Munich Transportation Tip & Metro Map
Munich Transportation Tip & Metro Map

Munich Transportation Tips:

 

Germany has been a World leader in public transportation and Munich has some of the best options to help you get around. Easy trains, subways, and trams connect you around the city, help you get to the Airport and provide access to amazing day trips.


Getting To Munich From The Airport:

Munich’s main airport MUC, called Flughafen München in German, sits 22 miles North of town in the German countryside.  It is very easy to reach central Munich by metro.

Airport Metro Line: You can get directly to the City Center main train station in 45 minutes by both the S1 and S8 Metro lines which leave every 10-20 minutes excepts from 1-4am when you’re stuck with a 50€ taxi trip.
Airport Metro Pass: The Airport-City Day Pass can be bought from the ticket machines in the Airport and is the best way to save money.  For just 21.30€ it covers a group up to 5 not only to get to central Munich, but also for all of the inner city buses, trams, and subway lines for the rest of the day. The normal fare from the airport doesn’t cover the central metro and costs 7€ a person or 11.90€ per person with the Metro add on.
Discount Airlines: Discount airline Easy Jet flies into MUC, while another discount airline with “Munich routes”, Ryan Air, actually flies into the airport in Memmingen, Germany which is a 2 hour train ride from West of Munich.  Their routes are limited but the fares are can be dirt cheap on these airlines.

munich airport metro subway train map
Getting To Munich By Train:

Munich has a huge central train station which is cheap and easy to get to as Germany has Europe’s best train system. Munchen Hofbahnhof is the main train station located on the West side of central tourist area and Ost Train Station is on the East side of the main tourist area. For train info and schedules visit the German Train website HERE. Regional rail pass options are listed below.

Booking Tickets Online: If you book your tickets early online there are a limited number of Savings Fares (Sparpreis) which can save you up to 50% off the normal fares. You can check timetables and book online HERE.
Understanding Your Tickets: If you pre-pay for tickets online you will need to bring the credit card you secured the ticket(s) with and a printed copy of the tickets themselves. If your ticket was for multiple people but you only get one ticket refer to the line “ERK:” and the number after it is the number of passengers.

Munich Local Metro Passes:

Anyone older then 14 is considered with Adult rates, children 6-14 are considered half an Adult. Most passes must be validated at the ticket machine the first time you use them. Info for the following passes can be found on Munich’s Transit Website HERE.

1 Day Metro Pass: If you pre-pay for tickets online you will need to bring the credit card you secured the ticket(s) with and a printed copy of the tickets themselves. If your ticket was for multiple people but you only get one ticket refer to the line “ERK:” and the number after it is the number of passengers.

3 Day Metro Pass: Same befits as the 1 Day Pass but for 3 Days. Cost: 15€ for a Single Adult or 25.90€ for Partner which covers up to 5 adults traveling together.  Kids 6-14 are considered half an Adult on a Partner Pass.

Airport-City Day Pass: Covers travel from/to  the Airport plus 1 full day of City Center (Zone 1) Buses, Trams, and Subway lines.  Is valid until 6am the day after purchase.  Lines S1 & S8 go right to the Airport.  Cost: 11.70€ for a Single adult or 21.30€ for Partner which covers up to 5 adults traveling together. This is a great deal as the standard train price for from the airport route is 7€ per person without the metro pass.

Munich XXL Pass (Dachau Ticket): Covers 1 full day of metro, bus, and tram travel in Zones 1 & 2 and well as round trip transport to the Dachau Concentration Camp located North of the city.  Cost: 8.10€ for a Single Adult Ticket or 14.20€ for Partner Ticket which is good for up to 5 adults traveling together


Regional German Train Passes:

Regional passes in German can help save you a ton of money.  Below are the most popular ones you should know about while visiting Munich.  For all regional passes throughout German click HERE.

Bayern One Day Ticket (Bavaria + Salzburg): This Deutsche Bahn Pass is can be used throughout Bavaria. Centering the map on Munich, this pass is valid as far East as Ulm Germany, North to Sonneberg Germany, East to Salzburg Austria, and South to Kufstein Austria. When You Can Use It: Monday to Friday from 9am until 3am the following day. On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays it can be used right at 12am until 3am the next morning. Each pass is only valid for one day.  Trains It’s Valid On: Valid on RE, RB and IRE trains and most rural bus routes but not valid on IC, ICE or EC trains. If you’re not sure if your train will work limit your route search do your search HERE on the Bahn website and under Connections select ‘Only Local Transport’ (Nur Nahverkehr). The pass also covers the metro systems (S-Bahn, U-Bahn, tram and city-bus routes) inside Munich, Nürnberg, and Augsburg among others.  Cost: 25€ for 1 Adult in 2nd class, add up to 4 more people for 5€ a person.  For 1st class seating 1 adult is 37.50€ and you can add up to 4 more people for 18.50€ a person.

