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Germany

Stuttgart and Munich - very quick train changes

In a couple of weeks I need to change trains at Stuttgart (arriving from Paris 20.05 I think and leaving for Munich at 20.12). Has anyone made this connection before or do you know the station? It sounds very tight!!

If I do catch that train, I then need to change at Munich for the night train to Ljubljana, and again I will only have a few minutes. Please let me know if you've done this or have any tips for finding the platform in time?

Vielen Dank!
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7 Answers


answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Frankfurt am Main

I've never taken that train to Ljubljana, but I have often changed trains in Stuttgart. According to the timetable, there is currently a TGV from Paris which arrives in Stuttgart, track 15, at 21:05. The train to Munich leaves at 21:12 from track 16, which is on the other side of the same platform, so seven minutes should be more than enough time -- provided the trains are on time, of course. Generally French trains do tend to run on time, but German trains often run late.

Currently there is also a through train from Paris to Munich leaving Paris-Est at 15:25 and arriving in Munich at 21:36, with no change of trains on the way.

bahn.de/i/view/USA/en/index....




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Kirkcaldy

I've never done that connection, but use the station frequently. It would just be a question of getting from one platform to another, stopping on the way to find out which platform you're going to. Possible for one who knows the station. Also possible for a stranger, but tighter. 2 suggestions. Sit near the front of the arriving train. Also, I think conductors announce (in German) the connecting trains as the incoming train arrives. Not sure if they also tell you the platform number. Worth listening out for.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Kirkcaldy

Sorry, my comment just relates to Munich.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Frankfurt am Main

Here's the station layout of the central station in Stuttgart.

cms-bahnhof.noncd-web.db.de/...

Tracks 15 and 16 are on opposite sides of the same platform.

There is a lot of (needless) construction work going on at that station, but as far as I know tracks 15 and 16 are still in operation.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member

The 15:19 TGV Duplex is indeed direct from Paris to Munich arriving 21:26.

This gives a safe connection into the 23:40 sleeper to Ljubljana/Zagreb/Budapest.

I'm on exactly this combo myself in April, travelling from London to Belgrade. If you haven't already booked, it is the 15:19 from Paris, not the 17:25, which provides the best connection for a journey of this type. The 17:25 carries too much risk.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from London

Thanks! I made it - the Paris train was 5 minutes late, leaving only 2 minutes to change ... but there were a lot of people making the connection to the Munich train and I think they must have held it back, as that left 5 minutes late too. And it was freezing cold - so just as well that I only had time to run across to the other side of the platform, rather than hanging around.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Frankfurt am Main

Great that you made the connection. And thanks for letting us know!





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