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Train between Innsbruck and Munich

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BendingSpoons · 15/02/2022 08:40

We need to travel between these cities in April. I have been Googling but got overwhelmed. Does anyone know:

  • Should we book in advance? If so, how far in advance? We are worried we might have to rearrange due to travelling with young children who can't be vaccinated
  • Who is best to book through?


The trip will be on Good Friday which may make things trickier.
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schnubbins · 15/02/2022 09:10

You need to book through Deutsche Bahn maybe a few days in advance but as it is Good Friday there will be less travel as everything is closed that day.(shops at the train stations are open as are restaurants etc).You can also try Flixbus which is a cheaper alternative to Deutsch Bahn .Innsbruck is about an hour and a half from Munich so not far.As it stands you will probably have to have the kids tested to go on the train/bus and FFP2 masks are mandatory on public transport and public spaces in both Germany and Austria as is the Covid Pass to enter restaurants etc.

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MissAmbrosia · 15/02/2022 10:09

thetrainline.com is a another good place to book and gives prices for non-refundable vs exchangeable tickets and options to reserve a seat. If you get a tickets on the regional trains vs intercity, up to 3 children travel free with their parents. The train via Seefeld and Garmisch Partenkirchen takes longer but has some lovely scenery.

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BendingSpoons · 15/02/2022 10:19

Thanks both, that's really helpful. Some websites to look at. I hadn't thought about needing tests for the train and working out how we prove that! Also hadn't really thought having to get our 6yo to wear a mask for the trip. She isn't used to wearing them for that long, so will have to get her used to that.

That's reassuring we can book a few days in advance, as by then we will know if we are able to go. If the children still have to quarantine in Germany by then, then I don't know if we can go at all/can get on a train.

I like the idea of the scenic route, but not sure if the children will! We are actually staying in Steinach am Brenner before going on to Munich, so need to work out if we can board the train at the station nearer there and whether we have to change in Innsbruck.

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MissAmbrosia · 15/02/2022 10:32

Yes - you will need to change in Innsbruck. There's a McDonalds at the station if that is cheery news? Grin

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BendingSpoons · 15/02/2022 13:29

McD's would definitely be a highlight for the kids! Although they are big train fans so will enjoy the whole thing!

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