By Public Transportation
An extensive network of U-Bahn (subway), S-Bahn (light-rail), Strassenbahn (trams), and buses makes getting anywhere in the city relatively easy. You’ll probably use the underground U-Bahn and the aboveground Strassenbahn systems most frequently. The same ticket entitles you to ride U-Bahn, S-Bahn, trams, and buses. Purchase tickets from vending machines in U-Bahn and S-Bahn stations; the machines display instructions in English. You also can buy tickets in the tram or from a bus driver. Tickets must then be validated in the machines found on U-Bahn and S-Bahn platforms and in buses and trams; stick your ticket into the machine, which stamps it with the date and time. A validated ticket is valid for 2 hours. You can transfer as often as you like to any public transportation as long as you travel in the same direction. Munich has four concentric fare zones. Most, if not all, of your sightseeing will take place in Zone 1, which includes the city center. A single ticket (Einzelfahrkarte) in Zone 1 costs 2.70€ if you pay cash and 2.60€ if you pay with a card. Short trips (up to 4 stops) cost 1.40€ if you pay cash and 1.30€ if you pay with a card.
Saving Money on Transportation
Tageskarte (day ticket): good for a day of travel within the inner city costs 6.40€ for one adult.
Partner Tageskarte:, costs 12.29€ and is good for up to 5 people traveling together
3-Tageskarte (3-day ticket): costs 16€ Partner 3-Tageskarte: good for up to 5 people traveling together, costs 28.20€.
You can buy these cards from the ticket vending machines or at station ticket windows.
Taxis are cream-colored, plentiful, and expensive. You can get a taxi at one of the stands located all across the city, or you can hail a cab on the street if its rooftop light is illuminated. Taxi fares begin at 3.40€ and rise by 1.60€ per kilometer; there’s an additional 1.30€ charge to order a taxi by phone.
Call Taxizentrale at tel. 089/21610 for a radio-dispatched taxi. Uber ride-hailing service is also active in Munich, with many vehicles in city limits.
Munich is a bike-friendly city. One of the most convenient places to rent a bike is Radius Bikes (tel. 089/5434877740; www.radiustours.com), at the far end of the Hauptbahnhof at Arnulfstrasse 2. The charge is 5€ per hour, or 15€ to 20€ per day. A deposit of 50€ or a credit card number is required; students receive a 10 percent discount. Radius Bikes is open mid-March 8:30am to 7pm, between May and August hours extend to 8pm.
Munich’s Franz Josef Strauss International Airport (tel. 089/9752-1313; www.munich-airport.com) is located 29km (18 miles) northeast of the city center. Opened in 1992, the airport is among the most modern and efficient in the world. The S-8 S-Bahn light-rail train (tel. 089/4142-4344) connects the airport with the Hauptbahnhof (main train station) in downtown Munich. Trains leave from the S-Bahn platform beneath the airport every 20 minutes daily between about 4am and 10:45pm, less frequently through the night. The fare for the 40-minute trip is 10€ adults. (If you are going to be using public transportation once in the city, you’ll save money by buying an All-Zone Tageskarte/Day Ticket for 11€ and using it to get into the city.) The Lufthansa Airport Bus (tel. 0180/583-8426; www.airportbus-muenchen.de) runs between the airport and the main train station in Munich every 20 minutes from about 6:30am to 10:30pm The trip takes about 40 minutes and costs 11€. A taxi to the city center costs about 70€ and can take more than an hour if traffic is heavy.
You can easily reach Munich by train from any city in Germany or Europe. Daily trains arrive from Frankfurt (trip time: 3 3/4 hr.) and Berlin (trip time: 6 hr.). Munich’s Hauptbahnhof, on Bahnhofplatz near the city center, is one of Europe’s largest train stations, with a hotel, restaurants, shopping, and banking facilities. A train information office on the mezzanine level is open daily from 7am to 8pm; you can also call Deutsche Bahn (German Rail; tel. 11861 for train information and schedules [an English speaker will be available to help you]; www.bahn.com). Connected to the rail station are the city’s extensive
The basic fare is 3.70 euros. There is a flat fare of 63 euros to travel directly from Munich Airport to the New Munich Exhibition Centre (Neue Messe München) or vice versa. Taxi drivers in Germany are accustomed to relatively small tips. Anywhere between 50 cents and 2 Euros is normal, depending on the amount of the fare.