Ingolstadt is a city in Upper Bavaria, southern Germany, best knwon for being home to the car company Audi.


Ingolstadt is the youngest city in Germany. Although it counts over 120,000 citizens today, some people still call it a village, since it can't keep up with the big city charm of Munich or Nuremberg. Historically Ingolstadt was mainly known for hosting the first Bavarian university and its military fortress facilities. The latter is the reason, why some citizens of Ingolstadt still call themselves Schanzer (from verschanzen: to fortify). It is also the city, where Adam Weishaupt founded the Illuminati, and the popular novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley takes place. It is also the home of the headquarters of the car manufacturer Audi.

Get in

By plane

Munich Airport (IATA: MUC) is 70 km (45 mi) south of the city and the closest international airport. By train Munich Central Station (München Hauptbahnhof) is about 35 min by ICE high-speed train or 60 min by local train away from Ingolstadt and the journey costs approximately €17. Since one has to go there first by suburban train (S-Bahn) line S1, which takes approx. 50 min, and then change there to get on a train to Ingolstadt, it is a lot quicker and more convenient to take the bus. If you are a party of up to 5 people and travel on a tight budget, though, you may consider taking the train, as there exists a cheap ticket (Bayernticket) for €25 (+€4 for every extra person up to a party of 5), which is valid for the S-Bahn, the train and also some buses. Be aware, though, that you can not take an ICE or IC train with that ticket!

From Munich Airport there is a bus called "Airport Express X109". A one-way ticket is €19 and a return ticket €31. The bus takes about an hour to the center of Ingolstadt, stopping there at the central bus station (ZOB). It leaves every 90 min between 5:15 and 0:15 at Terminal 2, level E03, passing by Terminal 1, area A/B three minutes later and at Munich Airport Center (MAC) another four minutes later. More information can be obtained here.

Nuremberg Airport (IATA: NUE) is 100 km (60 mi) north of Ingolstadt, so also rather close by and can be reached easily by train and subway. From the airport you take the subway U-Bahn U2 to Nürnberg Hbf (U-Bahn) (Central Station). The ride takes some 13 min. There you change to a train (another 40 min ride to Ingolstadt).

By train

The main station is Ingolstadt Hauptbahnhof (HBF). The other station with notable services is Ingolstadt Nord.

By car

Ingolstadt is located on autobahn A 9 about halfway between Munich and Nuremberg with the exits Ingolstadt Nord (61) and Ingolstadt Süd (62).

Get around

By bus

Ingolstadt has a decent bus network, which is operated by the INVG (Ingolstädter Verkehrsgesellschaft). All parts of the town and most of the surrounding villages are reachable (Network Plan). During the day (05:00-21:00) you can catch a bus every 15-60 min. During the night, the service is reduced and special night lines, recognizable by the letter N proceeding their number, are employed.

By taxi

Most taxis are organized by the Ingolstadt Taxi Central Office, where you can order a car by phone (+49 841 19410). Most of the drivers speak at least fragments of English and should know most of the hotels, clubs and other points of interest in the city by name. However, during the weekend night party rush hours, you will have a hard time getting a taxi by phone or on a taxi stand, especially when you try to get out of the city. In the latter case, try to move to the outskirts of the city in the direction of your destination. Most of the taxis will try to go back into the city and you have a bigger chance to intercept these on the outskirts than in the center. And even if you don't get one, you're better off making pace in your direction than standing in the city center and waiting. You can get to most places in town for about €10-15. The drivers are usually able to estimate the price quite well, but are legally required to charge exactly according to the price meter, calibrated by local authorities. When you leave the so-called Pflichtfahrgebiet (area where the driver is obligated to accept passengers), which covers the town an some of the surrounding villages, you can negotiate a price with the driver.

By bike

A very good way to get around in Ingolstadt is to use a bike. Most of the main streets have bicycle lanes and you are able to get through parks and other areas you would have to go around by car. Remember to set up your bike for traffic safety, though, (especially with working front and back lights) and strictly follow traffic regulations. Bavarian police officers are very fussy about that. Getting a €100 fine for driving on red lights with your bike in the middle of nowhere without anyone around except for the police man 500 m (550 yd) behind you is common.


Historical Buildings

Kreuztor (Cross Gate)

All the historic buildings are found in or near the historical city center and are within walking distance of one another.











Ingolstadt has a long tradition of beer culture. The Bavarian Reinheitsgebot, which became the German purity law for beer later, has its origin in Ingolstadt in the year 1516. Also the Hallertau region, the worlds biggest hops growing area, is just south-east of the city. The four local breweries are Herrnbräu, Nordbräu, Westparkbräu 1516 and Schwalbenbräu. You can also get several other regional brands.

Around Whitsum and in autumn (usually the last week in September) the beer festival takes place. It's similar to the Munich Oktoberfest but smaller and more traditional. During Lent you can get Starkbier like in most parts of Bavaria.

Beer gardens







Stay safe

Like most of Bavaria, Ingolstadt is very safe. Even in the more deprived areas in the north you are unlikely to run into any trouble. Use your common sense to avoid risky situations, though.

Additional to the (free) general German emergency lines (112 - General emergency/fire, 110 - Police) there's a direct (and also free) line to get an ambulance: +49 841 19222.

Go next

Routes through Ingolstadt

Berlin Nuremberg  N  S  Munich
Würzburg Weißenburg  NW  S  Munich
 W  E  Kelheim Regensburg
Augsburg  SW  E  End
Leipzig Nuremberg  N  E  Munich
Augsburg  SW  E  End
Ulm  W  NE  Regensburg

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