Bayerische Oberlandbahn

The Bayerische Oberlandbahn GmbH (BOB) is a private railway company based in Holzkirchen, Germany, and owned by Transdev Germany (formerly known as Veolia Verkehr).

Bayerische Oberlandbahn GmbH
Logo BOB 2015.svg
Bayrische Oberlandbahn Harras Heimeranplatz.JPG
Integral between Harras and Heimeranplatz
LocaleBavaria, Germany
Dates of operation1998 (1998)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Bayerische Oberlandbahn
(Upper Bavarian Railway)
 955  Munich–Bayrischzell
 956  Munich–Lenggries
 957  Munich–Tegernsee

0.0 München Hauptbahnhof
1.6 Donnersbergerbrücke
3.4 Heimeranplatz
5.2 Harras
6.4 Mittersendling
7.9 Siemenswerke
BOB only on
9.6 Solln
BOB only on
Isar Valley Railway
S7 Wolfratshausen • München Süd
10.8 Großhesselohe
Großhesselohe Bridge
over Isar River
258.3 m
847 ft
S20 terminus
26.0 Sauerlach
33.2 Otterfing
BOB only on
some weekdays
S3 terminus
KBS  955 
6.6 Darching
11.1 Thalham
Mangfall River
17.2 Miesbach
20.1 Agatharied
22.2 Hausham
Neuhaus Bockerlbahn
to Waitzinger-Alm
4.8 Fischhausen-Neuhaus
9.6 Fischbachau
12.5 Geitau
14.3 Osterhofen
summit (
792 m
2,598 ft
16.7 Bayrischzell
42.4 Warngau
12.3 Tegernsee
10.1 St. Quirin
Mangfall River
7.6 Gmund am Tegernsee
4.6 Moosrain
Tegernsee Railway
Marienstein Cement works
52.0 Reichersbeuern
Bad Tölz
(original station)
57.1 Bad Tölz
59.9 Gaißach
63.4 Obergries
66.6 Lenggries

BOB Trains connect Munich with the alpine hamlets of Bayrischzell, Lenggries, and the spa town of Tegernsee. The routes are not electrified and are serviced with diesel-hydraulic and diesel-mechanic DMUs.

Lines servedEdit

The routes served by the BOB south of Holzkirchen.

The three BOB lines run on part of what was the Bayerischen Maximiliansbahn as a combined train-set from München Hauptbahnhof via the southern ring to Holzkirchen. In Holzkirchen the combined train-set separates with one train-set heading off to the east, running through Miesbach and Schliersee to Bayrischzell.

The two remaining train-sets continue on to Schaftlach where they separate again, with one train-set going to Lenggries via Bad Tölz, while the last train-set heads off towards the southeast to Tegernsee. The Tegernsee Line makes use of the tracks owned by the Tegernsee-Bahn, a private rail infrastructure provider.

The separate train-sets travel from München Hauptbahnhof to Holzkirchen or Schaftlach as a single train. They then split-up and travel on to their individual destinations. On the return trip to Munich the individual units are connected again and run as a single train back to München Hauptbahnhof. Between Holzkirchen and Munich BOB Trains run under the Münchner Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund tariff system.

The Bayerische Oberland Bahn GmbH is a member of the "Tarifverband der Bundeseigenen und Nichtbundeseigenen Eisenbahnen in Deutschland" (TBNE: Tariff Association of federally and non-federally owned railways in Germany).


BOB was founded on 31 March 1998 and began service the same year. The company was launched to create more competition on the rail systems of southern Bavaria.

In the early days of service BOB trains were often plagued by technical problems with the new/untested Integral train set. These initial problems have since been resolved and BOB is now considered very reliable.

Since the beginning of July 2004 BOB has added three Bombardier Talent Train-sets to cover rush hour service.

BOB also operates on some DB electric lines under the Meridian brand name, using FLIRT3 electric multiple units from Stadler Rail.

Accidents and incidentsEdit

On 9 February 2016, two Stadler FLIRTs were involved in a head-on collision near Bad Aibling. Several people were killed and approximately 100 were injured.[1]


BOB Lines are serviced at hourly/bi-hourly intervals, and with extra trains during rush hour. However, since December 2004 every other train/direction has had an increased journey time of 12 to 14 minutes. This contradicts the basic idea of a single Integrated Timetable.


BOB Trains are not only highly used during weekdays, but also on the weekend by tourist and locals planning excursions to the Bavarian Alps, with walking, bike riding and skiing being favorite activities. Either a Bayern Ticket from Deutsche Bahn or a BOB weekend pass may be purchased for up to five passengers at a significantly discounted fare. Bus connections are available in Lenggries and Tegernsee to Karwendel, Achensee, Rofan and the Ski slopes on Wendelstein (not to be confused with the town Wendelstein), Sudelfeld [de], Brauneck, Spitzing.



  1. ^ "Germany train crash: Several killed in Bavarian town of Bad Aibling". BBC News Online. 9 February 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2016.

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