Airport - Connections and Airlines, Munich
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!
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.
Arrival in Munich would probably be either by plane or train.
By train you arrive in the Haupbahnhof, right in the center of town.
By plane, you arrive at Franz Josef Strauss Airport. This is Munich’s new Airport. It is a large modern Airport but is surprising user friendly. There are some distances to walk but there are a multitude of moving walkways. Trolleys are plentiful but note you pay 2 DM for the trolley and that is in reallity a hire price. You do not get your 2 Dm back if you return it to a trolley stand. You can if you have the time or the inclination, scout around at the departure gates and pick one up which has been left there by a departing traveller and thus avoid the “hire fee”.
When you are waiting for your bags pick up Faltfahrplan. this is a little map of the S-Bahn & U-Bahn, plus a detailed plan of the S1 & S8 which are the S-bahns that will take you to thr centre of Munich. It also has the times for the S1 & S8.
Get a Single-Tageskarke or if you are with someone (2 adults and up to 5 children) a Partrner-Tageskarte. they cost 18DM and 28DM respectively. They are valid until 6am the following day. A single journey ticket to the centre of town costs 15DM so one more small journey (if you are on your own)and you are ahead. If your with someone your ahead anyway.
Munich has an excellent public transport system. You have U-Bahn, S-bahn, Trams. If you're staying in the center of town you will probably find walking best.
Munich's airport, Franz Josef Strauss is 18 miles (29 kilometres) north-east of the city centre.
Buses and trains operate between the city and the airport. Taxis are also available; expect to pay more than 50EUR to reach the city center.
Europe's most modern airport and the headquarters of Lufthansa!
The new Terminal was opened in June 2003. It is a real shopping mall now as well, with over 100 shops.
This is now the most modern airport in Europe and almost as big as the one Frankfurt.
Franz Josef Strauss airport is about 30 km from Munich. To get there you can take the S-Bahn. In the main lobby look for a sing, an "S" inside a green circle. You have to go down a floor below to buy the ticket (8 Euros). The access to the platform is right in front from the place you buy the ticket. To get to Munich take the S1 or the S8. It will take about 40 minutes there
From the UK EasyJet fly from Stansted and are probably the cheapest. BMI, Lufthansa and BA all fly there too
Public transport is brilliant! Buy a Day or 3 day ticket, they are valid on u-Bahn and buses. It costs a little extra to get from the airport (Line S8).
Here is a photo on the U Bahn with our 'guide' to the Olympic Stadium, top man!
Munich has one of Germany's largest airports.
Built in 1992, the new Munich airport 'Franz Joseph Strauß' is also extremely modern and clean.
Located about 30 minutes from the city center, can be reached by S-Bahn.
We came to Munich by plane and landed in the airport "Franz-Josef-Strauss-Flughafen", which lies some 30 km north of the city. It's linked to the city by S-Bahn #1 and #8 and by buses operated by the Lufthansa airline.
We took a taxi to the hotel and had to pay about 50 EUR!
Munich International Airport is about 20 miles/33 km northeast of the city centre, about 40 minutes by train. Lufthansa runs a bus to the Hauptbahnhof (main train station) in the city centre. Departs every 20 minutes, about 45 minutes to the city centre.
Munich has an excellent public transport system which includes buses, trams and an S and U-Bahn network.
Airport. However, it is far from city centre, the transportation is fluent.
S-bahn, U-bahn, tram, buses. Just check www.mvv-muenchen.de The public transportation is really simple to use and very convenient. No point to use own car.
If you have a bike, use that. The biking facilities in Munich are very good.
If you're coming from London, Ryanair to Salzburg works well. You can then get a 'Bayern Ticket' (Mon-Fri) or a weekend ticket, if there is a group of you - it will save you money on the train.
Don't forget the possibility of group tickets.
I flew from London to Munich with Lufthansa German Airlines. The return tickets cost my about 110 GBP.
Comparing to some budget airlines I used to go with, Lufthansa served much better food on the flight although the overall journey was less than 2 hours.
I would suggest travellers from the U.K. to travel to Munich by Go airline. It is cheap and quite comfortable comparing to other low-cost airlines. Look for special offers as well, they always have promotion with U.K. newspapers and you will save alot from that.
walking is the best way to get around Munich.
Arriving by aeroplane the International Airport is around 20 - 25 miles northeast of the city centre, and around 40 or 45 minutes by train.
Munich has an excellent public transport system which is rather complex but includes buses, trains and trams, on a S and U-Bahn Network system.