Best Ways to Travel Between Munich and Rome

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James Martin, Europe Travel

You can take the plane, train or bus between Munich, Germany and Rome, Italy. The travel times range between two hours and thirteen hours depending on your mode of transportation. Reviewing options with the pros and cons of each way of traveling will help you plan your trip.

In addition, once you arrive, you'll have additional choices on where you will stay. You can see the top rated hotels in Rome on Tripadvisor and compare prices on hotels in Munich for a start in adding the ideal hotel to your itinerary.

Flights from Munich to Rome

Nonstop flights from Munich's Franz Josef Strauss Airport (MUC) reach Rome's Fiumicino Airport (FCO) in about an hour and 40 minutes. Flights with a stopover can take considerably longer. When flying internationally, you'll have to add on time for going through security, checking luggage, and boarding. While the flight time is short, the processing time adds to the travel time and increases the inconvenience. Compare Prices on Flights from Munich to Rome

Taking the Train from Munich to Rome

Trains from Munich Hauptbahnhof to Rome Termini take 9 to 13 hours, depending on the speed of the train and connections. The quickest route is 9 hours. The first train leaving Rome is at 06:30 a.m. and the last is at 7:04 p.m. There are about 6 trains a day between Rome and Munich, leaving about every 2 hours and 42 minutes.

You can buy a Germany-Italy or other combination Rail Pass to use on the journey (buy direct or get information on the Rail Europe site). You can also find out more about how to buy rail passes so that you end up with the best pass for your money and your travel plans.

When you travel by train you can do some sightseeing along the way. Consider stopping in Salzburg, Venice, and Florence on the way to Rome. This online European train travel map will be helpful in making that decision.

Night Train from Rome to Munich

The ÖBB Nightjet overnight train takes you from Munich to Rome Termini. There are three classes of sleeper compartments and the option of a couchette coach or a seated coach. You'll pay a supplement for sleeping options if you have a rail pass

That trains get you from city center to city center, and planes to big cities leave you out in the boonies. The night train always seems like a good option, but considering the fact you can't see much at night while the train is going through some pretty fantastic scenery on the Rome to Munich run, you might think twice. 

Driving Between Rome and Munich

Cars are not very useful in either city, so the option of driving isn't a good way to get from city center to city center unless you really know what you're doing or have booked hotels with parking. If you have a GPS or really good navigator it will help.

The driving distance between Munich, Germany, and Rome, Italy, is approximately 930 kilometers. On the fast roads (Autostrade, or toll roads in Italy), you should be able to make the drive between 9 and 10 hours. When choosing a travel option, consider that gasoline in Europe averages about $7 per gallon (it is sold in liters).

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