München / Munich to Lindau by train

How to travel from München / Munich to Lindau by train

There are now two distinct travel options when taking a train from München/Munich to beautiful Lindau on the shore of the Bodensee.

(1) The newly improved express train service on which very smart EEC traina now complete the journey in under two hours.
However, they arrive at a new station, Lindau-Reutin, which is a 10-15 min walk from the lovely island on which the old town is located.
Though an option is to connect there for a train to Lindau-Insel station, which lives up to its name as it's on the island.

(2) Regio trains, operated by ALX and not by DB, still provide a direct service to Lindau-Insel station.

If you book ahead you can save money, by taking the express trains, but if you will be buying tickets last minute at the station, the Regio trains will be the cheaper option.

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Option 1: taking an express train to the new Lindau-Reutin station

Journey Summary

Travel Time
1hr 55min
Frequency
Daily
Travel Information

Final Destination: Zurich

6 x trains per day

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 6 months ahead of the travel date, usually

When making an online booking, check that you’re looking at booking info for the direct ECC trains

If you're booking only a couple of days ahead, you will usually save money if you target these EC trains when making a train journey from Munich to Lindau

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
DB Bahn from €17.90

DB Bahn Guide

DB is the national railway operator in Germany, so its website can be used for booking journeys by German express trains; the ICE and IC trains and it doesn't charge booking fees.
It also sells tickets for journeys by direct trains on all international routes from Germany regardless of whether DB is operating the train service.

It also sells an extensive range of end-to-end journeys which involve making connections both within Germany and in neighboring countries, but journeys between Germany and Britain cannot be booked on DB.

A key feature of DB website worth keeping mind is that it offers 1st class ticket purchasers complimentary seat reservations on journeys both within and to/from Germany.

Seat reservations for daytime in both 1st and 2nd class can also be booked separately from tickets.

Trainline from €17.90

Trainline Guide

Option 2: take a Regio train to the tourist heart of Lindau

Travel Information

Final Destination: Lindau-Insel

1 x train every other hour

Tickets

Book early and save: No

Online bookings open: 6 months ahead of the travel date

On the DB (German national railways) ticket booking service you can compare these Regio trains (operated by ALX) from Munchen/Munich to Lindau with the EEC trains

If you're booking from only just a few days ahead of your travel date. those EC trains are also cheaper.

Though if you book journeys by the ALX trains, and will be departing Munich after 09:00, the cheaper option is to purchase a 'Regio-Ticket Allgäu-Schwaben' ticket.
Because if you will be travelling in a group, other adults in your party can travel at a reduced rate; and these tickets are not valid on the EC trains.

The 'Regio' trains on this route are operated by Alex and not by Deutsche Bahn, but rail passes are still valid.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
DB Bahn *

DB Bahn Guide

DB is the national railway operator in Germany, so its website can be used for booking journeys by German express trains; the ICE and IC trains and it doesn't charge booking fees.
It also sells tickets for journeys by direct trains on all international routes from Germany regardless of whether DB is operating the train service.

It also sells an extensive range of end-to-end journeys which involve making connections both within Germany and in neighboring countries, but journeys between Germany and Britain cannot be booked on DB.

A key feature of DB website worth keeping mind is that it offers 1st class ticket purchasers complimentary seat reservations on journeys both within and to/from Germany.

Seat reservations for daytime in both 1st and 2nd class can also be booked separately from tickets.

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - YesNot High Speed

Good to Know

If you have booked a ticket online, then aim to be at Munchen Hbf no later than around 10 mins before the departure of the train.
These ALX trains to Lindau usually depart from Gleis (track/platforms) 27-36 in Munchen Hbf and these are some distance from the main concourse.
If you will be purchasing tickets at Munchen Hbf then be at the station a minimum of 20 mins before departure

Between Kempten and Lindau Between Kempten and Lindau
Approaching Lindau Approaching Lindau
Along the shore of the Bodensee Along the shore of the Bodensee

The highlight of this journey comes at its climax when trains head out on a bridge to reach the island in the Bodensee, on which the old town of Lindau is located.

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