Munich: Local Travel Info
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Internal flights and major international airports for Munich
Munich’s "Franz Josef Strauss" airport is located 28 kilometres (17 miles) northeast of Munich, Germany, and is the second busiest in Germany in terms of passenger traffic (34.73 million in 2008), after Frankfurt International Airport, and the 27th busiest airport in the world. The airport is made up of two terminals, and is well connected, with flights to cities including London, Paris, New York and as far as Sydney.
Getting to and from the airport for Munich
There are numerous means of transportation for getting to Munich’s city centre from the airport. Taxi ranks are located on the arrival and departure level E04 in front of Modules A-E at Terminal 1, on the arrival level E03 and the departure level E04 for Terminal 2, and on level E03 to the north of the Central Area. The journey takes an average of 45 minutes depending on the final destination, and the time of day, and costs around €60.
For visitors who wish to catch the train, the journey takes around 45 minutes by Munich’s suburban railway lines S1 and S8. The station at the airport is located in the Central Area. The Lufthansa Airport Bus stops at the Nordfriedhof underground station and Munich’s Central Station.
For those who wish to make their own way to the city centre, there are numerous car hire companies located on concourse A of Terminal 1. These include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National/Alamo and Sixt.
One of the best ways to see what the city of Munich and the surrounding region has to offer is by car, and renting a car in Munich is very popular choice of transportation by visitors. There are numerous car rental companies in Munich with each offering variety of options, and therefore it is worth shopping around before making a reservation. Renting an economical car costs from around €33 per day. Drivers need to be at least 21 years old to hire a category one car.
To book car rental in Munich online, view our Car Hire section for Munich . We offer Ok Alpha users the latest special offers and best rates available for car hire in Munich . We advise you book your Munich hire car in advance so you can pick it up and drop it off directly at the airport.
Drivers licenses requirements?
To rent a car anywhere in Germany including Munich, drivers must be at least 18 years of age, and foreign drivers require proof of insurance and their national driving license (a Green Card is strongly recommended). A country identification sticker must be displayed on the vehicle.
Visitors must drive on the right hand side of the road at all times. Both front and rear passengers are required to wear seatbelts. Children are not allowed to sit in the front seat.
In urban areas, the speed limit is 50 km/h (30 mph). On all other major roads, except autobahns (motorways), where there is no speed limit (but the government recommends 130 km/h (80 mph), the maximum speed is 100 km/h (60 mph). Drinking and driving is not permitted in Germany. The legal maximum alcohol to blood ratio for driving is 0.05%.
Munich by bus
One of the best ways to travel around Munich is the public bus system, although there is no central bus station. Various buses are available around Munich, with both city buses and long-distance bus transport. City buses are operated by München Verkehrs Gesellschaft (MVG), while for those wishing to travel to other destinations within Germany including Berlin, Leipzig and Nuremberg and beyond, the main bus companies include Busabout, Europabus and BEX BerlinLinienBus, and the long-distance buses leave from the main train station.
Munich by taxi
In Munich, taxis are usually beige Mercedes and are generally expensive, with a starting cost of €2.50, and a €1.10 charge per kilometre, but are not much more convenient than the widely available public transport. Taxis can be ordered by telephone, can be hailed on the street or can be caught from one of the taxi ranks, which are clearly marked on most tourist maps of the city. A tip of between 5 to 10% is common practice.
Munich by train
Connections are very good in Munich with trains to other parts of Bavaria and Germany every two hours. There are also services to other European cities including Vienna which take five and a half hours, whilst Prague has a journey time of seven hours, and it takes up to six hours to reach Zurich. For the direct InterCity Express, visitors should expect to pay €38 to Nuremberg and €75.60 for Frankfurt.
Within the city itself, there are two main transport networks operate. The S-Bahn system is the main commuter train transport and features eight main numbered lines, and the Hauptbahnhof (central train station) is located in the city centre. The U-Bahn system, or underground metro trains, offer an extremely fast and cheap way to travel around the city. Valid on both S-Bahn and U-Bahn train transport, the Streifenkarte offers good discounts.
For many tourists visiting Munich, the best way to travel around are the modern, blue and white trams, otherwise known as streetcars, which stop at various points all around the city.
Hitchhiking in Munich
Hitchhiking is not illegal in Munich or in Germany itself, but precautions should be taken if wishing to use this method of travel, and should be done in pairs if possible.