Getting Around

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. They are transferable between all forms of transport, and last 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.