(Photo credit Mattes)

Most travellers arriving by train come in to Munich Hauptbahnof, the Main Station, and one of Germany's busiest rail links with some 450,000 passengers daily. There are also two other important stations in the city, Munich Pasing and Munich Ostbahnhof (Munich East), of which more information below. 

Although the original train station in the city was built on another location slightly to the west in 1839, the current Hauptbahnhof location has been servicing travellers since 1849, and it has gradually expanded to the impressive hub it is today, with some 32 platforms, its own U- and S-Bahn stations, and excellent connections for onward travel with offer forms of public and private transport. The Hauptbahnhof has been damaged several times in its turbulent histrory, most notably in the Second World War, but today it functions well in the heart of the city, offering plenty of facilities in addition to train departures and arrivals.


(Munich Train Station in 1870 - Photo in Public Domain from Wikipedia)

Deutsche Bahn (DB) has a VERY efficient website in several languages with timetables, special offers and online ticket purchasing. Visit the English language version here. The timetable is especially useful as it covers the whole of Europe. If you want to buy tickets in person, there is a large ticket office opposite the platforms on the right hand side as you enter the station from the front.

The Hauptbahnhof does not have its own dedicated website, but there is a useful info page (unfortunately only in German) provided by DB here.

A useful map of the station with all facilities (again only in German) can be found here.

Hauptbahnhof departure information.

Hautbahnhof arrival information.

For more information about connecting to the Munich transport system, visit the MVV website.

Take a video tour of Munich Hauptbahnhof.

Ostbahnhof (Munich East)

Opened in 1871, Ostbahnhof, or Munich East, is an important station connecting the city to Austria and South-East Europe, as well as a hub for S-Bahn and U-Bahn traffic. There are also regional services from here which connect to eastern Bavaria. Of the 17 tracks, 5 are dedicated to the S-Bahn. 

More information on facilities at Ostbahnhof here.

Ostbahnhof departures

Ostbahnhof arrivals

Pasing (Munich West)

Serving destinations to the west of Munich, Pasing station opened in 1840, and it is the third biggest station in the city.

More information on the facilities of Pasing station here.

Pasing departures

Pasing arrivals

Paul Bradbury

After 12 years living on the most gorgeous island in the world, Hvar in Dalmatia, I have begun to wonder if there is still life beyond its shores. Prior to discovering Paradise in 2002, I was a world traveller, living and working in Japan, Georgia, Somalia, Rwanda, Russia... and Munich.

After 95 countries and some 25 years have passed, the memories of my year in the hotel industry in the Bavarian capital (fired by the Sheraton for losing our pet snake, the first male chambermaid at Hotel Arabella, and a truly eye-watering introduction to five-star living in  my days as a bellboy in luxury Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten) are strong, and the call of Munich has been a constant theme over the last quarter century. 

And so here I am, answering the call some 25 years later. Twelve years of island living have changed me for sure, but also left me curious about life in a big city, and whether or not I could adapt to it after such an insular decade. 

I was surprised to see that for such a magnificent multi-cultural city, English-language blogs and regularly updated information are not that available. Static tourism information, such as that provided by the excellent tourist board website yes, but accounts of daily life delivered daily? Hard to find.

And so I have decided to take a break from my idyllic island and see if I could live in a city again. And what better way to try than to discover modern Munich in all its facets after so many years. It is a journey of discovery which I am relishing, and I hope the site proves to be of interest for Munich residents and its numerous visitors.

About Paul Bradbury

Author of Lebanese Nuns Don't Ski, Lavender, Dormice and a Donkey Named Mercedes and Hvar's first comprehensive guidebook, Hvar: An Insider's Guide to Croatia's Premier Island, as well as co-author of Split: An Insider's Guide with Mila Hvilshoj, I have lived in Dalmatia full time since 2003. In addition to running Total Munich, I also run Total Split (, Total Hvar ( and Total Inland Dalmatia (, as well as being an accredited Google News journalist for Digital Journal in Canada.

I also have various blogging clients, including the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board, European Coastal Airlines, Touristar TV and Andro Tomic Wines, and print clients include Qatar Airways inflight magazine, Out! magazine from New York, and Croatian Hotspots. 

In December 2014 I was delighted to receive the Marko Polo 2014 Award from FIJET Croatia (Federation of International Travel Writers and Journalists)  at a ceremony for the Croatian Journalists Society for the best international tourism promotion of Croatia. More here.

Ongoing writing projects:

A History of Hajduk Split, co-author with Frane Grgurevic - in 2015

Around the World in 80 Disasters - out in 2015

Total Hvar in the Media:

Interview of the Month, Croatian Embassy in Washington (May 2013)

Special Feature in Globus Magazine (May 2013)

Featured on Croatian TV show, More (2012) - watch the report here

Interviews in Slobodna Dalmacija, Dalmacijanews, Radio Split

I am available for writing services. Please contact me on [email protected] or visit my main writing website, 

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