Tips for Getting Around Munich

Munich, the capital of Bavaria, is Germany’s third-biggest city by population and one of the most charming cities this country has to offer. This city is known for its lively colourful markets, outstanding museums, remarkable churches, impressive castles and palaces. There are over 80 art museums in Munich filled with world-class art pieces, ancient sculptures and contemporary designs. Munich is also host to many seasonal festivals like the world-famous Oktoberfest, Starkbierfest and Kocherlball. 

One of the most visited places is the historic centre Marienplatz, which is a large and open square and the focal point of Munich. Other attractions include Neues Rathaus, the human-made Eisbach wave, Schloss Nymphenburg (palace), Olympiapark and BMW Welt.

Getting around Munich can be done in several different ways because Bavaria’s capital has an extensive public transport network, which consists of an underground U-Bahn, trams, many buses and aboveground S-Bahn. In addition to that, you can also use a bike or a car.

Getting to Munich from the Airport

Munich Airport

Franz Josef Strauss International airport (MUC) is 28 kilometres from Munich City Centre. It is the second-busiest in the country with over 46 million annual passing passengers and has two terminals. There are over 70 passenger airlines that operate in this airport. MUC is a hub for Lufthansa and Lufthansa City Line. From the airport, you can get to the city by multiple options that include S-Bahn, bus, airport taxi or you can book a private airport transfer.

The commuter train S-Bahn is the first and one of the best options to reach Munich City Centre (Marienplatz). The S-Bahn station is between the terminals at the basement level. You can get there if you follow the white letter ‘S’ marked in green circles. There are two lines available, S1 and S8 which operate at an interval of 10 minutes. S1 route will take you in Munich West while the S8 line goes to Marienplatz.

Both lines also go to Hauptbahnhof (Munich Central Station). The travel time is about 40 minutes, and a single ticket costs 11.20 EUR. Tickets are available at the ticket counter at the station or the vending machines.

Taking a bus is another option to get to Munich, and Lufthansa Express Bus provides this service. The bus station is only a few minutes from the terminals and the journey to Munich takes about 40 minutes. There are buses every 15 minutes, and the fare is 10.50 EUR per adult if you book it online. Tickets are available at the airport at level 3 or from the bus driver, and they cost 11 EUR. 

Getting Around the City


As we mentioned earlier, Munich has an exceptionally organised public transportation system, which includes underground and overground trains, trams and buses. The city centre and the old city (Altstadt) have the most attractions in Munich, and you can easily explore it on foot. But if you want to visit attractions which aren’t in the centre, you have to use a train or tram. 

Munich uses one ticket system which covers all public transport. Tickets are available at every U-Bahn/S-Bahn station, and some bus and tram stop. A day ticket costs €6.20, a 3-day ticket costs €15.50 and a single trip ticket costs €2.70, which is valid for three hours. Remember to validate your ticket in the blue machines before you get on the trains and trams. 

How to Organise a Private Transfer from Franz Josef Strauss International to Munich?


To save time and money, we recommend that you organise your transfer in advance. We are a reliable airport transfer provider, and we will take care of your transport from Munich airport to your chosen destination in a comfortable vehicle with a professional driver.

The price for a private Munich airport taxi to the city centre starts from 75 EUR, one way, for three passengers. We also offer airport transfers to Garmisch Partenkirchen, Augsburg, Rottach Egern, Alpbach and many more.