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Old Aug 7, 11, 7:58 am   #1
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London to Munich?

What is the best route from London to Munich? Fly or go by car or go by train or by bus? I mean in terms of cost.
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Old Aug 7, 11, 8:04 am   #2
  
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IMHO Flying wins hands down...
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Old Aug 7, 11, 9:38 am   #3
  
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You can see for yourself flight prices at http://www.skyscanner.net and can work out the train route and costings at http://www.seat61.com/Germany.htm#Lo...leeper%20train

Picking up a cheap flight should be easy.
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Old Aug 7, 11, 10:15 am   #4
  
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The main issue I see with going by train is that you're going to have to change trains at either Brussels or Paris (change stations in Paris too) and that (based on a fake booking I just did) it would take between 9 and 10 hours (London St Pancras to Munich Hbf). So even if flying is a tad more expensive, it's still a hell of a lot faster
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Since you specify "by cost" - I would venture a guess that bus is the cheapest. Not that I would know any details about long-distance buses. But have a look at the Eurolines website.
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Old Aug 8, 11, 4:59 am   #6
  
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Since you specify "by cost" - I would venture a guess that bus is the cheapest. Not that I would know any details about long-distance buses. But have a look at the Eurolines website.
Actually, they don't look cheaper than the cheapest flights:
http://www.eurolines.co.uk/eurolines...DASummer11.pdf

Probably better value if you are looking to book more last minute, when airline prices have shot up!
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Old Sep 26, 11, 9:12 am   #7
  
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I would fly

train is a long long ......long long long long trip
but i love traveling on the ICE in germany
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Old Sep 26, 11, 11:53 am   #8
  
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I would fly

train is a long long ......long long long long trip
but i love traveling on the ICE in germany
Depends what you mean by long long long.

I've done it several times both ways, and enjoy it: I make a mini-break of it and stop off en route.

Will do it again at the end of the week, Salzburg - London, with a four-hour stop in Munich (for an Oktoberfest beer ) and an overnight stop in Brussels. Train fare was €49, booked ten days ago - bargain.
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Will do it again at the end of the week, Salzburg - London, with a four-hour stop in Munich (for an Oktoberfest beer ) and an overnight stop in Brussels. Train fare was 49, booked ten days ago - bargain.
Where did you find the 49 fare? I know www.bahn.de used to have 49 specials to London, but looking recently the best I could find was 89 each way. Have they put the prices up?
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Old Sep 27, 11, 5:43 am   #10
  
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Where did you find the €49 fare? I know www.bahn.de used to have €49 specials to London, but looking recently the best I could find was €89 each way. Have they put the prices up?
On DB, but you are right - it was extremely difficult. There used to be a €59 tranche, but this seems to have disappeared, and the fares are €49 - €69 - €89 and upwards now. I have been looking for weeks without success for the magical €49, and found this one only after several attempts. Generally, now you have to book very early to get them, whereas previously you could find them only a couple of weeks out.

Tip: start with the "most off-peak" ICE trains Cologne - Brussels and Brussels - Cologne, which are (respectively) Saturday evening and Sunday morning. In this case you are forced to stopover in Brussels both ways. (However, if you book early enough, you should find availability on other trains between Brussels and Cologne). Then you can build on the sectors beyond Cologne to/from your destination in Germany.

Second tip: if you want to, you can choose your Eurostar train by flexing the stopover time in Brussels. (The journey is priced according to the ICE you take to/from Brussels, and not the Eurostar train).
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Old Oct 1, 11, 7:23 am   #11
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Thanks to everyone, doing some research, looks like air is the best option. Although train might be more enjoyable, watching the countryside from the train window is more fun.
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