Getting Around Munich

How to get around Munich by using the city's excellent public transport system

Make your trip to Munich a little easier. Check out our guide to getting around using the city's well-connected public transport system, right from the moment you land.

Getting There

Flughafen Munchen (T: 089 97500) is 28km northeast of the city centre. The Airport Bus runs to the center every 20 minutes and takes 45 minutes. The S-Bahn (lines S1 and S8) connects the airport to the main train station and takes 45 minutes. International trains, including sleeper services from Paris, arrive at the Hautbahnhof central station (T: 01805 996 633)

Sleeper train Paris to Munich, Germany
Sleeper trains arrive at Hautbahnhof, plus plenty of other domestic lines (©Johannes Simon/Getty Images News/Thinkstock)

Getting Around

Munich has an excellent integrated public transport system, including underground (U-Bahn) and overground (S-Bahn) trains, trams and buses. The Altstadt (old city) is easily explored on foot but the wider city will require you to jump on a train or tram. One ticket system covers all public transport; tickets can be bought from machines at U-Bahn/S-Bahn stations and from some bus and tram stops. A day ticket costs €6.20 for the inner city or partner day ticket, €11.70 for up to five adults. A 3-day ticket costs €15.50 (€27.10 for up to 5 adults). A single trip ticket costs €2.70, depending on the distance travelled, and is valid for three hours.

All tickets must be validated in the blue machines before travel. Strip tickets are useful for more than one trip; two strips need to be validated for each zone crossed.

Ticket machine in Munich, Germany
It's easy to get your tickets at Munich's tram stops, kiosks and stations (©Wallix/iStock editorial/Thinkstock)

Tourist Information

The main Munich Tourist Offices (T: 089 2339 6500) are in the main railway station (M-Sa 9.30 am-6.30 pm; Su 10 am-6 pm) and in the Neues Rathause on Marienplatz (M-F 10 am-8 pm, Sa 10 am-4 pm). The CityTourCard, is a 2, 3 or 5-day ticket for public transport in the city centre as well as discounts of up to 50% at over 30 attractions. Cards cost €17.40, €24,50 and €31.90 respectively.

Buy them from vending machines at U- and S-Bahn stations, at some bus and tram stops, at dedicated kiosks displaying the City Tour Card sign and from many hotels.

Munich train station, Germany
Munich has a good system of train, tram cars and buses (©Miguel Villagran/Getty Images News/Thinkstock)