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Crossing Lake Constance by Ferry and Katamaran

by Lisa
Crossing Lake Constance by Ferry and Katamaran

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Lake Constance is the third largest lake in Europe and crossing Lake Constance by Ferry is an ideal option to not just cross the lake, you can also travel to an another Country very easy. Around Lake Constance are three Countries located: Germany, with the biggest part, followed by Switzerland and the smallest part around the Lake is under the administration of Austria. As the area around Lake Constance is a pure tourist delight, the roads around are often quite full in summer and traffic jams are not rare. So why not avoiding the roads around the Lake if you can travel more relaxed on the Lake? In this Article, you get to know the different ways of crossing Lake Constance by Ferry, Boat or Katamaran.

Crossing Lake Constance by Ferry from Friedrichshafen <> Romanshorn

If you are travelling by Car, and want to cross the Lake easily, the car ferry from Friedrichshafen to Romanshorn might ease your travel a lot. But not just for Cars and People, for sure you can use this one with your motorbike or bicycle or motorhome as well. The first Ferry starts at 5:42am and the last one at 9:30pm. You can either pre-buy your ticket at a ticket office ashore or just aboard, what is recommendable if you’re travelling spontaneously. The ride takes about 40 minutes and little over 15 minutes the ferries can be boarded and left again. Upstairs is a gastronomy and seating, even without consumption, and in the basement there are toilets.

Price per Adult: 9,20 Euro / 10,20 CHF Price per Kid (6-15): 4,60 Euro / 5,10 CHF Price per Car: 31,40 Euro / 34,50 CHF to 44,30 Euro/48,70 CHF (different prices apply on different sizes of Cars/Vehicles!)
You can find their current timetable here.

Crossing Lake Constance by Ferry from Meersburg <> Constance

If you want to travel from Germany to Germany on a Car Ferry you should use the Car Ferry from Meersburg to Constance (Konstanz). With this, you can skip driving around Lake Überlingen, the upper-west part of the Lake, and save time on your route. The ferries depart every 30 minutes, run 24 hours a Day and one crossing takes 15 minutes. Upstairs all the ferries is a gastronomy and seating, even without consumption, and in the basement there are toilets. You should prepare yourself that, especially during the hot summer months, the ferry is used a lot and eventually you need to wait until the next one. During this time they often have more car ferries in service and reduce the waiting times a lot!

Price per Adult: 2,90 Euro Price per Kid (6-15): 1,40 Euro Price per Car: 8 Euro to 13,90 Euro (different prices apply on different sizes of Cars!)
You can find their current timetable here.

Crossing Lake Constance by Katamaran from Friedrichshafen <> Constance

The Katamaran connect the two biggest cities at the Lake, Friedrichshafen and Constance, on an hourly basis. Starting in the early morning they drive up to the late evening during the summer. Single Tickets for the experience cost 10,20 euro per Adult and 5,10 Euro for children aged 6 to 14. Talking about an experience, you should definitely try a Catamaran once! The ride from Friedrichshafen <> Constance takes about 45 Minutes and after 20 minutes of travelling you should either go to the back or front of the Cat as at this time both operations Katamaran pass each other and this always results in some waves – a fun experience especially for kids!
The Tickets can’t be purchased online, but there are ticket machines (they are not always working proper as I experienced by myself) at both entry points.

Price per adult: 10,20 Euro Price per Kid (6-14) and per Dog: 5,10 Euro Price per Bicycle: 4,60 Euro
You can find their current timetable here.

Travelling by Boat on Lake Constance

If you’re not travelling by Car you can enjoy even more ships or boats on Lake Constance. On most, it is allowed to take your bike or stroller with you, or just enjoy them while exploring many small towns and harbours around the Lake. As there are so so many Boat Lines available on Lake Constance there will follow an another Post dedicated on these soon.

If you have any more questions regarding the Boats or Ferries on Lake Constance, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!

Crossing Lake Constance by Ferry and Katamaran

Crossing Lake Constance by Ferry and Katamaran

Crossing Lake Constance by Ferry and Katamaran

Crossing Lake Constance by Ferry and Katamaran

Crossing Lake Constance by Ferry and Katamaran

Crossing Lake Constance by Ferry and Katamaran

All the Pictures were taken on a ferry ride from Romanshorn to Friedrichshafen. All prices are from June 2015, eventually temporary discounts may be available, or prices will rise.


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Lisa
Hi, I'm Lisa and welcome to my Joy Della Vita Travelblog. Joy della Vita, inspired by the Italian language, means 'Joy of Life'. And this is what can be found here. Travel, Food, Mobility & (Travel-)Lifestyle.

8 Comments

  • Molly
    27 - August - 2017 at 4:47 AM

    Good job, Lisa! Thanks for your info and it really helps! Could you please advise how to get to the car ferry terminal from Romanshorn train station by walk? Also, which terminal is the right one? See or Autoquai?

    • 27 - August - 2017 at 11:44 AM

      Hi Molly
      It’s Autoquai (its the one for ferries, regular ships leave from See) and from the train station there are plenty signs for either Ferry or Fähre. You just need to exit the small station towards the water, then walk all along the long house on the left and you are there. There is also a small waiting house, in case it rains or its windy/cold.
      Enjoy your trip!

  • Nannie Kimbrell
    27 - May - 2017 at 5:19 PM

    It is so hard to find bloggers from Lake Constance, hope you share more int he future!

    • 28 - May - 2017 at 11:37 AM

      Thanks for commenting, Nannie! Would you like to read about something specific?

  • Mandi Fath
    20 - April - 2017 at 8:03 AM

    During my summer holiday my hubby and I are planning to take a Trip on the Water of COnstance Lake. Any recommendations?.

    • 22 - April - 2017 at 8:57 PM

      Hi Mandi
      Well, this depends on where you are staying, or where you want to go? If you are in Constance, for example, I’d recommend to take a Boat to Mainau Island. Or, if you are staying in Bregenz in Austria, you can take a Ship that stops in Lindau, Langenargen, Friedrichshafen, Meersburg,… Otherwise, just take any Route for one Stop, and drive back again!

  • Gary Sherwin
    16 - January - 2016 at 6:43 PM

    Thank you for the good writeup.

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