Munich (München) is a major economic hub in Bavaria in the south of Germany and lies 660km south-east from Amsterdam.
Let's look at the options for travel between these 2 cities by air, train and bus...
1. Amsterdam-Munich by Air
Non-stop flights between Amsterdam Schiphol airport (AMS) and Munich Frans Jozef Strauss airport (MUC) are operated by KLM and Lufthansa. The scheduled flight time is 90 minutes.
Lufthansa (Star Alliance) flies up to 5x daily using mainly Embraer 195s plus a Canadair Regional Jet 900. The flights are operated by subsidiaries Lufthansa Cityline and Augsburg Airways. Return fares start at €130 including checked luggage. Munich airport is one of Lufthansa's principal hubs.
Dutch airline KLM (Skyteam) flies the route up to 5x daily using Embraer 190s (KLM Cityhopper) and Boeing 737s. Prices also start at around €130 return if including checked luggage.
2. Amsterdam-Munich by Train
The Amsterdam to Munich trip can be easily done by rail during the day using German ICE services. One change is required in Germany and the journey time is around 8 hours.
For example, travel on the 1035 ICE from Amsterdam which arrives in Düsseldorf Hbf at 1246. Then take another ICE departing Düsseldorf at 1308 and this train arrives at Munich Hbf at 1804. Coming back from Munich, an ICE departs at 0955 arriving in Cologne at 1416 - where you then take the 1446 ICE to Amsterdam which arrives at 1727.
Another alternative is to take the Amsterdam-Berlin IC train to Hannover and connect with a direct ICE service to Munich from there.
By booking well in advance you can find one-way fares of €39 (2nd class) and €69 (1st class). First class passengers can use lounges at Amsterdam and Munich stations.
There is a night train service running between the 2 cities. City Night Line departs every night at 2031 from Amsterdam Central and arrives in Munich at 0710 the following morning. From Munich, a City Night Line train departs at 2250 and arrives the next day in Amsterdam at 0934.
One-way prices for the City Night Line start at €29 for seat only, €49 for a couchette and €79 for an economy sleeper. A deluxe 2 bed sleeper starts from €119 and a deluxe single sleeper from €199 - sleepers come with breakfast included; deluxe sleepers have ensuite facilities.
Note that the CityNightLine services will be scrapped from 2017.
3. Amsterdam-Munich by Coach
Eurolines operates a 5x weekly coach service between Amsterdam Duivendrecht and Munich (ZOB Hackerbrucke). Journey times are approximately 14 hours. There are direct services which run during the day; overnight services require a change at Frankfurt. Single fares start from around €22.
Flixbus runs a 3x daily service to Munich with a journey time of 12 hours and singles from €33.
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