in conjunction with the cogwheel train, Gletscherbahn, and the Seilbahn is also available.
This ticket costs 57Euro in Winter times, and 63Euro during Summer.
It’s a good idea to view pricing from the Zugspitze website, as family ticket and single ascent/descent rides are shown there.
Train Times | The journey from Munich Hauptbahnhof to Garmisch-Partenkirchen takes about 1.5 hours.
Continuing with the cogwheel train to the summit will take around 75mins. If using the Seilbahn cable car transiting from Eibsee will only take 7mins.
Getting From Munich to Zugspitze By Car
Car Times | The Journey from central Munich Via the A95 motorway to Garmisch-Partenkirchen takes approx. 70 minutes.
Driving direct to Eibsee, where there is parking for taking either the cogwheel train or cable car will take a little over 1 hour with a distance of around 100km.
Getting From Munich to Zugspitze By Other Means
Taxi and Uber | This is of course the expensive option. If you are however constrained by time, then taking a taxi to Eibsee will cut half the time, but will cost you around 250Euro. From there, taking the Seilbahn will be the most direct way to the summit.
Blah Blah Car | The Munich to Zugspitze route isn’t very popular but you can get try your luck via the Blah Blah Car Website.
Hiking to The Zugspitze Summit
Since the Zugspitze is the highest mountain in Germany, there are many who would take on the challenge, hiking up to the summit.
The most popular and easier route is via Reintal.
It’s possible to do this within a day, but you’ll be talking about a 3:00 am start, beginning at the Partnachklamm gorge.
The hike is rated as easy, but it does take 11 hours. Therefore, It’s more common to do this hike over 2 days with an overnight in a hut.
To find more details, the DAV website is very useful.
It also includes other adventurous alpine-styled routes and even Via Ferrata.
The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Getting from Munich to Starnberg
What Is The Easiest Way To Get From Munich To Zugspitze?
Using the regional Deutsche Bahn + Zugspitze train is the easiest way to get from Munich to Zugspitze.
What Is The Quickest Way to Get From Munich To Zugspitze?
By car reaching Eibsee then taking the cable car would be is quickest (but most expensive) way up to the Zugspitze summit.
What Is The Cheapest Way To Get From Munich To Zugspitze?
For a round trip, purchasing the combo ticket which includes DB and Zugspitze train tickets would be the cheapest option to reach the summit of the Zugspitze. This includes DB train, ascent, and descent, to and from the summit using a combination of the cogwheel train and cable cars.
If you enjoy hiking, there are several routes you can take to reach the summit by foot, climbing, and Via Ferrata. This of course depends on your fitness level and mountaineering experience.
How Long Does The train take from Munich to Zugspitze?
The DB train takes around 1 hour 30 minutes to reach Garmisch-Partenkirchen, where you will need to take a cogwheel train or cable car up to the summit.
The cogwheel train typically takes 75mins and the cable car takes only 7mins.
Why Visit Zugspitze?
The Zugspitze is the Highest Mountain in Germany, sharing the border with Austria. Standing tall at 2,962 meters above sea level, it’s the twelfth tallest peak in Europe.
The spectacular view of the alps attracts not just seasonal hikers and winter skiers, but it’s also on the top bucket list for many when visiting Germany.
With a variety of specialty restaurants and attraction activities offered, tourists can also experience a healthy taste of Bavaria. To find out more on what to eat and to do at the Zugspitze, check out our post a Day trip to the Zugspitze!
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