Bayern-Böhmen One Day Ticket (Bavaria + Bohemia): This Deutsche Bahn Pass is can be used throughout Bavaria and Bohemia. For people going to Prague this pass only gets you as far as Plzeň, that’s fine though as it’s as we recommend taking the Express Bus from Nürnberg to Prague to save a couple hours compared to taking the regional trains covered by this pass. When You Can Use It: Monday to Friday from 9am until 3am the following day. On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays it can be used from 12am until 3am the next morning. Each pass is only valid for one day.  Trains It’s Valid On: Valid on RE, RB and IRE trains and most rural bus routes but not valid on IC, ICE or EC trains. If you’re not sure if your train will work limit your route search to ‘Nur Nahverkehr’ (Only Local Transport) on the Bahn Website. The pass also covers the metro systems (S-Bahn, U-Bahn, tram and city-bus routes) inside Munich, Nürnberg, and Augsburg among others.  Cost: 26€ for a Single Adult with each additional traveler for 4.50€.

Einfach Raus One Day Ticket (Austria Only): If you plan on going further into Austria than Salzburg during your trip, you may want to consider the Einfach Raus Ticket. It’s basically the Austria equal to the Bayner Ticket.   Trains It’s Valid On: Valid on RE, RB and IRE trains and most rural bus routes but not valid on IC, ICE, RailJet or ÖEC trains. If you’re not sure if your train will work do your search HERE on the Austrian Train website, click “More” on the bottom left corner for all the options then select “Einfach-Raus-Ticket” to filter the trains.When You Can Use It: On regional trains after 9am Monday-Friday or all day on Weekends and Bank Holidays. More Info: On Austria’s train site HERECost: €36.

German National Train Passes:

If you are doing long travel across Germany or a long day trip from Munich outside of Bavaria, a German National Train pass is the way to go.  You’ll pay just one price and go wherever you want.

Quer-durchs-Land Ticket (All Germany Weekday Pass): This Deutsche Bahn Pass covers all regional trains (RE, IRE, RB,S-Bahn) throughout Germany in second class. It does not cover the high-speed lines (ICE, IC, EC, City Night Line and other international high-speed trains).  When You Can Use It: Monday to Friday from 9am until 3am the following day. Each pass is only valid for one day. Trains It’s Valid On: Valid on RE, RB and IRE trains and most rural bus routes but not valid on IC, ICE or EC trains. If you’re not sure if your train will work limit your route search to ‘Nur Nahverkehr’ (Only Local Transport) on the Bahn Website. The pass also covers the metro systems (S-Bahn, U-Bahn, tram and city-bus routes) inside Munich, Nürnberg, and Augsburg among others.  Cost: 44€ for 1 Adult, may add up to 4 more people for 8€ each, but all people must travel together. More info on the pass HERE.

Schönes Wochenende Ticket (All Germany Weekend Day Pass): This Deutsche Bahn Pass covers all regional trains (RE, IRE, RB,S-Bahn) throughout Germany in second class. It does not cover the high-speed lines (ICE, IC, EC, City Night Line and other international high-speed trains).  When You Can Use It: On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays it can be used from 12am until 3am the next morning. Each pass is only valid for one day.  Types of Trains It’s Valid On: Valid on RE, RB and IRE trains and most rural bus routes but not valid on IC, ICE or EC trains. If you’re not sure if your train will work limit your route search to ‘Nur Nahverkehr’ (Only Local Transport) on the Bahn Website. The pass also covers the metro systems (S-Bahn, U-Bahn, tram and city-bus routes) inside Munich, Nürnberg, and Augsburg among others.  Cost: 34€ for group up to 5 people, single person ticket for only 24€ (All people must travel together) Parents or grandparents can take a ticket all their children or grandchildren under 15 years even if exceeds the 5 people for no extra fee. More info on the pass in English.

German 3-10 Day Rail Passes (All Germany + Salzburg & Basel): This Deutsche Bahn Pass is can be used throughout all of Germany. It also includes travel to/from Salzburg (Austria) and Basel (Switzerland).  When You Can Use It: Your pass is valid for up to 4 weeks from when you first use it and is valid for 3-10 days of train travel depending on the ticket you buy.  Types of Trains It’s Valid On: Valid on RE, RB and IRE trains and most rural bus routes as well as IC, ICE or EC trains.  Cost: As little as 175€ for up to 3 days of 2nd class travel within 4 weeks for 2 adults traveling together. More on this pass HERE.


EU Rail Pass (Up To All of Europe):

Routes It’s Valid On: Inter Rail Pass Valid on almost all lines in Europe.
When You Can Use It: Your pass is valid for up to 4 weeks from when you first use it and is valid for 3-10 days of train travel depending on the ticket you buy. If you use pass on an overnight train it counts as use on the day you arrive not the day you depart.
Types of Trains It’s Valid On: Valid on RE, RB and IRE trains and most rural bus routes as well as IC, ICE or EC trains.
Cost: Varies based on age during time of travel, amount of travel days, and amount of countries you want included. More on this pass HERE.

Local Attraction Passes:
1. Bavarian Castle Pass: Covers most palaces and castles during your trip to Bavaria for 14 days from your first use. This pass is 24€ for one person or 40€ for 2 adults and your kids under 18 years old. More Info.