the S-8 is your best bet
Though not far from Munich and an easy and pleasant enough drive (well, not a gorgeous day on the weekend!), Andechs is best reached by public transit. One of the reasons to go to Andechs is sample the monks' tasty beer and after that, driving home is a big no no. Not to worry, Munich has a very well-developed and easy to use transit system. Suburban trains go in all directions and the S-8 goes to Herrsching, the access town for Andechs. The go every 20 minutes and once there, you can either take a bus or walk up to Andechs itself. The walk is around an hour and gently if mostly uphill. If you are fairly fit, it is by far the most enjoyable way to not only get there but to enjoy that first beer!
Their website below is very easy to navigate and helpful but generally speaking, it is at the end of the line so buy a Gesemnetz or full network ticket for a little over €20 for up to five people. If you are on your own, it's a bit over €11. We had used the same ticket to pick my Dad and sister up at the airport and since it's good all day, we used it again to go to Andechs. :)
One good reason NOT to drive is here.
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MVV Bus from Herrsching or Starnberg-Nord
In addition to the private bus service, the MVV runs a few buses between the Herrsching S-8 station and the Starnberg-Nord S-6 station. As of 2012, Regional Bus 951 runs 5 times daily Mon-Fri, 4 times daily Sat-Sun. Beware: While Regional Bus 950 makes several trips per day between Herrsching and Starnberg-Nord, it does NOT stop in Andechs. Travel time is 10-12 minutes to/from Herrsching and 25-30 minutes to/from Starnberg Nord.
As of 2014, Here are the most relevant departures for visitors to Kloster Andechs.
From Herrsching: 10:04, 14:24, and 16:46 Mon-Fri; 10:04 and 14:04 Sat-Sun.
From Starnberg-Nord: 11:16, 13:37, 15:37, and 17:37 Mon-Fri; 9:12, 13:12, and 17:12 Sat-Sun.
Andechs to Starnberg-Nord: 14:34, 16:56 and 18:56 Mon-Fri; 14:14, 18:14, and 20:14 Sat-Sun.
Andechs to Herrsching: 16:06, 18:06 and 20:06 Mon-Fri; 13:42, 17:42, and 19:42 Sat-Sun.
In addition to the service from Herrsching and Starnberg Nord, Regional Bus 958 runs hourly (every 2 hours on weekends) between Tutzing (at the end of the S-6 Line on the Starnberger See) and Kloster Andechs. Buses depart Tutzing at 8 past the hour, while buses depart Kloster Andechs at 32 past the hour. On weekends, the buses depart Tutzing on odd hours, and depart Andechs on even hours. Last departure from Andechs to Tutzing is 20:32.
Fare is EUR 2.60 each way. MVV Day Tickets for Aussenraum (EUR 6 for "single," EUR 11.20 for "partner") or Gesamtnetz (EUR 11.70/EUR 21.30) are valid. Remember to stamp your ticket in the blue machine on the bus (unless you stamped it earlier in your trip). The Bayern-Ticket is also valid.
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Private Bus from Herrsching
The easiest way to get to Andechs from Munich is to take the S-8 to the end of the line at Herrsching. From there, it's either a 1-hour walk or 10-minute bus ride.
If you're not in the mood to walk from Herrsching, or if the weather's bad, the most plentiful bus connections are with the private bus line, Ammersee-Reisen. Buses depart 10 or 11 times per day in both directions. To see the exact bus schedule, go to the website and click on the tab marked "Regionale Busfahrpläne". Most important is to confirm when the last bus to Herrsching departs (As of summer 2012, the last bus departs Andechs 18:50 weekdays, 19:00 weekends and holidays). Miss it, and you have to walk/stagger back down or take a taxi (about EUR 15). Most current bus schedules are posted in the entrance to the Bräustuberl, as well as the gift shop up the hill.
As of August 2012, 1-way fare is EUR 2.20 for adults, EUR 1 for children under age 12. A ten-ride ticket costs EUR 16.50. NOTE: Because this is a private bus, MVV day tickets and Bayern-Tickets are NOT valid.
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