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Early Bird 

train to Zugspitze
From July 1st to August 31st, the cogwheel train runs every day at 7:39 a.m. from Zugspitzbahn station Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Without waiting times and with a discounted ticket, Early Bird guests can take the first train ride of the day up Germany's highest mountain. After arriving at the plateau Zugspitze, guests can expect a coffee, tea or chocolate in the restaurants Gletschergarten, Sonnalpin or Panorama 2962 (summit station). Afterwards, you can choose from various activities: Whether a selfie with the golden summit cross, a glacier hike or a toboggan run on natural snow. Arrange your visit to Zugspitze the way you like it – long before the lively visitor activity begins during the main holiday season of the year.

You can then reach the Zugspitze summit with the 360​​° panoramic view over four countries with the Gletscherbahn cable car, which you can use as often as you like on your day of visit. You can return to the valley individually, with the cogwheel train or with the Cable car Zugspitze.

Ascent (train binding)

  • 7:39 a.m. from the station Zugspitzbahnhof Garmisch-Partenkirchen
    (Olympiastraße 31, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen)
  • or 8:00 a.m. from the station Zugspitzbahnhof Grainau
    (Gumpenau 3, 82491 Grainau - limited parking)

Boarding at other stations or stops is not possible.


Individually. Last descent possible at 4:30 p.m. with the cogwheel train and at 5:45 p.m. with the Cable car Zugspitze.


  • Prices Early Bird train: Adult 61,00 € | Child (6–18 years) 13,00 €
  • Sale ends at 8.00 p.m. the evening before, or as soon as the quota for the respective day is exhausted.
  • There is a train binding. An exchange of tickets for journeys at a later point in time on the booked day is only possible with a surcharge on our regular fares.
  • Changes or cancellations due to bad weather or illness are not possible. Please check the weather forecast before buying. If it is not used, the ticket expire.

You will receive a booking confirmation by email with the train ticket and a voucher for the hot drink. The ticket can be scanned at the entrance, the voucher must be presented at the cash desk in the restaurant.