Munich-Berlin: 4 Hours by Rail

Trains test the completed high-speed rail line between Munich and Berlin on June 16, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL
Published: June 16, 2017

MUNICH — Today Berlin got as close to Munich as Vienna already is: four hours by rail. Deutsche Bahn test trains for the first time ran the recently completed high-speed track between the two German cities, 400 miles apart, and the company promised passenger service starting Dec. 10, the traditional date for Europe’s yearly rail-timetable updates. Stretches of the track — between Munich and Nuremberg and between Leipzig and Berlin — have been operational for years, but missing segments have kept total travel time over six hours. The new infrastructure linking the Bavarian and former Prussian capitals was dubbed ICE-Trasse München-Berlin when the project kicked off fully 25 years ago. The Munich-Vienna line, a distance of 300 miles, is served by Austrian ÖBB’s Railjet trains. This journey suffers old routing and track on the relatively short haul between Rosenheim, south of Munich, and Salzburg, but no improvements are planned to reduce the four hours it requires.

Photo © Deutsche Presse-Agentur

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