Train Travel

All long-distance rail services arrive at and depart from the Hauptbahnhof; trains to and from some destinations in Bavaria use the adjoining Starnberger Bahnhof, which is under the same roof. The high-speed InterCity Express (ICE) trains connect Munich, Stuttgart, and Frankfurt on one line, Munich, Nürnberg, Würzburg, and Hamburg on another. Regensburg can be reached from Munich on Regio trains. You can purchase tickets by credit card at vending machines.

Deutsche Bahn. For travel information at the main train station, go to the Deutsche Bahn (German Rail) office in the main arrival and departures hall (don't forget to grab a number before you start waiting), or use their website. The office is open daily 7 am to 9 pm. Reisezentrum München Hauptbahnhof, Bahnhofpl. 2, Ludwigsvorstadt, Munich, Bavaria, 80335. 180/699--6633; www.bahn.de/p_en/view/index.shtml.

EurAide. For train travel assistance in English go to the EurAide counter within the Deutsche Bahn office. EurAide is very thorough and, as an agency of the German railroad, knows the systems inside and out, saving travelers a lot of money. Be patient, because they also spend time fixing the mistakes people have made by buying the wrong tickets online. In summer, go in the afternoon (2 pm–7 pm) when EurAide operates two counters. They also offer discounted hop-on, hop-off Munich bus tickets. The counter is open May through October, weekdays 8:30–8, Saturday 8:30–2; March, April, November, and December, weekdays 10–7. It is closed January and February. Reisezentrum, Bahnhofpl. 2, Counter 1, Ludwigsvorstadt, Munich, Bavaria, 80335. www.euraide.com.

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