Heading to Lindau through the foothills of The Bavarian Alps

München / Munich to Zürich / Zurich by train

How to travel from München/Munich to Zürich by train

Thanks to recently completed major construction work, including a new station in Germany, and the introduction of sleek tilting trains, there has never been such a fabulous rail service between München/Munich and Zurich.



From München Hbf/Munich main station to Zürich HB / Zurich main station

Travel Information

Final Destination: Zurich

All trains also call at: Lindau-Reutin, St Gallen, Winterthur, Zurich Flughafen/Airport

The train service between Munich and Zurich has been transformed for the better!
The entire route has been modernised which has enabled smart electric trains to be used for the service.
The 'Astoro'* trains now used tilt when going around the curves on the track and this, combined with a new station in Lindau, where the trains will won't have to change direction, has shaved more than 40 minutes off the previous journey time.

*=DB has classified these trains at EEC services

Until Apr 1st:
6 x trains per day

From Apr 2nd:
Mon to Sat = 6 x trains per day
Sunday = 7 x trains


Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 6 months ahead of the travel date

When making an online booking, check that you’re looking at booking info for these DIRECT trains.

On the DB booking site look for journeys that have:

  • 0 in the Chg. column
  • EC (and only EC) in the Products column.

Use the earlier/later buttons* to search for the cheapest ticket prices.
Trains departing at different times can be cheaper than others leaving on the same day, so you may need to look through the day's departures to find the cheapest fares.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
DB from €27.90

DB 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.

Two types of ticket have recently been made available;

  1. Cheaper 'Young' tickets which can only be booked by those aged 15-26 on the travel date.
  2. Flexi Plus tickets, which are now the most expensive type of ticket, but they're the only type of 2nd class tickets which DO include a seat reservation.
Trainline from €29

Trainline Guide

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - YesNot High SpeedLandscape (Hills / Mountains)Lake views

Good to Know

This is a fascinating three country journey, because between Lindau and St Margrethen the train will be travelling through Austria.
The scenic highlights are also on this part of the journey, as the railway is by the shore of the Bodensee, which can be seen on the right-hand side of the train.

Journey description:

Heading to Lindau through the foothills of The Bavarian Alps Heading to Lindau through the foothills of The Bavarian Alps
Travelling by the Bodensee between Lindau and Bregenz Travelling by the Bodensee between Lindau and Bregenz
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