Munich's city centre is a pedestrian zone so many of its attractions are reached on foot, which is also the most pleasant way to explore its more fascinating and historical suburbs. The efficient and integrated public transport system is excellent for getting around. It consists of buses, trams, the U-bahn (subway) and the S-bahn (suburban train) that operate from about 5am to 1am, with hourly buses and trams servicing main routes throughout the night.
Tickets must be validated on entering stations or when boarding, are transferable between all forms of transport, and lasts for two hours after being stamped as long as one travels in the same direction. Fares are zone based and the system is well-organised and easy to understand.
There are various day passes available as well as the CityTourCard, which covers all transport within the city and includes discounts to the main attractions. Taxis are safe and convenient, but expensive, while ride-sharing apps are also in operation. Hiring a car is easy but it's often better to use public transport to avoid frustration and confusion. Bicycles are also available for hire at very little cost and are a lovely way to get around.
The airport is situated 18 miles (29km) northeast of the centre of Munich.
Munich International (MUC)
LocationThe airport is situated 18 miles (29km) northeast of the centre of Munich.
Getting to the city
Frequent commuter trains run by day and most of the night to various Munich stations, including the main stations for connections to major European cities. The airport train station is just outside the terminals. Taxis are available, as are buses to many regional destinations and the main train station. It takes about 20 minutes by train and about 45 minutes by road to reach the city centre.
TimeGMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).
Car hire companies represented include Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Budget and Sixt.
Taxis are available from both terminals. The journey time to the city centre is approximately 45 minutes.
Transfer between terminals
The Airport Shuttle Bus travels between the two terminals.
The airport has several restaurants and bars, duty-free and other shops, shower facilities and a pharmacy. ATMs and currency exchange desks are available in Arrivals and Departures.
Parking in airport lots costs between €2 and €5 for the first hour, up to about €33 per day. Long-term parking is cheapest in lots P41, P80 and P81. There are drop-off zones where parking is free for the first 10 minutes.