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at munich airport...
The bagggage handlers at Munich airport were an interesting sort. I had a good view of the luggage being loaded on the aircraft, just after the passengers had boarded, as did a few others who were seated to that side of the airplane and with a window seat... There were two guys- who really gave our luggage all they had in terms of muscle power. I think i`ve rarely seen bags being chucked with such immense apathy! Luckily, i was not carrying anything breakable. I`m not sure how the rest of the passengers fared...
- Budget Travel
Flying into Munich...
I got to Munich by train from Salzburg, but on my way out, i took a cheap ticket on Easy Jet... Cost me about 50 euros to London. It was a pretty comfortable flight, though the aircraft which came in for us was a couple of hours late already.
Snacks were on sale, and the seats reclined- albeit just a little, which made it a bit more comfortable than the Ryan air experience.
- Budget Travel
Modern and fairly large
Munich has Germany's most modern and second largest airport. It is situated some 40 km north east of the city centre, near the city of Freising. Connections into the city are easy as the airport is being served by S-trains, the journey taking about 45 minutes. Allow some time to get to your check in as distances are quite long. I cannot confirm, however, that it is difficult to find your way around, as some people are claiming. The airport has 2 terminals, terminal 2 being even more modern than the slightly older terminal 1. The airport's layout also allows planes to start and land on parallel runways, so don't become frightened if you see another plane approaching the airport in a very similar direction -- you're not on a collision course! Good disabled access, but single-travelling wheelchair users with heavy luggage should be aware of the long distances at the airport. Better get some help!
My only tip is here is to use a Lufthansa as they are the flag carrier of Germany and not what I did and fly a unknown airline which is now defunct. V bird. This is a shame as they where quite a good airline once on board. its just there no direct routes and lack of on time departures that killed them.
Munich's Franz-Josef Strauss is a busy international airport, with great links, especially to southern Europe. Lufthansa is the main airline here, and it often has some great offers to nearby international cities, including 99 euros return to Budapest. It even has direct and good value flights to Nice. Munich isn't Germany's main international airport, and most of its flights are to Europe, the Near East and North Africa. It does have a few long haul destinations, like Shanghai, but usually you will need to go to (or via) Frankfurt.
The airport is fully integrated into Munich's public transport system, and the S1 and S8 suburban trains run regularly from the central station to the airport throughout the day and night.
Before flying to Munich
Perhaps the worst part about living in the US of A is that if you want to visit just about any other country, you must fly, and air travel is becoming increasingly arduous. In addition to aircraft becoming less comfortable, and seemingly presenting greater health risks, airports are becoming less traveler-friendly. The Munich Airport has been one of my most frequent civilian gateways to Europe, the MidEast, and western Asia, yet I still have not figured it out. I hope, however, that I have just found the solution. They have one of the more detailed transportation websites which I have yet discovered. Data is available in nine languages and they have everything on there from flight information to where you can get your Porsche washed. I have not yet found an airline that will check my Porsche but I suppose that there are travelers who need to know that kind of information.
London to Munich
We travelled from London to Munich with Easyjet, which was great value at 96 pounds return for two including all taxes. Flight time was just under two hours though as ever with a budget airline the plane left London at an awfully early time in the morning and returned at an equally bad time at night.
From Munich airport
The best way to get in to Munich from the airport is to take the S-bahn. Lines 1 and 8 run to the city centre and it takes about 40 minutes to get to the Hauptbahnhof. We bought two day passes covering all zones in Munich which were 9 Euro each (though if you buy two together there is a 2 Euro discount).
If you're flying to Germany, there's a good chance that you're headed for Bavaria. And if that's the case, it makes sense to fly directly to Europe's eighth-largest airport: Munich International Airport, which lies in the heart of Germany's most popular tourist region.
Nearly 25 million people travel through Munich's airport every year, flying on 90 airlines that offer connections to 207 destinations in 60 countries. Two parallel runways and a minimum connection time of only 35 minutes let passengers get in and out of the airport in a hurry--whether they're in transit, visiting Munich, or headed for the nearby Alps.
Munich International Airport also trumps its rivals in another area: services for passengers who have early departures or time to kill between flights. With a hotel, a shopping center, and a visitor park on the airport grounds, MUC provides more indoor and outdoor diversions than most airports do
- Budget Travel
- Business Travel
Our next destination after leaving Switzerland, was Munich and we booked a flight from Basel to Munich with Air Berlin. The total price for 2 people and including taxes was 138 Euros. Flight time was 1 hour. Check-in was in the French sector of the EuroAirport. Further information about this airport can be found at http://www.euroairport.com/
Next terminal 50 miles away...
The Munich Airport is very modern, but it's one huge maze. And really a long way to walk from one terminal to the other. You could probably walk to your destined city before finding the right way through the corridors...
Munich's International Airport is a modern facility that has easy connections into the city center. There are lounges and plenty of places to shop, internet spots and well-marked information areas. The train comes directly to the airport and takes about 45 mintues to get into the city center. You'll look for the S-Bahn (S1 or S8) which connects to the U-bahn (underground train), but you can also take a shuttle, a bus or a taxi. When doing flight searches online, the Munich airport code is MUC and the German word for airport in "flughafen".
A train ride that takes longer than most flights
Munich Airport is new, very fancy and modern and a very nice airport. There's only one problem: It's quite a long way away from Munich. The S-Bahn ride (S1 or S8) into town (45 mts) took me longer actually than the flight from Duesseldorf (40 mts). But the S-Bahn is air conditioned and you always get to know nice people apparently. At least I did.
Munich has a very nice airport, brand new terminal etc, distances are quite short... But the airport is far away from the city center!! If you go by train you need about 45 minutes, same goes for a trip by car or taxi because there are lots of roadworks and congestion all the time.
Depending on where you come from, consider going by train!
Fly into Munich airport
The first thing you notice about Munich airport is that it is far too large and grandiose for a city the size of Munich, which means that it's mostly empty. The second thing you notice is that away from the Lufthansa areas, there's nowhere to eat except Burger King. Thanks for thinking about people who fly airlines other than your crappy national carrier, guys! The final thing you notice is that, rather cleverly, the airport was built in a slight depression in the ground in the middle of nowhere. This means that a) it takes 45 minutes and 50 euros to drive to the city center by taxi, and b) in the winter, fog gets trapped over the airport, causing massive flight delays. Nice one.
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