Memmingen Allgäu Airport (a.k.a. "Munich West")
Memmingen's Allgäu Airport (IATA Code: FMM) is used primarily by budget carriers Ryanair and Wizz Air as their gateway to "Munich." The airport is in reality some 110 km (70 miles) from Munich, in the village of Memmingerberg. If you are using this airport to get to or from Munich, be aware of the distance and plan the extra time it will take to get to Munich itself. If your flight is arriving late (as ours was), you might consider staying overnight in Memmingen and continuing to Munich the next morning. Facilities at the airport are limited, but do include an information counter, a taxi stand (see below), and rental car offices for Sixt, Avis, and Europcar.
To get to or from Munich, the most convenient option is the Allgäu Airport Express Bus, normally scheduled to coincide with departing and arriving flights. The bus stop is right outside the terminal at Memmingen Airport. The bus terminates at Munich's ZOB (central bus station), a short distance from the Hackerbrücke S-Bahn station. Fare is EUR 17 if purchased in cash from the driver, as low as EUR 12 if booked in advance online. Surcharges apply for bulky luggage. Family tickets are available, see the website for details.
If you want to get to Memmingen from the airport, a public bus will occasionally run to Memmingen's train station. After about 8 PM, there is a scheduled "Rufbus," but you are required to call in advance to request the bus service (01802/908070 prior to 3PM on the day of travel). A taxi stand is available, but there aren't always taxis available there. If there are no taxis at the stand, there is an old pay phone between the information counter and the terminal exit doors. If you press the button marked "Taxi," you will be connected (free of charge) to a random taxi company, where you can request to be picked up. If it doesn't work the first time, hang up and try again; you'll be connected to a different taxi company. It took us 4 tries, but we finally got a taxi to come and get us.
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Memmingen Train Station
Memmingen's train station, located on the east side of the Old Town on Bahnhofstraße 3, is a station on the line between Munich and Lindau. Three EuroCity trains per day in each direction stop in Memmingen on their route between Munich and Zurich via Lindau. Local train offers (e.g., the Bayern-Ticket) are not valid on these faster trains, but fares can be as low as EUR 19 per person if you book online far enough in advance. Still, taking advantage of low-priced local train deals will generally save you some money, especially if you are traveling in a group. While the ALEX trains between Munich and Lindau take an alternate route via Kempten, it is still possible to get to Lindau with local trains with a change in Kempten or Kißlegg. Several direct local trains connect Memmingen and Munich.
Services in Memmingen train station include a ticket counter, luggage lockers, bike racks, Wi-Fi (first 30 minutes free), and a small shop.
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Signposted walks through Memmingen
Memmingen is a town that you can well explorer by foot. There are two signposted walks through the town, called “Grüner Weg” (green path) and “Roter Weg” (red path). The green path passes parks, gateways, towers and battlements, while the red path will show you architectural and historical sights. There are many information plates with a map and details about the sights. And for children, you even find a little quiz on it. The text on these plates is in German, English, French and Italian.
Getting from Memmingen to Munich we used the train. Due to Oktoberfest we had to buy first class tickets in order to reserve a seat for us, which was a very good thing we did else we would have had to stand all the way as the train was fully booked. The cost for three adults came to 141.00 euro which included the reservation costs.
We used Ryanair to fly to Dublin and back to Munich again. It worked out the cheapest for us and it really was nice to see Memmingen which we otherwise would not have visited. Memmingen airport used to be an army base and the town is approx 1 hour 20 minutes from Munich by train.
We used the train to get to Memmingen from Munich and back again. I really enjoyed the ride as we do not really use trains in South Africa. I would just suggest that you try and book your tickets online as you save a lot of money that way. We did not do it for the trip back to Munich and due to the Oktoberfest we had to travel first class and our tickets were rather expensive.
A recent addition to the Ryanair (also spotted Air Berlin and Wizz arrivals) destination list and advertised sometimes as "Munich west," a train or bus journey of around 1.5 hours, still seem to remember that FJS airport in Munich is the best part of an hour from the city.
Anyway, a regular bus service into Memmingen takes just a few minutes and stops at the rail station, see website for uptodate info.
We flew with Ryanair to Ireland from Memmingen and then back again using Memmingen airport. A nice small airport close to the city.
Easy access to Munich and Ulm as well as south to Oberstdorf and across to Lindau. Don't forget to check the Bayern ticket if you're travelling anything but a short distance, great value.
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