Florence to Munich By Train
Florence and Munich are two of Europe’s most popular cities among travelers. While they make a perfect combination on a rail trip through Central Europe, in many ways the two cities couldn’t be more different. While Florence is about romance, artwork, and cappuccinos, Munich is more about bratwurst and beer. And yet in spite of this, or perhaps because of this, traveling directly from Florence to Munich is a thoroughly rewarding experience – especially when you consider the scenic beauty that awaits you in the picturesque Brenner Pass.
How to get from Florence to Munich by train
There are several options to get from Florence to Munich by train. Your choice will depend largely on your available time and what you’d like to see along the way.
All trains between Florence and Munich require an advance reservation. These are typically between 7 and 11 euros for EuroCity trains between the two cities, and more for sleeper trains (depending on your seating or sleeping option). You can make these reservations at the station ticketing booths, online at Bahn.de, or by using the Eurail Reservation Service.
1. City Night Line Sleeper Train
A direct sleeper train leaves Florence shortly after 10pm and arrives in Munich at approximately 6:30 the next morning. This is the quickest and most direct route between the two cities. While this route is the most convenient of the options, it also means that you’ll miss out on some of the stunning scenery along the way.
2. Florence to Munich via Zurich
There are regular high-speed trains between Florence and Zurich that offer stunning views of Italian, Swiss, and German countryside. Once in Zurich, you can catch an easy connection to almost anywhere in Europe, including Munich.
3. Florence to Munich via the Brenner Pass
If you’re looking for the ultimate scenic ride between Florence and Munich, then you simply have to follow the route that runs through the stunning Brenner Pass. Take a direct train from Florence to Verona on the EuroCity. Trains run every few hours and typically take about 90 minutes. From there, you’ll have to connect onto another EuroCity train that goes through the valley directly to Munich in just over 5 hours. The trains between Verona and Munich are well equipped with a dining cart – perfect for enjoying the spectacular vistas over a meal.
The main train station in Florence is Firenze Santa Maria Novella, or SMN for short. It’s a bustling modern station with an intriguing history dating back to 1934. Inside you’ll find all the conveniences of a modern train station set amongst a dramatic interior with impressive skylights. Near Platform 16, there’s also a statue and plaque in remembrance of the Jewish people who were transported from Italy to Nazi concentration camps during World War II.
Munich’s main train station, München Hauptbahnhof, is one of the largest in Europe. Approximately 450,000 passengers pass through this station every day, and walking between its 32 platforms can take up to 15 minutes. The station dates back to 1849 in its current location. It was badly damaged in World War II, but these days it’s an efficient and convenient hub that connects travelers to dozens of local and international destinations. There are also convenient connections onto the S-Bahn and U-Bahn networks.
Florence was the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, which you’ll feel from the moment you step off the train. It was one of the most important cities in Europe for more than 250 years until the early 1500s. There’s a charm, grandeur and beauty that resonates throughout the city to this day. Whether you’re looking for classic Tuscan architecture, world-famous artwork, delectable gelato, dramatic views, or just to soak up the atmosphere in one of the world’s most celebrated cities, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Florence.
Munich is one of the most populous cities in Germany, and yet it still maintains an alluring charm, particularly when walking amongst the grand architecture in the city center. Much of the city was damaged or destroyed during the war, but later restored to exacting standards. These days it’s known as an important cultural hub in Germany. You’ll find museums, historic buildings, a fascinating history, and of course, the world famous Oktoberfest celebrations.
Traveling between Florence and Munich by rail is a special experience. Aside from the stunning views in the Brenner Pass, there’s something about these cities that makes them work so well together. And when you think you can go from savoring the world’s best cappuccinos in Florence in the morning, to sipping a famous Bavarian brew in the evening, combining these two cities will make for some of the most special European rail trip memories imaginable.